A Red Rose Chain is the ninth installment in Seanan McGuire's urban fantasy October 'Toby' Daye series.
Following 2014's The Winter Long, this ninth installment in the October Daye urban fantasy series sees its heroine once again caught up in Fae politics. The illegitimate Queen of the Mists has been deposed. When the neighboring Kingdom of Silences declares war on Toby's home, Toby is dispatched to try and find a peaceful resolution. She and her companions including her fianc , Tybalt, King of Cats travel to Portland, Ore., and discover a hostile court and a lot of trouble. Toby, never known for her diplomacy, is out of her depth as she faces foes she can't fight head-on, with treachery masquerading as tradition and courtly manners. McGuire has quite thoroughly established the ever-fascinating world in which Toby moves; this adventure expands its boundaries and gives readers another glimpse of the larger picture, all while slowly pushing her heroine's emotional journey forward. In some ways, this feels like an intermediary episode dealing with the aftermath of previous entries, but it's an entertaining, satisfying chapter in the larger story, hinting at grander things yet to come.
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I absolutely love this series. How I missed this book's release I don't know but just read it. Couldn't put it down and finished it in just two sittings. The end was the best part! Let me know there is more to come. This series books definitely have to be read in order. As a follower I actually enjoyed not having the entire series summarized through out the book. However, while newcomers may still enjoy the story, the total series makes the book a definite winner. Okay, I am caught up and ready for the next one.