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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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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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October Daye never gets old

The October Daye series and Mary Robinette Kowal as a narrator are a perfect match, and this episode (Book 11) is no exception. It is pretty important that these books are read in order -- the characters, story line, and entire world of this character are developed over time and have a central plot. Some books move the plot forward (books like Winter Long) and some are just "the adventures of October" and are not central to the plot.

This book, The Brightest Fell, the plot continues with the planned marriage of two main characters, and old nemeses come back to liven things up. It is told with McGuire's flair for drama and Kowal's ability to bring the world to life. The missing star on story is not to dissuade anyone from reading, but only to mark that this isn't the strongest book in the series.

As for the audio, I think Kowal brings the story to life like no other. She manages to voice characters convincingly and give each character his own voice that is consistent through the series. Her
tempo and pronunciation are perfect. Too many younger narrators butcher the language and ruin an otherwise good performance, but Mary is obviously intelligent and well-read.

Bravo.

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Awful narrator!

This narrator is awful. Her voice for Tybalt is the worst. I wasted a credit.

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Still more secrets and story to love

A lost road, a candle and Deep Fairie, new characters and old ones. Magic and blood.

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The Brightest Fell

As always, wonderful story telling! Characters are amazing and the plot is a labarynth which makes one feel as though on a journey with the characters. Love Toby’s development. Hope she stays away from the self centered monster who is her maternal parental unit. Grateful to have Tybalt back. Simon is now set to cause more damage. Look forward to the next book.

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not as good

i have liked previous books better than this. the only bright spot is the obvious fforshadowing where toby goes off to save oberon and his wives. that, apparrently, is the nexft book.

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  • Lori
  • Florida Keys, FL, United States
  • 02-15-18

...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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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!!