Early 5bat! Review: Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire

September 2, 2012 Review 5 ★★★★★

*This title will be released on September 4, 2012*

 

Ashes of Honor

(October Daye, #6)
by Seanan McGuire

Genre: Urban Fantasy |
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Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; September 4, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 0756407494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407490

Rating

Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.

 

Sexual Content

Kissing.

Description

It’s been almost a year since October “Toby” Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities—training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills—but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters.

To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight, Etienne, who didn’t even know he was a father until the girl went missing. Her name is Chelsea. She’s a teleporter, like her father. She’s also the kind of changeling the old stories warn about, the ones with all the strength and none of the control. She’s opening doors that were never meant to be opened, releasing dangers that were sealed away centuries before—and there’s a good chance she could destroy Faerie if she isn’t stopped.

Now Toby must find Chelsea before time runs out, racing against an unknown deadline and through unknown worlds as she and her allies try to avert disaster. But danger is also stirring in the Court of Cats, and Tybalt may need Toby’s help with the biggest challenge he’s ever faced.

Toby thought the last year was bad. She has no idea.

Review

The October Daye series is one of those delicious worlds that becomes more and more beloved with each visit, and ASHES OF HONOR is my favorite of this series to date.  Tobey and her squire, the electric Dryad, Tybalt and Raj, Sylvester and May, all of the familiar favorites get page time in this book. Despite the pain and losses of prior books and the mystery central to this one, seeing the support network of friends and family around October makes ASHES OF HONOR a sweet interlude of happiness in the series.

Part of what fed the happy tone is the fact that I was not mourning past losses as deeply as October does (though I’ll try to gloss over specifics to avoid spoilers for those behind on the series).  I feel a little bad that I am willing to forget so quickly, but October’s current romantic prospects more than outweighed lost opportunities for me. October explores her romantic past and future on multiple levels in this book, and I couldn’t be happier with the way things are going.

In ASHES OF HONOR more than any prior book, I felt that Tobey shared top billing with her support network of friends and colleagues. This collaborative style was incredibly satisfying, diluting the pain and isolation that so characterized Tobey’s past.  Though readers new to the series would certainly be curious about past events (and miss out on some emotional impact), I think you could pick up ASHES OF HONOR and enjoy it as a standalone.  October ruminates on past mistakes and takes the time to appreciate her present day in a way that I loved reading and that new readers could appreciate.

Now more than ever October Daye ranks alongside Kate Daniels and Rachel Morgan as a nuanced, fascinating main character. Each of these heroines kick butt in their own unique way, but all form lasting friendships that are as rich and satisfying as any romance. ASHES OF HONOR definitely focused on developing the relationships of Tobey and her allies, and felt like a long awaited chance for Tobey to catch her breath. I enjoyed this straightforward mystery and emotionally rich story, and am looking forward to where McGuire takes the world of faerie next.

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5 Responses to “Early 5bat! Review: Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire”

  1. Melliane

    Wow now I really can’t wait to receive my book, I love the series and if this one was your favorite, I’m sure it will be the same for me. great review!

    • Julia

      Oh, Melliane, I hope you like it! I was just so happy for Tobey the whole book through. Even though there’s action and danger, she has so many great people in her life nowadays, it just makes me want to hug the book.

  2. Zeenat

    “Now more than ever October Daye ranks alongside Kate Daniels and Rachel Morgan as a nuanced, fascinating main character. Each of these heroines kick butt in their own unique way, but all form lasting friendships that are as rich and satisfying as any romance.”

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Thank you for posting this review; it just made me that much more excited for the next book! And how terrible of a person am I that I am glad a certain character is dead? Pretty terrible. ;)

    • Julia

      Zeenat, I’m right there with you (I think). I didn’t miss Tobey’s old flame, though I could have been happy with them just growing out of each other rather than death, but I was *super* glad that the problem child is out of the picture. And on a side note, it’s super hard to convey any meaning without spoilers… Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Suzie

    I remember not being impressed with the 1st book but since I have already bought the 2nd book, well I was hooked since then. I’m not in the US so will probably have to wait 3 weeks until the book arrive. Can’t wait. Especially if Tybalt is the possible new man.