Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4)
October "Toby" Daye, changeling knight in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, finds the delicate balance of her life shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended. Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past as an enemy she thought was gone forever raises her head once more: Oleander de Merelands, one of the two people responsible for her fourteen-year exile.Time is growing short and the stakes are getting higher, for the Queen of the Mists has her own agenda. With everything on the line, Toby will have to take the ultimate risk to save herself and the people she loves most—because if she can't find the missing pieces of the puzzle in time, Toby will be forced to make the one choice she never thought she'd have to face again...Late Eclipse is the fourth installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series.

Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4) Details

TitleLate Eclipses (October Daye, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 1st, 2011
PublisherDAW
ISBN-139780756406660
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fairies, Fae, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Mystery

Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4) Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Yep, you were right Steven! Alright, if you (like me) didn't care for the first few books in the October Daye series, but didn't hate them, either? Ok. Then maybe you should give the series another chance.Especially if you're looking for a new urban fantasy series to get into, because this one seems to be heading somewhere cool & fun!Or at least it looks that way to me.Oh, and there's a pretty BIG reveal about who/what October ischance.(like Yep, you were right Steven! Alright, if you (like me) didn't care for the first few books in the October Daye series, but didn't hate them, either? Ok. Then maybe you should give the series another chance.Especially if you're looking for a new urban fantasy series to get into, because this one seems to be heading somewhere cool & fun!Or at least it looks that way to me.Oh, and there's a pretty BIG reveal about who/what October is in this book!No. I won't be spoiling anything, but it looks like this is the sort of secret that is going to make a huge difference in the way future stories play out.*squee* Ok, not exactly like that, but maybe kinda-sorta a little like that!
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  • Choko
    January 1, 1970
    *** 4.44 ***A weekly Urban Fantasy buddy read with the Fae creatures at BB&B!!!Book 4 of the October Daye series and Seanan McGuire has completely dug her claws into my heart and mind! To say it was unexpected would be an understatement. After all, I only read Urban Fantasy for the creativity and magical experience they bring me, without having my emotions too engaged and not much of me getting invested in the development of the characters. I can count on a fun, entertaining, and a *** 4.44 ***A weekly Urban Fantasy buddy read with the Fae creatures at BB&B!!!Book 4 of the October Daye series and Seanan McGuire has completely dug her claws into my heart and mind! To say it was unexpected would be an understatement. After all, I only read Urban Fantasy for the creativity and magical experience they bring me, without having my emotions too engaged and not much of me getting invested in the development of the characters. I can count on a fun, entertaining, and actionny ride with no lasting side effects.... Toby is a changeling in a half human, half Fae world, who roomies with her Fetch, the harbinger of her doom, May. She is always rushing head first into mortal danger, so it kind of makes sense for her personal impending death reminder to share living space with her. Toby and May have a crew of almost constant companions and all of them, with some minor exceptions (Conner, Ray, you guys have to chill!), have a fun and quirky sense of humor. Add fabulous magical powers, weird Fae creatures, and a multilayered realities world, and it should make for a typical UF read, right? Well, it should have been just another escapist experience for me, but nooooo! Seanan McGuire MADE ME CARE!!! *shakes fists at the skies* Why, you sneaky author you, why????? I was just reading, minding my own business, trying to be entertained, and BOOM! SM sneaks characters who made me love, care or hate them, and all my internal emotional equilibrium gone! I not only cared, I actually ugly cried twice, and I know I will be thinking about those situations for days to come.... And I was just trying to not have strong feelings... Another complete failure!!! Well, for all the tears and emotions, I think I liked this installment best of all up to this point. Maybe it is exactly BECAUSE of all those feelings and such... No matter what, this world has become one I plan on spending a lot of time in:-)So, if you want to be entertained, but also like some real humanity with your Fae and magic, this series is for you!!! No age limit, no unnecessary cruelty, just a story of a changeling who wants to be a real person... Have a great reading time and may you be blessed with good books only!!!
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  • carol.
    January 1, 1970
    October Daye reminds me of that friend whom I liked a great deal, but who was a disaster waiting to happen. Make a shopping date, and she'd show up 45 minutes late and then discover she lost her credit card at the first store. We'd have some commotion looking for it, involve two or three innocent bystanders, run back and search the car, call home and convince someone to search her house until they found it, and then after much quibbling, she'd agree to borrow some money so we could go ahead and October Daye reminds me of that friend whom I liked a great deal, but who was a disaster waiting to happen. Make a shopping date, and she'd show up 45 minutes late and then discover she lost her credit card at the first store. We'd have some commotion looking for it, involve two or three innocent bystanders, run back and search the car, call home and convince someone to search her house until they found it, and then after much quibbling, she'd agree to borrow some money so we could go ahead and complete our mission. The good news is that October has improved quite a bit in this book and will not only actually allow friends to help, but she'll probably cut the twenty minutes of pointless arguing down to five.What I found enjoyable in Late Eclipses is some interesting plotting, some long-awaited character development in October, and as always, various fae legends come to life. While she has seemed to believe that self-sacrifice is the most important part of problem solving, this time she's actively involving others in seeking solutions. There's also an twist involving October's heritage that is quite a surprise for her--although perhaps less so for the rest of the fae and for the series reader--and provides a number of avenues for further story development. Still, McGuire's writing remains troubled by inconsistencies and repetition. Inconsistencies like Toby telling Tybalt "you might want to let go of me before I'm compelled to break your fingers" about ten minutes after she's mused on how good he looks in suede and leather, followed by a gentle but politically motivated kiss. Inconsistencies like stating Oleander is the biggest nightmare known to Lord Sylvester's court, but that she's probably just a legend to most fae. Character inconsistencies like Etienne believing October saw Oleander after the ball, but then tried to attack her because she fled "the Queen's justice," which was understood to be a death sentence. Then there's the repetition: if I've read don't say "thank you" to the fae, I've read it twenty times, and in this book, we add in "don't talk about fae deaths to the purebloods." October is still a bit of a dope and could certainly use a cell phone instead of charging back and forth across San Francisco and Faerie. Physical movement often takes the place of actual plot points, but at least in this book, her willingness to involve the group means we have greater opportunity to interact with Danny the taxi-driving troll and May the doppelganger as we go. I could pass on the developing love-triangle (Team Tybalt! Team Connor!) but at the moment it isn't overpowering the story. Overall, a number of improvements in character that keep the series readable. The fae world is as always, creative and fascinating, so I'm sure I'll be looking for the next book.Three and a half stars.Cross posted at http://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2013/0...
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  • Steven
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, Seanan McGuire is a friggin' superstar. This series is quickly rising in the ranks of my favorite UF series. Book three was great, and so was this one, book four.So pumped that there are quite a few more before I'm caught up and stuck in the "waiting for every new release" phase.
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  • The Flooze
    January 1, 1970
    **3.75?**I had declared, after reading An Artificial Night, that Toby Daye and I simply would not do. Though there was much about her I adored, though her friends were lovely, entertaining people, Toby and I just didn’t see eye-to-eye. And so I bid her a fond farewell, wishing her all the best with those who might appreciate her better. Insistent friends pleaded with me to give her another chance. “No, no,” said I. “You can never go back on that sort of decision. It just leads to more disappoint/>I **3.75?**I had declared, after reading An Artificial Night, that Toby Daye and I simply would not do. Though there was much about her I adored, though her friends were lovely, entertaining people, Toby and I just didn’t see eye-to-eye. And so I bid her a fond farewell, wishing her all the best with those who might appreciate her better. Insistent friends pleaded with me to give her another chance. “No, no,” said I. “You can never go back on that sort of decision. It just leads to more disappointment.”But perhaps, every now and again, you can go back and the result will be surprising and fresh - all of the good things you remembered with very little of the bad to drag it all down. And so it went with Toby and I. Late Eclipses focuses more on Toby and her past than any of the previous books, and perhaps therein lies the difference. Yes, there are mysterious illnesses to cure, foes to battle, and political nastiness to defend against. But at the center of it all is the question of who Toby is and who she wants to be. This time around, plot devices demand that she become aware of her limitations, that she think before she acts (sometimes) and the result is a more balanced hero. She spends a fair amount of time dashing back and forth as per her usual, but her investigation follows a logical path - a relief, because logic and Toby haven‘t always been bosom buds. She also accepts that running around alone often does more harm than good. With friends and allies by her side, Toby comes closer to performing an efficient investigation than she ever has before. Match this newfound sensible nature with Toby’s helpful and caring personality and her likability spikes dramatically. Add in the humorous touches that McGuire is already adept at and the result is an enjoyable installment. Imagine - I only wanted to shake Toby once, maybe twice, throughout the whole of the book! I no longer paused every chapter to shake my head and think, “Oh, Toby, dear. Get a brain already!” Instead, I was wrapped up in the story and curious how everything was going to pan out. I’ll admit there were some obvious details, but there were so many other tidbits flying around that I found myself forgiving a few clue-by-fours.Alongside Toby’s improvements, we have frequent stolen moments with the ever-desirable Tybalt (he of the tight leather pants). Note to Curran fans: know that this enigmatic cait sidhe is taking a page straight from the Beast Lord’s handbook. Why, oh, why do we find this practically feral sort of possessiveness attractive? Damned if I know - I just want more of it. Though the revelation of Tybalt and Toby’s mutual attraction is taking its time to unfurl, the glimpses McGuire provides are delicious and tantalizing enough to carry us through to the next volume.With this novel, I’m coming to a greater appreciation of the author’s humor. Sometimes slapstick, often wry and always with a hint of self-deprecation, McGuire creates scenes and drops one-liners that command a snort or chuckle. It’s these moments that endear the characters to me and make me want to revisit them. Pacing and plot hindered my enjoyment before, but Late Eclipses has given me newfound hope that maybe, just maybe, Toby and I can work out after all.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Well this series has definitely picked up! I was very underwhelmed by the last book, but this one has definitely made up for it. As we get more and more information about Toby's heritage, the tale becomes more and more intriguing. I'm loving the slow burn between Tybalt and Toby ( although some one please tell me why she can't let go of Connor who seems kind but a gormless wet fish compared to Tybalt).I don't normally read books in a series back to back. I prefer to dwell on the 4.5 stars. Well this series has definitely picked up! I was very underwhelmed by the last book, but this one has definitely made up for it. As we get more and more information about Toby's heritage, the tale becomes more and more intriguing. I'm loving the slow burn between Tybalt and Toby ( although some one please tell me why she can't let go of Connor who seems kind but a gormless wet fish compared to Tybalt).I don't normally read books in a series back to back. I prefer to dwell on the story I've just read. Also if it's a good series, I fear running out of books and -horror or horrors- wait for the next to be written and published. Still I'm a fair way off that happening here as I believe there are now 10 in the series. Also I feel compelled to read them now until Toby and Tybalt finally get their act together.Really glad I persevered with this series. Recommended.
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  • Denisa
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 The other one was a bit more fun, but I still absolutely loved it!With every story, I fall more and more in love with the characters. And gah, I can't wait to see them fall in love with each other! You know who I mean, right? October and Tybalt, of course!Luckily, we see more of them this time. Not as much as I'd like, but we're getting there!
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  • Mizuki
    January 1, 1970
    "Yes. If you've lost your mind, I'll kill you. Just me, and no one else. I'll take you to the place that no one leaves, and I'll take you there alone." Goodness, isn't it just romantic, Tybalt!In Late Eclipses, more troubles find their way to October Daye and Co.; they are busy keeping their heads above water when their loved ones are being slowly poisoned and murdered by unknown killers and.......there is also a crazy faerie Queen out for their blood, making it more difficult to avoid dying. Haha. "Yes. If you've lost your mind, I'll kill you. Just me, and no one else. I'll take you to the place that no one leaves, and I'll take you there alone." Goodness, isn't it just romantic, Tybalt!In Late Eclipses, more troubles find their way to October Daye and Co.; they are busy keeping their heads above water when their loved ones are being slowly poisoned and murdered by unknown killers and.......there is also a crazy faerie Queen out for their blood, making it more difficult to avoid dying. Haha.It's quite a four stars read, the plot is neat and tight, there are a few twists and turns to keep the story interesting, I like how the story and its characters develop. 4 stars.Review for book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Review for book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Review for the previous book: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Review for book 5: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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  • Wanda
    January 1, 1970
    Best book so far in the October Daye series. Toby doesn’t get so physically beat up in this go-round, plus she actually has a coterie of friends, including women friends, who have her back. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are headed into Bechdel test territory, with other significant female characters who talk to Toby about significant subjects. This makes my heart happy.I also got my wish, namely to learn more about Toby’s mother Amandine. Not everything, mind you, McGuire is portioning it ou Best book so far in the October Daye series. Toby doesn’t get so physically beat up in this go-round, plus she actually has a coterie of friends, including women friends, who have her back. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are headed into Bechdel test territory, with other significant female characters who talk to Toby about significant subjects. This makes my heart happy.I also got my wish, namely to learn more about Toby’s mother Amandine. Not everything, mind you, McGuire is portioning it out slowly, but I can appreciate that. As long as I’m getting some new intel with each book.Relationship-wise, Toby is being set up into a bit of a love triangle, not my most favourite thing. Tybalt is winning me over, but Toby is still ambivalent about him. Connor seems to be her front-runner, and McGuire has set him up to be more eligible in this installment. This trope from the paranormal romance genre is one that I could live without, but I seem to be in the minority on that.Still loving this Fae world and all the beings that inhabit it. Can’t wait to have time to move on to the next book. I’d schedule myself an urban fantasy marathon if I wasn’t scared that it would get hum-drum that way. I suspect is better to save these fluffy books for filler between more serious stuff.
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  • Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
    January 1, 1970
    Just when I think it can't get any better it goes and does THIS. I would say it was my favorite so far but who am I kidding, I'll probably say it about every book that comes after this. Superb writing!Over and out
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    January 1, 1970
    From the first book, ROSEMARY AND RUE, it has felt like I jumped into the October Daye series “in media res.” Quickly swept away by action and character development, I had for the most part forgotten Toby’s mysterious past. LATE ECLIPSES not only brings it all back, but also explodes Toby’s own preconceived ideas about herself and her heritage. While not a cliff hanger, this book ends poised at the top of an arc, and I can’t wait to read where all of this forward momentum is going to take the series. From the first book, ROSEMARY AND RUE, it has felt like I jumped into the October Daye series “in media res.” Quickly swept away by action and character development, I had for the most part forgotten Toby’s mysterious past. LATE ECLIPSES not only brings it all back, but also explodes Toby’s own preconceived ideas about herself and her heritage. While not a cliff hanger, this book ends poised at the top of an arc, and I can’t wait to read where all of this forward momentum is going to take the series.If book #3, AN ARTIFICIAL NIGHT, took us out of Toby’s daily life and deep into the mythos of fairy, LATE ECLIPSES stays very much on her home turf. Unfortunately for Toby, that doesn’t mean there isn’t danger and intrigue, it just means her friends and family are in the line of fire. Flitting about Toby’s consciousness, amidst mysterious sicknesses and political attacks, hints of Oleander de Merelands are appearing. One of the people responsible for Toby’s fourteen year stint as a gold fish, the loss of her husband and child, and the twisted madness of her beloved liege lord's daughter, Oleander is one of the boogeymen of fairy, an evil individual and twisted assassin. No one wants to believe that Oleander is back, and even Toby is unsure of her own sanity at the suggestion, adding a psychological twist to a story that I already found compelling.While the action is certainly non-stop, it was the characters that held my undivided attention. The book starts with glimpses of the home life Toby and May have built for themselves, and in the deadly cascade of events that follows, the possibility that they could lose that relationship was the one thought that really tugged at my heartstrings. In addition to May, Tybalt and Connor both share significant page time. I felt like I learned more about Tybalt and Toby’s past relationship, as well as saw hints of it’s future. However, McGuire isn’t committing Toby to any one romantic path. Connor has always been the one that got away, and despite being married, the sexual tension (and his criminally insane wife) keep things interesting. Tybalt and Connor are two very different men, it may prove to be a Peeta and Gale moment when this tension is resolved.Overall, Seanan McGuire has done a stellar job of developing her characters while interweaving action and suspense. As much as I enjoyed the romantic tension in LATE ECLIPSES, it was the details about Toby’s family, both blood relation and adopted, that truly touched me. The story as a whole has me on the edge of my seat for ONE SALT SEA in September, I am eager to find out how all this will play out.Sexual Content: Kissing, mention of prostitution and sexual relationships.
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  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Toby you are a Mystery StarsThere are some series that start out really strong and then start to lose momentum and then there are others that start out a bit slow but build over time to become better and better. I would say that the October Daye series definitely falls into the second category.This series seems to be a bit darker than some of the other UF series I’ve become attached to. There seems to be a slightly grimmlike quality to it and not all the characters that you thought 4.5 Toby you are a Mystery StarsThere are some series that start out really strong and then start to lose momentum and then there are others that start out a bit slow but build over time to become better and better. I would say that the October Daye series definitely falls into the second category.This series seems to be a bit darker than some of the other UF series I’ve become attached to. There seems to be a slightly grimmlike quality to it and not all the characters that you thought of as staples to the series are going to make it out alive. But that is part of the reason I like this. No character is completely safe and Seanan McGuire might kill someone I care about off at any time. “What's the point of holding on if I can't save the ones that I can't afford to lose?” Still even with all the potential death looming in the air there is still a frivolity and hilarity to Toby. She has even made a new friend in an unlikely place…her Fetch May. Who else do you think would befriend her personal incarnation of death??? Only Toby I think. But I love the addition of May’s character. She might have all of Toby’s previous memories up to the time May was sent to guide Toby to her death but now she is her own person and she isn’t quite like Toby in many ways the most obvious is that she is really quite happy and full of witty retorts and fun observations.Toby has a few solid friends but she has also made plenty of enemies. It seems that one of them has decided to hit Toby where they think it will hurt the most by taking out her friends. When two of Toby’s friends that are never supposed to get sick fall deathly ill she is thrown into the mix trying to discover what is harming them. But with more enemies to count it is hard to discover who the main culprit behind this latest onslaught is. But when you are down and out it seems that everyone comes out of the woodwork to take a shot at you. The Queen has found it a perfect time to place a trap for Toby and maybe a few others from her past want in on the torture Toby fun.Still Toby soldiers on and finally we get a few answers and a lot more question about Toby’s mother and her true heritage. “Oh, my dear, what she did to you, what you didn’t know she was doing, and how you fought! Like a lion you fought, never knowing the battle.” Lily sighed. “You were the last of her protections against roses and crossroads and all they meant, and when you failed her, she didn’t know what to do. My foolish princess who thought she’d be a shepherdess, if only she could make you a sheep.” I will say that I’m really very invested in Toby and the overall arc of the Fae. I’m enjoying the world, the characters and the smaller book to book plots a lot better than the first few books. Overall everything has started to pick up some speed and it will be interesting to see going on what will happen with all the revelations and changes made in this book.Other great things are scattered throughout too. There is of course Tybalt and I'm still totally on the TnT train, that can't happen soon enough. Surprisingly though besides May I am really loving both Quentin and Raj. I have some new theories about who Quentin might be and I'm thinking maybe we have a future King lurking in our midst. I am completely loving the mentor relationship between Quentin and Toby and love how devoted he is to their friendship. We all need friends like that. Raj on the other hand broke my heart a little in this...like I said before anyone can die and some deaths hit me harder than others but Raj's reaction to one in particular might have hurt the most.On to the next one as I'm loving all of the stories more and more.
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  • Marzie
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Seanan McGuire (Part the Second, since Ali's is Part the First) Please never stop writing. I adore everything you write and can't wait until May for Deadline and October for One Salt Sea and do not know what I will then do when I have to wait an entire year for another Toby Daye book but will try not to whine and pout. Hey, I know! I will read InCryptid! Anyway, in the meantime, I wish you candy corn, cupcakes, large cats and pleasant, well-behaved, well-informed fans, all in appropriately healthy amounts. It's almo Dear Seanan McGuire (Part the Second, since Ali's is Part the First) Please never stop writing. I adore everything you write and can't wait until May for Deadline and October for One Salt Sea and do not know what I will then do when I have to wait an entire year for another Toby Daye book but will try not to whine and pout. Hey, I know! I will read InCryptid! Anyway, in the meantime, I wish you candy corn, cupcakes, large cats and pleasant, well-behaved, well-informed fans, all in appropriately healthy amounts. It's almost an Irish blessing. May all roads rise. kthxbai.Fondest regards,MarzieThe Meaty Stuff:As we get closer to the heart of truth about Toby Daye, things get darker, deeper, scarier, better. Building an ever more fascinating Fae world, McGuire continues to carve an interesting path through urban fantasy with a heroine who is reflective and vulnerable, honorable and brave, all rolled into one mysterious package. I was sad about losses, winced at deep wounds, and was angered at betrayals. I keep saying "This new one is my favorite in the series". And it keeps being true!BTW, Queen of the Mists, I hate you with white hot passion, how I do!
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  • Solseit
    January 1, 1970
    The best book of the series just yet.What I genuinely love the most about it is the world building, a clever way to merge a Fae world into a modern San Francisco.Just a really good urban fantasy that serves as a great buffer for more complicated reads.
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  • Ina
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Re-read: December 2018 Oh man, I love me some Seanan McGuire. And since I want to enjoy the newest October Daye installment (book #12) to the fullest, I decided to re-read this wonderful series. The thing is, I have kind of a love-hate relationship with October Daye. Overall, I love this series, it's very well written, characters have depth, story is really interesting... but it alwayclass="gr-hostedUserImg"> 4.5 stars Re-read: December 2018 Oh man, I love me some Seanan McGuire. And since I want to enjoy the newest October Daye installment (book #12) to the fullest, I decided to re-read this wonderful series. The thing is, I have kind of a love-hate relationship with October Daye. Overall, I love this series, it's very well written, characters have depth, story is really interesting... but it always leaves me kind of depressed. Most of the time, things are going terribly for Toby. Either she is bleeding, being betrayed, running for her life or seeing someone she loves being killed. And even when things are going well for Toby (which is usually the first 5 % and the last 2 % of the book), these books just have some type of sad air to them. Is that just me or is there anyone else who feels this way? I feel like almost every book, Toby loses someone crucial to her and it leaves her broken and happy ends in these books aren't really all that happy.But back to this specific installment. I loved it. I love how many friends and allies Toby is gradually gaining. I especially loved the party where (view spoiler)[Tybalt, Connor and Quentin teamed up to free her from the prison (hide spoiler)]. And, of course, I adored every scene with Tybalt, because TYBALT. He is just too precious. Plus, there were some interesting plot twists and revelations. Original review: February 2017 This series is getting more and more intense. I'm used to urban fantasy series gradually getting more and more complex and dramatic, but... this is only fourth book. And there's already been (view spoiler)[Toby's death, her transformation into "something more", (hide spoiler)] huge revelations about Toby's ancestry and fight with one of the biggest villains of the series.I mean, McGuire really doesn't mess around. She jumps right in. (Not that I'm complaining.)I only have one complaint - why was there so little Tybalt? Every scene with him is pure gold. His smiles, gestures, words. How can Toby even think of liking Connor, when Tybalt is there? By the way, my list of October Daye characters I want to die very slow and painful death is getting longer. Luckily, they are gradually dying even without my assistance.
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  • Kira
    January 1, 1970
    This is the book that truly made me love this series. More cryptic clues were dropped while answers to some important questions were revealed. There are so many things about this book that I loved but many of them I can't get into with giving away important plot points. Toby was trying to determine who was poisoning people especially since some people in high places were blaming her. It was more imperative than ever that she solve the case or her own life would be on the line. Along the way Toby This is the book that truly made me love this series. More cryptic clues were dropped while answers to some important questions were revealed. There are so many things about this book that I loved but many of them I can't get into with giving away important plot points. Toby was trying to determine who was poisoning people especially since some people in high places were blaming her. It was more imperative than ever that she solve the case or her own life would be on the line. Along the way Toby discovered some important things about her heritage.I adored every moment with Tybalt. Their relationship took a turn in this book but didn't go far enough. *sigh* Anyway seal boy Connor was around more than I would have liked although in one particular instance he was extremely useful to have around. He's so nice but annoys the hell out of me. Maybe it's that he's cock blocking Tybalt. I loved the way so many people came together to help Toby in her time of need. The plot was great and had some truly memorable moments.
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  • alicat ♡➹♡
    January 1, 1970
    Another great installment of the October Daye series! I stayed up way past my bedtime with this one because as events unfolded I was incredibly nervous for Toby and her allies. All of the people with animosity towards her step it up big time in this novel. They are out for her blood, her head, her reputation, everything. Not all of their motives are completely clear but jealousy of her or her mother seem to be the main drivers. Of course they are all batshit crazy in the creepy way fae go insane Another great installment of the October Daye series! I stayed up way past my bedtime with this one because as events unfolded I was incredibly nervous for Toby and her allies. All of the people with animosity towards her step it up big time in this novel. They are out for her blood, her head, her reputation, everything. Not all of their motives are completely clear but jealousy of her or her mother seem to be the main drivers. Of course they are all batshit crazy in the creepy way fae go insane.Again, there are so many great characters - May, Danny, and of course Tybalt! I especially love how Toby interacts with children and teenagers. She knows how to treat them with respect while still guiding them in the right directions - Quentin, Raj, Karen, and even (view spoiler)[Manuel (hide spoiler)]. Of course I would have loved seeing even more of those characters plus the Luidaeg. Probably any one of them would make their own book series worth reading!I have a couple minor annoyances - Toby still walks a fine line of TSTL when someone is in danger. Also... Sylvester. He is constantly chiding her for running into danger but then the next moment says he'd let her sacrifice herself for this or that. Overall he comes through for her, but personally I'd have issues if someone gave me conflicting comments like that.As usual there are some sad and many perilous moments in the book, Toby's world is dangerous and safety is often an illusion. Overall I greatly enjoyed the book and look forward to the next!
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    30/03/2016 Buddy read with the awesome UF addicts over at BB&B for our weekly October Daye fix :-) “I choose the evil I know.” I turned to face her. “I can’t be a hero with no one to save, and I can’t run out on them just because I’m scared. I already walked away from this world once. I don’t get to go back.” Toby’s life is one again upended by evil. Toby's friend Lily, an Undine, and Lady of the Tea Gardens, is sick, and no one knows what is wrong with her. Undine are not supposed to get sick. E 30/03/2016 Buddy read with the awesome UF addicts over at BB&B for our weekly October Daye fix :-) “I choose the evil I know.” I turned to face her. “I can’t be a hero with no one to save, and I can’t run out on them just because I’m scared. I already walked away from this world once. I don’t get to go back.” Toby’s life is one again upended by evil. Toby's friend Lily, an Undine, and Lady of the Tea Gardens, is sick, and no one knows what is wrong with her. Undine are not supposed to get sick. Ever. And Toby needs to find a way to save Lily and her subjects. But things are made more difficult when the Queen of the Mists summon Toby to her court. Nothing the Queen does when it comes to Toby, are ever done without ulterior motives. And the Queen has never made her hate of Toby a secret. Then more of Toby’s friends fall sick, and it seems that someone from her past is targeting those she cares for, laying the groundwork for her demise. And so Toby will have to face a evil from her past, and she has to face the truth of her blood, choosing once again in which world she belongs, before it’s too late. There were so many things happening in this book. It’s difficult to find the words. I loved that finally we learn more of Toby’s past, about her mother, and about herself. I always thought there was more to the mere half-blood changeling she thought she was, and I was very happy to be right. There were heartbreaking moments, which I’ve come to expect from this series. And I must say this one is the saddest one yet. My heart bled with the loss that occurred. Once again Toby was surrounded by wonderful secondary characters, whom I’ve grown to love very much. The fact that they are always there for her, fearing with me for her life and the risks she must take, is always very comforting. Faerie may not always have been the kindest place to live, but it was still my home. I owed it to Gillian, to May, to Dare, and Tybalt and January and all the others not to say that my life had been a mistake. Not when it had been so intertwined with theirs. Toby is an amazing and flawed heroine, and I love her because of it. She’s not the most skilled or powerful character, but her courage and loyalty is what makes her such an extra-ordinary character. And by the end of this book, things really changed for Toby. And I can’t wait to see what will happen now. My only complaint is the lack of romance in this series so far. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of teasing and hints here and there for a possible romance, but damn, it’s driving me insane. I NEED Tybalt and Toby to get together. NOW. Sleeping Beauty didn’t prick her finger on a spinning wheel; she was shot by an angry sister who refused to live another day in her shadow. I love the way this author writes and the world created continues to amaze me. With every book I learn more about the fae and the magic that goes along with them. It’s wonderful and mind-boggling. This book was exactly the kind of greatness I’ve come to expect from this series. It was amazing and sad and just mind-blowing. I loved it! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Late Eclipses hits the ground running with a few shocking developments for our favorite changeling, October Daye, but then Toby’s immediately called to see a friend with a suspicious illness. As more fae fall victim to similar complaints, Toby fends off accusations and works to track down an old enemy. She’s caught up in a plot involving revenge, political power, and family intrigue, and not even her most formidable allies can help her with the difficult choice she’ll have to make.These book Late Eclipses hits the ground running with a few shocking developments for our favorite changeling, October Daye, but then Toby’s immediately called to see a friend with a suspicious illness. As more fae fall victim to similar complaints, Toby fends off accusations and works to track down an old enemy. She’s caught up in a plot involving revenge, political power, and family intrigue, and not even her most formidable allies can help her with the difficult choice she’ll have to make.These books keep getting better. I’d say this is the best-paced one of the series, with a solid mix of investigation and action that kept things moving. The world-building continues to be great, it gave good detail about the setting without resorting to tedious info-dumps. One slow-burn subplot took a well-timed turn for the awesome, which, as usual, has me impatient for the next book.Toby’s grown a lot as a character, but it’s all backed up – unlike some series that seem to change just for change’s sake. Foreshadowing from previous books comes into play here, and while I will say that I suspected something similar to one of the reveals, I didn’t guess it exactly. Considering how predictable urban fantasy has become these days (yes, even among the ones that I like), that makes me a happy reader.If I have one small complaint, it’s that I’d have liked more reaction, especially more personal reaction, to a particular piece of news from the beginning of the story. I know that Toby got busy pretty damn quick after that, and it’s not as if that part of plot was ignored for the rest of the book. But it was a fairly big deal and I kept expecting to hear more freaking out over it.Those who are already fans of October Daye will love this one, because it has everything we’ve come to expect. There’s badassery against all odds, sharp humor, tricky fae politics, and unpredictable magic. Also, there’s Tybalt.If you aren’t reading these books yet, check out Rosemary and Rue (my review), because seriously, you’re missing out.(originally published at my Urban Fantasy blog)
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    Deceit and DramaThe fourth instalment of the October Daye series opens innocently enough with a late night trip to the shops. Toby’s peace does not last long though and within the first chapter she is called to the court of the insane Queen of Mists. The fae Queen has plans for Toby and she is not the only one because a mysterious sickness rises and targets Toby friends with a suddenness that suggests poison most foul. Now Toby must race against time to save those she loves because i Deceit and DramaThe fourth instalment of the October Daye series opens innocently enough with a late night trip to the shops. Toby’s peace does not last long though and within the first chapter she is called to the court of the insane Queen of Mists. The fae Queen has plans for Toby and she is not the only one because a mysterious sickness rises and targets Toby friends with a suddenness that suggests poison most foul. Now Toby must race against time to save those she loves because if she fails not only will her friends die but she will be framed for murder and be forced to forfeit her own life. This book is the beast one yet. A Local Habitation was almost entirely set in Fremont and An Artificial Night was mostly spent lost in a nightmare landscape but Late Eclipses returns us to San Francisco and the friends that we love and the old enemies that we love to hate. The pacing is good and improves on the previous entries to the series. I don’t want to spoil any of the events for anyone else because I had such fun reading this myself. Relationships progress and secrets are revealed. There is tragedy and victory and humour and betrayal. There was one particular moment toward the latter half of the book that changed Toby’s life significantly that I thought was particularly well done. It was a brave move by the author but the way it was written and hinted at in previous instalments was brilliant. It inspired rereading of the previous instalments to fully appreciate the authors skill and foreshadowing. There is also the traditional love triangle between Connor/Toby/Tybalt which personally I feel is unnecessary. I like sexual tension as much as the next red blooded individual but I can’t help but feel that it soon needs to come to an end and that Toby needs to make a choice. The right one (Tybalt). Connor is too weak and only hold Toby back but Tybalt would be a partner in a true sense. When the right decision is so obvious it goes from being sexy to being frustration. Cat people and Tybalt fans will be pleased to find that there is significantly more of the King of Cats and we get a look at the deeper Cat Courts that is both heartbreaking and fascinating. And Tybalt does something that even Toby can’t ignore. Late Eclipses is a brilliant addition to a good urban fantasy series and I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I did.
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    Late Eclipses was a magnificent read. Exactly as I've come to expect of Seanan McGuire. Aside from the excellent world building, blending of traditional lore with the modern world, characterisations and storylines (both for Late Eclipses alone and across the series); it's sheer joy to read such good word craft written in an active voice. Late Eclipses was a tantalisingly dark read but with enough interest in and care for the characters developed that it really mattered to me what becames of them Late Eclipses was a magnificent read. Exactly as I've come to expect of Seanan McGuire. Aside from the excellent world building, blending of traditional lore with the modern world, characterisations and storylines (both for Late Eclipses alone and across the series); it's sheer joy to read such good word craft written in an active voice. Late Eclipses was a tantalisingly dark read but with enough interest in and care for the characters developed that it really mattered to me what becames of them and how. You feel for their losses and share their little joys and feel Toby's exhaustion as you read. There are important revelations pertinent to the series arc and future books but Late Eclipses is complete in and of itself, so there's no distaste of cliffhanger to deal with, just the tingly anticipation of the release of One Salt Sea to come. I'm glad that Seanan McGuire is such a prolific writer of such excellent quality. It's a rare gift and we're lucky to receive the benefits of her output.
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  • Maria Dimitrova
    January 1, 1970
    Buddy read with the UF maniacs at BB&BAnd we're back for our weekly exploration of Faerie with the one and only October Christine Daye! This time we almost didn't make it out alive. The series is getting expressively darker and you know what? I love it! Even when the fear for Toby's live (well mostly the fear for the lives of the people around her since the series has a few more books in it so the likelihood of Toby dying in the middle of the series are slim to none) kept me awake. A Buddy read with the UF maniacs at BB&BAnd we're back for our weekly exploration of Faerie with the one and only October Christine Daye! This time we almost didn't make it out alive. The series is getting expressively darker and you know what? I love it! Even when the fear for Toby's live (well mostly the fear for the lives of the people around her since the series has a few more books in it so the likelihood of Toby dying in the middle of the series are slim to none) kept me awake. As usually with me I'm deep into full blown obsession with this world (it's either that or I don't care for a book) and I just can't get enough. I love how it makes me feel alive (mostly by making me cry my eyes out but still).Toby's in deep sh*t now with pretty much everyone gunning for her and with her friends dying off like flies. The usual suspects have ganged up on her and are doing their best to make her take the fall for her friends deaths. They even try to make her believe she's the one who's killing them. There were some pretty emotional moments (view spoiler)[Lily's death, Luna's almost dying, that scene with the kitten in the Court of Cats, Raj's mother's death, Rayseline's betrayal (mostly because of the way it must be killing Sylvester, cause I couldn't care less for the vicious bitch), almost loosing Spike (I would have called the UF posse over at BB&B to riot if Spike had died!) and so on (hide spoiler)] when I felt like I was suffocating with grief. I know I'm just 4 books in but these characters have become close and dear friends. Toby's one lucky changeling. Not because she's lucky in the traditional sense of the word. Quite the opposite in fact. But because those same friends are her friends. And they would fight for her as hard as she fights for them and they did in this instalment. I loved how they never gave up even when she did. Toby was in so much trouble this time that even her crazy Mom made an appearance! And Amandine is one of the biggest mysteries in the series so far. With all that happened and all that was implied I feel like the next several books will keep the trend of getting darker.But it wasn't gloom and darkness and death all the way. There were light-hearted moments too. Not much but they were there. Mainly thanks to May and Tybalt. I love that cat! He can be so sweet and so smug at the same time. And he really cares about Toby. The only one who seems to be blind to his affection is Toby herself. May was awesome and she's becoming one of my favourites pretty damn fast. My main complaint about this book was that it had too little of the Luidaeg. I missed the cranky old bat. Those few pages at the end of the book were not enough! With all the things that happened in this book I can barely wait for the next one. But I'll have to wait for the other brave souls that explore the dangerous and treacherous Faerie world of Ms. McGuire to join me next week. Same place, same time, Ladies!
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  • Lynsey (A Bookish Life)
    January 1, 1970
    I love the quip in the summary (taken from the author's website) about making Toby wear dresses. It's so true! Toby's getting unwillingly dragged into Royal and Courtly politics. Can you think of anything that is less Toby's cup of tea than pomp and politics? Neh, me either. And why? Why are people trying to get her entangled in that world? What is to be gained from it? Well, if your name is October Daye, nothing good, that's what.Our Tobes has a hard time in this one. It was suspens I love the quip in the summary (taken from the author's website) about making Toby wear dresses. It's so true! Toby's getting unwillingly dragged into Royal and Courtly politics. Can you think of anything that is less Toby's cup of tea than pomp and politics? Neh, me either. And why? Why are people trying to get her entangled in that world? What is to be gained from it? Well, if your name is October Daye, nothing good, that's what.Our Tobes has a hard time in this one. It was suspense-filled, dramatic, romantic, heartbreaking and definitely one of the better books of the series so far. There are great developments for Toby in her personal relationships. At a test, you'll see just who comes through for her, no matter the cost.As usual there is an ongoing mystery to be solved, which is hard to do when Toby is not feeling herself. There's an overlying theme of treachery and betrayal throughout this novel. And we find out a great deal more info on several character's back-stories as well.“I wouldn’t take aid from you if you offered it. Never from you, daughter of Amandine, last and latest child of the great betrayal. You’ll see the end of us all, and you won’t be content until you know the gates are locked and sealed; your own death will refuse you. You’ll destroy your beginnings and forsake your heart’s desire, and there will be nothing for you but what’s already been turned aside . . .”All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read. I inhaled this book at break-neck speed and I just can't seem to get enough of this wonderful series. Seanan McGuire, I salute you.And can I just say, I'm very proud of myself for not making this entire review about Tybalt this time. I don't think I get the credit I deserve for my incredible restraint, personally. But I will just say one thing. Do you see that leather jacket on the cover? That's Tybalt's! Squeeeeeee!Ah, that feels better.
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  • Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
    January 1, 1970
    🎶 "It's a conspiracy I tell you!" BR within the MacHalo Asylum 🎶 Shadowed Hills was no sanctuary for me anymore. In the end, there’s never a sanctuary. You run until there’s nowhere left to run to, and then you fight, and then you die, and then it’s over. That’s how the world works, and if there’s a way to change that, I hope someone’s eventually planning to let me [email protected]%
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  • Paradoxical
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, an October Daye novel I actually really liked reading. After the first three novels I had thought I'd just trudge through this one like the others, but I found myself racing along the pages and genuinely loving what I was reading. It was kind of amazing how I didn't want to throttle Toby anymore. Admittedly, some of that is coupled with a sense of 'about damned time', but you know what? I'll take what I can get.Late Eclipses is full of action, suspense, and, well, drama. Toby is plun Wow, an October Daye novel I actually really liked reading. After the first three novels I had thought I'd just trudge through this one like the others, but I found myself racing along the pages and genuinely loving what I was reading. It was kind of amazing how I didn't want to throttle Toby anymore. Admittedly, some of that is coupled with a sense of 'about damned time', but you know what? I'll take what I can get.Late Eclipses is full of action, suspense, and, well, drama. Toby is plunged in a middle of a giant plot when her friends start getting sick and all signs (to Toby's eyes) point to Oleander, the one who was with Simon when Toby first got turned into a fish. Not everyone believes her and, in fact, some accuse Toby of being the one who is hurting her friends, and it becomes a giant race of trying to save the lives of those nearest and dearest to her, as well as trying to stop Oleander. And, of course, to keep on living as forces converge upon Toby.Toby is actually likable. It's almost like I can't stress this enough. She's caring, she's doing her absolute best in the worst of circumstances, and she holds herself together pretty well. She actually uses her brain (thank goodness) and learns how much her friends mean to her. Part of the reason is probably because Toby knows who is behind the crimes and, well, she's at her worst when trying to find out who-dun-it (at least in the previous novels). Certain revelations are made about Toby and her past and it's all very suspenseful--for each nugget of information we gain, we take away even more questions as well.The plot was fast paced, with high tension. Toby's friends are wonderful, and it's great to see how much help they are, how much they actually matter in the scheme of things. I found myself racing along the pages and found myself commiserating along with Toby, glad with her, and each revelation made me want more. And, oh, Tybalt. I adore Tybalt and it definitely helped that he has a large role in this book. The interaction between Toby and him is wonderful--I find myself wanting more scenes, and, well, it just makes me happy to read. There is something hugely likable about the King of Cats. He's not perfect, he's not a jerk, he genuinely cares about Toby and it shows in his actions, even if it doesn't seem like it through his words. Seriously, just make Tybalt stick around and the book bumps up even more in the 'liking it!' meter.Of course there's also a few downsides to the book as well, though they aren't nearly as glaring as in the other books in the series. There's the entire Connor/Toby thing, which has me scratch my head. I don't really feel any chemistry between the two (and no, it's not just because I like Tybalt a hundred times better). I like Connor well enough, but all I really get from him is that he's a Nice Guy and that he and Toby used to have a thing together, but not anymore. I also grew a bit puzzled over Oleander herself. It's not say that she's a bad villain, but she's a bit... well. She has motive and opportunity to kill Toby about a dozen times over and she doesn't. It would be easy for her to do so, but for some reason she doesn't. Some of that is because she wants Toby to suffer as she kills Toby's friends, but I kind of expected a bit more from her, I suppose. Then there's Manuel (and Julie, to a lesser extent). Manuel hates Toby because he believes that she killed his sister, never mind how idiotic that thought may be. Sure, all right, fine, more drama for us, but then there was a scene in the book where (view spoiler)[Manuel tries to kill Toby, Toby talks to him, and he hugs her and starts to cry on her. The abrupt mood switch made me wrinkle my nose. This was made more so by the fact that he started spouting out everything he and Raysel planned. It just didn't seem all that believable. Convenient, but not believable. (hide spoiler)] Still, overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. The faults are easily overlooked anyway. Definitely the best book in the entire series, and I hope that the author continues along like this. 4/5 stars.
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  • Torzilla
    January 1, 1970
    LATE ECLIPSES, book four in the October Daye series, delivers a tightly woven plot which manages to skewer our perception of what Toby is in the process. If one is interested in learning more about Toby's world, this novel is the novel to read. If, however, the reader is searching for more of a romance, he or she will be severely disappointed with this installment.I always felt the world-building was Seanan's strong point when it came to the Fae world. She has something refreshing to inc LATE ECLIPSES, book four in the October Daye series, delivers a tightly woven plot which manages to skewer our perception of what Toby is in the process. If one is interested in learning more about Toby's world, this novel is the novel to read. If, however, the reader is searching for more of a romance, he or she will be severely disappointed with this installment.I always felt the world-building was Seanan's strong point when it came to the Fae world. She has something refreshing to incorporate into each additional book, and like I said before, LATE ECLIPSES tops all its predecessors. Not only are new races and characters introduced, but we also learn more about some of the current characters and their lifestyles. Unlike past books, LATE ECLIPSES has the perfect balance of action and investigating, and thus, was a book I was unable to put down. A word of warning: it might take a few chapters to finally get invested within this story, but once Toby reaches the Queen's court, the story picked up and continued on strong.I still don't entirely understand May's purpose in this series, but that doesn't bother me as much this time around because the plot line follows Toby and Amandine's past. I had a few questions from past books answered, and now I have a whole new set to ponder over as I wait for the fifth book in this series.The beginning was actually one of my two complaints. For some reason, and this might be because I'm weird, I felt the characters were off. Tybalt wasn't the cranky King of Cats I grew to love, May annoyed me because of how chipper she was, and Toby seemed off because she was so... normal. I'm not entirely sure what that says about me if I get freaked out about the heroine acting normal and happy. Either way, I'd love to hear if others agree or disagree with my feelings on the start.The romance--or lack thereof--was my second complaint. I appreciated every moment Toby and Tybalt shared, and wished there were more for me to squeal over. Instead, when Tybalt stepped aside, I was left feeling frustrated because of Connor's presence.While Tybalt is typically in control, Connor is like the needy, clingy boy (which is the reason why I do not like him as a love interest for Toby--she needs someone in control and who can keep her levelheaded, like in that one scene...). Every time he went to hold Toby's hand, I wanted to shake Toby and remind her of Tybalt, and then at one point, I literally groaned out loud because of what happened. I won't say what, but I am not happy about those chain of events and how that may affect later books in the series. I wish, instead of focusing on making Tybalt and Connor rivals for Toby's attention/affections--which seems to be what Toby would comment and focus on--we could see more focus on Toby and Tybalt's relationship. At the very least, I wish we were granted more of a reaction on Toby's part. She would register what what would happen, but that was the extent of her thoughts on the matter.Perhaps this is another instance of me being weird, because the whole idea of the married seal hitting on our heroine freaks me out. Besides, why do I want to read about Connor and Toby getting all cuddly when we've got the sexy King of Cats vying for Toby's affections? Again, that's my personal opinion, and I'm sure there are some readers out there who will feel the complete opposite.LATE ECLIPSES wasn't my favorite book out of the series character-wise, but I did enjoy it more so than earlier books when it came to learning about Toby's past and the plot. Despite my complaints about the romance aspect--which really was a minor one when it comes to this story, because the plot line is so engaging--I still suggest readers pick up the latest installment to the October Daye series as soon as they possibly can.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Before I start my review, an aside about the cover art. Chris McGrath has really outdone himself on the cover for Late Eclipses. Wow, that’s gorgeous. It’s also an actual scene from the book, and every element in the scene is important to the story, from her ball gown to her leather jacket to the items she holds.Moving along to the book, Late Eclipses features a mystery that hits close to home for Toby Daye. Lily, the Lady of the Tea Gardens, falls ill… but it’s supposed to be impossible for Undines Before I start my review, an aside about the cover art. Chris McGrath has really outdone himself on the cover for Late Eclipses. Wow, that’s gorgeous. It’s also an actual scene from the book, and every element in the scene is important to the story, from her ball gown to her leather jacket to the items she holds.Moving along to the book, Late Eclipses features a mystery that hits close to home for Toby Daye. Lily, the Lady of the Tea Gardens, falls ill… but it’s supposed to be impossible for Undines to get sick. Then other friends of Toby’s become ill too, and Toby suspects the involvement of an old nemesis of hers, Oleander de Merelands. But no one else has seen or heard from Oleander, and Toby herself has been feeling rather strange lately… could it be that she’s losing her mind?I love reading the OCTOBER DAYE novels. Seanan McGuire has a wonderful way with words. You never know when a moment of beauty is going to sneak up on you — or a moment of humor:"Every Duchy has something that makes them unique. Golden Gate excels at political intrigue, Wild Strawberries produces amazing chefs, Dreamer's Glass threatens to invade the neighbors, and so on."The world-building is great, featuring a plethora of fae beings from folklore, and the political intrigue is always interesting. Late Eclipses has the added bonus of new revelations about the nature of Toby’s mother, Amandine, and of Toby herself. Yes, I love these books. Even when they’re flawed.And, sadly, Late Eclipses is flawed. The problem is Toby. It’s not that I don’t like Toby. I enjoy reading her voice, and I feel for her and want to see her happy. But… she’s just not observant. Which is not good, in a character who is essentially a detective. When she missed a major clue in Rosemary and Rue, I told myself it was because she was blinded by sentiment. When she did it again in A Local Habitation, I excused it because it was tech-related and she’d been a fish during much of the tech boom. This time, it’s just frustrating that, yet again, something jumped out really glaringly at me but didn’t register on Toby’s radar at all. Then there’s the trick to navigating the halls of Shadowed Hills. Toby lived there for years and never noticed, but a teenage boy can live there for a few months and catch on?It’s also frustrating that, after several scenes of utter awesomeness, Tybalt is randomly absent from the last quarter of the book — and replaced by the bland Connor. I suspect we’re stuck with Connor at center stage for a while, too, as the next book, One Salt Sea, is set in his home realm.So you’re probably asking me, why am I still giving the book four stars? Well, I enjoyed most of it, and I simply love reading McGuire’s writing style and sinking into her faerie world for a few days. I just wish Toby would become more observant, and that the hinted romance with Tybalt would finally get at least a little bit off the ground.
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  • VampireNovelFan
    January 1, 1970
    It’s like night and…daye! Reading October in October! This marks my first review of Seanan McGuire's popular series. Normally I prefer to review every book after I read it; however, for this series it was super difficult to become invested early on. I got through the first three quickly to keep my enthusiasm up for the series. But since I read them quickly I didn't think I could write a proper review. But due to the high acclaim that the later books have received I decided to push through, and that tur It’s like night and…daye! Reading October in October! This marks my first review of Seanan McGuire's popular series. Normally I prefer to review every book after I read it; however, for this series it was super difficult to become invested early on. I got through the first three quickly to keep my enthusiasm up for the series. But since I read them quickly I didn't think I could write a proper review. But due to the high acclaim that the later books have received I decided to push through, and that turned out to be a good decision.October "Toby" Daye, our favorite half-human, half-fae, is just a magnet for trouble. She means well, but when it comes to Faerie politics, nothing is cut and dry. She earns knighthood, an unprecedented achievement for a changeling since their kind are all but shunned when it comes to the fae community. So there is definitely an ulterior motive involved...perhaps the perfect scenario to make Toby public enemy number 1 after a number of grave incidents happen to those closest to her. This is far and away the best book of the series so far. it's the most emotionally charged book yet where loyalties are cemented, secrets are revealed, and the action is steady. Everything is a close call, keeping the suspense high. I really didn't know what to expect from page to page for the majority of the book. We find out who Toby's friends really are and just how far they are willing to go to protect her. Her friends aren't perfect, but they're honorable. I finally found myself really starting to like the side characters. My favorite supporting characters are Tybalt, the Luidaeg, Connor, and May. Being the cat person that I am, I do wish Tybalt would get more page time. Though not my favorite, I do like Sylvester and sympathized with him quite a bit. Everyone is coming into their own, and more than willing to prove their worth. The character development is pretty compelling, especially when it comes to Toby and May. The mythology involving the plethora of fairie species evolves quite a bit, expanding the world even more. They are more vulnerable than we think and I'm interested in seeing where things will go next.It's not the first series to have a slow beginning. My favorite series, The Hollows, is the same way (though I became invested faster). I am glad that I stuck through it though because it's definitely one of the best that urban fantasy has to offer. Book 1 to book 4 is literally like night and...daye. *Review also posted to Amazon.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. The plot is a bit weak, as usual. There is a lot of rushing around, going away, and then hurrying back again, with not quite enough real action in between, and a few way too convenient characters or plot points (Walther). But generally there were lotsa secrets revealed, lotsa changes and a lotsa of Tybalt. And Connor. I guess slowly developing triangles are the "thing to do" but I don't really get his appeal as a character. Maybe in real life, sure, he seems like a nice guy, but as a 3.5 stars. The plot is a bit weak, as usual. There is a lot of rushing around, going away, and then hurrying back again, with not quite enough real action in between, and a few way too convenient characters or plot points (Walther). But generally there were lotsa secrets revealed, lotsa changes and a lotsa of Tybalt. And Connor. I guess slowly developing triangles are the "thing to do" but I don't really get his appeal as a character. Maybe in real life, sure, he seems like a nice guy, but as a character he can't compare to Ty's intrigue. Actually, the author did a good job of making him a bit more appealing in this one while still maintaining his basic character. Anyway, McGuire writes great characters, which is what keeps me eagerly coming back for the next installment in the series. Her supporting characters really shine, major and minor: Lily, Luna & Sylvester, May, Danny, Raj, Quentin, Etienne, darling Spike, etc. I continue to enjoy the creative use of traditional mythological elements with a sprinkle of new ideas thrown in. The changes and revelations that took place over the course of the book were interesting and obviously led to a lot of new story ideas. Although the foreshadowing at the end was a bit heavy-handed, it was still quite intriguing. I look forward to my next "visit" with these friends.
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    *Reread*Toby faces more losses (I teared up) and makes some shocking realizations about herself. Even so, there are still unanswered questions. Too bad no one in faerie can ever give a straight answer. Bad girl Oleander drops several clues but I'm still not sure what they mean. Tybalt is awesome - again!- and Conner is a wimp who needs to be gone, like, yesterday.
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