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Review: 48. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire...

April 18, 2011
Hmm... I've found another series where I've skipped writing reviews. I will have to re-read and catch up on reviews for A Local Habitation and An Artificial Night...

late eclipses
Title: Late Eclipses (October Daye #4)
Author: Seanan McGuire
ISBN-13: 9780756406660
Publisher: Penguin, 2011
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Source: Purchased

drey's thoughts:
I love Toby Daye--she's definitely up there with my other favorite kick-ass heroines: Joanne (Walker), Mercy (Thompson), Jane (Yellowrock), and Gin (Blanco). Why? Well, she's snarky. She kicks ass. And she does everything she can for all the right reasons, even if it's unappreciated.

Toby barely made it through An Artificial Night, and things don't slow down for this changeling-knight-and-P.I. in Late Eclipses. Sure, it starts off with something as mundane as grocery shopping with her posse (all two of 'em!), but she's almost immediately summoned to an audience with the Queen of the Mists. Then she finds out the Lady of the Tea Gardens is sick and possibly dying, and nobody knows how or why. If that's not enough on her plate, Toby is found with a poisoned Luna in her arms at a ball, and slowly but surely comes the realization that someone is killing those closest to her--and blaming her for the deaths... The cherry on top? She has to wear dresses! The horror!

There are not too many new faces in Late Eclipses; most of the characters here were introduced in prior installments. My favorite? Tybalt. The enigmatic ruler of the Cait Sidhe helps protect the denizens of the Tea Gardens, and I love that Toby wears his jacket (except when going to visit the Queen). He's strong, loyal, and honorable--what's not to like? Then there's Connor, but I do wish that Toby would avoid married men (even when they're married to crazy loonies, and yes, even if they had a history).

And lest you start thinking that Late Eclipses is all about the characters or the romantic possibilities, rest assured that there's plenty of plot and action to follow--especially as she's frantically trying to figure this out on her own. The Luidaeg is sitting this one out, the Duke is laid low by his wife's illness, and Lily's ailing. Poor Toby. She needs more friends...

This is not a book to read in spurts--you'll want to set aside enough time to get from cover to cover, because you won't want to put it down once you start. And the revelations are enough to make me antsy for the next October Daye book. One Salt Sea is coming in September. Hurry up already! *grin*

drey's rating: 5/5 Outstanding! Urban fantasy fans who haven't read Seanan McGuire's October Daye series should give it a try for the realistically dark storytelling that will grab your attention and not let go until you've run out of pages--and even then, very reluctantly.

Have you read Seanan McGuire's October Daye series or Late Eclipses? What did you think? And if you haven't, make sure you read 'em in order:
1. Rosemary and Rue
2. A Local Habitation
3. An Artificial Night
4. Late Eclipses


wheels209 said...

Hey drey,
I might pick this series up some time down the road. I will keep an eye open for it. Right now Harry Dresden has me hooked on TurnCoat. I was wondering if you have read Side Jobs?? Next I really want to let my mind run with Dragons Path. I have read just a bit of the preface for that one and already like it. Should be oh so good. Take care my friend, have a good week.

drey said...

you should! it's pretty awesome! :)

I haven't read Side Jobs, waiting for a slight lull in my TBR pile... Yeah, I'll be waiting a while. :( Turn Coat was good though, hope you're enjoying it!

What's Dragons Path? I'll have to go google it. :)

wheels209 said...

Hey Drey,
Daniel Abraham is the author of Dragons Path. Fantasy Book Critic has a long review on the book. I skipped to the rating of the book because I did not want them to give anything away about the plot. Fantasy literature also has a short review by a couple of people. Hope this helps you my friend. Happy hunting, Take care!!!

wheels209 said...

Hey Drey,
Thanks for the recommendation of Rosemary and Rue. I began to read it last night. I think we both enjoy sassy characters. The phone call that Toby gets in the front of the book hooked me right away. The fish thing is an interesting angle. That is a far as I was able to get. So far so good, I will let you know how I like the book. I also downloaded Small Favor because I need more Harry Dresden. Have you read that book??
Have a great weekend my friend.

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