Favorite Line: “Must you destroy everything you touch?” (p. 97) (This line, taken in context, almost brought me to tears.)
Two years ago, October “Toby” Daye believed she could leave the world of Faerie behind. She was wrong. Now she finds herself in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, sharing an apartment with her Fetch, and maintaining an odd truce with Tybalt, the local King of Cats. It’s a delicate balance-one that’s shattered when she learns that an old friend is in the 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. But if Oleander’s back, what’s her game? Where is she hiding? And what part does Toby’s mother, Amandine, have to play?
Time is growing short and the stakes are getting higher. For the Queen of the Mists has her own agenda, and there are more players in this game than Toby can guess. With everything on the line, she 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…
Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series is the bom-diggity-dog. Book four in the series, Late Eclipses, is an excellent addition to the series and like its predecessors leans hard toward the fantastic. I’d say at least half of the book is set in some kind of faerie land. According to McGuire’s website there will be at least three more books in the series published: One Salt Sea (Sept. 2011), Ashes of Honor (2012), and The Chimes at Midnight (2013).
Late Eclipses is a book that answers questions brought up in previous books, builds and ends relationships and teases you about what is to come in Toby’s future. One of my favorite characters, Tybalt, makes several appearances in the story. His role in the book showcases the type of man he is: steadfast, honorable and dependable. When push came to shove, Tybalt is the type of character who will kick the door down which makes him the man I want in Toby’s life.
The book gives clear answers to Toby’s past issues and actions. For example, her lineage is explained, Rayseline’s hatred of Toby and the Queen’s reaction to Toby ignoring her command. I couldn’t help but to feel that Toby is a much better person than me. I would hold a grudge and be hurt by the words and actions of those surrounding me. Toby isn’t that person. She grew up knowing that she wasn’t a full-blood, and thus wouldn’t be treated as an equal most of those around her. Her childhood prepared her to be a realist, but it didn’t stop her from dreaming whether she knew that was what she was doing or not.
Overall, Late Eclipses is a winner. It is a book that I will gladly add to my keeper shelves. If nothing else, you’ve got to read about Rayseline being a BITCH! This book is all about the blood. Blood is everything. Warning: If you haven’t read the entire series, don’t pick this book as a starting point. Each book picks up where the one before it ended.