I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in a celebratory pre-release tour for the latest installment in the bestselling October Daye series by Seanan McGuire. I reviewed book 10, Once Broken Faith, last week, and you can read my glowing review here.
Suffice to say, I don’t take part in blog tours unless I can wholeheartedly recommend the authors work, so consider this my full endorsement!
Each stop of the tour focuses on one of the books in the series – my precious is book 6, Ashes of Honor.
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 ones 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.
Top 5 Scenes from Ashes of Honor
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
Otherwise known as the book in which my ship finally sets sail, most gloriously, into the – well, not sunset, but the Shadow Roads, maybe? Ha.
Instead of doing a traditional recap, I thought I’d highlight some of my favourite scenes from the book.
1. Toby + Tybalt
“You handed me a hope chest in a dark alley. You took my heart as collateral, and you’ve never returned it.”
The long-simmering tensions between them finally come to a head, but it’s been a long rocky road to get to this point – different species, and duties to the realm, not to mention ex-lovers, misconceptions and general obstacles in the course of love. But there are heartfelt declarations combined with the snarky and banter that we all know and love – a recipe for happy shippers everywhere.
“Oh, October. Toby. My Toby.” He pulled one hand from mine, reaching up to tuck my hair behind my ear. His fingers were shaking. That was what I focused on, more than anything else. His fingers were shaking. “Do you think I’m cruel enough to do that to you?”
I sniffled. “No,” I admitted.
“Thank Oberon,” he said, and pulled me close, and kissed me.
2. Toby + Bridget
“It’s lovely,” I said, taking an involuntary half step back. “Really, though. I don’t like to handle other people’s cookware.”
“That’s the best you can manage? That’s your bright, bold lie?”
“Look, lady, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had somebody corner me on a dark street and try to hand me a frying pan before,” I snapped.
Initially a comic meeting of note, Toby and Bridget have more in common than they might think – both mothers of changeling children who have been under threat; both prepared to go to the ends of the earth to protect the ones they love. But the frying pan had me chuckling despite the seriousness of the situation.
3. Tybalt + Raj
April frowned, irritation evident.
“I did not consent to your presence,” she said peevishly. “Please depart, and attempt your political assassination on someone else’s property.”
There’s nothing I love more than a healthy father-son relationship, or in this case, a complicated sort-of uncle-nephew relationship. Raj, Tybalt’s heir, is put in an impossible position by his biological father, and Tybalt handles it with typical feline grace. Yay for found family! Yay for thwarted assassination attempts!
4. Toby + Quentin
“Being a King sort of sucks,” I said.
Quentin wrinkled his nose, “So does your outfit.”
“Blood is in this season.”
Again, I adore the mentor-mentee relationship between Quentin and Toby. She tries to protect him from the worst of the faerie world while still conscious that he needs the eduction and real-world training, and Quentin in turn is utterly devoted to his knight, while still having moments of standard teenage behaviour.
5. Toby + The Luidaeg
The Luidaeg has such a fascinating backstory, which is revealed in bits and pieces throughout the series. She’s like Toby’s incredibly scary fairy godmother, albeit one with many secrets, and who always charges a price.
“It’s good to see you, too.”
“Uh-huh.” She went stomping towards the kitchen. “I’m making some fucking tea.”
Stand the chance to win an epic prize pack, which includes all 10 October Daye novels signed by Seanan McGuire, a Seanan McGuire tote bag and a map of the Kingdom of the Westlands signed by Seanan McGuire and artist Priscilla Spencer! (If I could enter, I totally would!)
If you’d like to stand the chance to win a copy of book 6, Ashes of Honor, send an email with your mailing address to fullybookedreviews[at]gmail.com. Open to US/Canada only.
Once Broken Faith, book 10 in the series, releases 6th September 2016.