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The Winter Long (October Daye #8)

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Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.

She was wrong.

It's time to learn the truth.
Paperback, 358 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by DAW
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

The Winter Long is so chock full of revelations, and more than a few answered questions, that revealing any of them, would pretty thoroughly spoil the book for you. So, I’ll keep it short and sweet, and deliberately, and probably annoyingly, vague. Sorry about that… I mean, seriously, when you see back cover copy like this:

Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.

She was wrong.

It’s time to learn the truth.

It’s kind of a give

Almost the whole book was unexpected. This was the game changer. There were some things that I thought would happen but almost everything went in a totally different direction than I thought it would. This is my second favorite book in the series after Ashes of Honor.

Simon Torquill returns to cause trouble in Toby's life. There is more to him than Toby ever thought there was. Finally clues that have been dropped since the first book have been explained although just as many new questions arise

If you enjoy smart stories, tight plots, top notch characterization, humor, action, and romance, you NEED this series. If you like urban fantasy, if you like fairy tales that are set in the modern world, you NEED this series. If you want to feel and think and lose yourself in another world, you NEED this series.

Okay, enough about the series, now the book. I love Seanan McGuire and I hate her; I want to marry her and h
Blood drench, Toby's known and unknown past comes back to haunt her, torture her, threaten her and maybe even destroy her.

I love the October Daye series!

This book is just AWESOME!

I loved Toby and her character's growth, was riveted to Tybalt and his devotion, and absolutely adored the depth of every character is outstanding read.

So many things are revealed, shocking revelations that are quite mind blowing.

I can't even begin to describe this story without giving something vital away not just to
Aug 27, 2014 Susana marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-releases
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Maybe it's me, and the fact that it's been awhile since I read the other books in the series, so I had to go back and look up a lot of things I had forgotten about.

Maybe it's the fact that I had huge expectations, based on the information provided by the author and the reviews that said that this book held some life changing revelations for Toby.

Whatever the reason, the book didn't deliver for me.

The "life altering" surprises weren't all that much of a surprise, since I had kinda expected them
I always love getting a new October Daye book. I love everything about them, from the beautiful covers (Chris McGrath, yay!) to the lovely, Shakespearean titles to the richly plotted stories. The author has created a wonderful, fae populated world here complete with Kings, Queens, Knights, and Squires and every new book just continues to build upon the rich foundation that has been laid in previous books. This book certainly continued that fine tradition, so much so, in fact, that I wish I had b ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Sophie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who have read the rest of the series
I don't know how this book can give so many answers and still leave me with a billion burning questions.

This was definitely the Book Where Things Are ~REVEALED~. It answers a LOT of questions that have gone unanswered since the first book, and some things you didn't even know you needed answers to. Also, there's lots of blood magic. I love when Toby shifts someone's blood, so this was like magic porn to me. DO ALL THE BLOOD MAGIC. ALL OF IT. There's an exciting new magic thing, too, which I bet
Angela James
I love this series and this book was the perfect installment.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Just when I thought the October Daye series couldn’t get any better, along comes THE WINTER LONG. Gathering so many hints and threads and portents, this book is one delicious secret after another coming undone.

From the circumstances leading up to Toby’s fish years, to the true line between friend or for, so much becomes clear. Perhaps most emotional were the family moments. Most Changelings are used to be surrounded by lies, but now Toby herself gets a taste of this bitter pill. As new allies ar
Upon finishing book seven of this series, I couldn't wait for more. I mean, I devoured all of the novels that were released in about a two-month span, so that should say something about my love for this series. Therefore, I got my hands on this book as soon as I could. And let me just say, the cycle continues. I'm already impatient for book nine!

Toby's character has grown so much since Rosemary and Rue. She's more confident in herself, and she's not afraid to ask for help from people anymore. T
If I hadn't just read the previous two books to get ready for this one, I'd be reading the whole series over again just to get to this one. Very good!

I like the wrapping up of one story arc so we can move onto the next. Nice work, Ms McGuire.

EDIT 11/10/14 - I can't believe this didn't make it to the Goodreads Awards for 2014.
Kathy Davie
Eighth in the October Daye urban fantasy series and revolving around Toby, Knight, Hero, Changeling. Based in San Francisco.

My Take
Ooh, lots of important and shocking revelations in this one, and at least three conflicts for future stories. One is too sad, another will become a quest, while the third has been a mission for Toby for some time. New powers also reveal themselves. Whew, I'm tellin' ya…there is no end of action in this. Convoluted and just plain mean! There are also some tender momen
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This book is supposed to be a big game changer... a book where things that have been hinted at from the very beginning are finally revealed. It's true - information bombs get dropped left and right - yet this book wasn't my favorite of the series. Anyone who is a fan of author Seanan McGuire knows that she is a fast writer, and is often ahead of schedule with her books. With that being said, this book felt almost rushed to me. We received a lot of information yet the plot of the book was pretty ...more
There really aren't enough words to describe just how much I love this series. Every time I think I have something settled, some solid piece of knowledge about Toby's world, Seanan McGuire reminds me that I am very wrong.

The Winter Long is very important in that it picks up plot lines from Book 1, with Simon Torquill and the disappearance of Sylvester's family. I obviously can't say anything more without giving important plot points away. What I will say is that in revisiting the events that ki
Paulina There is so much that is revealed in this book, and even more questions raised as past events are brought back to the forefront. The players that are on the chessboard that is this series have made some very significant moves that will most definitely affect Toby and her Scooby-gang in the future. The twists and turns that McGuire guides us through were mostly unexpected to me, enough so that I did take supreme enjoyment in the very few things I predicted, though not with any certai ...more
Arc received from Goodreads, to my joy and delight--thank you, thank you!

To sum up--best one in the series yet, and I say this as someone who clutched Ashes of Honor to my chest after finishing it and called it "precious". Spoilers ahead, although I'll try not to tell *everything*.

First off, that cover is telling you who the antagonist is. It's telling you *explicitly*. Evening Winterrose is not done with Toby yet. She may never be. I've been reading Seanan's books since they were mere passing-
Sep 06, 2014 Sunil rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014, own
The Winter Long is the book Seanan McGuire has been teasing since Rosemary and Rue was released, and it promises to be so earthshattering in its revelations that even the blurb refuses to give any indication of the plot, which makes it hard to write a review without spoilers. "It's time to learn the truth," it says, and oh yes, Toby does learn quite a few truths. Many of these truths have been staring at her in the face for seven books. One of these truths drops pretty early, and it seems like a ...more
The October Daye books continue to provide enough to keep me reading, eagerly, for the most part, while driving me up the damn wall all too often. Repetitive prose, repetitive scenes, for the irritation. Here, there were multiple descriptions of Toby biting into/cutting her flesh TOO DEEPLY - yeah, one of those per book will suffice. Thank you. Please? No, really! And reveals, granted, but also some previously favourite characters behaving far worse than I could quite buy.

All in all, not the hu
Замечательная книга, я очень довольна тем, как автору удалось увязать все события первых 7 романов и при этом перевернуть полностью представления читателя о выдуманном ею мире. Рассказывать сюжет не буду, так как сама концепция - большой спойлер на первую книгу серии. Макгвайр дала ответы на многие вопросы, но возникли новые. Очень мне нравятся и отсылки к шекспировским пьясам, легендам, мифам, стихи-заклинания.
Мир фейри Синан Макгвайр вовсе не похож на сказку, а, скорее, на кошмар, но настольк
Fangs for the Fantasy
October has a long and difficult past – but at least she understood it. She’d also left a lot of it behind – she had a new life, new loves, new friends and was an honoured hero of the kingdom

But when old, long vanished people return, she quickly learns nothing was how she imagined it – and people close to her have been keeping vital secrets about her life, her past and her family

This book hit that wonderful sweet balance between EPIC and PERSONAL which is very hard to do.

We have a lot of epic be
October Daye does it again. I have to say I really think this might be one of my favourite books in the whole series. It was full of action, squirmy moments for me and reading October doing her thing to save those nearest and dearest to her. Tybalt was just there for her and it just felt right. I feel that October continues to grow and change. She isn't acting alone anymore and this makes me feel that she is maturing. After the ending I cannot wait to see where the story goes next.
I know I won't be disappointed reading this.

Every chapter is interesting and exciting.

It's killing me not knowing what's gonna happen next especially those cryptic riddles that drives me nuts all the time since Faes are never direct.

And this is actually 1 series that keep me reading book by book.

Can't wait for the next installment!
Paul Bonamy
The Acknowledgements for The Winter Long note that this is pretty much the first book in the series that was fully plotted, and that all of the others have been leading to this point. With the way Winter Long pulls plot threads from the very start of the series right up to the present, I have no problem at all believing that. The previous books aren't just background by any means, but Winter Long shows that they've all been leading here.

This is the sort of book that takes everything we thought w
I thought that after seven books, I’d become comfortable enough in Toby’s world that nothing could blindside me - then I read The Winter Long. Prepare to be blown away by the major twist that comes halfway through. Looking back, there are enough clues over the course of the series to put it all together, but even so, I never saw it coming. The big reveal hit me like a punch in the gut and left me astounded at how long this has been building. Kudos, Ms. McGuire.

The Winter Long is an important tur
As always I love Toby, although her need to run head first in to trouble with no backup can get tiresome! I only wish that there was more May in this one I do heart May! But the seawitch, Quentin and Tybalt do add comic relief too!
Yes!!!! I went into the book expecting Seanan McGuire to rip my heart out, violently throw it to the ground with a gleeful smile on her face and then dance a little jig atop of it until it was ground into dust. I am happy to say that did not happen. This book is now without its share of shocking revelations and "tragedies" and I full on expect that she will do the ripping of the heart out in a book down the line, but until then I am going to bask in the happiness that this book did not throw me ...more
Well that was a game changer!
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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 14 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)
  • Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)
  • No Sooner Met (October Daye, #6.1)
  • Chimes at Midnight (October Daye, #7)
  • A Red Rose Chain (October Daye, #9)
  • Once Broken Faith (October Daye, #10)
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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