Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #4
Published by DAW
Published on: March 1 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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 her head once more: Oleander de Merelands, one of the two people responsible for her fourteen-year exile.
Time is growing short and the stakes are getting higher, for the Queen of the Mists has her own agenda. With everything on the line, Toby will have to take the ultimate risk to save herself and the people she loves most—because if she can't find the missing pieces of the puzzle in time, Toby will be forced to make the one choice she never thought she'd have to face again...
Late Eclipse is the fourth installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series
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 McGuire’s OCTOBER DAYE series might be: SHIT ESCALATES.
1. Hateful characters get more hateful.
Most notably, Rasyeline Torquill, although the Queen of the Mists isn’t far behind. Basically, if they’ve got an axe to grind with Toby, they’re no longer content to passively nurse their grudge.
SO. Be prepared to grind your teeth, b/c shiesty broads are shiesty.
2. Boys will be boys . . . or cats . . . or USELESS CHICKENS (who literally HIDE their faces when people drive too fast).
Okay, so there’s a bit of a triangle. Not much of one, b/c there’s a clear front-runner, so mostly it’s frustrating that other dude is part of the equation.
There were also numerous times when Front-Runner made my heart grow three sizes, b/c it’s more and more obvious that he really, really likes our girl. *grins dopily* *giggles like school girl*
So who cares about what’s-his-name (the chicken)? #notthisgirl
3. October’s mysteriously mysterious heritage becomes MORE shrouded in mystery, even as we get answers.
It’s both frustrating and delightful. Truly. It’s a talented author who can successfully walk the tightrope of enough-information-to-both-satisfy-and-intrigue, and McGuire manages that balance masterfully. *tips hat*
In short, I was reminded over and over again of all the reasons why OCTOBER DAYE made it to my Top 5 UF Series list: a kick-ass heroine who refuses to quit, no matter the odds, a hilarious and entertaining cast of secondaries (Raf is my current favorite), a hotter-than-HAWT love interest #tybaltismyking, a fantastically fae backdrop, and the compelling plots that tie it all together. And considering that it was renewed for three more books (11 – 13), McGuire is clearly doing something right. Time for you to find out why, if you haven’t already. Highly recommended.
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