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.
“McGuire hits her stride with this fast-paced, sharply plotted, tense urban fantasy (Artificial Night)....” (Publishers Weekly)
I love to read and I read for fun. Escape and imagination are great reasons to love a book.
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.
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.
breath taking adventure
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.
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.
I definitely had trouble pressing pause when listening to this book. Between the story and the narration I did not want it to end.
This is a new favorite series of mine, thus far enjoyed primarily via audiobook.
Insanely Epically Awesome.
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.
I'm a huge fan of the Tybalt.
You can live your life in "should" and never change anything.
I can't get enough of this series!
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.
Not sure, It was just a boring book.
Mary Kowal diud a very good job. She has a very plesent voice.
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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