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Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire {4 Stars}

Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire {4 Stars}

Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #6)
Published by DAW on Sept. 4th, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 353 pages
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • Romantic developments yey! Without going into too much detail, I’m so happy with the romantic developments in this book. I might argue that that is the main contribution of this one to the series. Toby is finally at a place where she can confront her deeper feelings.
  • Tybalt omg! There is a lot going on with the Court of Cats and Tybalt is moving from this untouchable super being to a very human and fallible character. I’ve always been a fan of characters with flaws, so I’m happy ;-).
  • See much more of Fairyland. Given the plot is about a changeling jumping between planes and deep into Fairyland, we get to know a whole new layer of Fairyland! There has always been these references to where Oberon has gone and now we’re finally figuring some of it out mwahahahaha!
  • Emotional development that I’m finally on board with. For the first five books Toby was sort of the typical too tough for emotions urban fantasy heroine and in love with Connor so I had a hard time connecting to her. I’m really enjoying her new emotional development both in terms of romance and finally realizing it’s okay to rely on her friends.
  • Old friends! April the tech-dryad is possibly still my favorite character, so it was awesome to see her again along with everyone else of Tamed Lightning.

Weaknesses:

  • No addicting mystery to hook me – For me to really love an urban fantasy, there needs to be some spooky mystery to figure out. Since we knew what the problem was and just needed to figure out a way to fix it, I had a harder time staying interested at points.

 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire

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