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Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  7,744 ratings  ·  542 reviews
It’s been almost a year since October “Toby” Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities—training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills—but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increas ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, USA, 353 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by DAW
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This installment bumped this series up to the top of my urban-paranormal series list! I am so invested in the world building and the characters now, and the looming sense that something bad is around the corner. At the same time the romance is real and awesome, but doesn't overshadow the adventure. October is such a great heroine, she's come a LONG way from the first book in the series, that's for sure! Highly recommend it, can't wait for the next! Of all the "Faerie" urban fantasy series out th ...more
Ranting Dragon

The sixth installment of New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye series, Ashes of Honor, returns us to San Francisco and the world of changeling October Daye.

It’s been a year since the events of the previous novel, One Salt Sea, and Toby still hasn’t fully recovered from the personal losses she sustained during that time. She’s been trying to keep her focus on her responsibilities as Sylvester’s knight and putting in hours training her
Can i just say in a character's honor....MEOW lol


Okay, i have to admit that THIS series, is at the moment my favorite urban fantasy series.
What's there not to like?
We have great characters, great stories, a BEAUTIFUL romance. YES, FINALLY!!! I think everyone that has been following this series, knows what i'm talking about! They're so...perfect for one another. And i have to say that i loved each and every single one of their dialogues....( a little fan moment here, sigh)..and
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
This is the October Daye book I've been waiting to be written. Things that I have been wanting to see... it's there. In spades. This is book 6 in the October Daye series.

As with the entire series, this is an urban fantasy, not a paranormal romance. The romance is not absent, but it takes a back seat to characters and plot. In my attempt to not spoil anything, all I can say is I am fist pumping in the air like a mofo!

The overall direction of the plot left me a bit worried at first. How many times
Sooooo worth the wait!

The October Day series is, hands-down, one of the best I've read. It offers everything I love - action, a rich, well-imagined world, and a fabulous cast of main & supporting characters. With the exception of A Local Habitation (which I liked, but didn't love), every book has become an instant favorite, and IMO, Ashes of Honor might just be the best yet.

The story picks up about a year after the events of book 5, One Salt Sea. October is still recovering from everything
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Toby kicks ass in this high octane addition to the October Daye series.

At this point, six books into the series, we've seen October's character make quite the transformation, both emotionally and physically. From orphaned changeling kid, wandering lost in the human world. To wife and mother, trying to play Fairy Bride. And finally, where we are today; to kickass hero and knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills, friend and ally to the King of Cats and Sea Witch, rescuer of lost kids, acquir
Perfection. Non-stop action typical of this series, the beginnings of the romance we've all been waiting for wrapped in endearing tenderness and fierce loyalty, and personal growth that can only be called inspiring from a heroine that we've run the gamut with.

This book was perfect, it had it all.
All Things Urban Fantasy
The October Daye series is one of those delicious worlds that becomes more and more beloved with each visit, and ASHES OF HONOR is my favorite of this series to date. Tobey and her squire, the electric Dryad, Tybalt and Raj, Sylvester and May, all of the familiar favorites get page time in this book. Despite the pain and losses of prior books and the mystery central to this one, seeing the support network of friends and family around October makes ASHES OF HONOR a sweet interlude of happiness in ...more

(NOTE: I'm actually rating this one 5 1/2 Stars, even though it's not an actual option.)

When I finished Ashes of Honor last night, I was dancing on the seat of the Comfy Chair, fist-pumping, and yelling "Yes, YES, YEEEESSSS!!!" I can guarantee that this was not a pretty sight, but what else could I do? The book was definitely a home run for Seanan McGuire, and celebration was required! And for those who have been following this very good series, may I just say
The not-a-spoiler part: I loved this one. ASHES OF HONOR was worth the wait.

So first off - Tybalt. Obviously. I just... *flails* ah, I loved that he gets page-time in this book, and proper page-time at that. (view spoiler)

But it wasn’t just the romance subplot. One of the main re
The series roster of characters is perfect; the setting and world-building details are peerless; the plot is awesome. For my money, Seanan McGuire is one of the most talented urban fantasy authors in publication. (And sci-fi! Don't get be started about FEED, which she wrote as Mira Grant. Have you read that? One of my favorite books of all time -- absolutely, utterly, amazingly brilliant stuff. One of the books I recommend often.)

That said.... Oh, man, I really hate giving Seanan McGuire anythin
The October Daye series is one of those delicious worlds that becomes more and more beloved with each visit. Despite the pain and loses of prior books and the mystery central to this one, ASHES OF HONOR is a sweet interlude of happiness. Tobey and her squire, the electric Dryad, Tybalt and Raj, Sylvester and May, all of the familiar favorites get page time in this book.

I feel a little bad that I am willing to forget Connor so quickly, but Tybalt has always fascinated me. His relationship with O
Dr susan
I have Ashes in my hands! Barnes and Noble put it out early! Oh Joy!! I have to finish Jacka's Taken and reread One Salt Sea.....
It is 3am (Sept 3), I am on pg 270, and Seanan McGuire is brilliant. But I have to go to sleep... Finished- I kept finding things to do to delay reaching the end, so it took 4 hours to read 83 pages. I could have given Ashes 5 stars by the end of the first chapter. By the end of the book, I was wishing Goodreads had a 5+ rating. Although McGuire does an incredible job

I've inhaled the book and listened to the audiobook - yes, I'm a bit obsessed - which is how I devoured the first five books, so I continued the tradition! And Mary Robinette Kowal is the voice of Toby for me; she truly brings the characters to life!

Of the numerous Urban Fantasy series I am currently reading the October Daye series has become by far my favorite. Not only did Ashes of Honor solidify that fact but after reading that last chapter? Well, it made me into a fan-girl of epic p
Jun 14, 2015 Andree rated it 4 of 5 stars
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My favourite of this series in a while.

A little too much Toby almost dying, but for the most part everything that happens makes sense. Plus we got to revisit Tamed Lightning, with much bonus Blunt!April. Plus there was Quentin and Raj as best friends and brothers in unofficial squire-dom. And Raj... oh Raj... (view spoiler)

And also, this one had all the Tybalt. Whi
It's now a bit hard for me to properly write a review for this book, because I waited two weeks before writing it. I didn't want to write it because I was too busy jumping right into the next book in the series to bother sitting down to write the review.

That alone, should be hint enough on how I thought of this book... It was really good, even better than the last!!!

Seriously, I'm getting tired of hearing myself say this, but really, REALLY, this series just keeps on giving and keeps on getting
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One of the things I love about this series is that once the book gets going, it just keeps on going. Toby and her friends are rarely allowed any down time. Toby's jobs are just too dire. However, they occasionally allowed little small respites, but those usually happen when Toby is unconscious. It should be a bit annoying that things never slow down, but honestly, it just makes me love and admire Seanan McGuire for being able to keep a story going when things are so non-stop. Once again, this bo ...more
"It sometimes seems like Faerie reserves the hardest choices for the children."

It’s been a year since the events at the end of One Salt Sea — events that left October Daye deep in mourning. Since then, she’s been taking unnecessary risks and feeling directionless in her life. But now a new emergency has arisen that requires her attention. Etienne, a fellow knight of Sylvester’s court, has a changeling daughter he never knew about. He only just learned of her existence because she’s gone missing.
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ASHES OF HONOR is the newest release in Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series. This series has slowly become one of my absolute favorites in urban fantasy. It has fabulous world building, characters that constantly grow and adapt, and a storyline that continues to deepen and evolve with every book. These books are an auto buy for me and I cannot recommend them highly enough!

This book finds Toby in a very sad state. She is still heali

A few months ago I reviewed One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire, and I praised it plenty. In particular, I made it a point to distinguish and commend McGuire for her writing skills which I felt was among the top in the genre, making her novels standout from the pack. It was with that in mind that I eagerly anticipated the next in the October Day series, Ashes of Honor , but can't help but be disappointed about a few aspects that I perceived worsened this
The 6th book in the October Daye series. Etienne, Sylvester's number 1 knight, has come to Toby with a problem. His changling daughter which he didn't even know existed until that day, is missing and it turns out that she has inherited his powers of teleportation in spades and without any of the controls. She is being hunted and is popping into areas that were supposed to be sealed off thousands of years ago by Oberon himself and if she continues unchecked, it will kill her and rip open holes in ...more
**4.5 stars**

OMG, finally! It happened! What I've been waiting for over 5 books! Tybalt and Toby actually discussed what there were for each other - there were declarations of love, honest discussions of feelings, yummy kisses, etc. All this baffling behavior from both of them over the last few books was explained and it actually made sense! I've been sighing non-stop since I finished the book.

The plot of the book was pretty good too. Somewhat similar like the last book with a kidnapped girl but
Simply awesome!
An amazing adventure and we get to know more about Tybalt.

Toby being Toby.. a magnet for trouble was hired to find a missing teenage changeling.
And poor Tybalt.. getting bloodied most of the time with her.
And troubles with his own court. :(

Love all the secondary characters in the book as well.

The only thing that I hate about this book will be the agony and frustration that the author had put me through for the relationship of Toby and Tybalt.
Damn faes and their cryptic talks.

I am a slow reader, and it took me from 3 to about 6:30 to finish a little over half the book this afternoon, and at one point my roommate had to stop me and send me to get some tea because I was just too excited. I was literally kicking the walls and squealing. I put the book down and ran up and down the hall and then came back and picked it up again. At one point I was jumping on my bed while reading, so Jazz was like, "youuuuu need to make yourself some tea or something."
Literally, this was
Jana Stocks Brown
I have the strangest love hate relationship with this series. I love the world building. I love the mystery. I love the secondary characters and the relationships. Toby drives me up the wall because I love some parts of her personality and there are other times I feel like she keeps taking two steps forward and 1.5 steps back and I want to slap her with a herring.
YES! I'm going to have to hold back a lot here so as not to spoil anything so I'll just say this: I'm trying to think of something that I *didn't* love about this book, and I'm not coming up with anything!

Start to finish- Awesomesauce!

Not the most loquacious review, but I'm still a little too enraptured to come up with anything better.
This was my favorite book of the series yet.

It wasn't perfect. I still had problems with a few, petty things (Toby and her coffee addiction was amusing at first, but the joke being repeated ad nauseum? Yeah. got tired of it real fast. Then there are a few convenient surprises (view spoiler)) But for the most part I could push past that and just enjoy what I was reading.

The beginning, again, was
A must read for fans of the series!

Ashes of Honor, Book 6 in the October Daye series, takes place about a year after One Salt Sea. Toby has loved, lost, and is now trying to get back to normalcy. Of course, in Toby’s world “normalcy” includes solving cases and facing danger head on. And those who love her most fear that her luck could run out.

She takes on a case for Etienne to find his teenaged daughter, Chelsea, a changeling whose been kept a secret from Etienne for all of these years. Howeve
Ann Gimpel
I like McGuire's writing and the world she's created in her October Daye series. This book was no exception. My only nitpick is there was too much backstory. I skipped #4 and #5 in this series and now I don't have to read them because I have a pretty good sense what they were about. I do realize it's a fine line between feeding series readers too much information and making sure someone new to the series isn't lost. At least for Ashes of Honor, lots of the backstory was repeated throughout the b ...more
I was never able to sit down and write a coherent full review for this most recent installment for the October Daye series in large part because I was so overwhelmingly happy with it. This was the book I’d been waiting for, the one that made all of that teeth gnashing and impatience worth it.

Ashes of Honor presents such a beautiful reflection of chaos vs. control, and how easily one can be pushed between the extremes. Finally Etienne, knight and pure order, reveals himself to be more than Sylves
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and
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Other Books in the Series

October Daye (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1)
  • A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)
  • An Artificial Night (October Daye #3)
  • Late Eclipses (October Daye #4)
  • One Salt Sea (October Daye #5)
  • Chimes at Midnight (October Daye, #7)
  • The Winter Long (October Daye, #8)
  • A Red-Rose Chain (October Daye, #9)
  • Once Broken Faith (October Daye, #10)
  • The Brightest Fell (October Daye, #11)
Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) Late Eclipses (October Daye #4) An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)

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“It’s been a long time since I’ve loved someone, but I know what it feels like. When you turn from me, it hurts. When you think badly of me, I think badly of myself. When you do stupid, suicidal things, I want to slap you upside the head and demand to know how you can be so brilliant and so blind at the same time.” Tybalt’s expression was calm. “If that’s not love, what is it?”

“Why are you telling me this?” I whispered.

“Because we’re probably going to die today.” He waved his free hand toward the street. “I’ve always tried not to lie to you; I’ve seen how you react when others do. Dying without telling you how I felt would be lying. I’ve been patient. I’ve given you time to recognize my feelings, and I’ve seen you choose a man who loved the girl you were, not the woman you are. Now he’s gone, and I can’t be patient anymore. I love you, October. I’ll be sorry if we die here, but I won’t be sorry I helped you… and I won’t be sorry I finally told you.”


“Cats never regret anything,” he said, and he turned and kissed me.”
“Tybalt’s what we call ‘Cait Sidhe’— the fairy cats. Which explains the attitude. And the eyes.”

“Meow,” said Tybalt, deadpan.”
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