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Late Eclipses (October Daye #4)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  11,583 Ratings  ·  650 Reviews
October "Toby" Daye is half-human, half-fae-the only changeling who's earned knighthood. But when someone begins targeting her nearest and dearest, it becomes clear that Toby is being set up to take the fall for everything that's happening.
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Daw Books
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Aug 24, 2016 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anne by: Steven
Yep, you were right Steven!
Alright, if you (like me) didn't care for the first few books in the October Daye series, but didn't hate them, either? Ok. Then maybe you should give the series another chance.
Especially if you're looking for a new urban fantasy series to get into, because this one seems to be heading somewhere cool & fun!


Or at least it looks that way to me.

Oh, and there's a pretty BIG reveal about who/what October is in this book!
No. I won't be spoiling anything, but it looks li
Mar 31, 2016 Choko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.44 ***

A weekly Urban Fantasy buddy read with the Fae creatures at BB&B!!!

Book 4 of the October Daye series and Seanan McGuire has completely dug her claws into my heart and mind! To say it was unexpected would be an understatement. After all, I only read Urban Fantasy for the creativity and magical experience they bring me, without having my emotions too engaged and not much of me getting invested in the development of the characters. I can count on a fun, entertaining, and actionny ri
Aug 06, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
October Daye reminds me of that friend whom I liked a great deal, but who was a disaster waiting to happen. Make a shopping date, and she'd show up 45 minutes late and then discover she lost her credit card at the first store. We'd have some commotion looking for it, involve two or three innocent bystanders, run back and search the car, call home and convince someone to search her house until they found it, and then after much quibbling, she'd agree to borrow some money so we could go ahead and ...more
Wow, Seanan McGuire is a friggin' superstar. This series is quickly rising in the ranks of my favorite UF series. Book three was great, and so was this one, book four.

So pumped that there are quite a few more before I'm caught up and stuck in the "waiting for every new release" phase.
The Flooze

I had declared, after reading An Artificial Night, that Toby Daye and I simply would not do. Though there was much about her I adored, though her friends were lovely, entertaining people, Toby and I just didn’t see eye-to-eye. And so I bid her a fond farewell, wishing her all the best with those who might appreciate her better.

Insistent friends pleaded with me to give her another chance. “No, no,” said I. “You can never go back on that sort of decision. It just leads to more disappoint
Best book so far in the October Daye series. Toby doesn’t get so physically beat up in this go-round, plus she actually has a coterie of friends, including women friends, who have her back. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are headed into Bechdel test territory, with other significant female characters who talk to Toby about significant subjects. This makes my heart happy.

I also got my wish, namely to learn more about Toby’s mother Amandine. Not everything, mind you, McGuire is portioning it out sl
All Things Urban Fantasy
From the first book, ROSEMARY AND RUE, it has felt like I jumped into the October Daye series “in media res.” Quickly swept away by action and character development, I had for the most part forgotten Toby’s mysterious past. LATE ECLIPSES not only brings it all back, but also explodes Toby’s own preconceived ideas about herself and her heritage. While not a cliff hanger, this book ends poised at the top of an arc, and I can’t wait to read where all of this forward momentum is going to take the se ...more
Jul 25, 2016 Marzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Seanan McGuire (Part the Second, since Ali's is Part the First) Please never stop writing. I adore everything you write and can't wait until May for Deadline and October for One Salt Sea and do not know what I will then do when I have to wait an entire year for another Toby Daye book but will try not to whine and pout. Hey, I know! I will read InCryptid! Anyway, in the meantime, I wish you candy corn, cupcakes, large cats and pleasant, well-behaved, well-informed fans, all in appropriately ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Late Eclipses hits the ground running with a few shocking developments for our favorite changeling, October Daye, but then Toby’s immediately called to see a friend with a suspicious illness. As more fae fall victim to similar complaints, Toby fends off accusations and works to track down an old enemy. She’s caught up in a plot involving revenge, political power, and family intrigue, and not even her most formidable allies can help her with the difficult choice she’ll have to make.

These books ke
Apr 13, 2016 Joanita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of UF

30/03/2016 Buddy read with the awesome UF addicts over at BB&B for our weekly October Daye fix :-)

“I choose the evil I know.” I turned to face her. “I can’t be a hero with no one to save, and I can’t run out on them just because I’m scared. I already walked away from this world once. I don’t get to go back.”

Toby’s life is one again upended by evil. Toby's friend Lily, an Undine, and Lady of the Tea Gardens, is sick, and no one knows what is wrong with her. Undine are not supposed to ge

Dec 30, 2013 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deceit and Drama

The fourth instalment of the October Daye series opens innocently enough with a late night trip to the shops. Toby’s peace does not last long though and within the first chapter she is called to the court of the insane Queen of Mists. The fae Queen has plans for Toby and she is not the only one because a mysterious sickness rises and targets Toby friends with a suddenness that suggests poison most foul. Now Toby must race against time to save those she loves because if she fails
Dec 23, 2011 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Late Eclipses was a magnificent read. Exactly as I've come to expect of Seanan McGuire.

Aside from the excellent world building, blending of traditional lore with the modern world, characterisations and storylines (both for Late Eclipses alone and across the series); it's sheer joy to read such good word craft written in an active voice.

Late Eclipses was a tantalisingly dark read but with enough interest in and care for the characters developed that it really mattered to me what becames of them
Wow, an October Daye novel I actually really liked reading. After the first three novels I had thought I'd just trudge through this one like the others, but I found myself racing along the pages and genuinely loving what I was reading. It was kind of amazing how I didn't want to throttle Toby anymore. Admittedly, some of that is coupled with a sense of 'about damned time', but you know what? I'll take what I can get.

Late Eclipses is full of action, suspense, and, well, drama. Toby is plunged in
Feb 23, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start my review, an aside about the cover art. Chris McGrath has really outdone himself on the cover for Late Eclipses. Wow, that’s gorgeous. It’s also an actual scene from the book, and every element in the scene is important to the story, from her ball gown to her leather jacket to the items she holds.

Moving along to the book, Late Eclipses features a mystery that hits close to home for Toby Daye. Lily, the Lady of the Tea Gardens, falls ill… but it’s supposed to be impossible for Und
It’s like night and…daye! Reading October in October!

This marks my first review of Seanan McGuire's popular series. Normally I prefer to review every book after I read it; however, for this series it was super difficult to become invested early on. I got through the first three quickly to keep my enthusiasm up for the series. But since I read them quickly I didn't think I could write a proper review. But due to the high acclaim that the later books have received I decided to push through, and
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
I love the quip in the summary (taken from the author's website) about making Toby wear dresses. It's so true! Toby's getting unwillingly dragged into Royal and Courtly politics. Can you think of anything that is less Toby's cup of tea than pomp and politics? Neh, me either. And why? Why are people trying to get her entangled in that world? What is to be gained from it? Well, if your name is October Daye, nothing good, that's what.

Our Tobes has a hard time in this one. It was suspense-filled, dr
3.5 stars. The plot is a bit weak, as usual. There is a lot of rushing around, going away, and then hurrying back again, with not quite enough real action in between, and a few way too convenient characters or plot points (Walther). But generally there were lotsa secrets revealed, lotsa changes and a lotsa of Tybalt. And Connor. I guess slowly developing triangles are the "thing to do" but I don't really get his appeal as a character. Maybe in real life, sure, he seems like a nice guy, but as a ...more
Danielle (Danniegurl)
This is a huge turning point in the series. A lot happens here with Tybalt, with Lily, with Rysaline and an old ghost Oleander. Many many things also happen with Toby herself. I'm excited to see where this goes, the Queen of Mist totally has it out for Toby. Now she's under her kingdom but I don't think Toby should be bowing down to the Queen with the new things we've learned. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 06, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I wanted answers, and this fourth installment of the October Daye series, Late Eclipses gave me them, but as is so often the case when provided with complicated answers to seemingly simple questions, more complicated questions arise. Touche, Ms. McGuire, touche.

It seems as if the Queen of Mists has finally found a way to bestow upon Toby the favor she’s so been longing to give–a proclamation for a changeling who had the nerve to solve the Queen’s problems and take the credit she deserved.
Jul 26, 2013 Torzilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, reviewed
LATE ECLIPSES, book four in the October Daye series, delivers a tightly woven plot which manages to skewer our perception of what Toby is in the process. If one is interested in learning more about Toby's world, this novel is the novel to read. If, however, the reader is searching for more of a romance, he or she will be severely disappointed with this installment.

I always felt the world-building was Seanan's strong point when it came to the Fae world. She has something refreshing to incorporate
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the UF maniacs at BB&B

And we're back for our weekly exploration of Faerie with the one and only October Christine Daye! This time we almost didn't make it out alive. The series is getting expressively darker and you know what? I love it! Even when the fear for Toby's live (well mostly the fear for the lives of the people around her since the series has a few more books in it so the likelihood of Toby dying in the middle of the series are slim to none) kept me awake. As usual
Dec 30, 2013 Suz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book had me on the edge of my seat all the way through it. I enjoyed the first in the series quite a bit, the second not as much; but this...what a wonderful tale. It had everything (except some smutty adult times). My heart pounded, I felt outrage for injustices, heartbreak at losses, confusion and enlightenment. I laughed out loud and I growled at the enemy. Things happened that I didn't see coming and I ended the book, without a cliff hanger in sight, aching for the next installment.


Another suspenseful and action packed novel by Seanan McGuire.

October (Toby) Daye is back as the changeling knight who always seems to find more trouble than normal. In this novel, an old foe returns and preys upon Toby’s friends. The plot was a wild ride until the end. Toby’s “relationship” with the cat king Tybalt deepens and the tension between these two is intense. You can feel it rolling off the pages. We learn more about Toby’s mysterious childhood and her mother, but questions re
Mar 03, 2011 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-fiction
Dear Seanan McGuire: I love you, I really do. But PLEASE stop making it so hard to wait between your books, without even having stupid cliff-hangers at the end. The sheer amount of individual character and complex relationship development, and new plot/world/background information, in this book is staggering, and I'm not sure how I'm going to wait six months 'til One Salt Sea, let alone an entire *year* after OSS for the next Toby book. In short, stop writing such awesome books. (Except, don't ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy

Toby faces more losses (I teared up) and makes some shocking realizations about herself. Even so, there are still unanswered questions. Too bad no one in faerie can ever give a straight answer. Bad girl Oleander drops several clues but I'm still not sure what they mean. Tybalt is awesome - again!- and Conner is a wimp who needs to be gone, like, yesterday.
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Toby you are a Mystery Stars

There are some series that start out really strong and then start to lose momentum and then there are others that start out a bit slow but build over time to become better and better. I would say that the October Daye series definitely falls into the second category.

This series seems to be a bit darker than some of the other UF series I’ve become attached to. There seems to be a slightly grimmlike quality to it and not all the characters that you thought of as sta
Oct 09, 2014 Lesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4.5 Stars

Another amazing installment in the Toby Daye series! With Late Eclipses, McGuire continues the topnotch world-building that makes this series stand out from other urban fantasies. The realm of Faerie, with its multitude of races, courtly etiquette, and strange magic, has never been more interesting. I love getting to explore Toby's world. In this book, we even get a peek behind the shadows into the mysterious court of the Cait Sidhe.

The tone of the story is just as dark and depressing a
I love Toby Daye--she's definitely up there with my other favorite kick-ass heroines: Joanne (Walker), Mercy (Thompson), Jane (Yellowrock), and Gin (Blanco). Why? Well, she's snarky. She kicks ass. And she does everything she can for all the right reasons, even if it's unappreciated.

Toby barely made it through An Artificial Night, and things don't slow down for this changeling-knight-and-P.I. in Late Eclipses. Sure, it starts off with something as mundane as grocery shopping with her posse (all
Mar 12, 2011 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All right, please note that despite the fact that I've loved genre fiction since I could read, I am a literary snob. I teach English and have done so for almost three full decades at this point. Therefore, I sometimes feel I simply can't give five stars to a genre novel.

Damn. You see, otherwise, I would have given this book five stars. Or at least four and a half.

I've liked the October Daye series since the start, but I truly think this one is the best of the series thus far. I even found myself
Angela James
Dec 07, 2011 Angela James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot, and continue to love this series. I think fans of the series will enjoy this installment and anticipate the next. My only quibble with the book is that Toby seems to have a bit of an almost callous disregard for Tybalt. Or maybe takes him for granted? I must admit, I'm biased, though, as I don't like Connor at all, and wish Toby would quit mooning over him. Blech ;)

Also, despite the fact that the author had Toby admitting "how stupid am I" when going into dangerous situ
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Feb 16, 2015 07:35AM  
  • A Fantasy Medley 2
  • The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan, #3)
  • Demon Hunts (Walker Papers, #5)
  • Tempest's Legacy (Jane True, #3)
  • Grave Dance (Alex Craft, #2)
  • Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, #3)
  • Blood on the Bayou (Annabelle Lee, #2)
  • Better Off Undead (The Bloodhound Files, #4)
  • The Wild Ways (Gale Women, #2)
  • Magic on the Line (Allie Beckstrom, #7)
  • Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)
  • Sins of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #4)
  • Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell, #3)
  • Fury's Kiss (Dorina Basarab, #3)
  • Double Cross (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #2)
  • Unfallen Dead (Connor Grey, #3)
  • City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #3)
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)
  • One Salt Sea (October Daye, #5)
  • Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)
  • 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)

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