The Brightest Fell

October Daye, Book 11
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: October Daye, Book 11
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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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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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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OMG

Well I enjoy the story. Nice twists and turns. But can we stop with the useless monologue bringing up past books. For the love of God listening for 3 minutes while she talks about the previous walk on the road to Babylon is old. Also she has the ability to change her blood she's done it in the past, but in this book she doesn't know if she can without a hope chest. I'm what, 10 books in, I keep expecting the long explanations to end. Give the damn story and solidify what she can do with the magic we know she has already. Give us something new in the next book.

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...in limbo

I enjoy the October Daye series, and was delighted when I discovered the 11th book.

To me the ending too unfinished. I don't want to series to end but this 11th book left me hanging too much..

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Love the series!

Any additional comments?

I love the October Daye series but I was disappointed in this book. I had a hard time getting into the story and hate the Amandine character. I realize I'm probably supposed to but find her whiney and petulant on top of being hateful. I'm hoping the author does not dwell on her in the future. When I re-listen to the series I will be skipping this one.

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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.

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OMG!

Great twists and turns with incredible character development. I couldn't stop listening. The way she keeps expounding the depth of Faery and it's interaction with the mortal world is fabulous.

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Amazed and satisfied!

The series keeps getting better. Ms McGuire’s skill as a master storyteller grows each time. I cannot imagine anyone else voicing the character but Ms. Kowel. The whole series is a must read for all urban fantasy fans!

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Great book loved all of her books getting the next

Loved it couldn't stop listening till the end. Love the characters and story Narrator was perfect

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Endless series of delightful urban fantasy

Each October Daye adventure is better than the one before. I always look forward to the new books, and I reread and relisten to them frequently. Many series become more formula and less originality, but Seanan McGuire does a great job of keeping the stories fresh and interesting, and always leaves me looking forward to the next book. Robinette Kowal does an excellent job with the narration and performance of the characters and the tone of the stories.

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wonderful narrator for a wonderful series...great

I really like her voice characterizations and the fact she has narrated most (all?) of the books so far