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Once Broken Faith

(October Daye #10)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  8,184 ratings  ·  652 reviews
Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.

Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever,
Mass Market Paperback, 420 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by DAW (first published September 1st 2016)
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Nooo, it's over!

I absolutely loved this series! Why are there no more books out?! WHY?!?!

I want more! I need to know more about what happens next, and I want to see the wedding and the kids and I wanna see Quentin and Raj grow up!

Sorry, I'm a bit sad right now (in case you haven't noticed). It really is a great book, like all the others in this series. Fun and interesting and captivating. These books really do get better and better!
All I can say is that 2017 is gonna be a really good year for
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is comfort food of the highest caliber. There's nothing like rivers of blood (most of it Toby's) and the deaths of kings to get make me feel like I'm home again.

I mean, ostensibly, we ought to be having this *mostly* fae MC start celebrating her near-marriage with Tybalt, the King of Cats or just eating lots of pizza with her underage wards, but NOOOOOO of course things aren't that easy.

Now that a cure is available for Elf-Shot, the magic that can put any Fae to sleep for a hundred years or
Ahmad Sharabiani
Once Broken Faith (October Daye #10), Seanan McGuire

Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.

Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monar
Robin (Bridge Four)
October Daye is a character that I love even more the more I get to know her. I would say that the biggest problem that some series face when they are as long running as this one is that to create drama the characters start to do stupid stuff in their personal lives or they become a little TSTL and get themselves into horrible situations. But not my girl Toby, she tries her hardest to stay out of said situations but ends up in them anyway.
“I never do anything heroic or stupid unless I’m under
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle
Received from: DAW
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Why this book?

I'm obsessed with this series

What I thought

One word AWESOME!!!! This book is full mystery,action,a bit of romance,LMAO moments and a cast of kick ass characters. Toby is one of my favorite heroines she knows when to take charge and get things done; and doesn't let anything get in her way. With that said I loved her interactions with Tybalt they never fail to put a big smile on my face. I also love her interactions with Quentin

06/09/2016 Buddy Read with the awesome Toby addicts over at BB&B.

Faeries are real. Magic is real. My tendency to greet dangerous situations by plunging in headfirst and seeing how long it takes to get myself covered head to toe in blood is also real.
I live an interesting life.

October Daye is not good at playing political games. She’s more of a find-the-bad-guy-while-staying-alive kind of gal. But because trouble seems to follow Toby wherever she goes, she’s pulled into another political nig

Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*** 4.55 ***

A buddy read with the Wednesday UF fanatics at BB&B!!!

Another Wednesday, another volume from the life and times of Toby Daye. And I don't think I am giving anything away by saying, that even in the tamest version of her daily life, it would not be Toby without blood, dead bodies (to the point that the High Fae Monarchs have to worry if Toby is not some kind of a jinx on ruling Fae), a sexy feline King, an adorable and growing squire, and the coolest Sea Witch that ever was and ever
I received this ARC copy of Once Broken Faith from Berkley Publishing Group -
DAW in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 6, 2016.

Merged review:

If I had to use two words to describe Once Broken Faith it would be Absolutely Stupendous!

This series just keeps getting better and better. The character’s evolutions throughout have been simply marvelous but add in the phenomenal world building that completely sucks the reader in and you have one of the best paranorma
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Many rulers on the west coast had a conclave to determine what should be done with the alchemical breakthrough Walther discovered in the last book. Of course nothing goes as planned when Toby is around. It didn’t take long for before the nobility was either being attacked or killed. The political part of the story emphasized how divided opinions are among the nobility about the fairness of their laws and changelings. The murder mystery definitely brought some much needed action and ente
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy... rabid fans of the series

I've finally re-read this! I can finally read this year's instalment :)

Arc provided by Daw through Netgalley

Toby is back! And my heart nearly got broken -_- but everything turned out okay in the end ;)
Full review to come...

“I never do anything heroic or stupid unless I’m under someone else’s control,” I said. “I’d be a lot happier if everyone would just leave me alone to eat pizza and watch television, but you people seem to constantly need saving, so here I am.” (October Daye)

October Daye, relu
Yet another Toby book has come to an end, and I'm still stunned at how McGuire manages to keep the series fresh and entertaining. It's probably because her cast of characters is SO GOOD.

Anyways, this was another strong entry in the series, dealing with the fallout and repercussions of Toby's trip to the north from the previous book. It left me with quite a few more questions about the overall story arc, ones I'm excited and terrified to see play out.

Why do we have to wait another year for more?
h o l l i s
Sometimes it's gratifying to see a thing you've complained about, or had issues with, in a story or world, actually get resolved.

I had a really hard time keeping my eyes open while reading this, whether from existential exhaustion or just being tired of this universe and the politics, but what didn't exhaust me was that we finally saw a dialogue open up about elfshot, a poison often used via arrowhead (elf is shot, haha, get it) to send a faerie to sleep for a hundred years. It was a way of remo
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series is such a treat! Toby is once again busy solving faerie crimes, this time at a faerie conclave held at Arden’s known to discuss elfshot and the ramifications of releasing its antidote. She and her crew are fabulous and I love the way all the characters change and grow through the series. Toby herself will deserve a happy wedding with Tybalt after everything she’s been through; I can only scrunch up in anticipation at all the numerous ways THAT could go wrong! I’m pretty frustrated to ...more
Maria Dimitrova
A nice change in POV here. I always wondered what Arden really thinks of Toby and the whole Queen thing. But the thing I loved most about this story is that she bothers to try to understand her subjects. That she doesn't see the sea witch as a monster despite what the Luidaeg told her. And that she's willing to pay her own debts even when she could have asked someone else to deal with the boogeyman of Faerie. So I think she'll make a great queen. Better than most purebloods.

Another interesting
It's always a lot of fun when UF writers give us short stories from the points of view of a secondary character. Arden's quest to awaken her brother Nolan from his elf-shot slumber takes an interesting turn, and we get some time with Walther and Cassandra too.

Just makes me MORE excited for the next Toby book!!!

[I lost my review of the actual novel when a certain Goodreads Head Librarian decided to abuse her power and delete all Patreon short stories from the October Daye series and then merge no
Marta Cox
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
This author writes such a crazy world that sometimes I just need to stop and remember that none of it is real. I confess I've not read all the books and the ones that I have read were out of order but I'm a firm believer in the simple fact that a good author can make any of their stories interesting.
The central character here Toby has had a checkered life to say the least. Part human, part fae and all hero of the realm she serves. As this series has progressed so too has Toby but the price she
Jen Davis
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series is showing no signs of slowing down. This installment gave me all the things I love about these books. It’s engaging, with plenty of action and great pacing. The world-building is interesting, consistent, and relevant to the story. And most importantly, McGuire gives me characters I care about. She draws them with depth and history. She makes me feel like I know them. I’m invested in their losses and wins, their friendships and enemies, and every step they ta ...more
Amy (Other Amy)
6/13/16: Cover :)

Also, there is a novella included with Once Broken Faith from Arden's POV. Not sure yet whether this will be a print exclusive like "Never Shines the Sun" was with Chimes at Midnight. Will update when I figure it out.

Update: Seanan McGuire has confirmed the Arden novella is available in all copies, not just print. Yay!

Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Somebody remind me again why we're doing this and why I'm not drowning them both in the bathtub."
"Drowning Quentin would be an act of treason against the Westlands, and you'd probably be executed. Also, you'd miss him."
"Drowning Raj would be an act of treason against the Court of Dreaming Cats, you'd miss him, AND Tybalt would look all sad and noble right before he put you through the wall."

Can we just appreciate how spot on humor in this book is? I love the way Toby's family is slowly growing
Thank goodness for Toby Daye. Yes, she’s a Fae hero who spends more time than she wants to rescuing the unwary and binding the wounds of her friends. And she even helped me—it’s true, this novel saw me through the last bit of the worst headache that I have had in many, many moons.

When I’m not feeling well, I reach for urban fantasy. It, along with pain killers, coffee, and soft lights, will see me through whatever is wrong in my world. This series is a particular favourite because I am also nuts
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
After ten books of this you'd think the series would be getting tired, but Toby's world gets more interesting with every book.

The cure for elfshot has shaken up the fae world and the High King has called a conclave of faerie monarchs from all over North America to be hosted in the Kingdom of the Mists, home to Queen Windermere and Sir October Daye. With a horde of fae nobility in one place, it's only a matter of time before a body shows up, and then there's a handy Hero of the Realm available to
Sheyla ✎
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story, 2017

“How the hell am I in trouble when Toby’s not even here?”

This was a quick little read. It only involves Queen Arden Windermere, the Alchemist Walther Davies and Karen's older sister Cassandra Brown.

Arden knows something isn't right when she uses the elf-shot cure to wake up her brother Nolan and he falls into slumber again. She needs help. She knows Walther can help her since he's an excellent alchemist. When she finds Walther accompanied by Cassandra, she makes them both come with her t
I didn't want this one to end. Sadly, it did. I am just as in love with this series now, on book 10, as I was from book 1. McGuire is so, so talented. ...more
In The Winter Long we saw Toby and her friends create a cure for elf-shot, a weapon that has been used in Faerie for thousands of years. Elf-shot kills Changelings and humans but because it only puts full blooded fae to sleep for 100 years it's always been considered a fairly harmless form of warfare and a great way to take out your enemies without breaking Oberon's law. Now that a cure is available monarchs from across the country, along with the High King and Queen, have gathered to decide how ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, arc, short
Appears at the back of Once Broken Faith (I received an arc in which it was included)

4+ stars for this timely novella that gives us an opportunity to see further into the character that is the rightful Queen of the Mists. We get to see just how much of human culture she absorbed while she was on the run from the Pretender Queen, we get a glimpse of how that may make her the perfect queen to relate to changelings, we get to see her perspective of her relationship with Toby, we get more of the Lui
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This was great. I like adventures where Toby has full range of movement, and in this one the premise was that everyone was locked in a knowe after a murder and Toby is on a TIME CRUNCH to solve it, so it's not my FAVORITE. But to make up for the lack of traveling around, there was a lot of emphasis on RELATIONSHIPS which was *kiss fingers*

More thoughts:
Sheyla ✎

“I never do anything heroic or stupid unless I’m under someone else’s control,” I said. “I’d be a lot happier if everyone would just leave me alone to eat pizza and watch television, but you people seem to constantly need saving, so here I am.”

OMG! I thought my heart was going to break into tiny pieces. I can't believe Seanan McGuire went there!

I have no idea where Mrs. McGuire gets her ideas about the October Daye books but she continues to show us that inspiration is not a problem for
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of fae and October Daye series
5 stars

Nice to have a novella featuring Arden. Glad she got her brother back. Also nice to see Annie and Walther again. Wonder if Walther and Cassandra will get together soon. Looking forward to seeing Arden again.

Merged review:

5 stars

Always nice to read installments from one of my favorite series. Nice to see October and the gang again. Glad they approved the cure for elf-shot. Hope Evening never gets out. Wonder when we will be seeing October's mom. Hope Toby will marry Tybalt soon.

Can't wai
5 Stars... The elf shot cure is available, but the political regime of purebloods is compelled to crush it’s existence as they gather in a conclave of manipulation and secrets... When the nobility are murdered October must once again answer the call of being the hero of the realm, but at what cost?... Political intrigue takes center stage and the casualties are mounting as October races to find the assailant and save those she loves... Another heart pounding adventure that kept me on the edge of ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Change in Fairy is a good thing, right?

Opening Sentence: Quentin and Raj were in the living room arguing about who got to pick the first movie of the night.

The Review:

Toby is back in book 10, this one picks up not too long after the end of A Red-Rose Chain. Arden wants Toby to come with her and wake up Madden and Nolan, before the High King and High Queen arrive using a loophole in the wording of his edict to wait until the conclave before any m
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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)
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