Title: Late Eclipses
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: October “Toby” Daye (Book #4)
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Format: Paperback, 372 Pages
ISBN-10: 0756406668 (DAW/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0756406660 (DAW/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Roxanne
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…
Quick & Dirty: Purebloods are getting sick, can Toby find the cure fast enough?
Opening Sentence: The Downtown San Francisco Safeway was practically deserted.
Toby is shopping with her friends and her Fetch when she is summoned to the Queen’s court. She knows this can’t be a good thing and when she is made a Countess, Toby knows things are really messed up. But before she has time to figure out what the Queen is up too, she called to the Tea Gardens and there she finds Lily deathly ill. This shocks Toby to her core and with help from Walther she intends to save Lily before it is too late. However, before she can even begin to figure out what is going with Lily, Luna collapses at the Belltane Pary in Shadowed Hills, and the race is on.
While at Shadowed Hills, Toby smells traces of Oleander’s magic and is really worried. The last time she tangled with Oleander, Luna and her daughter disappeared, and Toby became a fish for fourteen years. Then when Tybalt drags her to the Court of Cats and she finds his court poisoned and dying; Toby knows that the game is afoot and if she doesn’t hurry the body count will become unbearable. Toby races to find out what is killing the cats, and her enemies are massing against her, will she be able to save them before it’s too late?
The one thing I love about this series is it just keeps getting better and better. Each book builds on the previous one, and questions are answered and more are raised. It makes you super invested in Toby and what is going on. I find that I love them just as much as I am re-reading them as I did when I first read them. Toby continues to grow and change with each book. This one is action packed it is literally one thing after another and I remember when I first read this one, I was brought to tears several times. I hate spoilers so I won’t reveal anything, but suffice to say this book ties in with the first one in a big way.
If you haven’t started this series go back and read Rosemary and Rue. You need to read this all in order to know what it is going on. Lastly, if you haven’t read this series then start now, you won’t regret it. This remains one of my favorite paranormal/fantasy series of all time.
Oberon wouldn’t stand for killing in his kingdom. Find another way or answer to me, he said. Pain without death became the way to fight- as much pain as you could manage without causing lasting harm. They were clever and cruel, those Firstborn, especially when they were waging war on each other. They set out to make something that could hurt without killing, and they succeeded. They created elf-shot, a weapon that caused a crippling pain followed by sleep so deep it would last for a hundred years.
Sleeping Beauty didn’t prick her finger on a spinning wheel, she was shot by an angry sister who refused to live another day in her shadow.
October “Toby” Daye Series:
5. One Salt Sea
11. The Brightest Fell (September 2017)
12. Night and Silence (September 2018)
13. The Unkindest Tide (September 2019)
FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Late Eclipses. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.