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The Winter Long

(October Daye #8)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  11,721 ratings  ·  835 reviews
For once, it seems like the Kingdom of the Mists has reached a point of, if not perfection, at least relative peace. Queen Arden Windermere is getting settled on her family's throne; no one's going to war with anyone else; it's almost like everything is going to be okay. Even October "Toby" Daye is starting to relax her constant vigilance, allowing herself to think about t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by DAW
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Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Sooo, I love paranormal detectives. I love the twisted plots, the dangerous characters, the desperate situations…it provides a rush that few other genres can match.

And October Toby Daye is a damn good example with the fey-orientated series that blends crime, action-adventure, and some pretty great characters.

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As a heroine, Toby is definitely one of my favorites *acknowleding her depression and struggle in book 4+5* even with all the shit in her life, she doesn't just bitch and moan about how u
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book, along with the rest of the series, will either lands you in the camp of "I love all you guys," or "Oh god this just isn't for me." Of course, if you've made it to book eight, then you're already pretty damn familiar with all the peeps, and if you are, then you're going to LOVE this one.

Why? Because practically everyone gets a walk-on and a few early villains come back to wreak havoc. :)

Death? Oh yeah, lots of death and surprises in store for us, but October wouldn't be October without
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Winter Long (October Daye #8), Seanan McGuire

For once, it seems like the Kingdom of the Mists has reached a point of, if not perfection, at least relative peace.

Queen Arden Windermere is getting settled on her family's throne; no one's going to war with anyone else; it's almost like everything is going to be okay.

Even October "Toby" Daye is starting to relax her constant vigilance, allowing herself to think about the future, and what it might entail.

And then Simon Torquill comes back, and
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing

So many surprising developments occurred! 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 ar
Robin (Bridge Four)
Read with the UF lovers of Buddies Books and Baubles

Just when I’m pretty sure that Toby can’t become more interesting….she does. Her blood magic becomes bigger and better all the time and well it seems like she is gathering quite a few Thank Yous from some pretty powerful fae, I wonder what she will get when she starts cashing them all in.

I’ve been wondering about Simon and what his real role in Toby’s life is for some time now. I even had a few theories that came close but weren’t quite right.
4.8 I can't seem to get bored with this series!

I've been curious about this Simon guy from the beginning and I'm really happy to say that he didn't disappoint!

What's to say about this book? If you're read the other ones, you know the story, you know the characters and you know the world. If you don't know these things, you really should go find out.

I loved the plot twist and unfortunately (or luckily?) all it did was get me even more curious. And the series ends in 2 books, and it'll be a year u
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*** 4.57 ***

A weekly buddy read with the TnT maniacs at BB&B!!!

I am blown away!!! This series has been planned so meticulously, that all the small clues dropped by the author from the beginning of the first book through the rest of the books, finally begin to cluster together and unravel answers to many of the questions we have been beating our heads over ... And just when you explode with excitement over an answer you might have had some good suspicions about, the answer turned out to be a wh
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
When Seanan McGuire said that everything that happened from the very first book was leading here, she wasn't kidding. It was the most intense book of the whole series so far and that says a lot considering what Toby dealt with and went against before, and dayumn! When before it was throwing punches against heavyweights, this time it was like facing Tyson in his ear-biting stage. Fucking scary.
I'm all geared up for round two.

Over and out
h o l l i s
I'll give McGuire credit with this one. The long game she played to set this up? That deserves a round of applause. And I'm not just saying that because we had some questions answered. The villain of the week? Unexpected. The way so much was foretold and yet, like Toby, the reader was made oblivious? Well done. As for some of the reveals? I'm not surprised things are more complex than they appeared. But I'm surprised by almost everything we learned.

Are all the cards on the table? Hahaha of cours
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy

Toby's life is finally looking good.
She has her friends. A job that she likes. And a guy who can turn himself into one of her favourite pets: A Cat. ;)
Then there's her actual two cats, and her rose-goblin Spike.

Unfortunately, the quiet has not come to stay...because where would be the fun in it?

An old nemesis of the past has returned, and he seems determined in finishing her of... or is he?

Of course Toby's has had enough of living in ponds, thank you very much. *see first volume* so she's not ve

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
"I dislike the dead returning to life," said Etienne, his shoulders slumping again. "It's untidy and inappropriate."

"And that's Etienne in a nutshell," I said blithely.

Another mystery waiting to be solved, another dangerous foe from the past resurfacing, this series is still going strong. Plus the cover artwork is so, so, so pretty! It's very good and I can't wait to read the next book!

PS: I'm also thankful that the heroine doesn't keep changing love interests, hehe.

Review for book 7: https:
Carolyn F.
I'm a little confused at what Sylvester didn't say to October. Besides that, the book was really good. I liked the evolution of October's romance with Tybalt. I really love the sea witch (I can't remember how to spell her name). I just wish the next book wouldn't have so much blood everywhere. ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"You want me to be a villain: things are always easier when there's a clear villain, and I can fill the role admirably. I have before, and I probably will again. Please don't mistake villainy for evil. The two can exist side by side while remaining quite distinct."
Re-read: January 2019

If you want to hear my full thoughts on this book, proceed to read my original review of this book. This time, I'm just writing down a few stray observations that crossed my mind during this re-read:

1. This
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I think I read the previous book in this series at least five years ago. Back in those days I strictly read Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books. Those genres were my favorites, and I couldn't get enough. There was just so many series I still had to read. However, at some point I discovered the new indie YA/NA genre, and fell completely in love. I started reading less and less Urban Fantasy, and was addicted to the romance genre. However, every time I fall into a book slump, I always end u
All Things Urban Fantasy
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up. Ooh, that was good! I never really took to Sylvester..interesting return of a couple of characters. Interesting developments in Toby's powers and life. I'm sure this series is getting better and better! ...more
The Ambitious Ocean is a short story from Patrick's point of view that can be purchased from Seanan McGuire's Patreon Page. She posts a short story there every month, some standalone but a lot linked to her October Daye series, and you can receive them for as little as $1 each (there are other perks available for higher amounts but $1 is the minimum). We've had quite a few October Daye world stories now from Patrick, Dianda and Tybalt's points of view, these stories aren't essential reading but ...more
Mackenzie (bookish_black_hole)
*finishes book*
*opens mouth*

Sakina Carter
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series.

I adore Toby, although I will admit that I missed something. I don't know what happened to make her and Luna's relationship so strained.

I didn't see that plot twist coming, I was trying to figure it out and I had no idea because that person was not in my thoughts.

I loved the ending!!

Another good addition to the series.
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Everything has been leading to this, what was started in Rosemary and Rue comes to a head in this book.

Opening Sentence: “The woods were dark, filled with strange shadows.”

The Review:

Toby is back and six months have passed since the events of Chimes at Midnight. Arden is the Queen in the Mists and Toby is happy to be alive and out of the limelight, mostly. Until her past literally rings her doorbell. When Toby opens the door she immediately invi
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
5 Stars... My mind is still reeling from all the revelations in this book... October comes face to face with an old enemy and an old friend, but which is which??... This story twists and turns unveiling more secrets to October’s past as well as her identity leaving the reader wondering what the next confrontation will bring... After all is said and done, I am still left with questions that I know are going to be tackled in future reads as this story continues to unfold and the complexity of the ...more
Jen Davis
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow. This book rocked my socks off. It takes the series full circle in a way I never expected, but satisfies completely. Obviously, the journey itself is supposed to be a mystery. The blurb couldn’t be more cryptic:
Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.

She was wrong.

It’s time to learn the truth.

But the thing is: the book is better for it. I’ll talk about what I can without spoiling the big reveals.

Obviously, some tightly held secrets are being revealed.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing 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
The Winter Long
4 Stars

October Daye's life is finally back on track and she is enjoying a peaceful life in the slow lane when an adversary from her past literally appears on her doorstep to stir up old secrets and awaken dangerous foes.

Toby and Tybalt are particularly adorable together and their relationship is sweet and satisfying. It would be even better if their were a sexy scene or two…

The plot is fast-paced and action packed as always with a mystery that contains some shocking revelations a
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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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