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New York Times best-selling October Daye faerie series

Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire

Things are slow, and October "Toby" Daye couldn't be happier about that. The elf-shot cure has been approved, Arden Windermere is settling into her position as Queen in the Mists, and Toby doesn't have anything demanding her attention except for wedding planning and spending time with her family.

Maybe she should have realized that it was too good to last.

When Toby's mother, Amandine, appears on her doorstep with a demand for help, refusing her seems like the right thing to do...until Amandine starts taking hostages, and everything changes. Now, Toby doesn't have a choice about whether or not she does as her mother asks. Not with Jazz and Tybalt's lives hanging in the balance. But who could possibly help her find a pureblood she's never met, one who's been missing for over 100 years?

Enter Simon Torquill, elf-shot enemy turned awakened, uneasy ally. Together, the two of them must try to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Mists: what happened to Amandine's oldest daughter, August, who disappeared in 1906.

This is one missing person case Toby can't afford to get wrong.

©2017 Seanan McGuire (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Poorest book yet in this series

Rehash of past adventures to ultimately add one new character, change an old character back into a villain and mostly to allow an author to present a rather uninteresting story. Skip this book while hoping for a better story next time.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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lots of danger

audio was good. October Daye is a series best read in order. with every book the danger increases. nice to see that Simon has a good side to him. half way through I thought we were going to lose the relationship October has with Tybalt. glad they are together at the end.

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Best one yet

I’ve been addicted to the series since a friend recommended it- but she outdid herself on this one. The characters are becoming wonderfully complex and she is creating fabulous plot lines that suck you in.
Excellent book!!

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Mother From Hell and the Start of a Redemption

As always, an outstanding book from one of my favorite authors. This one is heavy with character development for Amandine and Simon.

The more I learn about Amandine, the more violence I want to do to her. It was bad enough in the earlier books when she was presented as a neglectful mother, who blamed October for the loss of her human husband and didn't bat an eye when October ran away to live on the streets with other Changelings. But in this book Amandine is even more emotionally abusive, cruel and capricious.

Simon on the other hand, who was originally presented as a basic ''bad guy'' who we didn't have a lot of info on, is really fleshed out in this book. We learned a few books ago that he was trying to ''save'' October by turning her into a fish but I really got to like Simon in this book and felt sorry for him at times. The Road to Hell and all that.

The ending made me tear up and I hope Simon is able to complete his redemption by the end of this series.

We also get to see Pixies, and that a good turn is never forgotten.

I still love Mary Robinette Kowal as a narrator, her accents are the reason why I listen instead of read this series!

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  • David P
  • St Petersburg fl
  • 11-02-17

Fabulous, more more

Loved it I want more. Wonderful performance. Anticipating of the what comes next More please

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Fantastic book!

I have loved this series from the start. This book really illustrates how far the characters have come in that time. October has grown so much as a character, and that growth turns around and smacks the reader.

The narrator is of course fantastic. I love her ability to make me forget it's all one reader. Each character has a distinct voice and sound.

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wonderful!

Seanan McGuire is definitely my favorite writer and here once again she has produced a wonderful creation.

SPOILERS POSSIBLE BELOW

She sends October on a true quest. This time she is not just solving a mystery but is saving her true love. As she says near the end she does not find herself covered blood once. The story is different yet the same, though she relies on herself rather than her usual allies much more.

A refreshing change while still being the October Date mystery I wanted and love.

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October Daye BK 11-Great continuation

Excellent addition. October Daye series is one I wait for the newest episode to appear annually.

October, being who she is, is off defending what is hers--her friends, her home, her family. By the light of a candle, with Toby's sidekick, Quentin, and Simon Torquill (of all the fae), awaken from elf-shot, are the threesome on the search for October's long lost sister August. Amandine, one of the last of the Firstborn, are holding Jazz and Tybalt's lives as hostage to convince October to do everything she can to get August back to her mother.

As you can see--nothing much could go wrong here--easy---NOT!

Great job as always to Mary Robinette Kowal, narrating. As soon as I hear your voice I know I'm back in October's world again. Applause to your proformance.

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  • 09-23-17

Read more like a novella

This story seems more like an explanation novel for more to be revealed or plot twists of the next book... like a transition book. It was ok. Perhaps I'll appreciate it more after the next book.

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amazing as always... i might have cried

Never disappointed by Seanan. EVER. This installment was no exception. I did, however, need some tissues at one point... maybe two... ;-)