Review: Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire

late eclipsesReviewed by Jen

These books just keep getting better and better. I am so glad I didn’t give up on them in the beginning!

October Daye continues to evolve as a more three dimensional character. One with great loyalty, honor, and terrible, terrible luck. Once again, she is put through the wringer. Her enemies hate her and they are willing to go to great lengths to punish her for her very existence. The battles she fights here aren’t ones that she seeks out. They come straight to her doorstep.  You see, her enemies are coming after her –and they start by targeting her friends.

As the story begins, it’s Lily who is the target. The Lady of the Tea Gardens is dying and Toby has to figure out why. In short order, Luna is on death’s door. Two things quickly become apparent. Toby is being framed. And the villain here is an old enemy… Oleander… one of the two people responsible for turning her into a fish.  Toby has to work doubly hard to expose her, when no one believes she is around, and all signs seem to point to Toby’s guilt.

This book was so good, I didn’t want to put it down once.  The pacing is great. The emotion is there. Old questions are answered, while new ones are raised.  It’s basically just awesome.  But it’s not a standalone. I am loathe to send new readers to Rosemary and Rue, because I had such a hard time with it, but that is really the beginning of the journey that gets us to this great point. Take from that what you will.

Things happen here that have been a long time coming. Stuff that harkens back to the first book.  Stuff with Toby’s mom. Stuff with Connor. And, oh yes, stuff with Tybalt. I can’t articulate to you how much I love Tybalt.  There is so much untold history there, but at least the stuff in the present is finally coming to a head. I won’t spoil it, but I may have squee’d some. I anticipate more squee’ing to come.  Buuut, I can’t count out Connor just yet. (So much is happening!) It’s a fairly good love triangle, but I’d be surprised if I could find anyone who is not Team Tybalt.

I continue to love the Luidaeg, and the events of the book helped make her relationship with Toby more understandable. I also have much love for May the Fetch and Sylvester. This book shows what true, deep connections Toby has forged over the course of the series. And they are the true heart of the book.

I cannot wait to jump into book 5.

Rating: B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Late Eclipses
by Seanan McGuire
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: DAW

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