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Late Eclipses: An October Daye Novel | [Seanan McGuire]

Late Eclipses: An October Daye Novel

Two years ago, October “Toby” Daye believed she could leave the world of Faerie behind. She was wrong. Now she finds herself in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, sharing an apartment with her Fetch, and maintaining an odd truce with Tybalt, the local King of Cats. It’s a delicate balance - one that’s shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended. Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past....
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Publisher's Summary

Two years ago, October “Toby” Daye believed she could leave the world of Faerie behind. She was wrong. Now she finds herself in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, sharing an apartment with her Fetch, and maintaining an odd truce with Tybalt, the local King of Cats. It’s a delicate balance - one that’s shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended.

Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past as an enemy she thought was gone forever raises her head once more: Oleander de Merelands, one of the two people responsible for her fourteen-year exile. But if Oleander’s back, what’s her game? Where is she hiding? And what part does Toby’s mother, Amandine, have to play?

Time is growing short and the stakes are getting higher. For the Queen of the Mists has her own agenda, and there are more players in this game than Toby can guess. With everything on the line, she will have to take the ultimate risk to save herself and the people she loves most - because if she can’t find the missing pieces of the puzzle in time, Toby will be forced to make the one choice she never thought she’d have to face again.

©2011 Seanan McGuire (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“McGuire hits her stride with this fast-paced, sharply plotted, tense urban fantasy (Artificial Night)....” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer LA Area, California 01-27-14
    Amazon Customer LA Area, California 01-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another superb installment"

    This is going to be really short because I'm still reeling in awe of how good this book was. Without getting spoilery, we learn a LOT about Toby and her Mom, there is the requisite, but always satisfying Hero's quest, we get to a crossroads in the romance department and finally we get Seanan McGuire's elegant prose.

    If you've never read UF (Urban Fantasy), this series is a perfect introduction--it doesn't get better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scraps 12-10-11
    Scraps 12-10-11 Member Since 2010

    I love to read and I read for fun. Escape and imagination are great reasons to love a book.

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    "Can hardly wait for more..."

    I read a short story by this author in Home Repair: Undead Edition. Ordered the first book in the series and got truly hooked. Found myself staying up too late just so I could hear the next chapter. The whole set is great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renae RADFORD, VA, United States 07-11-14
    Renae RADFORD, VA, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Story, Not Fond of the Narrator"

    I keep coming back to these books because frankly I love modern fantasy, and I really dig Seanan McGuire's work. But to be honest, I'm really, really not a fan of the narrator who's been tasked to narrate this series. I keep coming back despite it, and I -will- keep coming back despite it, but her performances are so painful to listen to, it seems like she doesn't really get going until the book's almost over. (At which point you've either gritted your teeth through or missed most of the first 3/4, due to losing track or disinterest..)

    And unfortunately MRK was particularly rough in this book, teetering back & forth between underacting & overacting, far too many bad (and frequently inconsistent) accents, bouts of choppy reading, mispronunciations (of everything but the Gaelic words herein, which baffles me), and generally poor character interpretation. (Her women being particularly grating to me, as they often come across as nasal, whiny or sound so air-headed I doubt they could survive Ms. McGuire's complex yet dangerous fae world.) To be fair, some of her depictions I do like have been her Duke and Duchess. (I just wish the Duke's accent had remained consistent in this volume, and that we heard more of the Duchess.) On the other hand, while I enjoyed her characterization of "Danny" in previous volumes, her rendition of that lovable character this time was so overdone and rock-mouthed I couldn't stand to hear him talk. (While often having serious problems w/understanding what he was saying...)

    In short, I have no problem w/Ms. McGuire's writing. For me, the issue is entirely w/the narrator, and I just deeply wish she/the publisher would have chosen (and might still choose) someone else to take up the gauntlet of narrating this magical series. (Katherine Kellgren, perhaps..?) As a life-long listener of audio books (I'm visually impaired, and so have been listening to Talking Books from an early age) I've learned that some of the best books can be made absolutely ruined by bad narrators, while a good narrator can take even a blah book and make it positively epic. (That is, to the ear of the "reader.")
    But.. that's the magic (and the danger) of audiobooks.

    And that's just my 6 cents. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hickory, NC, United States 12-06-13
    Amazon Customer Hickory, NC, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A great tale of urban fantasy adventure"
    If you could sum up Late Eclipses in three words, what would they be?

    breath taking adventure


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are so many things to love about this story, the depth of intrigue and adventure, the complex cast of characters, the range of emotion....it is just a great tale.


    Have you listened to any of Mary Robinette Kowal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have only ever listened to Mary Robinette Kowal's performances on other October Daye novels. Her voices are consistent among the books. She does an especially good job of portraying emotion and creating distinctive character voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definitely had trouble pressing pause when listening to this book. Between the story and the narration I did not want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a new favorite series of mine, thus far enjoyed primarily via audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Serena EMMAUS, PA, United States 10-21-12
    Serena EMMAUS, PA, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fanastic Series!"
    If you could sum up Late Eclipses in three words, what would they be?

    Insanely Epically Awesome.


    What other book might you compare Late Eclipses to and why?

    This series give me the same delight that I get from the Harry Dresden Series. Well written, well scripted, funny, smart with just the perfect amount of drama, action and adventure.


    Which character – as performed by Mary Robinette Kowal – was your favorite?

    I'm a huge fan of the Tybalt.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You can live your life in "should" and never change anything.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't get enough of this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-16-12
    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor, poor Toby...she's never going to get a break"

    Aaaaaaaand, now the overall story starts to come together. We learn what's up with the Queen ... Oh, those quirky, wacky Faerie Queens.

    Oh Yeah. It's that kind of book. The kind that proves it can ALWAYS get worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Peabody, MA, United States 01-29-12
    Paul Peabody, MA, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Slow and boring."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not sure, It was just a boring book.


    Has Late Eclipses turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Did Mary Robinette Kowal do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Mary Kowal diud a very good job. She has a very plesent voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Indiana 12-04-11
    Jan Indiana 12-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Better And Better!"

    The third installment in the October Daye series, Late Eclipses has a lot of emotion, revelations, and hints to what could be jaw-dropping events in future books. Love this series! Performance continues to be very well done.

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