Review: Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire

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Well, it’s about damn time. This is the book that Tybalt fans have been waiting for. It’s THE book, y’all. And it was every bit as satisfying as I hoped it would be. I say this, in part, because we finally get all the feels, but also because the story is just that good.

It begins a year after the events of the last book. Toby has been deeply mourning after Connor’s death. In fact, she has begun to act recklessly, sort of passively trying to kill herself.  Now, her loved ones have had enough. They’re all about to snap when Etienne shows up, in desperate need of her help. It seems he has a changeling daughter who he never knew about, and she has gone missing. Even worse, it seems she is one of those rare changelings who has more power than she knows what to do with.

Toby jumps into her rescue mission with both feet. After all, it’s hard for her not to relate the situation to what she endured with her own child. With Tybalt and her squire Quentin at her side, she sets out to track down the missing girl, only to find the journey takes her to places she never thought she would go… both literally and emotionally.

It’s a fantastic journey, thanks in part to the amazing world building which only continues to expand into a part of Faery we’ve never seen. We revisit old friends and places too, like April and her knowe, as well as the home of the Cait Sithe. I loved looking deeper into their culture and politics.  Not to mention, the great insight it helped provide for Tybalt along the way. His world is a dangerous place, and seeing him in his element demonstrates more than ever how seriously he is devoted to Toby.

Seeing him bare himself to her and her realizations about her own feelings were everything I have been craving.  No, this book isn’t a romance. But the pull and the emotion between these two cannot be denied. And yet there are still questions. I feel like there is a past there that even Toby is unaware of. There have been too many cryptic comments. I can’t wait until it’s all revealed.

I did miss the Luidaeg. She does appear, but her presence is minimal.  I did like getting to know Etienne a little better, though. And I continue to be impressed with Toby’s growing relationships with Quentin, Raj, and May.  As good as all the action is, the interpersonal dynamics and Toby’s continued character development make the book so great.

I know there are more stories to be told in this world, but honestly, this book was so satisfying that it could have successfully wrapped up the series, had it ended here. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I won’t keep reading.

Rating: B+/A-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Ashes of Honor
by Seanan McGuire
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: DAW

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