A Killing Frost (October Daye, #14)
When October is informed that Simon Torquill—legally her father, due to Faerie's archaic marriage traditions—must be invited to her wedding or risk the ceremony throwing the Kingdom in the Mists into political turmoil, she finds herself setting out on a quest she was not yet prepared to undertake for the sake of her future.... and the man who represents her family's past.

A Killing Frost (October Daye, #14) Details

TitleA Killing Frost (October Daye, #14)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 1st, 2020
PublisherDAW
ISBN-139780756415082
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fairies, Fae

A Killing Frost (October Daye, #14) Review

  • Bar
    January 1, 1970
    oooh, who cares i ve only read 6 books so far? there is more after 13th! *happy dance*
  • Kira
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsIt's killing me that I don't have anyone to discuss this with.It’s very hard to rate this. The writing was top notch as usual. The pacing was slow, and there wasn’t a lot of action. A couple of very important things happened that will alter the course of things going forward, but they felt understated when they happened.I can’t say much about the plot without giving a lot away. It focused on Simon. He has had redeeming moments, but he’s done so many bad things. My feelings about him and 3.5 starsIt's killing me that I don't have anyone to discuss this with.It’s very hard to rate this. The writing was top notch as usual. The pacing was slow, and there wasn’t a lot of action. A couple of very important things happened that will alter the course of things going forward, but they felt understated when they happened.I can’t say much about the plot without giving a lot away. It focused on Simon. He has had redeeming moments, but he’s done so many bad things. My feelings about him and the outcome are incredibly mixed. Tybalt was not in it much, which is never my preference. I wish Toby would show some growth and consider Tybalt when she does something dangerous. She needs to stop using being a hero as an excuse for doing stupid and dangerous things and hurting the people she loves.The Luidaeg was awesome as ever! I can’t get enough of her.I am excited to see where all of this is heading. A reread will definitely be needed once I’ve let everything that’s happened sink in. I have the feeling I’ll like this one better the next time I read it. I will post a more thorough closer to the release date.Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me this in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC copy of A Killing Frost from DAW. This is my honest and voluntary review.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley. It's a testament to how much I love this author and series that despite the large pile of arcs I have right now, and the super limited time, I got approved for this two days ago and finished it last night. Very few books these days are more exciting to me then finding out what's in store next for October and her increasingly large cast of allies and enemies. "A Killing Frost" is a fantastic installment in the series, and has some major unexpected plot develo Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley. It's a testament to how much I love this author and series that despite the large pile of arcs I have right now, and the super limited time, I got approved for this two days ago and finished it last night. Very few books these days are more exciting to me then finding out what's in store next for October and her increasingly large cast of allies and enemies. "A Killing Frost" is a fantastic installment in the series, and has some major unexpected plot developments that should have huge implications going forward. Most of this book follows the usual Toby structure. There's a quest, there's Toby figuring out which allies she can or should take on said quest, and of course there is Toby bleeding all over everything in order to solve her problems. In this particular book, the seemingly innocuous desire to plan her wedding means that it's time to go track down Simon, who is legally her father due to faerie's convoluted system of inheritance. The further Seanan McGuire gets into this series the more impressed I am with her world building. There are now so many complex plot and character threads in the story that it makes the big reveals even more shocking and emotional. Having been with these characters for over a decade, learning about the intricacies of their political and personal relationships, we're really able to feel the weight of new elements when they're introduced. Even the side characters who don't feature much in this particular volume get some moments, and since this series is so long and has so much room to breathe, it doesn't feel unreasonable to go entire books without seeing particular people. I'm also endlessly impressed with the level of foreshadowing in these books. After this one I feel like going back and rereading the entire series again to see what new clues I might pick up. This is my favorite urban fantasy series out there. For readers who've been following along for awhile, be assured that the series is as strong as ever. For new readers who may be daunted at the idea of starting a series that just hit book 14, do it anyways. The characters are endlessly delightful, the plot is meticulously paced and planned, and each book is self contained enough to be a satisfying read while still advancing the overall story. As always with Seanan McGuire, the cast is diverse in both gender and sexuality, and you will never have to worry about things like sexual violence making it in to her work. Of course, if massive quantities of blood bother you then that's a different story. My only complaint is that now I have to wait a year and a half to find out what happens next!(The now expected novella at the end is another gem. It gives some great backstory for a couple of long time favorite side characters.)
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  • Jill Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I was approved and read this one straightaway in a day. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Toby Daye stories. Actually, most Seanan McGuire (or Mira Grant, for that matter) stories. She has a marvelous, immersive writing style - I fall into her books quickly and wander around in her worlds until the last pages (and sometimes even longer, as her characters tend to linger in my brain, roaming about while they wait for the next installment). October's story continues to develop in new and interesting ways, and McGui I was approved and read this one straightaway in a day. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Toby Daye stories. Actually, most Seanan McGuire (or Mira Grant, for that matter) stories. She has a marvelous, immersive writing style - I fall into her books quickly and wander around in her worlds until the last pages (and sometimes even longer, as her characters tend to linger in my brain, roaming about while they wait for the next installment). October's story continues to develop in new and interesting ways, and McGuire has done an extraordinary job bringing full backstories to so many of her (previously) ancillary characters with the latter books in the series. I am always astonished at the breadth and depth of the world-building she undergoes, in everything from her long-form series like this one to her shorter stories and novellas (both in-series and stand-alone). I am also continually amazed at the way she weaves storylines and character development together across multiple books - sometimes serially and sometimes skipping several in the interim. I can't imagine how she plots this all out, there must be an FBI-quality map of criss-crossing threads spanning several walls in her house to keep them all straight!I have particularly enjoyed watching the family relationships around Toby develop: Simon, Amandine (Almandine!), Sylvester, and August have all shaped October, even when she didn't realize they were doing so, and seeing how their characters evolved over time has really helped deepen Toby's own story. I love this series because the good guys don't always do good (or at least not anyone's good but their own), the bad guys often turn out to be (unsung) heroes, and redemption is possible but ALWAYS comes at a cost. I think these are solid messages worth remembering these days, and the way she weaves these lessons into her storytelling - never preaching, never heavy-handed, always softly almost as an afterthought - means that they resonate without interrupting the story. It's a very cool feature of the series for me, and one I look forward to watching continue to develop over time!Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher (Berkley) for my obligation-free review copy.
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    The latest installment of the October Daye series does not disappoint. After many trials and tribulations, it looks like October is finally ready for her wedding. But when well-meaning allies inform her that she must invite Simon—her father under Faerie law and sometimes nemesis—she must find him sooner than she would have preferred. To proceed without him could risk political calamity. So, she sets off on a quest to save him, the outcome of which will change October's world forever.
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  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this book was so wonderful and expected! Loved it so much, loved all the turns of events, and I can't wait for more!*Review of Shine in Pearl*This was a fantastic novella, and ties in nicely with everything that we learned in A Killing Frost! Excellent read!
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  • Lissa
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so excited!!!
  • Elizabeth Tabler
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful addition to the series. Review to come!
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