Title: Ashes of Honor
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: October “Toby” Daye (Book #6)
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback, 353 Pages
ISBN-10: 0756407494 (DAW/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0756407490 (DAW/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Roxanne
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 kind 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.
Quick & Dirty: A missing child, doors being ripped open in Fairy, will Toby be able to find her before it’s too late?
Opening Sentence: The night sky over San Francisco was a patchwork mixture of starry black and cloudy gray, all of it washed out by the ambient light drifting up from the city below.
Toby is back and it’s been awhile, she has been avoiding people and trying to deal with the losses from the war she helped avert. I won’t go into that too much, in case you haven’t read One Salt Sea, and if you haven’t read One Salt Sea stop here and go read the books in order. Toby finds Sir Etienne at her house, and he wants her to find, Chelsea, the daughter (make that changeling) he didn’t know that he had. She disappeared on her way home from school, best case she is a teleporter like him or someone has taken her.
Once Toby goes to Chelsea’s house she knows that she is a teleporter and things are worse than she thought they were. Chelsea is able to teleport much further than a changeling should be able too, which means that things have the potential to go very badly. Soon Toby finds that Chelsea is ripping open doors in forgotten parts of fairy and that someone was behind her disappearance. Toby also learns that changelings with too much power often lose control and unless they can be stripped of the power or made more fae they end up dying. So with the pressure on will Toby be able to save Chelsea and figure out who is behind her kidnapping.
When I was asked to co-review this series, I was beyond excited. I have loved this series since I read the first book. I also decided that I wanted to re-read the whole series so that I could do a good job on the reviews, and I have to say I love this series the second time as much as I did the first time. October has come a long way from Rosemary and Rue and she continues to grow and change with each book. Although the core of her never does, Toby is loyal and her friendship is golden. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her friends and it is no surprise by the 6th book her list of allies is almost as long as her the list of people who hate her.
There is so much to say about this book. When I read it the first time, I knew at the time it was my favorite of the series. Mostly because of a ship, but I won’t say more on the issue because I am not a fan of spoiling things. Sometimes Toby blunders and makes mistakes, but the heart and passion that drive her are what makes this series so freaking great. I just don’t know that I am doing justice for how much I love Toby, Quentin, Tybalt, and so many more of the characters I have grown to love in this series. At this stage of the series, each book is better than the one before, and the things that Toby gets involved get bigger and bigger. So if you love urban fantasy, or if you always wanted to give it a shot then read this series.
The first time I used the Shadow Roads, I was terrified, cold and confused. Since then, I’ve been dragged along them for miles, hauled onto without my consent-and without enough warning to catch my breath- and even stranded alone in the dark, once, when it was threw me into shadows or let me get shot with a potentially poisoned arrow. You’d think a place of absolute blackness where I got hypothermia would never manage to seem comforting. You’d be wrong. Every time I was on the Shadow Roads, Tybalt had me, or Tybalt was coming to get me out of the dark, I always knew someone was going to come and bring me home. There’s power in that.
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 Ashes of Honor. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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