Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review - Ashes of Honor (October Daye, Book 6) by Seanan McGuire (5/5 stars)

Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 368 pages
Publisher: DAW
Release Date: September 4, 2012
ISBN: 978-0756407490
Stand Alone or Series: 6th book in the October Daye series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the sixth book in the October Daye series. It seems like these books just keep getting better and better. In this installment we travel to new lands, get to see Toby’s new powers in action, and also get to spend a lot of time with my favorite character The King of Cats, Tybalt. This was just a fantastic book in this series.

Toby is trying to recover from her losses in the last book; she is focusing on her duties as a knight and training Quentin in his duties. Personal losses have taken an emotional toll on Toby though ,and she has been throwing herself into more and more reckless situations to the point where her friends are starting to be scared for her. Things get worse when Etienne (a fellow knight from Shadowed Hills) finds out he has a changeling daughter, Chelsea, and that she has gone missing. He hires Toby to find Chelsea, but when they find out Chelsea has unlimited power and is ripping the world apart with her teleportation abilities, the quest to recover her becomes a world-saving one.

I have to say right away that Tybalt, the King of Cats, is my favorite character in this series. The fact that he was in the story so much and that we learn so much more about him and his court of cats really made this a fun and enjoyable read for me.

In addition to the above Toby gets to venture into some brand new worlds never before traveled to. I loved being introduced to these new worlds and hearing the stories behind their history. We also get to see a side of the Luidage we’ve never seen before, I love the character of the Luidage as well.

I also felt like Toby healed a lot in this book; she seems to finally be working through her grief and letting her friends back in. She is also starting to learn the limits of her new faerie powers. With both her magical and emotional status stabilising she is becoming a force to be reckoned with and a really fun character to read about.

A lot of the plot turns and twists thoughout the book are incredibly creative. I love that you never know what you are going to run into in these books, each new turn of the story holds new wonder for the reader. The story is incredibly well written and fun to read. I did miss the nursery rhyme references, they really weren’t in this book at all.

Overall I just loved this book. It is one of the strongest book in this series, these books just keep getting better and better. Wonderful characters, new worlds, a creative plot, and excellent pacing make this a book that is hard to put down. There is lots of Tybalt in this book which is awesome and Toby is finally starting to stabilize both magically and emotionally. I can’t wait to see what the next book holds for these wonderful characters and this amazing world. This whole series is highly recommended to fans of urban fantasy, especially those who love a little faerie in the urban fantasy.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge
- 150+ Books Reading Challenge

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