Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series is showing no signs of slowing down. This installment gave me all the things I love about these books. It’s engaging, with plenty of action and great pacing. The world-building is interesting, consistent, and relevant to the story. And most importantly, McGuire gives me characters I care about. She draws them with depth and history. She makes me feel like I know them. I’m invested in their losses and wins, their friendships and enemies, and every step they take on their path to an HEA.
Once again here, Toby is dragged into the politics of the Fae. This time, the nobility is gathering to decide whether to allow the use of that elf-shot cure Walter devised in the last book. Toby was such a vital part of how the cure came about, the Queen of the Mists insists on her testimony. Of course, nothing is as simple for Toby as that. One of the nobles is killed and Toby is the one tasked with finding his killer, while her loved ones move into the line of fire.
One of the best things about these books is watching how Toby’s various relationships have evolved. Not just with Tybalt, though I am a huge fan of that romance, but with all of these other major players in her world. I love seeing her with the Luidaeg. That woman is such a power; she is head and shoulders above all these pretentious pureblooded Fae who think Toby beneath them. Yet the bond between Toby and the sea witch has become one of the touchstones of these books. At the same time, we see the connections Toby has forged with Arden, Diandra, and others. We see how her relationships with them –with Quentin– with Sylvester –all of these key characters– have completely changed her life.
Toby is a hero. She lives her life, committed to living up to that. But we can never forget she is a changeling. That she is considered less than those she protects… even though we know she is so much more. It’s so interesting to see the dichotomy between her value and her perceived lack of worth by the so called nobility. This, as maybe some of those folks are beginning to get an inkling that there’s more to Toby than they first gave her credit for.
I really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to find out where McGuire will take us next.
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Once Broken Faith
by Seanan McGuire
Release Date: September 6, 2016