The Winter Long (October Daye, #8)
For once, it seems like the Kingdom of the Mists has reached a point of, if not perfection, at least relative peace. Queen Arden Windermere is getting settled on her family's throne; no one's going to war with anyone else; it's almost like everything is going to be okay. Even October "Toby" Daye is starting to relax her constant vigilance, allowing herself to think about the future, and what it might entail.And then Simon Torquill comes back, and everything begins to fall apart. In Faerie, nothing stays buried forever. No matter how much you might want it to.

The Winter Long (October Daye, #8) Details

TitleThe Winter Long (October Daye, #8)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 2nd, 2014
PublisherDAW
ISBN-139780756408084
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fairies, Fae, Paranormal, Magic, Fiction

The Winter Long (October Daye, #8) Review

  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    This book, along with the rest of the series, will either lands you in the camp of "I love all you guys," or "Oh god this just isn't for me." Of course, if you've made it to book eight, then you're already pretty damn familiar with all the peeps, and if you are, then you're going to LOVE this one.Why? Because practically everyone gets a walk-on and a few early villains come back to wreak havoc. :)Death? Oh yeah, lots of death and surprises in store for us, but October wouldn't be October without This book, along with the rest of the series, will either lands you in the camp of "I love all you guys," or "Oh god this just isn't for me." Of course, if you've made it to book eight, then you're already pretty damn familiar with all the peeps, and if you are, then you're going to LOVE this one.Why? Because practically everyone gets a walk-on and a few early villains come back to wreak havoc. :)Death? Oh yeah, lots of death and surprises in store for us, but October wouldn't be October without huge changes and crazy in-laws, would she? Nah, and I didn't even mind that this one had a pretty huge side-plot dealing with estranged parental (or in this case, quasi-parental) reconciliation. It's even better when all the history comes back to you as you read it. :) It might even be better if I had just gone off a full re-read binge, even. :)This Is Urban Fantasy, but mostly it's just Fae being fucking cray-cray, and isn't that why we always keep coming back? Yup. I do believe it is. That, or the Sea Witch and the blood. One or the other. :)
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  • Kristin (MyBookishWays Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    http://www.mybookishways.com/2014/08/...The Winter Long is so chock full of revelations, and more than a few answered questions, that revealing any of them, would pretty thoroughly spoil the book for you. So, I’ll keep it short and sweet, and deliberately, and probably annoyingly, vague. Sorry about that… I mean, seriously, when you see back cover copy like this:Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.She was wrong.It’s time to learn the truth.It’s kind of a give http://www.mybookishways.com/2014/08/...The Winter Long is so chock full of revelations, and more than a few answered questions, that revealing any of them, would pretty thoroughly spoil the book for you. So, I’ll keep it short and sweet, and deliberately, and probably annoyingly, vague. Sorry about that… I mean, seriously, when you see back cover copy like this:Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.She was wrong.It’s time to learn the truth.It’s kind of a giveaway that even a vague description of events in the book would be ruinous. I’m gonna give it a try. Toby and Tybalt are enjoying couple time. In fact, they’re enjoying it so much that any expectation of peace can’t possibly be realistic, right? We all know that Toby attracts trouble like white on rice so it’s no surprise when she’s visited by Simon Torquill. Remember him? He’s Sylvester’s twin brother and the charming fellow that turned Toby into a fish (among other things.) He’s desperately trying to tell Toby something, but he’s under a geas, so a big reveal isn’t in the cards. So, Toby and crew go to the best place she knows of to get answers: The Luidaeg. Things don’t quite go as Toby hopes, but she does manage to get a wee bit more info out of The Luidaeg before things go all to hell.I almost feel like I’m under a geas writing this review, but anyway, another blast from Toby’s past rears, um, its ugly head, and of course, it’s time for Toby to save the day. Like I said, revelations carry the narrative in The Winter Long, and during this journey, Toby will learn some blinding truths about her past, that will have great repercussions on her future, if she lets them. I probably should have just written Betrayals! Revelations! Answers!, and left it at that, so needless to say, McGuire wraps up a ton of plot strings in this one, but as always, a pretty bow tying things up is nowhere to be seen. Seanan McGuire mentions in her acknowledgements that this is the book that all others led up to, that everything she’s done until now was for the sake of getting here. Indeed. What she manages to do is make it very clear how intricate Toby’s story is, and the richness of Toby’s world is a thing of genius. And don’t worry, while The Winter Long clears up a TON of stuff, it’s made clear that Toby’s story is far from over. This is a good thing. The Winter Long is a testament to McGuire’s ability to take so many threads and pull them together into a harrowing, and believable tapestry, and it’s all Toby’s own. While there’s plenty of action, this is one of the most introspective books in the bunch, and of course, another great book in the Toby-verse.
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  • Denisa
    January 1, 1970
    4.8 I can't seem to get bored with this series!I've been curious about this Simon guy from the beginning and I'm really happy to say that he didn't disappoint!What's to say about this book? If you're read the other ones, you know the story, you know the characters and you know the world. If you don't know these things, you really should go find out.I loved the plot twist and unfortunately (or luckily?) all it did was get me even more curious. And the series ends in 2 books, and it'll be a year u 4.8 I can't seem to get bored with this series!I've been curious about this Simon guy from the beginning and I'm really happy to say that he didn't disappoint!What's to say about this book? If you're read the other ones, you know the story, you know the characters and you know the world. If you don't know these things, you really should go find out.I loved the plot twist and unfortunately (or luckily?) all it did was get me even more curious. And the series ends in 2 books, and it'll be a year until I get a new one, and I want to hit someone... guess October is rubbing off on me.
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  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    January 1, 1970
    Read with the UF lovers of Buddies Books and BaublesJust when I’m pretty sure that Toby can’t become more interesting….she does. Her blood magic becomes bigger and better all the time and well it seems like she is gathering quite a few Thank Yous from some pretty powerful fae, I wonder what she will get when she starts cashing them all in.I’ve been wondering about Simon and what his real role in Toby’s life is for some time now. I even had a few theories that came close but weren’t quite right. Read with the UF lovers of Buddies Books and BaublesJust when I’m pretty sure that Toby can’t become more interesting….she does. Her blood magic becomes bigger and better all the time and well it seems like she is gathering quite a few Thank Yous from some pretty powerful fae, I wonder what she will get when she starts cashing them all in.I’ve been wondering about Simon and what his real role in Toby’s life is for some time now. I even had a few theories that came close but weren’t quite right. Still when the man that turned you into a fish for 14 years says he wants to help you…well take it with a grain of salt and definitely watch your back. “This was the sort of situation that called for a certain amount of terror.” What I have really come to enjoy about this series are all the little world building add ins and characters that seem to enter in. Some of the artistic license taken with this series has been fun. I mean April the computer network Dryad is one example and the mystical traveling fae library is another. As a person that really loves libraries it was one of my favorite things about this book in particular. “There is no fighting in the Library. Anyone who starts a fight or responds to a challenge will be thrown out. You may think you can take me. You're probably right. But none of you can take the Library.” TnT (Tybalt and Toby) get cuter and stronger every book and I enjoy seeing how close they are coming to one another. They make a great team and I really like how well Tybalt is protective and supportive of Toby. Sure he’d love to lock her away in a tower so she was safe but since that would hurt her he chooses the other play which is just to help her with all of her dreams and challenges.This book added some new twists to some characters and I again LOVE the Luidaeg’s role in this. She is a mystery that I can’t wait to unravel a little more. I enjoyed learning who it was who betrayed the Roan and the Luidaeg and the why of it. I’ve come to think of some of these stories not just as Toby’s but also the Luidaegs. Toby sure does know how to pick both her friends and enemies she is stacking up firstborns on both sides of that line.There is danger around ever corner, someone is playing snow white and Toby needs to find out who before she ends up dead or worse…yes there is a worse.This series still engages me and I love how far all the characters have come from the beginning. It’s holding really strong for a series I only had luke warm feelings for in the first few books. Toby has pulled me in and I don’t want to leave now.
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  • Kira
    January 1, 1970
    So many surprising developments occurred. This was the game changer. There were some things that I thought would happen but almost everything went in a totally different direction than I thought it would. This is my second favorite book in the series after Ashes of Honor. Simon Torquill returns to cause trouble in Toby's life. There is more to him than Toby ever thought there was. Finally clues that have been dropped since the first book have been explained although just as many new questions ar So many surprising developments occurred. This was the game changer. There were some things that I thought would happen but almost everything went in a totally different direction than I thought it would. This is my second favorite book in the series after Ashes of Honor. Simon Torquill returns to cause trouble in Toby's life. There is more to him than Toby ever thought there was. Finally clues that have been dropped since the first book have been explained although just as many new questions arise as old ones are answered. Toby learns to do some interesting things with her magic, which makes much more powerful than she was before. She finally knows who her true friends are. There were some people she considered friends or family whose true loyalty lies elsewhere. The ending was such a pleasant surprise! I figured that would have happened at some point but not so soon. I can't wait to see where things go from here because it will be different in the future!Random thoughts:Tybalt rocks! I love the way he expresses himself. The Luidaeg is fucking awesome! I love her more than ever after this installment, and I thought she was pretty damn cool before.
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  • Choko
    January 1, 1970
    *** 4.57 ***A weekly buddy read with the TnT maniacs at BB&B!!! I am blown away!!! This series has been planned so meticulously, that all the small clues dropped by the author from the beginning of the first book through the rest of the books, finally begin to cluster together and unravel answers to many of the questions we have been beating our heads over ... And just when you explode with excitement over an answer you might have had some good suspicions about, the answer turned out to be *** 4.57 ***A weekly buddy read with the TnT maniacs at BB&B!!! I am blown away!!! This series has been planned so meticulously, that all the small clues dropped by the author from the beginning of the first book through the rest of the books, finally begin to cluster together and unravel answers to many of the questions we have been beating our heads over ... And just when you explode with excitement over an answer you might have had some good suspicions about, the answer turned out to be a whole new question of a whole new level of mysteries we just need the answers to ASAP!!! But no, we would not be so lucky! After all, Ms. McGuire has not been raising our tolerance to torture for no reason - more and bigger anguish is on its way, no fear! But we all know, "It hurts so good, yea baby make it hurt so good,..."... yea, something is definitely wrong with us...As with most readers who get to the 8 book in a series, at this point we all know where we stand with the storytelling, the world, the characters and the plot. Most who don't like it, or are barely interested, have dropped out by book 3... There are some who probably read it because it is something familiar, even if they don't find it special. But most of us who have followed Toby, Tybolt, Luidaeg, May, Jazz, Quinn and Raj have accepted these fictional characters as part of our real lives and care for them as we would our friends... Only maybe even more in some cases, because books show us the souls of the written heroes, while we can never achieve this level of openness and honesty with our living companions. Yes, I know this should be wrong, but just think about how much of our thoughts and feelings we truly expose to our loved ones, no matter of the reasoning behind this lack of communication... This is the reason books steal our hearts - they really talk to us!This is an Urban Fantasy series, all the main characters are Fae of one race or another. They are all made up, some are influenced by Fae folklore and some come straight from the imagination of the author. They all deal with situations as far from realistic as we can imagine, and they all survive difficulties in miraculous manner. And despite the product as a whole to be the definition of Fantasy, it is one of the most deeply realistic and humane series out there! Because it is realistic in the places which count, it deals with fears, hopes, what is family, how much does blood make us who we are, who are our friends and what are the values that really matter to us and where do we draw the line... Those are the same questions we all struggle with all the time and this is why we can relate with this series in such a visceral way! I purposely chose not to discuss any of the plot here, because it seems that anything I might be tempted to say would give something away, and it would be a great disservice to this wonderful book!. Needless to say, I recommend the series to one and all, as long as you read it in order! Thank you to my buddies at BB&B - reading this with y'all is an absolute pleasure!!!Now I wish all of you fun books and Happy Reading!!!
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  • Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
    January 1, 1970
    When Seanan McGuire said that everything that happened from the very first book was leading here, she wasn't kidding. It was the most intense book of the whole series so far and that says a lot considering what Toby dealt with and went against before, and dayumn! When before it was throwing punches against heavyweights, this time it was like facing Tyson in his ear-biting stage. Fucking scary.I'm all geared up for round two.Over and out
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  • Susana
    January 1, 1970
    Toby's life is finally looking good.She has her friends. A job that she likes. And a guy who can turn himself into one of her favourite pets: A Cat. ;)Then there's her actual two cats, and her rose-goblin Spike.Unfortunately, the quiet has not come to stay...because where would be the fun in it?An old nemesis of the past has returned, and he seems determined in finishing her of... or is he?Of course Toby's has had enough of living in ponds, thank you very much. *see first volume* so she's not ve Toby's life is finally looking good.She has her friends. A job that she likes. And a guy who can turn himself into one of her favourite pets: A Cat. ;)Then there's her actual two cats, and her rose-goblin Spike.Unfortunately, the quiet has not come to stay...because where would be the fun in it?An old nemesis of the past has returned, and he seems determined in finishing her of... or is he?Of course Toby's has had enough of living in ponds, thank you very much. *see first volume* so she's not very receptive to his offers threats.And the only contact she wants to have with fishes is Tybalt's pet name for her.As if one villain wasn't enough, it seems that another one is behind Simon Torquill's actions.And that person is strong enough to come after Toby's greatest allies.Now, once again, Toby will have to defeat the foes that are determined to get her, while she comes to terms with more peculiarities that are part of her race. And yes, for someone whose greatest asset is blood manipulation _ or whatever it is that you want to call it _ Toby continues to be grossed out by the thing. Thankfully she has a group of friends who are always there for her, even while some old links of her past are being slowly eroded.I really liked Toby in this book. She acted mostly in a sensible manner and she finally came to terms that some things can't be fixed.
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  • Bea Charmed
    January 1, 1970
    WHY AREN'T YOU READING THIS SERIES?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?If you enjoy smart stories, tight plots, top notch characterization, humor, action, and romance, you NEED this series. If you like urban fantasy, if you like fairy tales that are set in the modern world, you NEED this series. If you want to feel and think and lose yourself in another world, you NEED this series.Okay, enough about the series, now the book. I love Seanan McGuire and I hate her; I want to marry her and h WHY AREN'T YOU READING THIS SERIES?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?If you enjoy smart stories, tight plots, top notch characterization, humor, action, and romance, you NEED this series. If you like urban fantasy, if you like fairy tales that are set in the modern world, you NEED this series. If you want to feel and think and lose yourself in another world, you NEED this series.Okay, enough about the series, now the book. I love Seanan McGuire and I hate her; I want to marry her and have her babies and I want to slowly torture her. No, not really. I'm being hyperbolic but you get my point, yes? Oh, the anguish she puts poor Toby through in this book. In a lesser author's hands, it would have been pure soap opera but McGuire turns it into a modern Greek tragedy, though with a happier ending than those tend towards. And I LOVED the ending. I honestly was not surprised, I expected it. That said, when do things ever go smoothly in Toby's world? I foresee much acrimony, division, and pettiness in the future.It's hard to discuss the book because so much of it is spoilery so I apologize for how vague this review is. So much happens and so much of it is important that I don't want to inadvertently give away something.The blurb for the book may seem like it says nothing but it really does sum up the book. Pretty much everything we thought we knew about Toby, about her family, even her friends, is not what we thought. I lost track of how many times my jaw dropped while reading. Partly, it was shock at the revelations, partly at the events that occur, and partly it was because I couldn't believe I'd missed the clues and hints for the revelations in the earlier books. McGuire played fair; the earlier books really do contain the info, but I doubt if most readers figured out where McGuire was going and what she was doing. A word of advice: you might want to re-read book one before tackling this one. While not necessary, I think it would be useful. There's some masterful storytelling in "The Winter Long" and amazing plotting. She says in her acknowledgments: This book was one of the first I fully plotted, back when this series was a glimmer in my eye and a fantasy for the future. Everything I have done with October's world to this point has been for the sake of getting here, to the book that you now hold in your hands.I believe it. Careful plotting and attention to detail of the whole series led to this book and there's a lot of detail in this story. Toby has grown so much over the series and built for herself a wonderful, loving, supportive family. That said, I really missed Danny, who doesn't appear, and both May and Jazz make only minor appearances. In one of her few appearances, Jazz is a force to reckon with when armed with a baseball bat. My only real quibble with the book is the use of elf-shot; it's becoming entirely too useful and convenient. It's turning into a deux a machina. Apart from that, "The Winter Long" was fantastic. It grabbed me from the first page and kept my attention because I never knew what was coming next. It's the perfect blend of action, plot, romance, and characterization. The year-long wait for the next book will be a killer. McGuire is evil. In a good way.Some fave quotes:This one may be my fave quote in the entire book: They were my boys and they loved me, and I needed to be careful with them if I ever wanted to be worthy of them. That was an unsettling thought, no matter how true I knew it to be. This one is my second favorite quote in the book, the Luidaeg is speaking: "Love is love. It's rarer in Faerie than it used to be-rarer than it should be, if you ask me. If you can find it, you should cling to it, and never let anything interfere. Besides, he has a nice ass." Her lips quirked in a weirdly mischievous smile. "I mean, damn. Some people shouldn't be allowed to wear leather pants. He's one of them. He's a clear and present danger when he puts those things on. Or takes them off."
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  • Carolyn F.
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a little confused at what Sylvester didn't say to October. Besides that, the book was really good. I liked the evolution of October's romance with Tybalt. I really love the sea witch (I can't remember how to spell her name). I just wish the next book wouldn't have so much blood everywhere.
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  • Ina
    January 1, 1970
    "You want me to be a villain: things are always easier when there's a clear villain, and I can fill the role admirably. I have before, and I probably will again. Please don't mistake villainy for evil. The two can exist side by side while remaining quite distinct." Re-read: January 2019 If you want to hear my full thoughts on this book, proceed to read my original review of this book. This time, I'm just writing down a few stray observations that crossed my mind during this re-read:1. This ins "You want me to be a villain: things are always easier when there's a clear villain, and I can fill the role admirably. I have before, and I probably will again. Please don't mistake villainy for evil. The two can exist side by side while remaining quite distinct." Re-read: January 2019 If you want to hear my full thoughts on this book, proceed to read my original review of this book. This time, I'm just writing down a few stray observations that crossed my mind during this re-read:1. This installment is one of the very few in October Daye series that have somewhat optimistic ending. However, this series has a sad and melancholic feel to it, whichever way you look at it. It's bloody and it's often heartbreaking. And I'm not just talking about big heartbreaks, such as a death of a character, but also smaller, almost every day things, such as betrayals, miscommunication or people changing and growing apart. Just like Toby likes to say, Faerie isn't fair and this series is a proof of it. If you pick this book up, don't expect rainbows and cheery atmosphere. 2. I'm still dying to know who were Amandine's parents. Since we found out that (view spoiler)[her father is Oberon, but her mother is neither Maeve nor Titania, who the hell is it?! (hide spoiler)]. I can't wait to find out the answer to this question. It will be no doubt genially thought out just like all the other McGuire twists and it will probably cast a completely new light on all the previous installment.3. McGuire's ability to create such an interesting world with all the twists and turns she manages to throw in is amazing. All the twists are very well thought out and they make you see the whole series in a whole new light. 4. Torquills keep breaking my heart. Please, stop doing that, guys.5. Everyone needs a Tybalt in their life. Original review: February 2017 Simon Torquill returns to Toby's life after 17 years. Seventeen years of hatred and fear and what does Toby do when he comes back? She makes him a tea. Because why not.To be honest, I actually like Simon. Call me crazy, but I have soft spot for Torquills (yes, even batshit crazy Raysel). The twist with him and Amendine wasn't that surprising, but the fact that (view spoiler)[they have a daughter together (hide spoiler)] caught me quite off guard and I will be VERY disappointed if this little piece of history won't come back in the future.(view spoiler)[By the way, I couldn't find it very believable that Toby was out of her mind when she found out Simon and Amy are married, but she was like "meh" when she found out she had a sister. Seriously, she didn't even think twice about it. (hide spoiler)]I felt really sorry for Torquills in this book, even though it probably wasn't the goal McGuire wanted to accomplish. I know that Sylvester lied to Toby, but... he has been like a father to her for a long time. He protected her and loved her and she is willing to forget all that just for a few lies. I'm also sad about Luna, because although I was hoping things would get better between her and Toby, it didn't happen. However, I really enjoyed (view spoiler)[Raysel's "changeling's choice", because, even though it was a dream, she seemed more like that little girl Toby knew, than crazy bitch she was before she got elf-shot (hide spoiler)].In a way, Toby is slowly losing her family. But she is also making her own. May, Tybalt, Quentin, Raj and the Luidaeg are a perfect family for her. And I know I should swoon all over Tybalt and his leather pants (and trust me, I do), but I swoon even more over the Luidaeg. I really love relationship between her and Toby and the fact that Toby is willing to sacrifice for the Luidaeg as much, as the Luidaeg is willing to sacrifice for her.The main villain of the book was... surprising in a way and not surprising in other. It was pretty obvious it would be (view spoiler)[Eira (hide spoiler)] from previous book/short story, but (view spoiler)[Eira being Evening (hide spoiler)] really surprised me. Really didn't see that one coming.By the way - what's the deal with Toby and leaving her enemies at forgotten lands of Faerie? I mean, in a short term, it's a good solution, but if I were her, I couldn't sleep very well knowing there are some seriously pissed off people plotting against me. But that's her problem, I guess.
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  • Betul
    January 1, 1970
    I think I read the previous book in this series at least five years ago. Back in those days I strictly read Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books. Those genres were my favorites, and I couldn't get enough. There was just so many series I still had to read. However, at some point I discovered the new indie YA/NA genre, and fell completely in love. I started reading less and less Urban Fantasy, and was addicted to the romance genre. However, every time I fall into a book slump, I always end u I think I read the previous book in this series at least five years ago. Back in those days I strictly read Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books. Those genres were my favorites, and I couldn't get enough. There was just so many series I still had to read. However, at some point I discovered the new indie YA/NA genre, and fell completely in love. I started reading less and less Urban Fantasy, and was addicted to the romance genre. However, every time I fall into a book slump, I always end up reading either a Thriller or Urban Fantasy book. And every time I realize how much I love those genres. I have a bad memory, so I forget about a lot of books I have read over the years, however, the moment I started The Winter Long, everything about the characters came back in pieces. I remembered why I loved this series so much, and couldn't wait to see what would happen. Each book is a separate adventure with a continuous storyline that keeps developing and evolving. The characters are all so amazing and I love all the secrets that are being uncovered. This book had many elements that came together, and the twists were incorporated perfectly into the story. It is always very unpredictable and that is what I love most about this genre. There are still many UF series I have to finish and get up to date to, but the October Daye series is definitely on top of that list.
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    I always love getting a new October Daye book. I love everything about them, from the beautiful covers (Chris McGrath, yay!) to the lovely, Shakespearean titles to the richly plotted stories. The author has created a wonderful, fae populated world here complete with Kings, Queens, Knights, and Squires and every new book just continues to build upon the rich foundation that has been laid in previous books. This book certainly continued that fine tradition, so much so, in fact, that I wish I had b I always love getting a new October Daye book. I love everything about them, from the beautiful covers (Chris McGrath, yay!) to the lovely, Shakespearean titles to the richly plotted stories. The author has created a wonderful, fae populated world here complete with Kings, Queens, Knights, and Squires and every new book just continues to build upon the rich foundation that has been laid in previous books. This book certainly continued that fine tradition, so much so, in fact, that I wish I had been able to do a series re-read prior to reading this latest installment. This book really looks back to pick up subtle clues from the past and Toby learns that hindsight really is 20/20. October is hit with a LOT in this book. She finds out more about her heritage but even as questions are answered, new ones are created. There are betrayals but also assistance from unlooked for places. The pacing was brisk and the characters we know and love continue to shine. And just speaking for myself, I was thoroughly surprised twice in this book. If I have one quibble, it's the same one as the last book. Namely, not nearly enough time with October and Tybalt and by that I mean ALONE time. Have no fear, Tybalt is all over this book as he would never willingly leave October's side (yay!) but I would have liked them to have more time when it was just the two of them, without any third parties. As for the ending? Well, I wasn't expecting that. At. All. One thing is for sure though, nothing will ever be the same again.
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  • Pia
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe it's me, and the fact that it's been awhile since I read the other books in the series, so I had to go back and look up a lot of things I had forgotten about. Maybe it's the fact that I had huge expectations, based on the information provided by the author and the reviews that said that this book held some life changing revelations for Toby. Whatever the reason, the book didn't deliver for me.The "life altering" surprises weren't all that much of a surprise, since I had kinda expected them Maybe it's me, and the fact that it's been awhile since I read the other books in the series, so I had to go back and look up a lot of things I had forgotten about. Maybe it's the fact that I had huge expectations, based on the information provided by the author and the reviews that said that this book held some life changing revelations for Toby. Whatever the reason, the book didn't deliver for me.The "life altering" surprises weren't all that much of a surprise, since I had kinda expected them. But the biggest disappointment is probably that a lot of things just didn't make sense. Partly because they weren't explained, but what annoyed me most of all is that the motivations of those who lied to her for years elude me completely, and that the geas were anything but consistent.Not my favorite in the series.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Blood drench, Toby's known and unknown past comes back to haunt her, torture her, threaten her and maybe even destroy her.I love the October Daye series! This book is just AWESOME!I loved Toby and her character's growth, was riveted to Tybalt and his devotion, and absolutely adored the depth of every character is outstanding read.So many things are revealed, shocking revelations that are quite mind blowing. I can't even begin to describe this story without giving something vital away not just to Blood drench, Toby's known and unknown past comes back to haunt her, torture her, threaten her and maybe even destroy her.I love the October Daye series! This book is just AWESOME!I loved Toby and her character's growth, was riveted to Tybalt and his devotion, and absolutely adored the depth of every character is outstanding read.So many things are revealed, shocking revelations that are quite mind blowing. I can't even begin to describe this story without giving something vital away not just to this book but to many previous installments in this series ...GO READ The Winter Long and if you haven't read the October Daye Series...what are you waiting for...
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    The Ambitious Ocean is a short story from Patrick's point of view that can be purchased from Seanan McGuire's Patreon Page. She posts a short story there every month, some standalone but a lot linked to her October Daye series, and you can receive them for as little as $1 each (there are other perks available for higher amounts but $1 is the minimum). We've had quite a few October Daye world stories now from Patrick, Dianda and Tybalt's points of view, these stories aren't essential reading but The Ambitious Ocean is a short story from Patrick's point of view that can be purchased from Seanan McGuire's Patreon Page. She posts a short story there every month, some standalone but a lot linked to her October Daye series, and you can receive them for as little as $1 each (there are other perks available for higher amounts but $1 is the minimum). We've had quite a few October Daye world stories now from Patrick, Dianda and Tybalt's points of view, these stories aren't essential reading but they all give us background information into some of our favourite characters and I'd highly recommend them to fans of the series.This story follows on from events in Write in Water and Live in Brass and continues to fill in our knowledge of the early days of Patrick and Dianda's relationship. Patrick feels he has a score to settle with Evening after her actions in the previous story but when he goes to talk to her about it things don't go quite to plan. Dianda and Patrick are so cute together, it was really interesting to see more of Evening in action and I always love these early glimpses of Simon before life goes so terribly wrong for him but what I'm most curious about was the introduction of Dawn. Have we met her in the series already? I honestly can't remember her so I'm definitely left wondering why!Merged review:Write in Water is a short story from Patrick's point of view that can be purchased from Seanan McGuire's Patreon Page. She posts a short story there every month, some standalone but a lot linked to her October Daye series, and you can receive them for as little as $1 each (there are other perks available for higher amounts but $1 is the minimum). We've had quite a few October Daye world stories now both from Patrick and Tybalt's points of view, these stories aren't essential reading but they all give us background information into some of our favourite characters and I'd highly recommend them to fans of the series.I love Patrick and Dianda so I'm really pleased Seanan has been writing these short stories that are slowly filling in their background, we've already seen them meeting and their first date but this is the story of them becoming an official couple and funnily enough it all starts at Dianda's engagement party to another man! I'm not going to say much more than that because you should just read the story and enjoy it for yourself but this was another sweet one and we get to see quite a few other familiar faces too. It makes me so sad to see a younger version of Simon, back before he managed to screw his life up and ruin his relationship with pretty much everyone he knows. I'm kind of hoping he'll find a way back to himself at some point in the future but after everything he's done I'm not sure how possible that is.Merged review:Shore to Shore is a short story from Patrick's point of view that can be purchased from Seanan McGuire's Patreon Page. She posts a short story there every month, some standalone but a lot linked to her October Daye series, and you can receive them for as little as $1 each (there are other perks available for higher amounts but $1 is the minimum). The great news is that signing up as a sponsor gives you access to all the previous short stories and we're up to 7 October Day stories now (5 from Tybalt's point of view plus an Aeslin Mice one for Incryptid fans) so it's well worth signing up!This story picks up Patrick and Dianda's courtship after their initial meeting (which is covered in Heaps of Pearl, a free short story on Seanan's website in case you missed it!). It may be months since they first met but this is only their second meeting and I'd say it's their first proper date. Patrick is the sweetest guy and the opening scene between him and some pixies was wonderful, I loved that Dianda got to see that side to him when he was completely unguarded and it's easy to see why she would have fallen for his charm. I'm not going to go into details of their date but it was just as sweet as their initial meeting and I loved every minute of it.I can't even tell you how much I've enjoyed the stories about these two and I'm really hoping that Seanan is planning on writing more about their early years as a couple!Merged review:Live in Brass is a short story from Dianda's point of view that can be purchased from Seanan McGuire's Patreon Page. She posts a short story there every month, some standalone but a lot linked to her October Daye series, and you can receive them for as little as $1 each (there are other perks available for higher amounts but $1 is the minimum). We've had quite a few October Daye world stories now both from Patrick and Tybalt's points of view, these stories aren't essential reading but they all give us background information into some of our favourite characters and I'd highly recommend them to fans of the series.If you've read the January Patreon story, Write in Water, then you'll recognise some of the events in this story except this time we see them from Dianda's POV instead of Patrick's. This gives us a nice glimpse into her life in Undersea and then takes us on land as she goes to a party King Gilad is holding in her honour. Although we've seen some of these events before I really enjoyed the chance to see Dianda's side of the big misunderstanding she has with Patrick. I think these two are adorable together and I love that Seanan McGuire is slowly filling in the details of their romance with these short stories. It's nice to get a glimpse of other familiar characters too, although some of that is a little bittersweet if you're a fan of the series because you'll already know what happens to them further down the line.Merged review:This series really does get better with every instalment and The Winter Long was a game changer in every sense of the word. So many revelations and answers to questions we've been asking since the very beginning but those answers raise a whole new set of questions and I can't wait to see what direction they take us in. This book is going to be a very hard one to review because there are so many things I want to talk about but can't because it would be a spoiler. I'm going to keep this deliberately short and vague because of that but trust me, if you enjoyed the first seven books you're going to love this one!Toby has faced her fair share of battles already but this time she's going up against enemies that have already beaten her once before. Her allies are still out in full force but as she discovers that some people very close to her have been keeping major secrets she starts to wonder whether they are really the people she thought they were and whether they deserve the trust she has placed in them. I was a little heartbroken right alongside Toby when certain heroes fell from their pedestals but I'm so happy that most of the people she trusts have her back 100%.Toby is incredible as always and she's learning more and more ways to use her magic which is fascinating to watch. The Luidaeg and Quentin are favourite side characters as always and we're starting to uncover more about all of their pasts which has been great. I'm still head over heels for Tybalt and think him and Toby are a perfect partnership, he's incredibly protective of her but at the same time he understands her better than anyone and he would never try to force her into anything. He knows that she needs to have the freedom to fight for both herself and the people she cares about and he'd never try to put her in a protective bubble no matter how much his instincts demand it. I love that they always have each other's backs and that they each bring different strengths to their relationship, Toby is an equal partner and isn't someone who sits around waiting to be rescued.You can tell that Seanan McGuire has been building up to this book, so many threads are starting to come together now and I have a feeling that the shocks are just going to keep coming as the series continues. This really has become one of my favourite urban fantasy series and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    January 1, 1970
    Just when I thought the October Daye series couldn’t get any better, along comes THE WINTER LONG. Gathering so many hints and threads and portents, this book is one delicious secret after another coming undone.From the circumstances leading up to Toby’s fish years, to the true line between friend or for, so much becomes clear. Perhaps most emotional were the family moments. Most Changelings are used to be surrounded by lies, but now Toby herself gets a taste of this bitter pill. As new allies ar Just when I thought the October Daye series couldn’t get any better, along comes THE WINTER LONG. Gathering so many hints and threads and portents, this book is one delicious secret after another coming undone.From the circumstances leading up to Toby’s fish years, to the true line between friend or for, so much becomes clear. Perhaps most emotional were the family moments. Most Changelings are used to be surrounded by lies, but now Toby herself gets a taste of this bitter pill. As new allies are gained, old friends are lost, creating a poignant balance of emotions. The characters that McGuire has lovingly crafted are wonderful sparking and playing off each other, dark and light.So much from the series comes together in THE WINTER LONG, it’s difficult to write a review without spoilers. What I can say, however, is that new readers should start at the beginning and returning fans should prepare to be dazzled. And even with so much coming to light, this book by no means wraps everything up in a neat bow. Like the best of urban fantasy, with each reveal and mystery solved Toby’s world grows ever more enticing . As seductive as faerie itself, this is one series I could never give up.Sexual Content: References to sex.
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know how this book can give so many answers and still leave me with a billion burning questions.This was definitely the Book Where Things Are ~REVEALED~. It answers a LOT of questions that have gone unanswered since the first book, and some things you didn't even know you needed answers to. Also, there's lots of blood magic. I love when Toby shifts someone's blood, so this was like magic porn to me. DO ALL THE BLOOD MAGIC. ALL OF IT. There's an exciting new magic thing, too, which I bet I don't know how this book can give so many answers and still leave me with a billion burning questions.This was definitely the Book Where Things Are ~REVEALED~. It answers a LOT of questions that have gone unanswered since the first book, and some things you didn't even know you needed answers to. Also, there's lots of blood magic. I love when Toby shifts someone's blood, so this was like magic porn to me. DO ALL THE BLOOD MAGIC. ALL OF IT. There's an exciting new magic thing, too, which I bet will be explored more in the later books, and which SOMEONE knew about beforehand but didn't tell Toby. Sometimes I think things would be a lot easier if Toby just sat down everyone she knew in a big room and asked them to tell her all they know about her. EVERY BOOK has someone being like "oh by the way Toby, there's this thing about you (and/or your mom) that I knew all along but you had no idea, sorry I didn't tell you before, *shrug*." I MEAN. COME ON.Now, for the spoilery QUESTIONS:(view spoiler)[- OCTOBER AND TYBALT ARE GETTING MARRIED! Does this mean Toby will be, like, Queen Consort of Cats? More importantly, does this mean KITTENS??- WHO IS AMANDINE'S MOTHER. THIS IS GOING TO BOTHER ME BECAUSE I KEEP TRYING TO THINK OF WHO IT COULD BE AND COMING UP WITH NOTHING.- I haven't forgotten about the Luidaeg and her promise that the Selkies' debt is coming due, and soon. Can that be the next book? I hope that's the next book. The Luidaeg is my favorite.- And don't think I've forgotten about how weird Marcia acted when she first saw Arden in Chimes at Midnight, either. We didn't even get a HINT of what that was about.- August...? Where is she? Why did she have one of the Luidaeg's candles? (hide spoiler)]I love this series.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars rounded up. Ooh, that was good! I never really took to Sylvester..interesting return of a couple of characters. Interesting developments in Toby's powers and life. I'm sure this series is getting better and better!
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    January 1, 1970
    The Winter Long (October Daye #8), Seanan McGuire
  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars... My mind is still reeling from all the revelations in this book... October comes face to face with an old enemy and an old friend, but which is which??... This story twists and turns unveiling more secrets to October’s past as well as her identity leaving the reader wondering what the next confrontation will bring... After all is said and done, I am still left with questions that I know are going to be tackled in future reads as this story continues to unfold and the complexity of the 5 Stars... My mind is still reeling from all the revelations in this book... October comes face to face with an old enemy and an old friend, but which is which??... This story twists and turns unveiling more secrets to October’s past as well as her identity leaving the reader wondering what the next confrontation will bring... After all is said and done, I am still left with questions that I know are going to be tackled in future reads as this story continues to unfold and the complexity of the characters comes to light... This series continues to captivate me and has me eagerly anticipating each book to come:)
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  • Dark Faerie Tales
    January 1, 1970
    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Everything has been leading to this, what was started in Rosemary and Rue comes to a head in this book.Opening Sentence: “The woods were dark, filled with strange shadows.”The Review:Toby is back and six months have passed since the events of Chimes at Midnight. Arden is the Queen in the Mists and Toby is happy to be alive and out of the limelight, mostly. Until her past literally rings her doorbell. When Toby opens the door she immediately Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Everything has been leading to this, what was started in Rosemary and Rue comes to a head in this book.Opening Sentence: “The woods were dark, filled with strange shadows.”The Review:Toby is back and six months have passed since the events of Chimes at Midnight. Arden is the Queen in the Mists and Toby is happy to be alive and out of the limelight, mostly. Until her past literally rings her doorbell. When Toby opens the door she immediately invites Sylvester in only to realize moments later that it isn’t Sylvester, but Simon. Simon, the man who turned her into a fish and left her in the pond for fourteen years, tries to apologize to her. He’s bound by the geas and can’t reveal too much information about who employed him and for what gain. When Toby turns to the Sea Witch for help, and ends up having to run she knows things are bad.Toby knows that Simon is trouble, but she doesn’t realize until it’s too late that his employer is pulling the strings and with her friends lives on the line will Toby be able to figure this out? Will Toby be able to put together all the clues given to her since the beginning and figure out who behind everything? Or will more people die?When I first read this book, it was like the major ah-ha moment occurred. This was the book that all the others were leading too. It answered so many questions and led to so many more being asked. I can’t even say why without giving away huge spoilers in this book. Suffice to say that it ties back to Rosemary and Rue and in a huge way! Re-reading it was just, I am not sure I have the words. It reminded me of all the questions I had forgotten that were answered after reading this.Toby has come so far and still has so far to go, but The Winter Long is the first time you begin to realize that there is a long game being played. It makes you reflect on the things that you learn in the past books. You come to a moment where even though long held questions have been answered there are still several mysteries going on in the October Daye world. For instance, in Chimes at Midnight, you learn that King Gilead and his parents were murdered. In One Salt Sea, you learn the tale of the Selkies and Roane, but you don’t learn the whole story. Not all of these are addressed in The Winter Long, I just wanted to give some examples of things that are in previous books that I feel are important in the long run in this series.So if you haven’t started Rosemary and Rue or you haven’t kept up with the series, I don’t know why you are reading this. Go and read them now!Notable Scene:“You remember me.” I said quietly. “I never forced you to go against your nature, or tried to wrest you away from the owners you’d chosen. And when I couldn’t be the Countess you needed I found you someone who could play the part. I’ve tried to be a friend, when I could and I’ve tried to do no harm when friendship wasn’t possible. Now I’m here because I need a favor. I am begging you. If you have any power over the spells that hold your wards in place, let me in. I need to know what’s going on. I need to, know why the doors are locked. Please.”FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of The Winter Long. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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  • Jen Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Holy cow. This book rocked my socks off. It takes the series full circle in a way I never expected, but satisfies completely. Obviously, the journey itself is supposed to be a mystery. The blurb couldn’t be more cryptic:Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score. She was wrong. It’s time to learn the truth.But the thing is: the book is better for it. I’ll talk about what I can without spoiling the big reveals.Obviously, some tightly held secrets are being revealed. Holy cow. This book rocked my socks off. It takes the series full circle in a way I never expected, but satisfies completely. Obviously, the journey itself is supposed to be a mystery. The blurb couldn’t be more cryptic:Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score. She was wrong. It’s time to learn the truth.But the thing is: the book is better for it. I’ll talk about what I can without spoiling the big reveals.Obviously, some tightly held secrets are being revealed. Seanan McGuire says in the forward that this book was the culmination of her plans from the beginning of the series, and though I really struggled with Rosemary and Rue, the events of that book are pivotal to the way everything plays out. It’s time for Toby to face her old ghosts and to finally better understand what started the chain of events that lead her to where she is now.What’s so gratifying about it all is that her character growth has prepared her for this battle. She has cultivated allies that are critical to her survival. She has grabbed on to her magic with both hands, strengthening herself in ways no one expected. And she has stepped away from the blind faith of youth, allowing herself to see dangers she likely would never been able to face before.One of the things I love about this book is that is forces us, as readers, to redefine how we see many of the characters. That makes sense with it being in first person and with Toby’s perspective changing so fundamentally. But in the context of how all this is revealed, it makes sense. I am so very impressed at how McGuire pulled so many threads together in ways I never considered to be connected. So many questions are answered… some I didn’t even realize I had. It’s big. But it leaves many doors open. We don’t know everything. Specifically, we don’t know many of the “why’s” behind everyone’s behavior. Not every mystery is solved, and the door is left wide open for what is clearly more story on the horizon.Even though this is a big plot driven book, it’s still deep rooted in characters and relationships. The big winners here, beyond Toby herself, are Tybalt and the Luidaeg. They are amazing and Toby’s connections to them made this exciting journey even more wonderful to read.I couldn’t be more excited to see where this series will go next.Rating: A-/B+
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    The Winter Long4 StarsOctober Daye's life is finally back on track and she is enjoying a peaceful life in the slow lane when an adversary from her past literally appears on her doorstep to stir up old secrets and awaken dangerous foes. Toby and Tybalt are particularly adorable together and their relationship is sweet and satisfying. It would be even better if their were a sexy scene or two…The plot is fast-paced and action packed as always with a mystery that contains some shocking revelations a The Winter Long4 StarsOctober Daye's life is finally back on track and she is enjoying a peaceful life in the slow lane when an adversary from her past literally appears on her doorstep to stir up old secrets and awaken dangerous foes. Toby and Tybalt are particularly adorable together and their relationship is sweet and satisfying. It would be even better if their were a sexy scene or two…The plot is fast-paced and action packed as always with a mystery that contains some shocking revelations and raises some intriguing questions. Not only does Toby come face to face with her archenemy, but her trust in some of her closest allies is undermined, and the potential for future rifts is established. One troublesome aspect of the story is related to the characterization of Toby's nemesis as it evokes one of my pet peeves, i.e., the notion that evil acts can possibly be mitigated under the right circumstances. No! Evil cannot be redeemed or forgiven, and the idea that it can diminishes the threat that it poses. Nevertheless, the richly detailed world building, the excellent character development and the exciting story arc make this one of the best Urban Fantasy series out there.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series!!! This book was amazing! I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. Simon Torquill is back. He is the twin of Sylvester Torquill, October's liege lord. Simon is also the one who turned October (Toby) into a fish and kidnapped Sylvester's wife and daughter. During this book Toby finds out that she has a connection to Simon. Simon may not be the total bad guy she thought he was. Turns out there is someone else who was pulling his strings. Toby must find out who it is and put a stop to I love this series!!! This book was amazing! I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. Simon Torquill is back. He is the twin of Sylvester Torquill, October's liege lord. Simon is also the one who turned October (Toby) into a fish and kidnapped Sylvester's wife and daughter. During this book Toby finds out that she has a connection to Simon. Simon may not be the total bad guy she thought he was. Turns out there is someone else who was pulling his strings. Toby must find out who it is and put a stop to them before Shadowed Hills falls and her friends are killed. There was nonstop action in this book and so many secrets were revealed. I could not stop reading this book. I also must say that the ending will take your breath away. I love Tybalt!! An absolute amazing read. I am so thankful to have won this book but I would pay good money for it as well. A fantastic book!
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  • Mona
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the ending!!
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book, especially once I gave up my expectations for the secrets to be revealed about Toby's past. We did learn some things, but we didn't learn all. I hadn't necessarily expected to learn all, but I'd been expecting to learn more, or at least different, things. I hope it won't be spoiling it for anyone if I say this without a spoiler tag, but what I expected was for Amandine to have role in this story. But apart from a few (very few) mentions, she wasn't in it at all. It was I really loved this book, especially once I gave up my expectations for the secrets to be revealed about Toby's past. We did learn some things, but we didn't learn all. I hadn't necessarily expected to learn all, but I'd been expecting to learn more, or at least different, things. I hope it won't be spoiling it for anyone if I say this without a spoiler tag, but what I expected was for Amandine to have role in this story. But apart from a few (very few) mentions, she wasn't in it at all. It was sort of disappointing, but I let it go and enjoyed what we were told. Which was that (view spoiler)[Evening Winterrose wasn't dead. She's the Firstborn Daoine Sidhe, the eldest daughter of Oberon and Titania. Her name is Eira Rosynhwyr and she's nigh impossible to kill. (hide spoiler)] We also learned that (view spoiler)[Toby has sister named August (born well before her and missing for the last 100 years or so), born to Amandine and her husband, Simon Torquill. And they're still married. (hide spoiler)]Sylvester knew the second, but not the first. (At least, I don't think he knew the first; I can't now remember if he did or not. It's not important, really, so it doesn't matter.) But knowing the second and keeping it secret from Toby did not go over so well when Toby found out. I can't say that I blame her, either. :-(Toby's relationship with Sylvester is now sadly strained, and her relationship with Luna is oddly (for me, anyway) hostile. I don't understand why Luna (view spoiler)[seems to hate Toby now. If anything, it should be the other way around. Luna sent Toby to die; what did Toby ever do to her? (hide spoiler)] :-(Toby's relationship with Tybalt is happily strong. I am SOOO glad that she's not that sort of female character who works to sabotage things, either intentionally or accidentally. :-)Quentin, Raj, May, Jazz, and Danny didn't feature as much in this story (apart from a few mentions, I don't think we even saw Danny). But thankfully there were other diversions, and just seeing Toby and Tybalt together, and Toby and the Luidaeg, made up for the lack of "screen time" with Toby's other sidekicks. :-)I both laughed (chuckled, really) out loud and felt a little teary during the reading of this story. I didn't take the greatest of notes, though, so I'm not sure where or even why I laughed/cried, but I did. (And not taking "the greatest of notes" probably helps to explain why I finished this book so "early." I finished it at 5p, instead of at my usual after-10p for books in this series.)I did make note of one LOL scene, though. On page 85, Toby, with Tybalt and Quentin, is talking to Etienne. The whole scene is pretty humorous, but when she "says," (view spoiler)["I wanted to protest that I didn't intend to have any future dealings with the nobility, but as I was standing between my boyfriend the King of Cats and my squire the Crown Prince of North America, that would have been a little disingenuous." (hide spoiler)] I sort of "hehehe'd." :-) I read it at around dawn, I hadn't yet been to sleep, and I was tired. I'm pretty sure I'd have LOL'ed if I had read it when I was fully awake, so I counted it. ;-)There were later LOL moments, at least one of which I think I actually may have full-on laughed out loud at. But beyond a vague remembrance that it involved Tybalt or maybe Raj or maybe Quentin or maybe May or maybe the Luidaeg or possibly some combination of the above, I don't remember it (or them). Same with the "cry" scenes. I'm pretty sure those involved Toby with the Luidaeg, possibly Toby with Sylvester, and probably Toby with Marcia and Dianda, as I do now remember a rather distressing scene (on pages 186-188) with these latter three after Toby was separated from her companions. In the beginning (and middle) it seemed like we had two things going on: (view spoiler)[Simon Torquill's return to the Mists and Evening Winterrose's return to life. (hide spoiler)] In the end, it turned out that these two things (view spoiler)[were intertwined, as Evening was responsible for the geas that controlled Simon's actions. (hide spoiler)] By the time we discovered it, I was expecting it. But knowing it didn't ruin any of the story for me. After all, Toby still had to (view spoiler)[defeat Evening and Simon, (hide spoiler)] and the pathway to success was fraught with danger and excitement. I really loved it. :-)In the end, (view spoiler)[Toby was able to put Evening to sleep with elf-shot thanks to help from both the Luidaeg and Simon; Simon was shown to not be the evil guy Toby thought he was. But sadly, Simon was also shot with elf-shot and is asleep for the foreseeable future. But Simon was returned to Shadowed Hills while Evening was left abandoned on the Thorn Roads. (hide spoiler)]And at the very end, I cried. It was a beautiful ending. (view spoiler)[Tybalt proposed! Toby said yes! :-) "Yes, I'll marry you. Yes." I laughed disbelievingly. "I . . . yes.""Yes!" Tybalt pounced on me, driving me back down into the blankets. I wrapped my arms around him. He kissed me, and I kissed him back, and everything else in the world ceased to matter, at least for a little while. Maybe I had lost the family I'd counted on when I was a child; maybe Sylvester wasn't the man I'd always thought he was, maybe Evening was my enemy, maybe Luna and I would never make peace with each other. All of that was terrible, and yet I wouldn't have taken back what I had if I'd somehow been granted the power. I was building something better.I was building something real. [fin] (hide spoiler)] I really loved this ending. :-)I really just loved this book/story. There's only one story left to read out of those books currently published. I'll be rather sad to start/finish it, but I'm still looking forward to getting all caught up. And then in the Fall book 10 will be out! :-)
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  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 StarsThe Winter Long was fantastic! The right amount of action, drama, suspense, AND humor! There were some very interesting revelations about Toby's past. I kinda saw the Sylvester/Luna ending coming, probably like many others. I'm still waiting for Toby's mom (and dad?) to show up in a book and give some more insight! Score another win for Toby and The Gang!
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  • Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Read more reviews like this at http://lovelybooksblog.blogspot.com!I can’t believe I’ve been following this series for over two years now and this series is still just as amazing as it was when I read the first one. Instead of declining over time this series is still going strong and I’m so excited to get my hands on the next book in the series, especially after what happened at the very end. McGuire is truly a genius at creating engaging plots and non-stop action and every time I pick up a book Read more reviews like this at http://lovelybooksblog.blogspot.com!I can’t believe I’ve been following this series for over two years now and this series is still just as amazing as it was when I read the first one. Instead of declining over time this series is still going strong and I’m so excited to get my hands on the next book in the series, especially after what happened at the very end. McGuire is truly a genius at creating engaging plots and non-stop action and every time I pick up a book by her I find it impossible to put it down until I’m done.The thing that made this book absolutely amazing was finally getting answers to all the questions I had all the way from book one. The first book in the series left a lot of unanswered questions that sort of fell to the background throughout the constant adventure and excitement of the 6 books in between, however McGuire finally came back to the very beginning with this novel to answer the questions we’ve been wondering in the back of our minds this whole time. McGuire dropped so many bombshells in this book, there was one moment when I couldn’t help but gasp aloud at some of the things about Toby’s past that were finally being revealed. Though I can’t give anything away this novel was definitely full of the unexpected twists and turns we’ve all come to expect from McGuire.Another thing I loved about this novel was the re-connection of the relationship between Toby and Tybalt. In the last book, even though they had their moments, I didn’t feel the connection between them that I felt in previous books. I’m happy to say that the ties between them have been renewed and I was able to feel the love and devotion between them, in this novel especially Tybalt proved his dedication to Toby again and again and feeling the ties between them made me smile. The end of this novel left things between them in a really good place and I’m eager to see how everything works out for them in the future, especially after what Tybalt says at the very end.Even though this novel answers so many questions I had it also brings up a whole set of new ones. The Winter Long was no doubt a turning point in the series and a whole new set of changes and challenges lies in store for Toby in the next few books. I can’t wait to see what McGuire has in mind for the rest of the series and I know that whatever it is, it’s going to be amazing. There’s no shortage of action in these novels and even though they’re a little light on the romance side everything just works, McGuire knows how to write a good story and she never disappoints!The October Daye series is no doubt one of the best (if not the best) series in paranormal romance and urban fantasy. McGuires talent for writing stories with non-stop action and unique and lovable characters makes this series impossible to put down. I’m already dying to get my hands on the next book and I’m not sure if I can stand another year long wait!
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  • Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. What a huge letdown. I know I'm going to be in the tiny minority here but WTF happened to Toby? I've never been so repulsed by a character I used to love in a series since Anita Blake (different reasons, same disgust.)Plot wise, it was standard and fast paced. My two stars comes from the fact that all the supporting cast were cardboard and Toby was incredibly OOC. Like, she thinks her man is dead and instead of looking for him, she just cries like a heap of uselessness. THAT kind of OOC. An Wow. What a huge letdown. I know I'm going to be in the tiny minority here but WTF happened to Toby? I've never been so repulsed by a character I used to love in a series since Anita Blake (different reasons, same disgust.)Plot wise, it was standard and fast paced. My two stars comes from the fact that all the supporting cast were cardboard and Toby was incredibly OOC. Like, she thinks her man is dead and instead of looking for him, she just cries like a heap of uselessness. THAT kind of OOC. And all the rest of the time, she was acting like a five year old brat.This book broadened an aspect from book 3 that bugged the hell out of me. That is, this demand for knowing everything. She had a split from Luna because Luna didn't tell her that Blind Michel was her father and she'd said that she thought Toby would die. Toby feels 'betrayed' by this.You know what Toby? You were going to kill her father, even if it did free her, and she gave you passage to him. She didn't owe you a goddamn thing and as for being sent to die? HELLO! Changling girl against a first born? If Luna had said, before Toby went, that Toby wouldn't die, then everyone knows Toby would chide her for telling lies. It was an obvious conclusion. What does this have to do with this book? Well, I agree with Luna when she snipped at Toby because, I hate to say it, Luna was right. Yes, Toby missed ten years of Jill's life but at least Jill wasn't with her in some dark hole for eight years and last time I checked, Jill didn't kidnap any one nor did she try to kill Toby.Yeah, Toby, it was a shitty thing to happen to you but grow the fuck you. It's not the same thing. Not even close.And then Toby starts to rail on Sylvester for not telling her about her mother and step-father? That wasn't any of Sylvester's business to tell her if her own mother hadn't.I kept wanting him to smack her, especially at the end where she said 'you let me go after him knowing he was ...' I wanted to punch her. That's the most self-absorbed comment in this entire book series.Yeah Toby, sorry about Sylvester being worried for his missing family. Obviously, he should've put your needs (to know everything) above that of his wife and child. You are obviously the most important person in Sylvester's universe and she always be told everything.CAN I PUNCH TOBY? I really want to punch her. I honestly do.
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