Once again, Toby Daye is being called upon to save the day. Late Eclipses is the fourth installment of the October Daye urban fantasy series by Seanan McGuire.
From Goodreads: “October “Toby” Daye, changeling knight in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, finds the delicate balance of her life shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended. Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past as an enemy she thought was gone forever raises her head once more: Oleander de Merelands, one of the two people responsible for her fourteen-year exile.
Time is growing short and the stakes are getting higher, for the Queen of the Mists has her own agenda. With everything on the line, Toby will have to take the ultimate risk to save herself and the people she loves most—because if she can’t find the missing pieces of the puzzle in time, Toby will be forced to make the one choice she never thought she’d have to face again…”
Honestly, I’m sitting here at my computer and having a tough time writing a review for this installment. I usually make sure that I review one book in a series before I move on to reading the next one. Yesterday, though, I couldn’t help myself and finished book five. I have so much in my head right now that I don’t want to give you everything here. So I’ll keep it simple and get into the meat of my feelings on the series so far in my review of One Salt Sea.
One of the things that I love about this series is that Toby is real. She makes mistakes and has to deal with the consequences. And her sarcastic big mouth gets her in trouble more often that not. While she knows that the Queen of the Mists hates her, she doesn’t back down one bit when dealing with everything that can be thrown in her direction. I respect that.
All of the major characters make appearances here and there was a decent amount of Tybalt, the King of Cats. Even Amandine, Toby’s mom, shows up at one point.
This is definitely a series that needs to be read in order starting with book one. Otherwise, you won’t understand and respond to the intricacies of some of the relationships. Rayseline, Luna, Sylvester, May, Lily, Connor, the Luidaeg. Trust me, you want to know the history.
Another great addition to the series. 4/5 stars.