- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: DAW (6 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756408105
- ISBN-13: 978-0756408107
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 17.2 cm
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Once Broken Faith (October Daye) Mass Market Paperback – Import, 6 Sep 2016
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Praise for the October Daye series:
"The top of my urban-paranormal series list! I am so invested in the worldbuilding and the characters.... The romance is real and awesome, but doesn't overshadow the adventure." —Felicia Day
"I can't believe McGuire can come up with another adventure as riveting as this one. But then I say that after every book in this series." —SFRevu
"McGuire has never lacked for courage in her writing.... The phenomenally inventive October Daye series showcases her narrative daring and ingenuity beautifully." —RT Reviews
"Prepare to be dazzled.... Like the best of urban fantasy, with each reveal and mystery solved, Toby's world grows ever more enticing. As seductive as faerie itself, this is one series I could never give up." —All Things Urban Fantasy
"These books are like watching half a season of your favorite television series all at once.... More than anything else, it's the fun of it all that's kept me returning to McGuire's books and to this series." —SF Signal
"The plot is strong, the characterization is terrific, the tragedies hurt...and McGuire's usual beautiful writing and dark humor are present and accounted for. This has become one of my favorite urban fantasy series." —Fantasy Literature
"With Ashes of Honor, McGuire has crafted a deeply personal and intense story that will keep you on the edge, hoping to be pushed over. In my opinion, it is, hands down, the best Toby to date." —The Ranting Dragon
"An urban fantasy detective series featuring a resourceful female detective.... [October Daye] should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files as well as the novels of Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, and similar authors." —Library Journal
About the Author
Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about any place capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren’t). Early exposure to a vast number of books left her with a lifelong affection for the written word, and led, perhaps inevitably, to her writing books of her own, starting somewhere around the age of eleven. The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both published by DAW and both of which have put her in the New York Times bestseller list. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the October Daye series, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at seananmcguire.com or on Twitter at @seananmcguire.See all Product description
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[One aspect I particularly appreciate is her ability and willingness to write adult fantasy novels that are adult because of how she handles themes of morality, justice and equality (most particularly in the October Daye books), rather than being called "adult fantasies" because the plot is being interrupted every 30 pages or so by an excruciatingly detailed sex scene between the large breasted but plucky heroine and her smoldering hot vampire lover.]
Keep writing, Ms. McGuire!
OMG! I thought my heart was going to break into tiny pieces. I can't believe Seanan McGuire went there!
I have no idea where Mrs. McGuire gets her ideas about the October Daye books but she continues to show us that inspiration is not a problem for her. Her world description is flawless. Usually, I'm not a fan of details in regards to the way places or people look but in this series, I love all the details that come with the scenes descriptions. Toby is able to smell people/magic/blood as very different scents. Of course, my favorite scent is pennyroyal and musk. Sigh...
All of us who love Toby know she's not a good diplomat, she has problems with authority figures, and she can't really understand how the pure-bloods make so many crazy choices. So what happens to her? Because Toby has brought back the cure to Elf-shot, she's forced to attend the North America Conclave in the Summerlands. The conclave is full of pure-bloods trying to decide what to do about the cure. Many are against, some are in favor, and then one King is murdered. Toby as the hero of the Realm has to step up and investigate who's behind the attack. There is a chase to find the killer and nobody is safe. Also, no one can leave the conclave which makes the purebreds very disgruntled with Toby, who's just a changeling.
“She may be a nexus for chaos and disorder, but she’s not a political genius. She can barely dress herself half the time.”
There were so many wonderful things about Once Broken Faith, it's hard to pinpoint which parts were my favorite. I can assure you that I loved every scene with Tybalt. Their relationship is only getting stronger. They have love, mutual respect, and tons of chemistry. I also loved every scene where Luidaeg plays a part. The Sea Witch is to be feared yet she can be sweet and she looks out for Toby and the ones she loves. I know Luidaeg is going to play a heavy part in one of the next few books. After all, Toby will need to pay her debts. I can already tell is not going to be easy for our changeling.
It was also nice to learn more about Quentin parents, High King Aethlin and High Queen Maida.
Once Broken Faith was definitely one of my favorite books in the October Daye series which says a lot when you think this was book ten.
I can't wait for the next three books. Hurry up!!
“Hope can be cruel, but giving up is worse”
I love it! McGuire starts off with a slumber party for the youngsters: Quentin, Raj (who is interested in Chelsea), Karen, Dean (he and Quentin are dating) with Dean being introduced to the Disney version of The Little Mermaid. Oops, whatever will Mom say, lol!
Thank god for May, *snicker*! She will be essential in keeping Toby on the straight and narrow of etiquette. Too bad she can't do much for the investigation into all those assassinations!
It's all politics and backstabbing with nobles against the elf-shot cure. Others who despise changelings. I loved Toby's reaction to Verona and Kabos, lol. Threats from a dreamwalking Winterrose. And Toby's past exploits are fanning the flames against her. The emotional turmoil is worsened with Tybalt holding himself aloof from Toby during the conclave. It's a matter of image and influence. One that Toby hates.
It's the selfishness and politics that really drive me nuts. How very similar are our own politicians and fae rulers with some so narrowminded and others broader…I do hate to say that those against the cure do make some good points, just as those for it also make good points.
Some of the issues have Dianda rising up and making a good environmental point, while Patrick is even better with his comment about the kingdoms not able to afford to go to war. Oh, yeah!!
There is a lot of back history with part of me moaning at having to retread old ground, and another part of me grateful for reminders. So take this into consideration.
And McGuire has, again, left me panting for more, as I skidded, slid, and flipped pages as fast as I could to discover what happens next!
It should have been a time of rejoicing when Toby returns from the Kingdom of Silences with a cure for elf-shot. But political headaches rise up in the conclave with fears that the balance of Faerie will change.
It doesn't help when the first dead body appears…with Toby hovering him. Already feared as a kingbreaker, no one trusts Sir Toby Daye, but she must find the killer before they strike again.
Failure would condemn those she loves most, for there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.
Sir October "Toby" Daye (Karen calls her "Auntie Birdie") is a knight errant — Knight of Lost Words — and hero of the realm, yes, literally, half-human and half-Dóchas Sidhe, a bloodworker. She works as a private investigator to pay the bills. Her mother, Amandine, is a Firstborn daughter of Oberon; her father was human. Quentin Sollys is Toby's squire…and the heir to the throne of the High King of the Westlands. May Daye is Toby's former Fetch who is in a relationship with Jazz; both are Toby's housemates. Cagney and Lacey are Toby's cats while Spike is her rose goblin.
The Court of Dreaming Cats is…
…ruled by Tybalt, Toby's fiancé. Raj is Tybalt's nephew and heir. Anne had been the wife Tybalt buried. I think Opal and Gabriel are Alazne's parents.
Each type of fae owe loyalty to the First who created them: Tuatha de Dannan answer to Oberon; the Tylwyth Teg answer to Maeve; and, the Daoine Sidhe answer to Titania.
The Luidaeg, Antigone, is the eldest Firstborn of Maeve's. She is the sea-witch, mother of the Roane, and Toby's aunt. It sounds like Dobrinya was one of the Luidaeg's brothers. Acacia and Amandine are her sisters. Eira Rosynhwyr, a.k.a., Evening Winterrose, is a Firstborn daughter of Titania and is the one who created elf-shot.
The Westlands is…
…ruled by High King Aethlin Sollys and his queen, Maida; they're Quentin's parents and live in Toronto.
Northern California has been…
…ruled for the last ten months by the reluctant Arden Windermere, the Tuatha de Dannan Queen in the Mists, from her knowe in Muir Woods. Nolan is Arden's sleeping younger brother. King Gilad had been their father. Madden is Cu Sidhe and Arden's seneschal. Usually. Lowri is Arden's captain of the guard and her stand-in seneschal. Professor Walther Davies teaches chemistry at UC-Berkeley and created the cure for elf-shot. Marlis is Walther's sister from Silences; their aunt and uncle are Siwan and Holger Yates, the rightful Queen and King of Silences.
The Duchy of Shadowed Hills is…
…ruled by Sylvester Torquill, Toby's estranged Daoine Sidhe liege lord who is a vassal under Arden. Luna Torquill is Sylvester's duchess and a Blodynbryd; she hates Toby. Rayseline is Luna and Sylvester's sleeping daughter. Connor O'Dell, a Selkie, had been Raysel's ex-husband, Toby's lover, and is now a night-haunt. Sir Etienne is a Tuatha de Dannan knight in Sylvester's service whose changeling daughter, Chelsea, now lives with him ( Ashes of Honor , 6). Simon Torquill is Sylvester's brother and Toby's stepfather. September had been their sister. Sir Grianne is a Candela with Merry Dancers. Jin is an Ellyllon and an excellent healer.
Dean Lorden is the Count of Goldengreen; Marcia is his majordomo. Dianda Lorden is the Duchess of Saltmist and the Undersea Kingdom of Leucothea. She is a Merrow (mermaid) married to Duke Patrick; they're Dean's parents. Peter is their other son, a Merrow, who is Dianda's heir. Li Qin, a Shyti Shuai, a luck fae, is the interim Duchess of Dreamer's Glass. April O'Leary, a cyber-Dryad and Li Qin's daughter, is the Countess of Tamed Lightning; Elliot, a Bannick, is her seneschal. Shade is the Queen of Cats in Berkeley. Elizabeth Ryan leads the local Selkie colony.
Theron and Chrysanthe, a pair of Golden Hinds, are the King and Queen upon the Golden Shore, an agrarian kingdom. King Antonio Robertson, a Candela, reigns in Angels; Bucer O'Malley is a Glastig and part of the Angels retinue. Other kingdoms include Evergreen (Washington and part of Vancouver); Kingdom of Prisms which takes in Alaska; Painted Skies is Nevada; Highmountain encompasses Colorado and is ruled by Daoine Sidhe, Kabos and Verona with a Barrow Wight, Minna, as their handmaiden; Copper is Arizona with a Centaur King; a Hamadryad baroness from Helen's Hand; Duke Islay of Staggered Clouds, a Sluagh Sidhe, is representing the Oversky Kingdom of Frozen Winds; and, Starfall is Idaho ruled by Duke Michel, a Daoine Sidhe.
Stacy and Mitch Brown (a quarterblooded and a halfblooded changeling) are more of Toby's friends, and their five children include Cassandra; Karen, their middle fifteen-year-old daughter who is an oneiromancer, able to move, manipulate, and communicate through dreams; and, Andrew and Jessie (these last three had been kidnapped four years ago in An Artificial Night , 3).
Jolgeir is the King of Cats in Portland. Cliff Marks had been Toby's human husband ( Rosemary and Rue , 1); Gillian had been Toby's daughter. King Rhys had been the ruler of the Kingdom of Silences ( A Red Rose Chain ).
Fetches are night-haunts who live vicariously through the dead they eat. Dare had been a gang member under Devin, a modern-day Fagin, a.k.a., Egil. Home had been their changeling domain. Elf-shot kills changelings and puts pureblooded fae to sleep for one hundred years. The Shadow Roads are traveled by the Cait Sidhe. Folletti are sky-fae who use hardened wind for swords.
The Cover and Title
The cover has a yellow and purple background of redwood trees in Muir Woods, a lined path, and October in black leather jacket, low-slung jeans, and a riveted, silver buckled belt. Her long hair is streaming down her back, and Toby is holding an ornate dagger in her right hand. The author's name is in white at the top. The title is in purple with a broken white outline at the bottom.
I'm not sure what inspired the title. It could well be Toby's anger with Sylvester, for Once Broken Faith, it's hard to trust again.