Series: October Daye
Published by DAW on September 5, 2017
Genres: Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: References to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
For once, everything in October “Toby” Daye’s life seems to be going right. There have been no murders or declarations of war for her to deal with, and apart from the looming specter of her Fetch planning her bachelorette party, she’s had no real problems for days. Maybe things are getting better.
Because suddenly Toby’s mother, Amandine the Liar, appears on her doorstep and demands that Toby find her missing sister, August. But August has been missing for over a hundred years and there are no leads to follow. And Toby really doesn’t owe her mother any favors.
Then Amandine starts taking hostages, and refusal ceases to be an option.
THE BRIGHTEST FELL is an entertaining mix of the comfort of an adventure between well established characters with the dissonance and uncertainty of new blood thrown into the mix. This deep into the series, October Daye's group of irregulars are beloved and entertaining, it is the unexpected appearance of her biological family that throws a wrench into the mix.
The mysterious truth behind Toby's heritage has been the last minute magical save in many a previous October Daye adventure, but it was a refreshing change to see her overpowered by the source of those abilities. I had a hard time calibrating my emotional reaction to Amandine to match Toby's. Despite Amandine's old school high handedness (and general racism), Toby clearly has an emotional attachment to the woman who raised her. As a reader that has only experiences Toby's chosen family, Amandine is very easy to hate as she threatens, abuses, and generally tortures the people Toby loves. Though Amandine's behavior isn't contextually unusual (the Luidaeg is the one who displays modern, softened behavior despite her reputation), it is very, very hard not to hate her entirely.
The contrast between the family Toby is born into and that which she has chosen is stark, but otherwise this is the usual, fantastic October Daye adventure with an extra layer of delicious danger on top. Though Toby is often overmatched, this big bad is the source of Toby's own magical ace in the hole. This time around it is Toby's humanity and friendships that win the day, making it once again that this series both delights and surprises.Series Titles:
- Rosemary and Rue - 4/5
- A Local Habitation
- An Artificial Night
- Late Eclipses
- One Salt Sea
- Ashes of Honor - 5/5
- Chimes at Midnight
- The Winter Long - 5/5
- A Red-Rose Chain - 5/5
- Once Broken Faith
- The Kate Daniels series has recently brought the big-bag down off of the horizon and into Kate's kitchen, adding the dynamics of a family to the conflict between two incredibly dangerous and powerful beings. Despite his general deadliness and ruthless pragmatism, Roland is quite enjoyable on the page, and charming in a way that Amandine is decidedly not. Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) - 5/5