The Unkindest Tide (October Daye, #13)
Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong.When the Luidaeg—October "Toby" Daye's oldest and most dangerous ally—tells her the time has come for the Selkies to fulfill their side of the bargain, and that Toby must be a part of the process, Toby can't refuse. Literally. The Selkies aren't the only ones in debt to the Luidaeg, and Toby has to pay what she owes like anyone else. They will travel to the fabled Duchy of Ships and call a convocation of the Selkies, telling them to come and meet the Luidaeg's price...or face the consequences.Of course, nothing is that simple. When Dianda Lorden's brother appears to arrest Dianda for treason against the Undersea, when a Selkie woman is stripped of her skin and then murdered, when everything is falling apart, that's when Toby will have to answer the real question of the hour.Is she going to sink? Or is she going to swim?

The Unkindest Tide (October Daye, #13) Details

TitleThe Unkindest Tide (October Daye, #13)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherDAW Books
ISBN-139780756415075
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fairies, Fae, Paranormal

The Unkindest Tide (October Daye, #13) Review

  • Steven
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.LUIDAEG! LUIDAEG! LUIDAEG! Everyone shout it with me!!!(Now, ask yourself... were you pronouncing it correctly as "loo-shack"... or incorrectly as "loo-ee-day-g"... or struggling to pronounce it at all?)Yeah, Antigone of Albany, the sea witch, Cousin Annie, the Luidaeg is my favorite character in the October Daye series, and this one has SO MUCH LOOSHACK that I can't function! We get to see deep into he Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.LUIDAEG! LUIDAEG! LUIDAEG! Everyone shout it with me!!!(Now, ask yourself... were you pronouncing it correctly as "loo-shack"... or incorrectly as "loo-ee-day-g"... or struggling to pronounce it at all?)Yeah, Antigone of Albany, the sea witch, Cousin Annie, the Luidaeg is my favorite character in the October Daye series, and this one has SO MUCH LOOSHACK that I can't function! We get to see deep into her soul!!!Okay, enough fanboying. I absolutely loved this installment in the Toby series. Multiple firstborns, good old fashioned murder (yikes, poor victim), political posturing involving arrests and undersea rescues), and most importantly LOTS OF FAMILY. Lots and lots and lots. And mostly, that's Toby's adopted family - the family of choice, the family of people who come together and create a bond of family that isn't there because of blood or birth, but because of as conscious choice to love. The best kind of family.Also, did I mention, this one is set out on the seas? Like a pirate adventure? YASSSSSSSSSSSSS!Apparently, I love Toby and the Luidaeg so much that I have to ramble and fanboy and squee.There's also a short story/novella at the end from Raj's POV, totally worth reading. 4 stars for that.5 stars! READ TOBY!
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  • Betül
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**The Unkindest Tide is another wonderful addition to the October Daye series. This is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, and I am so happy that after 13 books the author still delivers intriguing and amazing story-lines. In almost each book we get to visit a new place and be introduced to new characters. The characters keep on growing and learning new things. It is amazing to see what else is possible and hidden in this amazing w **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**The Unkindest Tide is another wonderful addition to the October Daye series. This is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, and I am so happy that after 13 books the author still delivers intriguing and amazing story-lines. In almost each book we get to visit a new place and be introduced to new characters. The characters keep on growing and learning new things. It is amazing to see what else is possible and hidden in this amazing world. I loved that this book was focusing on the Luidaeg, she is one of my favorite characters, and I was happy to see that she played a major role in this book. What I love the most is that there is never a dull moment in this series, there is always something exciting going on. The story is not repetitive and Seanan is continuously expanding the phenomenal world she built.In this book the Luidaeg has summoned all the Selkies to call in their debts from the deal she made hundreds years ago. She, October and others will sail to the Duchy of Ships, where all the Selkies in the world will be gathering to have their skins permanently bound to their bodies, to bring back the Roane. This book was action-packed, funny, emotional, and uplifting. Like always October gets herself into trouble, but always finds a way to get out of them. She is strong and loyal, and will always help the ones in need. We also get a couple of heartfelt scenes between October and Tybalt, which was a great addition to the story. There were also a couple of heartbreaking scenes, which made me want to hug both October and the Luidaeg. I think fans of this series will be satisfied and enjoy this book. I already look forward to the next book.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group - DAW for the opportunity to review this as an eARC in exchange for my open and honest opinion. The character October Daye comes to you in this novel from a deeply personal place. Unlike other novels in the October Daye series that are typically full of high adventure and blood feuds, in some cases with literal blood, this one speaks to the heart and soul of what makes October, October. Who she is. That is her love of her family. One of the mem Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group - DAW for the opportunity to review this as an eARC in exchange for my open and honest opinion. The character October Daye comes to you in this novel from a deeply personal place. Unlike other novels in the October Daye series that are typically full of high adventure and blood feuds, in some cases with literal blood, this one speaks to the heart and soul of what makes October, October. Who she is. That is her love of her family. One of the members of her family is the Luidaeg and the Luidaeg has come to finally collect her due. This book speaks to the softer, more tender, and rawer part of October's personality. The part of her that defines what a family is. In October's world, and I think I can speak for the world in general, a family is not what is defined by birth or blood but what is defined as who becomes apart of our lives in ways that we can not let go. They become a part of who we are. They become a part of our bones, our blood, and our cells. Our very skin. Much like the selkies. October is the embodiment of that. In some ways, I think Mcguire's writing, in general, is much like that. You see examples of that theme in much of her writing. The importance of family and how a family is defined in more ways than just blood. I think it is an important theme to have at the forefront of writing right now with what is going on in the world. It is a positive message to spread.Long ago The Luidaeg, The Sea Witch made a deal with The Selkies. Some day they had to make a choice, they had to choose whether to live in the sea or live on the land and not all of them would get that choice. October would play a part in the choice, and that is all the reader knew up until this book. We learned this early on in the series and had been dealt bits and pieces of information up until this point that has created a grand story which is this book. All I can say is that Seanan McGuire nailed it. The bond of family is held in high esteem. Family in its many forms. The book wraps up that many questions I had but still kept me guessing what is next. Unlike many seasoned series out there that may be getting stale in the narrative, but not this one. The narrative is still going strong and in some instances better. Pick up the October Daye series. She is a strong female character, great uses of magic, great world-building, diverse characters, and a world that keeps getting better and better.
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  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    January 1, 1970
    Well, that's an ominous title . . . o.O
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartReview copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.3.5 heartsI have been waiting for this forever, for the Luidaeg to call in all of Toby’s debts and it FINALLY happened.  The day of reckoning for the Selkies has come and their mother has called the time, place and price that will be demanded of them.The time is neigh, the place is the Duchy of Ships (think pirates and you are hal This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartReview copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.3.5 heartsI have been waiting for this forever, for the Luidaeg to call in all of Toby’s debts and it FINALLY happened.  The day of reckoning for the Selkies has come and their mother has called the time, place and price that will be demanded of them.The time is neigh, the place is the Duchy of Ships (think pirates and you are half way there) and the price, well that is a little more complicated.  To say the Selkies are not excited about this is an understatement. It is a little understandable because their entire way of life is about to change. Cousin Annie has dropped all disguises; she is the Luidaeg, the Sea Witch, with transformations in her fingers and curses in her palms.Most of The Unkindest Tide was good for me.  I definitely love all things Luigaeg and getting to see some of the sorrow she has held for so long was a little agonizing.  The story of the Roane and the Selkies is the saddest of tales. If I know nothing, I know this; there is at least one more Firstborn out there that deserves death.  There is an entire entourage of people at the conclave.  Dianda, being of the Saltmists, comes along as witness along with many others.  I do love bloodthirsty Dianda and I even did okay with the side story stuff that included her.  Side note, do not get on her bad side.I struggled with the murder mystery.  The Selkies have all come together at the conclave but when one of them ends up dead, Toby is Toby, and needs to find justice for the fallen.  I get it, but it was the least interesting part of the story since I did not know any of the characters involved personally and I just wanted to get to the stuff involving the Sea Witch getting her justice. Also, I struggle with Gillian.  I do love what the Luigaeg said to her (Ch 4. You can’t miss it), I’ll wait here while you go read it.  I really just wanted to smack Toby’s daughter this entire book. Janet too, for that matter, both of them drive me a little nuts. I’m hoping one day she’ll see everything Toby tried to do for her, but alas children rarely see that until they have children of their own.  Best new character goes to Captain Pete, captain of the Duchy of Ships and Firstborn of Titania.  She is fantastic and I really liked getting to know another Firstborn that wasn’t an ass.I did like how this ended overall.  I think there are some great set ups for things to come and it isn’t all bad that the future might be a little more fluid now because of the happenings in this book.  It will be interesting to see what comes of the events that unfolded here. I have a feeling that more people will end up on Toby’s doorstep with prophecies to foil in the future.  Let’s hope for her sake most of them don’t involve water.  “There’s no one in this world you can trust all the time. Not even the people you love, not even the people who love you.”    I’d have your spine for jewelry if it wouldn’t make her angry. I’d make flutes from your bones and play them with my boys every time someone thought it would be a good idea to threaten us. She’s not condemning you. She’s sparing you, from me. You should thank her for her mercy, not look to me to save you from it.”  
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Its always a good day when reading a book by Seanan McGuire. The Unkindest Tide was simply fantastic!Toby bargain with the Ludwig has come due and its going to effect her even more personally than she imagined. Her a few select friends tag along to the ocean realm where another 1st born comes into play. If dealing with the Selkies wasn't enough, there is conflict in the Merrow world, pulling Toby right into their turmoil as well. To top it all off, Toby's daughter is now caught in the middle of Its always a good day when reading a book by Seanan McGuire. The Unkindest Tide was simply fantastic!Toby bargain with the Ludwig has come due and its going to effect her even more personally than she imagined. Her a few select friends tag along to the ocean realm where another 1st born comes into play. If dealing with the Selkies wasn't enough, there is conflict in the Merrow world, pulling Toby right into their turmoil as well. To top it all off, Toby's daughter is now caught in the middle of the all the trouble bubbling to the the boiling point and she must pull out all the stops to save what she holds most dear.I, absolutely, loved it. I had to put out the do not disturb signs out around myself. This was a read into the wee-hours of the morning book for me... So, be warned, you may not be able to put this book down once you start!If that wasn't icing on the cake then lets top if off with a marvelous novella, Hope is Swift set in the October Day world. It takes place at exactly the same time as The Unkindest Tide but focuses on Raj and Cait Sidhe that were left back on shore. Another fantastic adventure to devour. The book and novella was a win, win for me. I received this ARC copy of The Unkindest Tide from Berkley Publishing Group - DAW. This is my honest and voluntary review. The Unkindest Tide is set for publication September 3, 2019.My Rating: 5 starsWritten by: Seanan McGuireSeries: October Daye (Book 13)Hardcover: 368 pagesPublisher: DAW (September 3, 2019)ISBN-10: 0756415071ISBN-13: 978-0756415075Genre: Urban FantasyAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/Unkindest-Tide...Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-...Itunes: https://books.apple.com/bo/book/the-u...
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  • Ina
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting to find out what is Toby's role in Luidaeg's bargain with Selkies forever. Please give me this book ASAP.
  • Jen Davis
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this book. It gave me every single thing I love about this series all wrapped up in one fantastic story. For a long time, we’ve been talking about the Luidaeg and her complicated history with the Selkies. Well, here, the bill finally comes due. Now that Toby is strong enough in her power to change blood, the Sea Witch is calling in her debts and forcing Toby to turn the Selkies back into Roane.It’s not a straightforward journey. Things happen in the politics of the Undersea a I absolutely adored this book. It gave me every single thing I love about this series all wrapped up in one fantastic story. For a long time, we’ve been talking about the Luidaeg and her complicated history with the Selkies. Well, here, the bill finally comes due. Now that Toby is strong enough in her power to change blood, the Sea Witch is calling in her debts and forcing Toby to turn the Selkies back into Roane.It’s not a straightforward journey. Things happen in the politics of the Undersea and we meet another Firstborn. But at the heart of this book is what it means to be family. For Toby, with Tybalt and Quenton and the others who have joined her tribe— but perhaps more so for the Luidaeg. For so long, she has mourned her children, but she has family now too. I don’t want to spoil too much because this book really is so much about the journey. But I will say I love who October has become. I hate Gilly. A lot. But I think we are, at least in some ways, supposed to. After all, so many people have grown to see October as a champion and a friend. Yet her own daughter can’t stand her... and isn’t that just a kick in the teeth?This series it still going strong, even after 13 installments. Would definitely recommend for fans of urban fantasy. Great action and solid feels.*ARC provided by publisher
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  • Kira
    January 1, 1970
    The Luidaeg finally calls in Toby's debt and needs her to help resolve her selkie problem. Toby, the Luidaeg, and a few others go the Duchy of Ships. I had been waiting for this book for a long time. There weren't any surprises as to what the Luidaeg wanted Toby to do. It was easy to guess considering Toby's special abilities. The Duchy of Ships was interesting. I always like it when Toby goes to other places and explores more of the world. The leader of the Duchy of ships was awesome, and I rea The Luidaeg finally calls in Toby's debt and needs her to help resolve her selkie problem. Toby, the Luidaeg, and a few others go the Duchy of Ships. I had been waiting for this book for a long time. There weren't any surprises as to what the Luidaeg wanted Toby to do. It was easy to guess considering Toby's special abilities. The Duchy of Ships was interesting. I always like it when Toby goes to other places and explores more of the world. The leader of the Duchy of ships was awesome, and I really hope she will be in the series again at some point. While there a murder occurs, and Toby takes it upon herself to investigate. This was the least interesting part of the story. Most of it involved newly introduced characters that I had no attachment to. I really enjoyed this book. It was not the most exciting or revelatory in the series, but it will have significant consequences later on. As to what those consequences are, who knows? But I can't wait to find out. I received this from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kelsea
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!I’ve enjoyed every October Daye novel (and that’s saying quite a lot, as the series is now 13 books long), but while I always find them fun, they don’t always make me emotional.The Unkindest Tide, true to its name, left me with watery eyes. This story felt personal to me, as I read it while watching my eight-month-old daughter play happily, and so much of this story is about motherhood. The joys, the pain, and the grief of the worst imaginable thing happening to your children.The Luida 4.5 stars!I’ve enjoyed every October Daye novel (and that’s saying quite a lot, as the series is now 13 books long), but while I always find them fun, they don’t always make me emotional.The Unkindest Tide, true to its name, left me with watery eyes. This story felt personal to me, as I read it while watching my eight-month-old daughter play happily, and so much of this story is about motherhood. The joys, the pain, and the grief of the worst imaginable thing happening to your children.The Luidaeg has become one of my favorite characters in October Daye’s world. She’s strong and terrifying, irreverent and impatient, but also incredibly compassionate. She has the emotions of someone who cares deeply, paired with the wisdom and wariness of someone who has lived too long and seen too much. I absolutely love her! It was a serious treat getting a story centered around her.Additionally, The Unkindest Tide is full of Undersea politics, which were fascinating. It has everything I look for in a Toby novel — more tidbits about the magic, more world-building, setup for future possibly storylines, Toby’s heroism, Tybalt’s flowery declarations, and a lot of sass. I loved learning more about the Undersea, Roane, and Selkies, almost as much as I loved being in Toby’s head again.At its heart, The Unkindest Tide is a story of healing. It’s an incredibly therapeutic read, with plenty of adventure and unexpected elements — and it’s a reminder to us all that Seanan McGuire is REALLY fucking smart.If you haven’t picked up the October Daye series, go out and get Rosemary and Rue RIGHT NOW! Or wait just a bit until this October (heh), when Rosemary and Rue is getting a hardcover re-release!! You have so many amazing adventures ahead of you, and I envy you. If you’re partway through the series, read on! It gets SO good!Now shhhh, I’ll be off reading the extra novella (!!!!) included in the ARC that I assume is also in the hardcover. I would normally read the entire ARC cover to cover before writing my review, but I just couldn’t wait!! If I have anything to add after reading it, I’ll edit my review.Thank you Daw Books for sending me an advanced copy of The Unkindest Tide in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Urban Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*Thoughts*The Unkindest Tide, by author Seanan McGuire, is the Thirteenth installment in the October Daye series. Toby Day, Knight Errant, Private Investigator, Hero to the Realm, receives an unwelcome guest, Luidaeg. Luidaeg, the Eldest of Maeve's offspring, Sea Witch, and Toby's friend and adversary, calls on Toby to answer a call of duty for which she owes Luidaeg. In a matter of weeks, Luidaeg must deal with the Selkies who she made an ultim *Source* Publisher*Genre* Urban Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*Thoughts*The Unkindest Tide, by author Seanan McGuire, is the Thirteenth installment in the October Daye series. Toby Day, Knight Errant, Private Investigator, Hero to the Realm, receives an unwelcome guest, Luidaeg. Luidaeg, the Eldest of Maeve's offspring, Sea Witch, and Toby's friend and adversary, calls on Toby to answer a call of duty for which she owes Luidaeg. In a matter of weeks, Luidaeg must deal with the Selkies who she made an ultimatum to hundreds of years ago after the Roane all but disappeared from the world.*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzI've enjoyed October Daye books before Seanan McGuire became a big name due to her Wayward Children series. She's a prolific writer even if I don't always enjoy her plots (which is her weakest story element.) So when I learned we're getting book 13 in the series, AND its about the Luidaeg's deal with the Selkies I knew I had to check in with her fae series.I really love this cover and feel like it goes so well with the major setting of Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzI've enjoyed October Daye books before Seanan McGuire became a big name due to her Wayward Children series. She's a prolific writer even if I don't always enjoy her plots (which is her weakest story element.) So when I learned we're getting book 13 in the series, AND its about the Luidaeg's deal with the Selkies I knew I had to check in with her fae series.I really love this cover and feel like it goes so well with the major setting of The Unkindest Tide... the Duchy of Ships! It also made a gorgeous Instagram photo and the title sent shivers down my back. It's such an ominous title and I was expecting some epic morally grey plot...The PremiseThe Selkies, humans that can shift and have an affinity to the water due to a magical pelt, have some dark history with the Luidaeg, THE sea witch who verges on a god. In previous volumes we've learned of that history and the atrocities that lead to them owing the sea witch big time. In The Unkindest Tide the Luidaeg calls in the debts owed her by Toby, to do what only she can do... Work with blood. In reality this premise tells us very little. Because basically all there is to happen is for Toby to travel to where the Selkies are gathered, the Selkies to decide who will be holding the pelts and for Toby to do the deed. It doesn't make for very compelling plot if something doesn't interfere...(***Potentially Mild Spoilers ahead!!***)And you know nothing much does happen. -We get a ton (like 30% worth) of recap of history from previous books to start. Very little of the current plot is in there. We do get a really compelling new location in faeire... The Duchy of Ships which I adored. But the few distractions are very uncreative. -We get another rescue that smacks of the same plot in book 5 of the series... but really condensed. It doesn't really add anything that we didn't experience previously.-And there is a murder thrown in (because that's what's in October Daye books) that Toby doesn't even investigate much but just "suddenly realizes" who and why the murder was committed. -Toby's daughter (in a previous book) is saved by a Selkie pelt... so she comes to provide needless drama. And nothing is resolved. I wish she'd just get over herself.We do experience two things that may make The Unkindest Tide worth reading to you... -We get to meet one of the Luidaeg's siblings. Who is really neat and just as scary cool as the Luidaeg!! They neatly tie up the arrest in what could be considered a satisfying way.-And Toby comes up with a neat idea so that both the Luidaeg and the Selkies will be satisfied with fulfilling their obligations (due to their past atrocities.)My ExperienceHaving just read the first two books in the Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells I had an epiphany about the October Daye series... I think Toby's adventures would have made great novellas in a similar vein. In fact her Wayward Children series has the same shortened page numbers and tight story lines. It's no mistake that a book with less room for plot is the series that made Seanan McGuire so popular.Alas this is all in hindsight as the October Daye series is one that's been around since 2009. You have to admire a series that has lingered for 10 years! And I do. It's a series rich in back history that is always changing its world to accommodate different villains and developing relationships! I just wish that The Unkindest Tide had done the same. For me this would have made a better novella. And I would have paid more to get rid of all the filler.I can't say I enjoyed The Unkindest Tide. The strengths of the October Daye series have always been an incredible fae world and some really compelling characters. These strengths return in The Unkindest Tide... but the journey they go on is decidedly underwhelming... I could have skipped this and not have missed anything... as I'm sure the Selkies' fate will be recapped in the next book.⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐ Writing Style⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐ Plot & Pacing⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ World BuildingA+ Cover & Title gradeThanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews...Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!
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  • Marzie
    January 1, 1970
    How long, how long? How long have we waited, readers, for Antigone of Albany, aka The Luidaeg, to find justice for what was taken from her? At last we are at the close of Act 2 and she has the means by which to restore her beloved children (that would be Toby) only how many goddamn conspiracies and coups and murders may try to prevent things for a while longer. No matter, Toby and her friends are going to fix everything up right as rain. Sure Tobes might bleed a bit in the process, okay, a lot i How long, how long? How long have we waited, readers, for Antigone of Albany, aka The Luidaeg, to find justice for what was taken from her? At last we are at the close of Act 2 and she has the means by which to restore her beloved children (that would be Toby) only how many goddamn conspiracies and coups and murders may try to prevent things for a while longer. No matter, Toby and her friends are going to fix everything up right as rain. Sure Tobes might bleed a bit in the process, okay, a lot in the process, but almost everyone will be fine.The politics of the fae world that Toby has tried to straddle while living in the mortal one have always been complex and requiring of deftness and foresight. Luckily for Toby and her friends and allies, her abilities as a detective have taught her some trenchant perceptions about the ghastly way some of the purebloods and Firstborns do business. Speaking of which, who among you thought that all of Titania's children were awful? This book will prove you wrong in spades. And who of you thought you knew about Evening Winterrose's relationship with someone named Dawn? Wrong again! (Has anyone other than Tybalt and May ever told Toby the straight truth, I wonder?) And who thought that Gillian's choices, as she now wears a selkie skin, would be postponed or simple or lead to her being some sort of thin-blooded Dóchas Sidhe after that damn elf-shot wears off? Wrong, wrong, wrong. This book ends a long arc that we've known about since "One Salt Sea" - the cruelty that has broken the Luidaeg's heart and why Toby's loyalty, fondness for, and willing to regularly indebt herself at the drop of a hat (trust me on that, says Quentin, rolling his eyes) to the Luidaeg changed the arc of her hopes and the future of the selkies. The Luidaeg, clearly the best aunt you could possibly have (as long as you don't piss her off) finally puts something back in place in her world. Now all that's left of the justice seeking for the slaughter of her children is... Killing Frost. Silver and Iron? Let's hope so.A great installment in the series but not an appropriate entry point into the world of October Daye.The US print and e-book editions have a novella, titled "Hope is Swift'" about a certain teenage Cat Prince who been giving Ginevra, Regent of Tybalt's Court of Dreaming Cats, a rather difficult time of things. Occasionally, he is just too much of a cat.Buy it or borrow it, love it, tell me you can't wait for Killing Frost?I received a Digital Review Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting for the Luidaeg to call in her debts and it's finally time. There was a lot of drama, danger and hectic situations in THE UNKINDEST TIDE, but I think I was expecting it to be MORE dramatic, dangerous and hectic. I enjoyed visiting the Duchy of Ships. I enjoyed learning about the people that live there as well as Captain Pete. Toby's usual allies are along for the ride and as usual, they all bring something extra to the storyline.Let's talk about Gillian because she seems to b I have been waiting for the Luidaeg to call in her debts and it's finally time. There was a lot of drama, danger and hectic situations in THE UNKINDEST TIDE, but I think I was expecting it to be MORE dramatic, dangerous and hectic. I enjoyed visiting the Duchy of Ships. I enjoyed learning about the people that live there as well as Captain Pete. Toby's usual allies are along for the ride and as usual, they all bring something extra to the storyline.Let's talk about Gillian because she seems to be getting a lot of page time now that she's in Toby's world. I UNDERSTAND that she's angry, I really do, but she is really ticking me off. Sometimes she seems to be trying to understand what really happened and I totally understand her need for space at some points, but she needs to grow up and start looking at the big picture. She puts both herself and others in danger every time she pushes back. I didn't love this installment as much as previous books, but I still devoured it and I feel like it was needed for the growth of some of the other storylines. I am ready for Toby and Tybalt's wedding (and babies!! Please let them have babies). Hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later. * This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Was this worth the wait! Hell,yeah! This was the story that I always imagined would come at the end of the series. I’m really pleased it’s come sooner and that there’s still plenty of room for lots and lots more. And I’m pleased it turned out more happily than anticipated. I loved Tybalt and Toby in this one especially one of their conversations about the future. I have loved the character growth and development of Toby throughout the series and in this one we see it for the Luidaeg. It’s great Was this worth the wait! Hell,yeah! This was the story that I always imagined would come at the end of the series. I’m really pleased it’s come sooner and that there’s still plenty of room for lots and lots more. And I’m pleased it turned out more happily than anticipated. I loved Tybalt and Toby in this one especially one of their conversations about the future. I have loved the character growth and development of Toby throughout the series and in this one we see it for the Luidaeg. It’s great that Toby, having understood it for herself, can now help the Sea-Witch understand that you can make your own family if the one born into doesn’t suit. Oh and Gillian is such a pain in the arse!
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  • Lorena
    January 1, 1970
    It's always a joy to return to this series and see what October and the gang are going to do next. This adventure deals with Undersea fae politics, and a certain Sea Witch's issues with the selkies. We get to visit an entirely different fae kingdom, with awesome and inventive details, as usual. This is definitely one of the strongest urban fantasy series out there!
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  • keikii Eats Books
    January 1, 1970
    To read more reviews from this author and others, check out my blog at keikii Eats Books! 92 points, 4 stars! Quote: "Let her," said Liz. "She has a remarkably good track record, all things considered. She almost never comes back with unexpected corpses." Review: It is the first Tuesday in September, everyone! Another year and another great addition to the October Daye series. Every year, I look forward to this day. And then I read it all in a few hours and have to wait for the next year for m To read more reviews from this author and others, check out my blog at keikii Eats Books! 92 points, 4 ¾ stars! Quote: "Let her," said Liz. "She has a remarkably good track record, all things considered. She almost never comes back with unexpected corpses." Review: It is the first Tuesday in September, everyone! Another year and another great addition to the October Daye series. Every year, I look forward to this day. And then I read it all in a few hours and have to wait for the next year for more. It is a blessing and a curse.This time, we're back with the Luidaeg. And she is calling in her markers. We readers of the series know what this means. It has been in the works for practically the entire series, now. I'm glad we've finally got here. Honestly, if you haven't read this series before now, this book is definitely not for you. Nor is this review, probably.We've gone to Undersea, to finally make the Selkies pay for what their ancestors did. Undersea is not a nice, kind place. It is a battle to just survive. And with the Selkie's bargain to fulfil, even more danger and Undersea politics are sure to come out. And they do, and Toby bleeds for Undersea like she has bled for the Kingdom in the Mists and like she has bled for the Kingdom of Silence. That's just who she is. She is a hero.There are also a ton of Firstborn shenanigans. Which one might expect in a book about the Luidaeg taking what is her right. But man, are they powerful, and man are they scary. Hanging around the Luidaeg so much, who is so helpful to Toby, doesn't make you realize how powerful she is. Until now. Beware the Sea Witch. She scaaary.As always, Toby is such a good character to follow. The last few years have been hard on her, and on Tybalt, and their friends and family. This one wasn't easy, either. But this book was largely Toby, and Tybalt, and them loving and supporting each other. And frankly every year, these two people are one of the best parts of my year. I love them to pieces.And then the book ended. And there will be more next time. And I want it already, because the story isn't done. It is never done.See you again next year, Toby! Hope is Swift The novella included this time is called Hope is Swift, and it takes place during the events of the main book. It follows Raj, the King of Cats-to-be, as he is trying to be Raj the Prince and Raj the person who is also a cat. It isn't an easy balance. I loved this novella, perhaps even more than I liked the novel.This story is also about the past still having consequences in the present. Raj and Helen, his girlfriend, still aren't completely recovered from what happened in book three, An Artificial Night, when they were taken from their beds by Blind Michael. This is the follow-up to their story that started all those many books and years ago. And it is precious. It was way more than I expected it to be. More heavy, more detailed, and more awesome. I'm really glad it was included.
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  • Colleen Corgel
    January 1, 1970
    This was a much more restrained outing this time for Toby and her found family, mostly focusing on the unresolved plot of the Luidaeg (the sea witch) and the Selkies. This reckoning was always going to happen, especially after the events of the last book. I thought that Seanan McGuire does such a great job setting the tone of her books, and with this almost weary feeling that permeates the book, I felt like something sad was going to go down. Even with some of the lighter elements of the plot, l This was a much more restrained outing this time for Toby and her found family, mostly focusing on the unresolved plot of the Luidaeg (the sea witch) and the Selkies. This reckoning was always going to happen, especially after the events of the last book. I thought that Seanan McGuire does such a great job setting the tone of her books, and with this almost weary feeling that permeates the book, I felt like something sad was going to go down. Even with some of the lighter elements of the plot, like Toby's trademark dry humor, this book just felt sad and bittersweet. I loved that. It tied up some bigger plot threads, but still left enough open for more.One of the biggest themes in the entire series is the concept of family, and while its always there in some capacity in all the books, these last few books really hit hard on it. Toby has found a family that is completely different from the one she knew at the beginning of the series, and she enjoys them - they are hers, after all, and they are some of the best people she could surround herself with. Yet, she still yearns for the connections with some her estranged family, and events conspire to keep them all apart. It is especially heartbreaking to see the rift between Gilllian and Toby. It's also frustrating, because Toby may not have even told Gillian about her situation, and why she left, possibly because Gillian was effectively brainwashed into always disbelieving fae. I do wish they can reconcile, mostly because I know Toby wouldn't be complete without her daughter. In any event just a solid, if a little sad entry into one of the best urban fantasy series out there. Just recommend the lot. I received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    The October Daye series is one of my all-time favorite series. Every time a new installment is released, I count down the days until I can be back in this world. These are my ultimate comfort books. If you like any of the following things, I highly recommend checking them out: Faerie (the dark side of it), Found family, truly excellent character growth (and just characters in general), engaging plots or a slow-burn romance.The Unkindest Tide is actually one of my favorite installments so far. It The October Daye series is one of my all-time favorite series. Every time a new installment is released, I count down the days until I can be back in this world. These are my ultimate comfort books. If you like any of the following things, I highly recommend checking them out: Faerie (the dark side of it), Found family, truly excellent character growth (and just characters in general), engaging plots or a slow-burn romance.The Unkindest Tide is actually one of my favorite installments so far. It showed us a different side of many of the characters while also still developing the larger storyline (I have SO many theories as to where this series is ultimately heading). I LOVED that we found out more about the Luidaeg in this book, she's been one of my favorite characters. This book examines the meaning of family, of forgiveness, of healing, and of how far characters will go for those they love. There’s some excellent court politics, a pirate or two, and, of course, an intriguing mystery. Parts of this one broke my heart and then put it back together on the next page. The Unkindest Tide is a quieter story than some of the previous installments but is so much more powerful because of that. I’m so glad that we’re getting at least four more books in this series, I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to say goodbye to these characters that I love so much.*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Karissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is the thirteenth book in the October Daye series and was a very well done continuation of that series. I read on McGuire's blog that this series has been extended to 17 books and I am grateful. This is my favorite urban fantasy series out there right now.It’s time for Luidaeg to kept her promise to the Selkies and she needs October’s help to do this. They must travel to the Duchy of Ships and meet yet another Firstborn. Of course other things happen when they get there, Dianda Lorden’s bro This is the thirteenth book in the October Daye series and was a very well done continuation of that series. I read on McGuire's blog that this series has been extended to 17 books and I am grateful. This is my favorite urban fantasy series out there right now.It’s time for Luidaeg to kept her promise to the Selkies and she needs October’s help to do this. They must travel to the Duchy of Ships and meet yet another Firstborn. Of course other things happen when they get there, Dianda Lorden’s brother is accusing her of treason and it’s up to Toby to save the Lorden family. In addition to this, a Selkie woman ends up dead and Toby needs to find out why.This was an excellent continuation of the October Daye series. The Luidaeg is one of my favorite characters, I loved learning more about her background and about the Firstborn. I also loved that Tybalt was in the story the whole time this time. There is a lot of action, a lot of intrigue, and some interesting mythology. I always love how well balanced McGuire’s books are, they are just a joy to read!This book also included a short story from Raj’s POV which details some of the time in the Court of Dreaming Cats while Raj rules in Tybalt’s place. This was a very interesting look into the Court of Cats and I enjoyed this as well.Overall this was very well done, I continue to love this series! This whole series has been incredibly well written and is a great balance of world-building, action, adventure, mystery, and wonderful characters. I would highly recommend this series to fans of urban fantasy and/or faerie.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Unkindest TideSeries: October Daye Book #13Stand Alone Title: recommended in orderAuthor: Seanan McQuireGenre: Sci-Fi/FantasyBlurb: Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong.When the Luidaeg—October "Toby" Daye's oldest and most dangerous ally—tells her the time has come Title: The Unkindest TideSeries: October Daye Book #13Stand Alone Title: recommended in orderAuthor: Seanan McQuireGenre: Sci-Fi/FantasyBlurb: Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong.When the Luidaeg—October "Toby" Daye's oldest and most dangerous ally—tells her the time has come for the Selkies to fulfill their side of the bargain, and that Toby must be a part of the process, Toby can't refuse. Literally. The Selkies aren't the only ones in debt to the Luidaeg, and Toby has to pay what she owes like anyone else. They will travel to the fabled Duchy of Ships and call a convocation of the Selkies, telling them to come and meet the Luidaeg's price...or face the consequences.Of course, nothing is that simple. When Dianda Lorden's brother appears to arrest Dianda for treason against the Undersea, when a Selkie woman is stripped of her skin and then murdered, when everything is falling apart, that's when Toby will have to answer the real question of the hour.Is she going to sink? Or is she going to swim?Favorite quote(s): “I’ve long since resigned myself to the idea that immortality will never be your saving grace,: he said, voice even more formal and stilted than usual. “Not because of the human blood in your veins, but because you insist – you demand – the world be less unkind. One day, you’re going to go up against something you can’t conquer, and the only way I make my peace with this is by telling myself, over and over again, that when that day comes, I’ll be there to fight by your side, to do whatever can be done to save you. It’s not that I…I fell in love with a hero, October. I fell in love with you. I would never dream of asking you to change that essential part of who you are. I don’t want you to stop fighting. I just want to be fighting with you.”Thoughts: This is a favorite series of mine, and I’ve been looking forward to this book for awhile now for a number of reasons. The Luidaeg - and Toby’s debt to her for all her help in the past – has been building for a long time. Eventually it had to come to a head, and we get that in this book. And of course, being the Luidaeg, we knew it was going to be a hell of a pay back. I was also looking for a bit more of a focus on Toby and her relationship with her daughter, Gillian. We get to see a lot more of that in this book. I have to admit to being a bit disappointed though. I was hoping this would be the book that changes the tide on how things are currently between mother and daughter, but alas….hopefully that will come in a future book. (cross my fingers) It’s funny, however, the different takes that readers have on what they read. I’ve read some other reviews, one of which felt like Toby was self-centered for not respecting the boundaries Gillian tries to set between her and Toby. I happen to feel that Gillian is the one who is majorly self-centered, not to mention ungrateful. I have a hard time with how she treats Toby. This is her mother. Yes, I understand that she was absent for several years, however Toby is just as much a victim in that – she was robbed of that time with her daughter, and missed watching all the special events as she grew up. Toby didn’t choose to leave. While I don’t expect Gillian to immediately run into her arms and act like nothing ever happened, I do feel like she needs to be empathetic and try to see things from Toby’s side of things. Try to build a new relationship. And the slap in the face? Who does she want to save her every time something goes wrong? Who does she know will be there for her and risk her own life to save her? Toby. And come on, you see all these people who hold admiration for Toby and who love her no matter what – don’t you feel like you would look around and ask yourself if you were missing something in your judgement of this person? I also didn’t view Toby sending her trusted friends to talk to her as harassment or stalker-ish behavior – as a mother, she wants her safe. She never forces Gillian to spend time with her, as much as she wishes for it. In fact, she hadn’t seen her in a long time prior to this. She tries her best to respect Gillian’s feelings, however this particular situation doesn’t permit that. Plus, I feel like Toby realizes Gillian needs someone, even if it can’t be her. Frankly, I think Gillian needs to stop being such a whiny, pain-in-the-ass. After all these events and life or death situations, I would think she would open her damn eyes and maybe think about not wanting to lose any more time with her real mom – who wants to be there for her, who wants to support her and protect her. Yes, Janet was there for her – and that’s another can of worms – but if Gillian loves her, she can still love and have relationships with them both. One doesn’t mean losing the other. (deep breath) Ok, rant over…lolAnother issue here, I missed more Tybalt and Toby. We had a few sweet scenes, but something just seems missing there. I almost cried after what happened to Tybalt in previous books and feel like in some ways they are still floundering. I feel like there is more to come from these two, and I want to feel more of that intensity I’ve come to associate with them.As always, this is a great addition to October’s story and can’t wait for more!Rating: A
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    I have so many feelings. this book answered so many questions I've been asking, and gave me so many things I wanted, and I'm very happy but also I hurt.1) I'm here for dragging Eira, please do it more often2) a Firstborn I actually LIKE? a rarity3) so many Luidaeg feels. ouch. she might be losing Annie but she has a sister who loves her and oh my god, I'd been waiting for Toby to tell her she loves her for SO LONG and she actually did?! I'm so happy.4) I hoped there would be more Gillian. I love I have so many feelings. this book answered so many questions I've been asking, and gave me so many things I wanted, and I'm very happy but also I hurt.1) I'm here for dragging Eira, please do it more often2) a Firstborn I actually LIKE? a rarity3) so many Luidaeg feels. ouch. she might be losing Annie but she has a sister who loves her and oh my god, I'd been waiting for Toby to tell her she loves her for SO LONG and she actually did?! I'm so happy.4) I hoped there would be more Gillian. I love her, even if she's breaking my heart. I can't really blame her, but I still hope she'll make up with Toby eventually5) I love the Lordens and I'm glad they are around6) nonbinary character!7) RAJ8) uhm. what the fuck Marcia. just. what the fuck.god, can we talk about how Toby actually called Simon her stepfather though
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    With this book Toby gets pulled into things she would rather not, but the Luidaeg is a force not to be ignored even if at times they are friendly. I hated that the current generation of Selkies were paying for what their ancestors did, it didn't seem fair, but then again life never is. The rules laid out by Luidaeg seemed especially harsh after a comment by one clan leader. It didn't help that there were those in Faire that didn't want things to change, for the Roane to come back, which lead to With this book Toby gets pulled into things she would rather not, but the Luidaeg is a force not to be ignored even if at times they are friendly. I hated that the current generation of Selkies were paying for what their ancestors did, it didn't seem fair, but then again life never is. The rules laid out by Luidaeg seemed especially harsh after a comment by one clan leader. It didn't help that there were those in Faire that didn't want things to change, for the Roane to come back, which lead to some shenanigans that pulled Toby in.By the end of the book Toby comes up with an alternate idea, one that is good for the Selkies and lets Luidaeg live to what her words said. I think the idea is a good one, one everyone can live with and be happy.
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  • Penny Noble
    January 1, 1970
    I hate when a new book by this author comes out: I know I will devour it quickly, and it will be at least another year before I can read another in this series. Toby has come such a long way since the beginning of this series, and this book just shows how. She now has a huge circle of friends/family, a group she knows she can trust implicitly. She knows she has to protect them, but she can’t always, and when the Luidaeg comes to have Toby fulfill her debt, she knows she must let them enter dange I hate when a new book by this author comes out: I know I will devour it quickly, and it will be at least another year before I can read another in this series. Toby has come such a long way since the beginning of this series, and this book just shows how. She now has a huge circle of friends/family, a group she knows she can trust implicitly. She knows she has to protect them, but she can’t always, and when the Luidaeg comes to have Toby fulfill her debt, she knows she must let them enter danger. This book was filled with the flowery, wonderful writing the author is great at, we learn even more about Toby’s extended family (make sure to read the novella at the end), and we are inching closer to the end of the whole series as Toby’s number of allies grows as she plays her role as hero of the realm. Every book gets better and better, and I don’t want this series to end. If you love urban fantasy, this series is one of the best. Highly recommend!
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  • Samantha Brody
    January 1, 1970
    Oh hey the start of a new arc IN THE OCEAN. The long-awaited promise from the Luidaeg to the Selkies is upon us & twas very interesting to discover some layered motivations behind the Roane’s demise. Not quite as many answers were given as I wanted—and so many questions raised instead (though we finally acknowledged the Trouble with Marcia at least)! I’d still love to see Toby in some “real” danger again, as there is truly only so many times we can disembowel/smash her before the dramatic ef Oh hey the start of a new arc IN THE OCEAN. The long-awaited promise from the Luidaeg to the Selkies is upon us & twas very interesting to discover some layered motivations behind the Roane’s demise. Not quite as many answers were given as I wanted—and so many questions raised instead (though we finally acknowledged the Trouble with Marcia at least)! I’d still love to see Toby in some “real” danger again, as there is truly only so many times we can disembowel/smash her before the dramatic effect is lost. Her and Tybalt are still the Most Awesome, and I was glad we finally saw the Luidaeg finally acknowledge how not heartless she really is.
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  • J
    January 1, 1970
    Kind of meh as October Daye books go.I wanted to see the ending we do get, but it doesn't feel like it really follows from the rest of the book.So much of it is spent on this bit with Saltmist and the murder investigation and both just feel half-baked. There's not enough attention given to either of them to be interesting--the Saltmist bit isn't a very good infiltration arc, and the murder investigation doesn't have enough of a mystery to it.And then the climax is nice, but it doesn't really spr Kind of meh as October Daye books go.I wanted to see the ending we do get, but it doesn't feel like it really follows from the rest of the book.So much of it is spent on this bit with Saltmist and the murder investigation and both just feel half-baked. There's not enough attention given to either of them to be interesting--the Saltmist bit isn't a very good infiltration arc, and the murder investigation doesn't have enough of a mystery to it.And then the climax is nice, but it doesn't really spring from anything October learned in this book.
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  • Coral
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an advance review copy of this book by NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.For transparency, I should probably start by acknowledging that this is my favorite series, out of all of the series in the world. I generally enjoy Seanan McGuire's storytelling, her sense of humor, and her knack for very good foreshadowing, and I specifically love this world and these characters. The Luidaeg is my favorite character. So the fact that I enjoyed this book: not a surprise.The rest of th I was given an advance review copy of this book by NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.For transparency, I should probably start by acknowledging that this is my favorite series, out of all of the series in the world. I generally enjoy Seanan McGuire's storytelling, her sense of humor, and her knack for very good foreshadowing, and I specifically love this world and these characters. The Luidaeg is my favorite character. So the fact that I enjoyed this book: not a surprise.The rest of this review is not going to be a plot summary--Goodreads doesn't need yet another review that summarizes the plot--but it IS going to have opinions that people who want to avoid spoilers will probably want to avoid. Especially if you're not through books 11 and 12 yet. Seriously, stop here if you're behind.What I did not expect, and I honestly can't tell if it was McGuire's intention, was how much I came out of this book loathing Gillian. The short story after the previous book did a fair bit to humanize her (yeah, OK, I was already not a fan), which makes me think maybe we're not supposed to feel this way? But she's just such a perfect foil for Quentin, who is brave and loving and generally a great person (due in no small part to Toby's influence). Toby loves Gillian with all of her heart, and Gillian seems entirely incapable of returning that love--maybe in part because Toby was trapped in a pond and then kept away during her development. (So, sure: maybe it's not her fault. She's still awful, though.) I do appreciate that Toby's and Gillian's relationship is the inverse of Amandine's and Toby's, in a lot of ways; and Toby's the one who gets crapped on in both, which I take to be an underscoring of the point of the whole series: "found family is your truest family." We love the Luidaeg, Lily, Quentin, Tybalt, Maye, Jas, Raj, and Spike (and sometimes Sylvester), and we hate Amandine and Gillian and August and Janet.Anyway.I enjoyed the new Firstborn character. I'm puzzled by what Marcia's deal is. I am also enjoying watching Patrick and Dianda's children grow up. And if the big thing that we've been building up to with the Selkies, for several books now, ended up feeling more like a side plot than the point of the book, I can honestly forgive that. Or I can decide it was deliberate misdirection. At any rate, I'm comfortable with it.
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  • Kristy Sartain- Whispering Pretty Stories Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    First, thank you so much to NetGalley.com and DAW Books for allowing me access to this ARC. Second, this review is for Book #13 of a series that isn't close to being done yet. Please keep that in mind if you haven't read Books 1-12. But you should TOTALLY read books 1-12. Now. The Unkindest Tale is when the Luidaeg FINALLY has her reckoning with the Selkies. These has been a prophecy about a blood worker and the Selkies, but I haven't actually heard or read this prophecy yet, so it must be super First, thank you so much to NetGalley.com and DAW Books for allowing me access to this ARC. Second, this review is for Book #13 of a series that isn't close to being done yet. Please keep that in mind if you haven't read Books 1-12. But you should TOTALLY read books 1-12. Now. The Unkindest Tale is when the Luidaeg FINALLY has her reckoning with the Selkies. These has been a prophecy about a blood worker and the Selkies, but I haven't actually heard or read this prophecy yet, so it must be super vague and basically a rumor by this point. One of my favorite parts of this book is when everyone shows up at the ship to go to The Duchy of Ships with Toby and the Luidaeg. It was laugh out loud funny as more and more people showed up and explained why they were going. One issue I have is with Marcia. She walked onto the ship with no reaction to the change from mortal to Summerlands and Toby questioned it...before beginning her vomiting spree. Then it seemed to be forgotten. So what is going on with Marcia? Will this be answered in the future? There were a couple more questions of who she was, but immediately dropped. So now I'm intrigued and I hope I'm not left hanging.I feel like I can't really tell much more about the book without giving it away. This has been my favorite Toby book so far. We get to see her in all her hero glory and see her reliance on help from others. It's nice that she has finally grown enough as a hero that she allows others to help when necessary. She still feels bad about it, but at least she asks. I like her newly strengthening backbone. Please, please, please read this series. I am a HUGE urban fantasy fan and this is one of the few that deal with the actual fae. I will be devastated when there are no more books, but since there are several more listed on Goodreads, it'll be a while before I get there.
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  • Glennis
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come. And the novella is good as well.For once the book doesn’t start with an emergency that Toby must fling herself out the door into trouble. The Sea Witch has finally come to collect from all the Selkies the long-held debt for the slaughter of the Roane. The advance time still doesn’t allow for murder and treason to not happen during the meeting. We meet another of the Firstborn along with her Kingdom in the Pacific Ocean. This does allow Toby to fulfill her obligation to the Sea Wi Review to come. And the novella is good as well.For once the book doesn’t start with an emergency that Toby must fling herself out the door into trouble. The Sea Witch has finally come to collect from all the Selkies the long-held debt for the slaughter of the Roane. The advance time still doesn’t allow for murder and treason to not happen during the meeting. We meet another of the Firstborn along with her Kingdom in the Pacific Ocean. This does allow Toby to fulfill her obligation to the Sea Witch and does cause Toby some personal grief in a situation that has been going on the last few books. By the ending of the book, the reader is ensured that at some point we will be seeing more of Sea Kingdoms. Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley
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  • Zach
    January 1, 1970
    So. The overarching metaplot is still fascinating to me— I have a bunch of theories about Maeve and where she is. Hooks from earlier books keep paying off. That said, every bit of book focused on Gillian and Toby’s relationship makes me mad enough to stop reading. Toby’s self-centered desperation to reconnect with her estranged biological daughter reminds me of all of my friends who have had to forcefully cut off ties with a parent, or who have had parents show up years late. The narrative seems So. The overarching metaplot is still fascinating to me— I have a bunch of theories about Maeve and where she is. Hooks from earlier books keep paying off. That said, every bit of book focused on Gillian and Toby’s relationship makes me mad enough to stop reading. Toby’s self-centered desperation to reconnect with her estranged biological daughter reminds me of all of my friends who have had to forcefully cut off ties with a parent, or who have had parents show up years late. The narrative seems to support this idea that because they’re a biological relation, Gillian is doing something wrong by putting boundaries in place. She asks for Toby not to be referred to as her “mother” and is treated as though she said she hated Toby’s guts. She says that she’s done with being used as a pawn and wants Toby to leave her alone— and the narrative sees nothing wrong with Toby immediately ignoring the boundary and sending a boy who may as well be Toby’s adopted son to talk to her. It’s nearing the edge of what I’d call “harassment” if not “abuse”. The murder mystery wasn’t up to par either. The whole Isla Chase murder and reveal are treated as barely a c-plot, and the reasons as well as method aren’t treated with much respect. It felt more like a mystery being thrown in because the Toby books are supposed to be about mysteries, but it doesn’t mesh with the rest of the plot. (And the reveal focused so fucking hard on Toby’s feeeeeeeeeeeeelings about Gillian that she barely notices a man grieving so hard he was in a murderous berserker rage. The fuck.)
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