pete?

The Unkindest Tide

Seanan McGuire

This is the very latest book in the October Daye series and another where the price of the audiobook just wasn’t justifiable (at least for now).
This the book where the long teased story of the Luidaeg calling in the debts of the Selkies is told.
It’s a cracking read but another one where things happen in the plot more to extend the length of the book than serve the story.
The accompanying novella is interesting but slight and only tangentially related the the main book.

Rating: B+

kale?

Night And Silence

Seanan McGuire

As my re-read of the October Daye series progressed I finally came to the first one I hadn’t read before. So I read this one while I had it’s audiobook on the go.
October is recovering from the trauma of events in The Brightest Fell when she’s called in to investigate a missing college student – her own daughter Gillian.
This was another very enjoyable installment in the series and contained quite a few cracking twists that impact on the long arc of the series.
The only issue really was that it felt less like a novel and more like a couple of novellas mashed together.
The accompanying novella is intimately tied in with the events of the book and are very illuminating in ways that I found tantalising about the direction of the series.
Lots of fun but not any kind of entry point.

Rating: B+

portland?

A Red-Rose Chain

Seanan McGuire

a red-rose chainThe latest instalment of the Toby Daye story finds her in Portland on a diplomatic mission to avert war between Faerie kingdoms. Obviously this being Toby nothing quite goes to plan.
I read this because I have been going through the series as audiobooks and this was the first I couldn’t find at a reasonable price. So old-fashioned physical reading was my only option.
Last time I read this I gave it a higher rating because I genuinely really enjoy the October Daye series but on a re-read in the context of the series it felt like a lesser work. Still good but not as good as the best books in the series

Rating: B

family?

The Brightest Fell

Seanan McGuire

Family affairs come to a head with Toby’s mother Amandine binding her to find and return her missing half-sister.
The search takes her through the realms of Faerie and causes serious collateral damage along the way.
My favourite Urban Fantasy series continues in stellar fashion. I’d recommend that you read this series but maybe start with an earlier book.

Rating: A-

politics?

Once Broken Faith

Seanan McGuire

Following the events of the previous book the royalty of North American Faerie gather to discuss the future of the Elf Shot cure.
Politics soon turns dirty and Toby has to identify the culprit before everything goes to hell.
It’s just another highly enjoyable book in the series – maybe’s about time you gave it a shot?

Rating: A-

elf-shot?

A Red-Rose Chain

Seanan McGuire

a red-rose chainThe latest instalment of the Toby Daye story finds her in Portland on a diplomatic mission to avert war between Faerie kingdoms. Obviously this being Toby nothing quite goes to plan.
I seriously really enjoyed this book. I love the whole series so much. I’ve been rating them a bit harshly ever since I started because I’m certain that McGuire is capable of pushing her writing to another level but the consistent B+ rating doesn’t really reflect how much I enjoy these books. Or indeed how excited I am to read what happens next.

Rating: A-

bulk49

The Winter Long

Seanan McGuire

the winter longThe latest Toby Daye book’s blurb promises to change her world forever. We do get some meaty revelations but nothing as shocking as the first reveal about Toby’s mother earlier in the series (at least for my money).
I love this series and this is another fine installment. I recommend reading the entire series from Rosemary and Rue onwards.
I’m just waiting for the installment in the series that takes the leap from very good to great. I believe that’s going to happen at some point.

Rating: B+

antigone?

Chimes at Midnight

Seanan McGuire

chimes at midnightThe latest Toby Daye book is as enjoyable as ever.
Tremendous upheaval comes to the Kingdom of the Mists in this book but it feels more like the theme of this one is about Toby accepting that she belongs in Faerie with the family she’s made up along the way.
It’s simultaneously very exciting and very annoying that hints about what appears to be the series endgame crop up in the last couple of chapters and the bonus short story.
I think, though, that some really awful things are going to start happening soon to our favourite changeling knight.
A total must read for Toby fans and the series as a whole is more than recommended for those who don’t actively hate urban fantasy.

Rating: B+

spike?

Rosemary & Rue

Seanan McGuire

rosemary and rueI don’t normally re-read books so quickly but I was looking for something to divert me at lunchtimes now that I no longer eat at my desk. This, the first Toby Daye book, just happened to be on my phone.
It’s a very enjoyable urban fantasy novel that sets up the series with a deft hand. There’s a lot of seeds planted in this first book that go on to pay off with interest in later volumes and it was fun to catch that this time around.
If you have any tolerance for urban fantasy please check out this series – it starts well and gets better.

Rating: B+

dampener?

Ashes of Honor

Seanan McGuire

The latest Toby Daye book finds her using her investigative talents to find another missing teenager.
This girl is a changeling teleporter whose powers threaten to damage the physical realms of the Fay.
Another enjoyable read, with a much happier ending than the last book in the series.
Recommended for fans of the series – start at the beginning if you’re tempted.

Rating: B+