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Late Eclipses

(October Daye #4)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  17,166 ratings  ·  963 reviews
October "Toby" Daye, changeling knight in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, finds the delicate balance of her life shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended. Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, To ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by DAW
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Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anne by: Steven
Yep, you were right Steven!
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 like t
Ahmad Sharabiani
Late Eclipses (October Daye #4), Seanan McGuire

October "Toby" Daye, changeling knight in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, finds the delicate balance of her life shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended.

Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past as an enemy she thought was gone forever raises h
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
October Daye reminds me of that friend whom I liked a great deal, but who was a disaster waiting to happen. Make a shopping date, and she'd show up 45 minutes late and then discover she lost her credit card at the first store. We'd have some commotion looking for it, involve two or three innocent bystanders, run back and search the car, call home and convince someone to search her house until they found it, and then after much quibbling, she'd agree to borrow some money so we could go ahead and ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
*** 4.44 ***

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 ride w
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Toby Daye—our favorite changeling knight is a little stressed right now guys

“I was too tired; I couldn’t cope. “Wake me when the world ends.”
“Your wish is my command,” Tybalt replied with a smirk”


Motherfucking (view spoiler) is back and the bitch is pissed. so of course, she taking it out on everyone that Toby loves


Compared to the previous books, this one is even darker. Both plot-wise and Toby sorta got a wh
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Well this series has definitely picked up! I was very underwhelmed by the last book, but this one has definitely made up for it. As we get more and more information about Toby's heritage, the tale becomes more and more intriguing. I'm loving the slow burn between Tybalt and Toby ( although some one please tell me why she can't let go of Connor who seems kind but a gormless wet fish compared to Tybalt).
I don't normally read books in a series back to back. I prefer to dwell on the story
Wow, Seanan McGuire is a friggin' superstar. This series is quickly rising in the ranks of my favorite UF series. Book three was great, and so was this one, book four.

So pumped that there are quite a few more before I'm caught up and stuck in the "waiting for every new release" phase.
The Flooze

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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Several months have passed since we last saw October when LATE ECLIPSES begins, ending whatever relative peace she enjoyed on her off-season. <------I like that tactic, by the way. It makes all the hullabaloo our MC experiences on page feel more realistic, if we know things calm down when we're not looking. *whispers* No one can live in complete chaos 100% of time . . .

Regardless, it must be said that an appropriate alternate title for the fourth installment of Seanan Mc
4.5 The other one was a bit more fun, but I still absolutely loved it!

With every story, I fall more and more in love with the characters. And gah, I can't wait to see them fall in love with each other! You know who I mean, right? October and Tybalt, of course!

Luckily, we see more of them this time. Not as much as I'd like, but we're getting there!

Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

"Yes. If you've lost your mind, I'll kill you. Just me, and no one else. I'll take you to the place that no one leaves, and I'll take you there alone."

Goodness, isn't it just romantic, Tybalt!

In Late Eclipses, more troubles find their way to October Daye and Co.; they are busy keeping their heads above water when their loved ones are being slowly poisoned and murdered by unknown killers and.......there is also a crazy faerie Queen out for their blood, making it more difficult to avoid dying.
Best book so far in the October Daye series. Toby doesn’t get so physically beat up in this go-round, plus she actually has a coterie of friends, including women friends, who have her back. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are headed into Bechdel test territory, with other significant female characters who talk to Toby about significant subjects. This makes my heart happy.

I also got my wish, namely to learn more about Toby’s mother Amandine. Not everything, mind you, McGuire is portioning it out sl
All Things Urban Fantasy
From the first book, ROSEMARY AND RUE, it has felt like I jumped into the October Daye series “in media res.” Quickly swept away by action and character development, I had for the most part forgotten Toby’s mysterious past. LATE ECLIPSES not only brings it all back, but also explodes Toby’s own preconceived ideas about herself and her heritage. While not a cliff hanger, this book ends poised at the top of an arc, and I can’t wait to read where all of this forward momentum is going to take the se ...more
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Just when I think it can't get any better it goes and does THIS. I would say it was my favorite so far but who am I kidding, I'll probably say it about every book that comes after this. Superb writing!
Over and out
h o l l i s
Welp, I'm sort've resigning myself to not loving this series at this point. This one failed to entertain, and in fact it just dialed up all my frustrations to eleven, but we also took a bit of turn in direction for some things. So while I am taking a break from this series, for the moment (and maybe to lessen some the strength and immediacy of some of my frustrations), I am at least somewhat curious about the next chapter, as it were.

I mentioned this in my review for book one, and also chatted a
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Toby you are a Mystery Stars

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
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Seanan McGuire (Part the Second, since Ali's is Part the First) Please never stop writing. I adore everything you write and can't wait until May for Deadline and October for One Salt Sea and do not know what I will then do when I have to wait an entire year for another Toby Daye book but will try not to whine and pout. Hey, I know! I will read InCryptid! Anyway, in the meantime, I wish you candy corn, cupcakes, large cats and pleasant, well-behaved, well-informed fans, all in appropriately ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The best book of the series just yet.
What I genuinely love the most about it is the world building, a clever way to merge a Fae world into a modern San Francisco.
Just a really good urban fantasy that serves as a great buffer for more complicated reads.
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that truly made me love this series. More cryptic clues were dropped while answers to some important questions were revealed. There are so many things about this book that I loved but many of them I can't get into with giving away important plot points.

Toby was trying to determine who was poisoning people especially since some people in high places were blaming her. It was more imperative than ever that she solve the case or her own life would be on the line. Along the way Toby
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Re-read: December 2018
Oh man, I love me some Seanan McGuire. And since I want to enjoy the newest October Daye installment (book #12) to the fullest, I decided to re-read this wonderful series. The thing is, I have kind of a love-hate relationship with October Daye. Overall, I love this series, it's very well written, characters have depth, story is really interesting... but it always leaves me kind of depressed. Most of the time, things are going terribly for Toby. Either she is bl
alicat ♡➹♡
Another great installment of the October Daye series! I stayed up way past my bedtime with this one because as events unfolded I was incredibly nervous for Toby and her allies.

All of the people with animosity towards her step it up big time in this novel. They are out for her blood, her head, her reputation, everything. Not all of their motives are completely clear but jealousy of her or her mother seem to be the main drivers. Of course they are all batshit crazy in the creepy way fae go insane
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of UF
Recommended to Jo by: Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁

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 t

Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Late Eclipses hits the ground running with a few shocking developments for our favorite changeling, October Daye, but then Toby’s immediately called to see a friend with a suspicious illness. As more fae fall victim to similar complaints, Toby fends off accusations and works to track down an old enemy. She’s caught up in a plot involving revenge, political power, and family intrigue, and not even her most formidable allies can help her with the difficult choice she’ll have to make.

These books ke
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
It’s like night and…daye! Reading October in October!

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, an
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Deceit and Drama

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
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Late Eclipses was a magnificent read. Exactly as I've come to expect of Seanan McGuire.

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
Karina Webster
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Yes, it has flaws. Yes, Toby is frustrating when she keeps running back into danger. Yes, it’s ridiculously entertaining, addictive & wonderful.
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
LATE ECLIPSES, book four in the October Daye series, delivers a tightly woven plot which manages to skewer our perception of what Toby is in the process. If one is interested in learning more about Toby's world, this novel is the novel to read. If, however, the reader is searching for more of a romance, he or she will be severely disappointed with this installment.

I always felt the world-building was Seanan's strong point when it came to the Fae world. She has something refreshing to incorporate
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the UF maniacs at BB&B

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 usually w
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I love the quip in the summary (taken from the author's website) about making Toby wear dresses. It's so true! Toby's getting unwillingly dragged into Royal and Courtly politics. Can you think of anything that is less Toby's cup of tea than pomp and politics? Neh, me either. And why? Why are people trying to get her entangled in that world? What is to be gained from it? Well, if your name is October Daye, nothing good, that's what.

Our Tobes has a hard time in this one. It was suspense-filled, dr
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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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October Daye (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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  • A Local Habitation (October Daye, #2)
  • An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3)
  • One Salt Sea (October Daye, #5)
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