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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Review: Once Broken Faith (October Daye #10) by Seanan McGuire

Once Broken Faith (October Daye #10)
by Seanan McGuireSeptember 6, 2016
Publisher: DAW
420 pages
Includes a brand-new map and original bonus novella!

Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.

Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.

Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.

As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.

Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.

Book nine begins with October “Toby” Daye in her home, getting ready for a slumber party full of teenagers. Not human teenagers, but fae and changeling ones. And yet, like modern teens, they are all excited to be spending the night, watching movies (like Little Mermaid?), and eating popcorn, pizza, and even homemade Rice Krispy treats made by Toby’s Fetch. But she is forced to attend a conclave of Faerie monarchs that includes her squire Quentin’s parents, about the cure for the elf-shit that she'd brought back from the Kingdom of Silences in the last book. Complications from her romantic life with Tybalt, the King of Cats and Purebloods not wanting her speaking at the conclave, just adds stress to it all. And if politics and angry Purebloods aren’t enough trouble, she stumbles over the murdered body of King Antonio of Angels.

The story begins slow, with the kids and politics, then the murder brings up the tension that I enjoyed in the first book that drew me into reading the October Daye novels. There is more talk and explanations of stuff this time then I cared for, but I still found enough of what I liked to read it to the end and to want to read the next book in the series. Plus, there is also a novella from Queen Arden’s point of view at the end of the book, so a great two for one deal here.

McGuire once again has brought us another vacation into her world of the Fae that takes us away from the mundane life. She tells a great story, by giving us a tale to keep the reader hooked.

4 sheep

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about any place capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren't). Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year.

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