I am currently on my third attempt to make it through this novel. I've put some thought into why Rosemary and Rue isn't working for me. I know that au..Show More »dible reviewers giving negative feedback are rarely appreciated, but here are my thoughts. It seems that McGuire has some fun ideas for her story line. In this case, however, they fall flat. From the opening scene, I found myself a little curious to see what would happen next but mostly completely unaffected by the main character. There is absolutely no character development and I kept thinking "Why is she doing this?" "Why should we care?" "Why so dramatic?" The narrator adds to this sense of blah. Its like watching a soap opera with monotone actors. You know there should be some drama in there somewhere, but can find it in the performance. I can only recommend this book if you are ready for a strange pity party. There are so many fun options in this genre. I would definitely recommend the Mercedes Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs, The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris or Stray by Rachel Vincent long before I sent you to Rosemary and Rue. Good reading
This is a great read! Fantastic addition to the genre--October Daye is a different kind of protagonist and her world is quite unique! I'm looking forw..Show More »ard to reading more from this series. The only thing I am disappointed with is finding out this is the SECOND book in the series and audible only has this one so far.
I thought I had this book already, because the description noted was for Book 2, A Local Habitation, in which Toby investigates January's problems in ..Show More »the Country of Tamed Lightening. This is Book 3, An Artificial Night. Correct description: Toby is dismayed to encounter her frighteningly upbeat Fetch, May Daye, a magical doppelgänger heralding her imminent demise. Hot on its heels comes the discovery that Blind Michael, lord of the Wild Hunt, has kidnapped a number of fae and human children--including several whom Toby considers family--to replenish his riders. Enjoyable addition to the series.
The story is an enjoyable example of the recent fad in urban fantasy. Although in the first book I had a hard time getting used to the voice actor, I ..Show More »feel that she had gotten more comfortable with the characters and their voices in each book.
My only complaint about the story would have to be that everyone in Fairy seems so immature. Blaming Toby because she was there instead of the person who actually manipulated the events or the person who pulled the trigger so to speak.
I love Urban Fantasy and this series is one of the best I've read. The author has taken the classic races of Faerie and brought them into the 21st Ce..Show More »ntury, where many choose to live partly in the modern world and partly in the Summerlands. With a name like Seanan McGuire I'm wondering if this author is recounting stories learned at her Grannie's knee :) The folklore is well researched and has such an air of authenticity that I can get totally involved in this world. Great characters!
This is the 6th book and doesn't disappoint. When this book came out I started over again at book 1 and had a total October Daye marathon. I'm so bummed to have come to the end of the available books! I'm fairly certain that there will be a book #7 although this one had a nice happy ending, there are lots of story lines left to explore. Mary Robinette Kowal is absolutely fabulous, does a great Irish accent when called for. I can tell a great narrator because after about 2 weeks of almost non-stop listening I'm not totally sick of her voice.
If you've been listening to this series don't hesitate to grab this one. If you are new to this series, stop and get book 1 (Rosemary & Rue). These books could be stand alone but much more enjoyable to listen in order.
Being a big fan of Seanan McGuire, I waited none to patiently for this book to come out. I was not disappointed. The plot was excellent pulling you in..Show More » immediately from the first chapter. The characters were well developed and elicited concern and compassion from the reader.
Even after nine books, the October Daye series (and the Chris McGrath cover art) is still fantastic!
The October Daye series by Seanan McGuir..Show More »e is one of my very favorite Urban Fantasy series. A Red Rose Chain, Book 09 in the series, is an excellent installment AND an object lesson in why you should take out your enemies when you have a chance — because if you don’t, they’ll come back to stab you in the heart!
The Kingdom of Silences has declared war on the Kingdom of the Mists, and Toby is sent to Silences to either 1) negotiate peace, or 2) infuriate the monarch into violating law or custom bad enough to get himself deposed. Guess which one Toby is best at?
Some of the things the King of Silences is doing to his people are atrocious. I found myself wondering what the High King of what is essentially North America is doing. Does he not visit his kingdoms? Does he not check in on the state of his people? How did Silences get away with what they were doing without someone finding out?
This book highlights Toby’s growing relationship with Tybalt. It’s quite fun to see a lighter side of Tybalt every once in awhile. It’s also good to see the two of them communicating and saving each other. There is no one-sidedness to Toby and Tybalt’s relationship, which is awesome to see in this genre. Tybalt is still an alpha male to be sure, but also a rational creature who can do more than act on instinct.
One thing I really enjoy is when long running series do more than stand-alone stories. A Red Rose Chain deals with the consequences of things that have happened in other novels. I think this is a sign of great writing, AND it makes the reread of the books even better.
As always, narrator Mary Robinette Kowal does a fantastic job with the characters in Toby’s world.
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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 t..Show More »o 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.