Title: Once Broken Faith
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: October “Toby” Daye (Book #10)
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Format: Paperback, 432 Pages
ISBN-10: 0756408105 (DAW/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0756408107 (DAW/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Roxanne
Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.
Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.
Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.
As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.
Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.
Quick & Dirty: Change in Fairy is a good thing, right?
Opening Sentence: Quentin and Raj were in the living room arguing about who got to pick the first movie of the night.
Toby is back in book 10, this one picks up not too long after the end of A Red-Rose Chain. Arden wants Toby to come with her and wake up Madden and Nolan, before the High King and High Queen arrive using a loophole in the wording of his edict to wait until the conclave before any more sleepers are woken up. However, they only get Madden awake before being surprised by the early arrival of the High King. As punishment, Toby has to attend the conclave with Quentin.
Before the first day is over, a King is murdered and The Duchess of Undersea is elf shot. Toby must figure out if they are related or two separate incidents. Toby can’t figure out why some of the Kingdoms aren’t ready for a cure to elf shot, and why or who would work to suppress the cure. Why is someone murdering royalty? Will Toby be able to survive this murder investigation, or will she and everyone she loves fall?
What can I say about this book? Too much, not enough? I will say tears were shed while reading this book, many tears. I really wondered where Seanan would go with this series after A Red-Rose Chain. At this point, Toby has been involved in two regime changes, maybe three if you count Dreamer’s Glass, and the death of a Firstborn. Clearly, Toby has a lot of untapped power and now that we are at the 10th book we are getting an idea of how powerful she really is, even for a changeling. It makes you wonder how powerful she would have been as pureblood.
In the beginning, this might have been my least favorite book, but by the time I hit halfway through, I really didn’t feel that way anymore. I couldn’t put it down, and then I cried and cried and I wanted to get mad and scream. Then I was shocked and laughing, I mean all the feels. I went through like five different emotions in the space of a half hour. Seanan packed a punch in the second half of the book. I really can’t say anything bad about this series. I love it, I love October Daye, Tybalt, Quentin and so many of the other characters. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for the next book. Thankfully, Seanan has no plans to end this series anytime soon. I for one, am glad for that!
There was a sound behind me, like metal being torn, and a scent so faint that it was on the edge of existence, too thin and attenuated to identify.
Tybalt blinked, giving me an inexplicably instinct, shifting my bad a few inches to the side, as if I could shield him from the source of that sound.
The pain followed immediately on the motion, sharp and piercing and somehow new, a pain I had never felt before. It seemed like every time I reached the limits of my body’s experience, someone went out of their way to hurt me in a whole new way.
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 Once Broken Faith. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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