It’s been almost a year since October "Toby" Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities - training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills - but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters.
To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight, Etienne, who didn’t even know he was a father until the girl went missing. Her name is Chelsea. She’s a teleporter, like her father. She’s also the kind of changeling the old stories warn about, the ones with all the strength and none of the control. She’s opening doors that were never meant to be opened, releasing dangers that were sealed away centuries before - and there’s a good chance she could destroy Faerie if she isn’t stopped.
Now Toby must find Chelsea before time runs out, racing against an unknown deadline and through unknown worlds as she and her allies try to avert disaster. But danger is also stirring in the Court of Cats, and Tybalt may need Toby’s help with the biggest challenge he’s ever faced.
Toby thought the last year was bad. She has no idea...
©2012 Seanan McGuire (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Toby’s unusual heritage and her uneasy relationships with her mother’s family will remind readers of Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, and Thompson fans will appreciate Toby’s tough and self-reliant character…a must for fans of genre-bending blends of crime and fantasy." (Booklist)
Seanan McGuire has created a unique world of magic and evocative paranormal characters of many different kinds, all plausible within the world and many of them likeable. There's enough vivid description so you can enter this magical world with all its sounds, sights, and especially scents, and absolutely be in it for a time. There's plenty of action that doesn't devolve into a wallow in senseless gore, and there's friendship and love that doesn't descend to levels of smut. I'm really happy with our hero----brave, coffee-loving, resourceful little October.
I am so glad that this series has been offered on Audible. The publisher has offered it in mass market paperback, with the typical font that's hard on your eyes, and MP3 CD, which is a format that many people lack the equipment to play, and lacks any way to mark your place or to fast-forward back to the place where you left off. What were they thinking? This is too good a series and too much fun to restrict it to these two choices, poor ones in my opinion. In Audible we can all get the book in a form compatible with the equipment we have.
If you love Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, you'll feel the same about Seanan McGuire's October Daye series. I'm choosing another in the series right now, and I can't wait for another imaginative and humorous romp!
My personal rating: PG (for violence, mainly and rare language usage)
My favorite character in this book:Etienne, I guess... We definitely get to know him better
Mary Robinette Kowal's narration style takes some adjusting to, but she definitely grows on you, and this book is where I quit noticing the narration and just enjoyed the book in its entirety. The plot is quite ingenious, and the characters are becoming old friends to my ears. I love this series now (though I wasn't sure at first), and if you've read my other reviews of this series, you may know that I was dubious at first.
I am no longer dubious. I will go on to try almost anything this author writes in future, as I enjoy the rich environment, the characters and the intricate plotlines. Seanan McGuire has me hooked! (And I may even be hooked by Mary Robinette Kowal someday as well)
Wonderful take on the far universe!
I really enjoy the characters of this story and their adventures. Love the narrator. A wonderful read that leaves you satisfied and wanting to know what comes next.
Yes I would read or listen to this book again. Every few years I enjoy revisiting a truly good book.
The reader got really into the story. When you have a great book with a truly good reader it always makes things better.
I would really like to see things from the point of view of the see which.
I will be looking for books made from the others point of view.
Good as always for this team...but I am hoping the next book tops them all. I'm feeling as if Ms McGuire is getting a bit tired of the series. It seems to be lacking in the first books wit and humor as if she's struggling to come up with different story lines for her heroine and heroes.
I did see another book that appears to be in the same series, October Daye, called 'Nacht Mayhr'... I hope to see it here in Audible soon.
rambunctiously soft spoken.
Apparently I'm the only person who is going to give this book a bad review which kills me because I adore this series, I loved the story what little there was of it ,I felt it was drowned out by the constant references to the other books and repeated content ,even our amazing heroin is hurt the same way twice.It wont stop me from reading these books ever. I love them I just hope this is just a bad one, everyone entitled to one bad one even the great Seanan McGuire.
An interesting new twist in the Toby Daye saga. This was a highly enjoyable listen. A wonderful story with an equally wonderful narrator! I definitely recommend this series!
I saw a couple people saying it was the best in the series. I'm not sure if I think it's the best, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and love this series. It's in my top 10 favorite series and on my auto buy list when a new book comes out. I felt like a lot happened in the book, but the ending kind of just ended in a summary. Maybe it's so that it can play into a future book, but it just felt like a lot of work to just tie up so quickly. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll leave it at that.
What I really like in October Daye series is that the heroine has to learn things and it takes time. The aspect is present in the other series also but in this it is actually a bit more that just mentioning "I've learned this and that".
The story is not as strong as in the last book where the author made a brave move and ended few storylines that she had been carrying along since the beginning of the series.
Ashes of Honor starts with this feeling of being sore and builds up from there. I cannot really put my finger to it but the book lacks some of the previous one's magic but the creepiness of Ah-noon makes up a plenty.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
Story - This book did not hold my interest. I finally had to turn the speed up to 2X to get through it. The only thing I enjoyed was the last 15 minutes, because I liked the way the loose ends tied up and the story ended. It might be a good book to some, but the plot was just silly in my opinion. If you like Jane Yellowrock, Sookie Stackhouse, Fever, The Hollows or Night Huntress, you might like this book. I tried out all those series and was totally bored. I am fine with magic and supernatural characters, but the plot needs to grab my attention. This one didn't.
Narrator - She did a good-enough job, but the performance was nothing special (plus it's kinda hard to tell on 2X speed!!).
Overall - Skip this book.
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