Ah, “An October Daye Novel.” This is a sweet elixir to fans of urban fantasy.
October (Toby) is finally planning her wedding to Tybalt, King of Cats, after a long engagement period. But Toby discovers that there is an archaic tradition in Fairie wedding ceremonies that states that the father of the bride must be invited to the wedding or political turmoil could ruin the kingdom. Nothing is ever simple for Toby, is it?
This custom holds true for Toby’s stepfather (legally her father), Simon Torquill. There are two immediate problems with this. First, Toby has to find Simon. The two haven’t been close lately, and Simon made a deal with the Sea Witch and has been lost since. Then Toby has to help Simon restore his memory in order for him to recognize October as a child he cares for.
This is not exactly what Toby wanted to be doing as part of her wedding planning.
I really like this series. Author Seanan McGuire is an absolute master. Her storytelling is beyond par and her characters are incredibly real. This is the 14th book in the October Daye series and if you’ve read any of them you are likely already attached to the characters that McGuire has given us.
If you are a fan of some of the other characters, such as Toby, you may find this a little disappointing. This book really focuses back on October, which I personally really liked. This was more of an adventure story than some of the last couple of October Daye books.
But there’s more than just the fairly obvious adventure. I also felt I learned more about the family history in this book, giving some great perspective on the entire series.
If I’m ever given a choice of reading material, and Seanan McGuire is one of my choices, I’ll choose a McGuire book every time. If you like fantasy, do yourself a favor and start this series.
The book includes a novella at the end (as most McGuire books seem to do) which also reveals some background of additional characters in the series.
Looking for a good book? A Killing Frost by Seanan McGuire is the 14th book in the October Daye series and sets October on a family adventure in a world full of other-worldy beings.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.