The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie's survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October "Toby" Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas.
The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby is forced to resume her old position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.
October "Toby" Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood.
Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day, undertaking assignments for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills.
Now Sylvester has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning — otherwise known as Fremont, CA — to make sure that all is well with his niece, Countess January O'Leary, whom he has not been able to contact. It seems like a simple enough assignment — but when dealing with the realm of Faerie nothing is ever as simple as it seems. January runs a company that produces computer fantasy games, and her domain is a buffer between Sylvester's realm and a rival duchy whose ruler is looking for an opportunity to seize control. And that is the least of January's problems. For Tamed Lightning has somehow been cut off from the other domains, and now someone has begun to murder January's key people. If Toby can't find and stop the killer soon, she may well become the next victim….
Experience the thrill of the hunt in the third October Daye urban fantasy novel.
October "Toby" Daye is a changeling-half human and half fae-and the only one who has earned knighthood. Now she must take on a nightmarish new challenge. Someone is stealing the children of the fae as well as mortal children, and all signs point to Blind Michael. Toby has no choice but to track the villain down-even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael's realm, home of the Wild Hunt-and no road may be taken more than once. If Toby cannot escape with the children, she will fall prey to the Wild Hunt and Blind Michael's inescapable power.
I wasn't meaning to read these books now. Or this many of the. But I got Once Broken Faith from NetGalley, and it's coming out soon, so I had to read this series! And then I just couldn't stop! It was just so great!
I loved reading about Toby! She's had it rough, spending a good number of years as a fish-as her family moved on without her. And before that, making the changeling choice, and being taken to Faerie-with her dad being left behind. Not fun!
But she's strong, and these investigations prove that, as her life goes on something of a roller coaster! We got looks at this world, and we'll get more, because yeah, this series has like, 10 books out right now. And yeah, this world is freaking enjoyable!
There's a cost to basically everything. And some of the costs are hard to pay. But with gathering gang-something that pretty much all great paranormal books need-with fantastic characters, well, she worked through things. Or she will. And I can't wait to read it!
Loved these books, just so much, and I can't wait to read more of this series!
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #1, 2, 3
Read: September 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2016
Reason Why: Sounded really great and I got Once Broken Faith from NetGalley! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books!
Published: September 1st 2009, March 2nd 2010, September 7th 2010
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