New York Times-bestselling October Daye series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day
Includes a brand-new map and original bonus novella!
Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.
Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.
Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.
As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.
Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.
In the 10th installment of the October Daye series (after 2015's A Red-Rose Chain), changeling detective October "Toby" Daye is caught up in a murder mystery involving the most powerful fae in North America. A cure for elf-shot, a poison that puts its victims to sleep for a century, has been discovered, and the high king of the fae has ordered a conclave to discuss its use. When a popular but controversial fae king is assassinated, it's the start of a tense, bloody affair. As other conclave attendees are struck down with elf-shot, Toby and her allies piece together the clues to discover who'd want to disrupt the event. McGuire continues her intricate blend of worldbuilding and mythology, using myth and lore as the underpinnings for what's essentially an ambitious, politically charged locked room thriller. The emotional core of the series is stronger than ever, with the action being immediate and visceral. McGuire quite satisfyingly continues the ongoing story while telling an intense and entertaining tale in its own right.
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Yet another wonder filled story
The story is rich in texture, character, suspense and emotion. It has grit, real evil and breathless heat. In short, it fulfills the expectations of anyone who has followed Toby Daye's adventure thus far.
The writing is sharp and clear. The story continues the heady mix of detection, magic, wit and romance that author Seanan McGuire has concocted and made her own. The ongoing narrative continues to evolve within a world of moral substance.
I couldn't stop reading and will re-read it as I always do as I wait for the next installment.
Another stunning adventure with Toby. I've loved seeing this character's evolution through the books. A fantastic series!
I’ve been waiting for the next “Toby” Daye book what feels like forever but really has only been a year. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed though it was an emotional roller-coaster but that’s nothing new. I found myself right back right back where I was before, just a little ahead. Toby was finally returning from the Kingdom of the Mists where she had been elf-struck. Now everyone was trying to decide if they were going to use the cure for elf-struck on everyone else that had been and any future people. Oh and of course, someone ended up murdered. And let’s not forget the usual, which is that there’s someone who wants Toby dead. But that’s all in a day’s work for Toby. Par for the course, if you will. I’m not sure any book in the series has left Toby without having to fend off would-be assassins. Luckily, she’s the hero of the realm so she’s up to the task. Especially since she has her fiance, Tybalt, by her side.
So, all in all, the book was the same in many ways. Intrigue, murder, assassination attempts. But it was also so much more. There was a much more emotional side to it than before. I can’t really go into it without spoiling a huge plot line but I will say that the plot twist felt like my guts were being ripped out. I was gasping for breath. I wanted to kill the author! Yes, it was that bad and yet that good. ONCE BROKEN FAITH was like an old hat; something you’re used to, a lot of the same, comfortable, and yet there was still a something appealing about it.