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…
Another “fantastic” entry in this captivating urban fantasy series!
Warning: Expect a lot more October Daye posts in the next few weeks, because I’m hooked, and I probably won’t read anything else until I get through ALL of the available books.
I’m really loving October Daye as a character, and the world of the October Daye series as a whole. Late Eclipses is another great installment, with some really dark and dire happenings. An old enemy of Toby’s seems determined to set her up in the worst way possible, leading to attempted assassinations, the death of one of Toby’s closest allies and friends, and Toby’s own life appearing to be forfeit as punishment for crimes she didn’t commit.
Luckily, Toby being Toby, she doesn’t give up without a fight, and the friends and allies she’s made along the way give her the support she needs to take a stand and save more than just her own life.
The action is non-stop, but there’s still time for character development for Toby, as well as the continuing development of the attraction and deepening connections with two different potential love interests. The plot is completely engrossing, and I read like a madwoman until all hours of the night. I could not stop until I finished!
Clearly, I’m falling in love with this series, deeper and deeper, as I go along. As with the best urban fantasy series, this one gets more complex as it goes along, with mysteries, backstories, and relationships all developing in new and different ways with each subsequent installment.
Late Eclipses is a terrific read, and despite my heart-broken tears over the loss of a favorite character, I loved it from start to finish. Onward to #5!
Title: Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publication date: March 1, 2011
Length: 372 pages
Genre: Urban fantasy