Blurb: Things are looking up.
For the first time in what feels like years, October “Toby” Daye has been able to pause long enough to take a breath and look at her life—and she likes what she sees. She has friends. She has allies. She has a squire to train and a King of Cats to love, and maybe, just maybe, she can let her guard down for a change.
Or not. When Queen Windermere’s seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences, Toby finds herself in a role she never expected to play: that of a diplomat. She must travel to Portland, Oregon, to convince King Rhys of Silences not to go to war against the Mists. But nothing is that simple, and what October finds in Silences is worse than she would ever have imagined.
How far will Toby go when lives are on the line, and when allies both old and new are threatened by a force she had never expected to face again? How much is October willing to give up, and how much is she willing to change? In Faerie, what’s past is never really gone.
It’s just waiting for an opportunity to pounce.
Review: As a series, this has all the pieces need for an excellent fantasy book. Incredible, richly crafted world, amazing characters with loads of depth on both the good and the bad side, and intricately built stories that keep readers interested from the start and never leave them bored for even a moment.
This addition to the October Daye series is no exception. I have always loved October’s character as she is totally imperfect but is strong enough to both stand on her own and accept help in the times she needs it. We continue to see that in this book, especially with her relationship with Tybalt. He has power and strength of his own, but chooses to use that in support of Toby rather than to make her do what he wants or put her on a lower footing than him. This is an example of a balanced relationship that you so very rarely see in any genre of story that it puts this into a special category all by itself.
Even though it had been a while since I last read a book in this series, I had no problem dropping right back into the story. I didn’t even really have too many issues with trying to remember bits of the previous stories, which is another nice aspect to this series and how it is written.
This is one of those stories that I have a somewhat difficult time articulating what I liked about it because I honestly pretty much loved the whole thing. The only even remotely negative thing I can say is that it ended way before I was ready to leave that world behind. I just want more.