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Ashes of Honor

(October Daye #6)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  16,109 ratings  ·  964 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, 363 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by DAW
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6), Seanan McGuire

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, but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her – and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters.

To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child...only
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀


While the other books had hints and glimmers of greatness, this FUCKING ONE brings it all together and has made the whole journey worth it

The worldbuilding?? Fucking brilliant
“Purebloods make knowes, Firstborn make worlds…what did you think my parents made?”
“They made Faerie,” I said.
“They did. And Faerie misses us”

The action? Just creative tension with building up of important key characters and events combined with that *iconic*
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
I have been waiting for this book since the beginning of the series!

Again, I have laughed and cried and yelled and smiled while reading this book. I absolutely love all the characters!
It's been a while since I've found a series that makes me have so many feeling! And I absolutely love it!
2nd Read: 22/09/15

Still a winner!

First Read: April 25 th (2012)
Can I get a MEOW in Tybalt's honor? :D


Okay, I have to admit that THIS series, is at the moment my favourite urban fantasy series ( in case the fangirling wasn't obvious enough..)
What's there not to like?
We have great characters, great stories, a BEAUTIFUL romance. YES, FINALLY!!!
I think that everyone that has been following this series, knows what I'm talking about! They're so...perfect for one another. I just fee
Ranting Dragon
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: garrett

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
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes! Finally! (That's all I'm saying so it can't be a spoiler!)What I like about this series is the development of these characters over time. Toby may still not look after herself and show a blatant disregard for her own safety, but at least her esteem has risen enough for her to know she has been and is a hero. The people who love her best are frustrated in this book by the likelihood that Toby will put everyone's wellbeing before her own. Again, she becomes embroiled in a case to save a teena ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing

13/04/2016 Buddy read with my fellow UF addicts over at BB&B b/c we love this series.

“You can’t save everyone and leave yourself lost, October. It isn’t fair. Not to you and not to the people who care about you.”

It’s been almost a year since the happening of the last book, and at the beginning of this book it would seem that the fae world has finally managed to break our October Daye. After everything she has lost, she has become reckless, having no care for the risks she takes. And all her fr

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I highly doubt anyone will be reading these reviews anymore because I'm becoming somewhat predictable. I'm saying nothing new and living through the same disappointments and clinging to the same small, itty bitty, hopes. It's like a weird Groundhog Day.

Though there are some differences in details, I might as well just say "see previous reviews" but I mean.. there are differences. Like, the ship I was shipping? It has sailed. And I want to be happy but lolz, I'm not? I won't say I wasn't moved a
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
Robin (Bridge Four)

OK OK so this series really isn’t about relationships. It is much more UF than PNR and there are mysteries to be solved, plots to be uncovered and a dying Faery to save….BUT MY SHIP IS FINALLY HAPPENING….don’t judge me I’m just really excited about it.

TnT (Toby and Tybalt) finally got some traction. There is kissing, some deep conversations, kissing, admittance of feelings and kissing….did I mention the kissing. *happy dancing on a table* That alone is a great reaso
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 tha
Yay! This is book, folks, where Toby Daye finally wakes up and smells the coffee, both literally and figuratively. Indeed, she is as obsessed with coffee drinking as I am and all the people in her life have learned to make it to her specifications. Plus, she has learned about those people in her life—she cares about them, they care about her, and she should probably get used to that.

It was great to see her accept and even solicit help from her regular crew of friends and to see them all win the
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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, acqu
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*** 4.55 ***

A buddy read with the fabulous UF fans at BB&B!

“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?”

What a fabulous addition to the October Daye series!!! The #
Sharon L
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0ownhome
I'm coming to love the October Daye series.

It is darker than most Urban Fantasy books. It touches on some hard subjects because none of the characters are safe, not even the children.

There are some elements of death, torture, emotional abuse, grieving, bleeding, heartfelt moments and betrayal.

Seanan McGuire has managed to creat an interesting world, heroine and a supporting cast.
Choosing faerie has enabled her to touch madness and the complicated relationship between immortals, who most time
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I finished my reread of this book and it still ranks as one of my favorites in the series. But rather than an actual review, which I did for my initial read of the MMP version, I thought I'd just jot down some of my favorite quotes from the book. :-)

"You can't save everyone and leave yourself lost, October. It isn't fair, not to you and not to the people who care about you." ~~ Tybalt/October

Every time I was on the Shadow Roads, Tybalt had me, or Tybalt was coming to get me out of the dark. No m
Ashes of Honor
4 Stars

Still recovering from the aftermath of her last case, Changeling PI, Toby Daye, is struggling to live up to her responsibilities. The last thing she wants or needs is a new investigation. But things never did run smoothly for Toby, so when a fellow knight approaches her with a request to find his missing daughter, she soon finds herself in pursuit of a young girl with the power to destroy all of Faerie if she isn't stopped.

Definitely the best installment in the series both
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It's the sixth book and I'm glad to see this series is still going strong, it took me longer than usual to finish Ashes of Honor though because Batman fanfics have sucked up much of my time...LOL

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There are so many things I can say about this book.

Hands down one of my favorites so far, Toby is back. She is trying to heal from the pain of losing Connor. When Etiane shows up and asks her to find his daughter.

A portal jumper that is causing she and havoc in the Faerie realm hasn't been given a choice.

I feel this book was a turning point for many of our friends. Most of them good, I said it before and I will say it again. I love the family October is building. She has amazing people in her
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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.
I've been hooked on this series since the very beginning but it really is just getting better and better with every single book, partly because I'm so invested in the characters now but equally because Seanan McGuire is doing such a fantastic job at coming up with interesting plots and adding lots of intrigue. Ashes of Honor is definitely my favourite book so far and I'm not afraid to admit that it's mostly because we get to see so much of Tybalt in this one. I am so totally on board the Toby Ty ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! No, this series is not about romance, but it is about relationships of all kinds. However, this book focuses on Toby and Tybalt and the two of them finally coming to grips with how they feel about each other. Their feelings have been clear for a while, but for one reason or another, it hasn't worked out. Now they finally have a chance to work things out.

Toby is hired to find a changeling who is ripping holes through Faerie. Breaking through the barriers to the forbidden lands c

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 w
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. Howe
Karina Webster
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series. i love the slow reveals, i love the character friendships & relationships, the familial, platonic & romantic, i just love it. If everything happened all at once, i’d have lost interest in the series early on (bit like the first time i tried reading Kate Daniels) but the time McGuire tales to unravel secrets, love, lore & worlds is soo worth it. Much more to come too, i think!
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A missing child, doors being ripped open in Fairy, will Toby be able to find her before it’s too late?

Opening Sentence: The night sky over San Francisco was a patchwork mixture of starry black and cloudy gray, all of it washed out by the ambient light drifting up from the city below.

The Review:

Toby is back and it’s been awhile, she has been avoiding people and trying to deal with the losses from the war she helped avert. I won’t go into that too
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing

(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
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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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  • Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4)
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  • Chimes at Midnight (October Daye, #7)
  • The Winter Long (October Daye, #8)
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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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