Series: October Daye #10
Published by Daw on September 6, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.
Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.
Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.
As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.
Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that Seanan McGuire is one of my all-time favorite writers – both as Seanan McGuire and as Mira Grant. I love (LOVE!!) her sense of humor, her character development, and the general mayhem she liberally sprinkles throughout her books. So it should be no surprise that I REALLY looked forward to Once Broken Faith, and squee’d loud enough to wake the neighbors (if they’d been sleeping) when I got home to a copy at my doorstep!
The Plot: Toby is embroiled in yet another politically-sensitive situation, this time at a historic gathering of monarchs. When the bodies start falling, Toby’s life gets infinitely more complicated – especially when there are those who question her presence, her loyalties, her friends and acquaintances, and her motives. Now she’s in a race against time to find the perpetrators before she starts losing those closest to her…
The Characters: Toby is one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines. A changeling in a world that doesn’t value them, she’s managed to survive countless intrigues – though not always in one piece. Luckily, Toby’s overall good usually nets her allies and friends who’re able to help extricate her from sticky situations; of course with the fae you never know what they’re going to ask for in return.
I also really enjoyed how much Quentin’s grown since he first showed up to be Toby’s squire, and I love love LOVE the Luidaeg – if there ever were a scary “monster” you’d want as a friend, it’s her. Of course, whether she’d want YOU or not is debatable…
The Story: McGuire’s storytelling is always crisp and taut; the action is perfectly balanced with the drama, and all of it is liberally sprinkled with sass and snark. Everything has a point – the relationships from one installment to another, the meetings and interactions and favors and slights, even the murders and mayhem.
If you’re a fan of the genre but haven’t checked out Toby yet, start with Rosemary and Rue!
drey’s rating: Outstanding!
Have you read Once Broken Faith? What did you think?