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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: THE WINTER LONG (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

The Winter Long (October Daye #8)
by Seanan McGuire
Paperback, 358 pages
Published September 2nd 2014

by DAW
Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.

She was wrong.

It's time to learn the truth.

Toby finds herself in a predicament when her past drops in for some tea. The same past that turned Toby into a fish for 14 years. She had to warn Sylvester her Liege that his brother Simon Torquill was back. Yes the one that kidnapped Sylvester’s wife and kids. Something was off however, Simon stated he had to turn her into a fish to save her life but he could not tell her why. His employer who wanted Toby dead put a geas on Simon. A spell that prevented Simon from telling. Why is Simon back? What does he want? And who is his employer? It’s time to find the Lieuidaeg she cannot lie.

The book takes you on a journey to answer those exact questions , why is he here? what does he want and who hired him? The Lieuidaeg could not answer any of her questions either she too was geased and by the same person (I love this Lieuidaeg character by the way). I did not read any of the books in the series leading to this one. I did not realize it was part of series, until now when I looked up the author to write my review. I am not sure I needed to read the other books to understand this one other than to enjoy a good series.

Seanan McGuire is a very detailed writer. She explains everything, maybe sometimes to a fault. There were a few times I had to go back because it was so detailed I worried I missed something in the plot. I'm not sure if the author leaves stuff out on purpose, or if that is her style? That sounds contradictory I know. Example: what happened to August or the first born in the end, what did the first born really want what was the reason...just power, ok I’ll bite? I will leave it at so not to spoil. At the same time she is so detailed that the world she builds is completely mesmerizing. Yon can picture everything, everywhere, down to a single rose’s delicate petals.

Tybalt the King of Cats her boyfriend, is a very interesting character. I liked him and how 
McGuire portrayed him. He was not overbearing, but still protective. He loved her for sure and visa verse; you can see that. He did not stop her from facing dangers even though he wanted to because let’s face it danger seems to follow Toby. He understood her and let her be her, and stayed by her side throughout to find the answers she needed.

I recommend the book and even the series (even though I did not read them) if they are anything like this book I believe they will all be enjoyable.

4.5 "spelled" Sheep


About the Author:
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, theInCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her three cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.


  1. This series has been on my wishlist for a long time, I am so glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading :)

  2. I cannot believe we are already on #8. I desperately need to catch up!