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.
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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.
Seanan McGuire is an evil genius and I love her. She always manages to keep me on the edge of my seat, stuck somewhere between laughing, screaming, and crying.
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 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!
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 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!!!
I love this series and this book certainly held its place proudly in the line. It was a treat to hear the various voices from the book. I was given this book as a gift as I recovered from pneumonia in the hospital and it did a great job in helping pass the time!
Seanan McGuire is HANDS DOWN my favorite ur an fantasy writer, and one of my favorite scribes in general. This story, along with all her work, is jam packed with action, heart wrenching scenes, philosophical questions, and nuance rare to modern fantasy novels. You feel angry at the injustices committed against Toby and her cohoet. You cry when it seems Tybalt has died and you pray he can be saved. This book ties you to the characters in a very emotional way and every small triumph is that much more satisfying knowing the hardships Toby and co. faced and overcame. Bravo Seanan, bravo!
Another home run in the October Daye series keep them coming please. The story is easy to listen to and keeps you interested . The narrator is great and well voiced.
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