Book Review: The Unkindest Tide, October Daye- Book #13

Author: Seanan McGuire
Book Name: The Unkindest Tide
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Series: October Daye
Order: #13
Genre: Fantasy/Urban
Overall SPA: 4.5 Stars
4.5 Stars

 

 

Blurb: Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong.

When the Luidaeg—October “Toby” Daye’s oldest and most dangerous ally—tells her the time has come for the Selkies to fulfill their side of the bargain, and that Toby must be a part of the process, Toby can’t refuse. Literally. The Selkies aren’t the only ones in debt to the Luidaeg, and Toby has to pay what she owes like anyone else. They will travel to the fabled Duchy of Ships and call a convocation of the Selkies, telling them to come and meet the Luidaeg’s price…or face the consequences.

Of course, nothing is that simple. When Dianda Lorden’s brother appears to arrest Dianda for treason against the Undersea, when a Selkie woman is stripped of her skin and then murdered, when everything is falling apart, that’s when Toby will have to answer the real question of the hour.

Is she going to sink? Or is she going to swim?

Main SPA Evaluation Areas:

Characters: 4.5/5 Stars
Series Continuity/Expectations: 5/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 4.5/5 Stars

Pretty sure I say this most every time I review a book this deep in a series that I like. It is incredibly HARD to write a review. I can’t say anything helpful to new readers really except, start at book 1 or you’re going to be lost. We are on book 13. Catch up, because you should be reading this now!

I can’t say anything to other readers of this series that they don’t already know. This is just as great as all the others in the series. Toby is still awesome. You get a good dose of Tybalt and the Luidaeg (always awesome). You get another great story. You should be reading this now!

So basically, you should be reading this now if you aren’t already.

 

Release Day! The Unkindest Tide

I cannot believe that I overlooked that today is release day for this book. Or that I also somehow missed putting it on my September TBR. Normally a book like this would be getting read today, but because I absolutely flubbed it, I’ll be squeezing it in as soon as I finish the one I’m on. In the meantime, go add this to your TBR!

The Brightest Fell: October Daye, Book 11

The Brightest FellAuthor: Seanan McGuire
Book Name: The Brightest Fell
Series: October Daye
Order: #11
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Rating:  Excellent

5+stars

 

 

 

Blurb: Things are slow, and October “Toby” Daye couldn’t be happier about that. The elf-shot cure has been approved, Arden Windermere is settling into her position as Queen in the Mists, and Toby doesn’t have anything demanding her attention except for wedding planning and spending time with her family.

Maybe she should have realized that it was too good to last.

When Toby’s mother, Amandine, appears on her doorstep with a demand for help, refusing her seems like the right thing to do…until Amandine starts taking hostages, and everything changes. Now Toby doesn’t have a choice about whether or not she does as her mother asks. Not with Jazz and Tybalt’s lives hanging in the balance. But who could possibly help her find a pureblood she’s never met, one who’s been missing for over a hundred years?

Enter Simon Torquill, elf-shot enemy turned awakened, uneasy ally. Together, the two of them must try to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Mists: what happened to Amandine’s oldest daughter, August, who disappeared in 1906.

This is one missing person case Toby can’t afford to get wrong.

Just one more confirmation that Seanan McGuire is still one of my favorites. All of the things that I have loved about this series are still there. The stunning world and how it works, the incredible characters, everything.

I think the one thing that I would complain about, and really it is kind of minor in comparison to all that is good, is that we didn’t get enough of Tybalt in this or really many of Toby’s personal interactions and relationships. She was forced to stand mostly on her own for this one, even when getting help from Simon. I did like that, getting to see that she can stand on her own, but one of the things I love the most are her relationships with those closest to her and those were taken away for this story. It didn’t take anything away from the story at all, just that when you come to love the characters so much, you want to spend as much time as possible with them, but there is only so much page space.

 

A Red-Rose Chain: October Daye, Book 9

A Red-Rose ChainAuthor: Seanan McGuire
Book Name: A Red-Rose Chain
Series: October Daye
Order: #9
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Rating:  Excellent
5+stars

 

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.