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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“I was too tired; I couldn’t cope. “Wake me when the world ends.”
“Your wish is my command,” Tybalt replied with a smirk”
ITS THE END OF THE WORLD AS SHE KNOWS ITTT
Motherfucking (view spoiler)[Oleander de Merelandsd (hide 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 ...more
I don't normally read books in a series back to back. I prefer to dwell on the story ...more
So pumped that there are quite a few more before I'm caught up and stuck in the "waiting for every new release" phase. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
"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. ...more
I also got my wish, namely to learn more about Toby’s mother Amandine. Not everything, mind you, McGuire is portioning it out sl ...more
I mentioned this in my review for book one, and also chatted a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
These books ke ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I always felt the world-building was Seanan's strong point when it came to the Fae world. She has something refreshing to incorporate ...more
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 ...more
Our Tobes has a hard time in this one. It was suspense-filled, dr ...more
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 ...more