New York Times best-selling October Daye series
Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire"Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" (Felicia Day)
Includes a brand-new map and original bonus novella!
Politics have never been October "Toby" Daye's strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn't expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches. Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.
Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again - and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.
As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track...and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save. Because there are worse fates than sleeping for 100 years.
©2016 Seanan McGuire (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This was an amazing addition to the October Daye series. I feel like this series just keeps getting better and better. These are hard books for me to review because I just love them so much and the storyline has gotten so involved.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was well done. Kowal does a great job with October’s voice, but some of the male voices sound unnatural and over characterized . She does do a great job conveying emotion and having different voices of all the characters.
All the story takes place in Queen Windermere’s castle and it is basically about the conclave convening to discuss the legalization of the cure for Elfshot. Of course nothing is simple...so when a King is killed and a Queen is Elfshot the High Queen and King ask October to figure out who is behind the hostilities.
Toby’s involvement in the investigation and her dubious status as a changeling means that both her and everyone around her becomes a target for the hostile forces lurking in the knowe.
All of our favorite characters are in this story. We spend a lot of time with Toby, Tibalt, and Quentin. I loved that the Luidaeg was in the story so much, she plays a major role throughout. I also loved that Megan, the oneiromancer, also played a large role in the story.
Things are changing drastically for Toby and the Luidaeg makes some rather large hints that Toby was “created” for a larger reason. This makes me curious to see what that reason is but also makes me nervous for Toby and her plans to marry and be happy.
Overall this was an amazing addition to the October Daye series. These books are absolutely spectacular and do a great job of blending faerie mythology with an urban fantasy paced story. I would highly recommend to urban fantasy fans or fans of mythology and faerie.
Not as much action , good overall but 2 characters voices seemed way different to me, that really threw me, as I loved Tibolds character and this seemed deeper and not as Him
this was hard to finish. really hard. the voice inflection is so messy so irritating. the voice of Tybolt makes my teeth itch. its horrible. the story is hard to follow because of this.
This book is definitely not a filler. It's about a major change in Faerie and I think moves the story on considerably. Definitely one of my favorite October Daye books and one of my favorite Audble books overall. Mary Robinette Kowal brings Seanan McGuires great writing to life and makes me feel as though I'm there. I like the comment about it being "like visiting friends" made by another reviewer.
I can't recomment this book enough. And I can't wait for the next. I hope there will be one!
The story was well written and entertaining, but little character development or furthering of the main plot. So two filler novels back to back. Slightly disappointing but I found it much better than the previous release.
I have read all the other books in Kindle form and this is my first time listening to an audio version-- yikes! Tybalt's voice was horrible. It sounded like the narrator held her nose and talked as slowly as possible.
It was difficult to tell the difference between what Toby was thinking and what she was saying with the audio version. Maybe she just thought some of her most extreme comments, but she came across as incredibly flippant, rude, and arrogant. She's supposed to be an underdog!
We are supposed to believe that these monarchs are powerful and dangerous, but that's not how Toby treats them at all. She mouths off to them like an unruly teenager when she should be tactful. She doesn't fear reprisal in the least, so it is hard to take the villains seriously. I don't know if this is just because of the audio narration or if I would have felt the same way reading it. I have never felt that way about Toby before.
I didn't really like her "the kids are so innocent, but they are growing up and don't need me anymore *insert trite stereotype about teenagers here*" shtick. She launches into the same inner monologue about them over and over again. It doesn't feel very genuine.How many times do we have to hear about what they ate, and oh my gosh, teenagers eat so much!?
I was disappointed with this one.
YES,YES,& YES Seanan is one of my favorite authors, her fae lore and setting in the SF bay area is phenomenal
I can't compare it to other books, the October Daye series is one of a kind
anything with Tibalt
When ever Im in San Francisco I find myself peeking in the shadows, looking for anyone who may resemble characters from the books. I have even caught myself wanting to say " here kitty kitty" looking for Tibalt. Im that hooked.
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This book seemed like a more interesting version of a UN meeting complete with back-stabbing and political deaths!
I love this series, and some of the old favorite characters were back (like the Sea Witch, and October's liege Lord) for a conference where everyone seems out to get something and it seems no one can be trusted. Even Tybalt had to play the political game and separate himself from October.
I enjoyed learning more about how North America is divided into the Fey Kingdoms and the different perspectives of using the elf-shot cure or suppressing it. Surprisingly, not everyone who wanted to suppress the cure was "evil" or racist. They had valid concerns.
This series is still going strong, and I'm enjoying watching the characters change and new characters being added. I also appreciated that October and Sylvester started a dialogue after not talking for so long.
As always Ms. Kowal does a phenomenal job of reading and voices. My only complaint was that the short story with the new Queen of Silences that was in the paperback copy was not in the audio version.
This is truly one of my favorite series! This book was filled with twists and turns and had me gasping out loud in some places and cheering out loud in others. The series just keeps getting better and better. I cannot wait for the wedding and whatever is going to go down with the selkies. I really need for the next in the series to come out now. Please??? Mary Robbinette Kowal does a great job. My only thing is that the first few minutes sound tinny and is a little distracting. But it goes away. Cannot wait for the next one!!!
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