Late Eclipses (October Daye #4)
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 ...more
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 ...more
So pumped that there are quite a few more before I'm caught up and stuck in the "waiting for every new release" phase.
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 ...more
I also got my wish, namely to learn more about Toby’s mother Amandine. Not everything, mind you, McGuire is portioning it out sl ...more
These books ke ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Late Eclipses is full of action, suspense, and, well, drama. Toby is plunged in ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Our Tobes has a hard time in this one. It was suspense-filled, dr ...more
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. ...more
I always felt the world-building was Seanan's strong point when it came to the Fae world. She has something refreshing to incorporate ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Also, despite the fact that the author had Toby admitting "how stupid am I" when going into dangerous situ ...more
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 ...more