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review 2017-03-21 21:05
Ashes of Honor / Seanan McGuire
Ashes of Honor - Seanan McGuire

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.

 

Yay! This is book, folks, where Toby Daye finally wakes up and smells the coffee, both literally and figuratively. Indeed, she is as obsessed with coffee drinking as I am and all the people in her life have learned to make it to her specifications. Plus, she has learned about those people in her life—she cares about them, they care about her, and she should probably get used to that.

It was great to see her accept and even solicit help from her regular crew of friends and to see them all win the day as a team. No more isolation! She & Tybalt are officially great at co-operating to get things done, save each other’s lives, and defend the innocent. Not to mention their excellent chemistry! I also appreciate that this romance element to the story doesn’t over-power the novel. It’s an excellent side dish to a satisfying meal.

I think the major reason that I love October is because she is a flawed main character. She has obstacles to overcome, probably as many of them in her own mind as in the real world. And, like all of us, she has to work through her issues until she reaches a place where she can claim a little more happiness.

This is the series that started my serious love-affair with all things Fae. It’s a good time to love Fae fantasies, they are everywhere now, but this will always be my first love in that category. Thanks, Seanan McGuire, for hours of happy entertainment.

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text 2017-03-20 17:53
Fictfact says my next in series books to read are:
The Broken Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
The Blinding Knife - Brent Weeks
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop
The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling, The) - Erika Johansen
Raven Cursed - Faith Hunter
Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter) - Nalini Singh
Pocket Apocalypse: InCryptid, Book Four - Seanan McGuire
Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

Fellow booklikers' posts (like http://bookstooge.booklikes.com/post/1543510/my-little-po-ahem-tbr ) reminded me to check.  Actual reading sequence of published books will more realistically vary by what becomes available at library and my moods, of course.

 

Source: fictfact.com
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review 2017-03-20 01:29
"You're nobody's doorway but your own"
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

A melancholy story about a school/sanitarium for young people who have visited fantasy worlds and now find themselves unable to return to the Other World they consider their real home. Their parents believe them to be psychologically traumatized runaways or kidnapping victims, but all any of them want is to find a doorway back. As one teacher explains, you are far more likely to be struck by lightening than to find a doorway, and the chance of finding a second doorway is beyond improbable.

 

If you have ever read the Narnia books you know the saddest moments were when Aslan would tell a child they could no longer return to Narnia. With the exception of Neil Gaiman's short story "The Problem of Susan," I do not know of any story that has explored the psychological impact of having lived in a world of magic only to be kicked out and the door locked behind you.

 

About midway of the novel the plot takes a startling turn that I was not expecting. Looking at the author's body of work, it is not surprising she chose the direction she did, but I wish it had stayed more psychological and gone into more detail about the invented cosmology of the other worlds and less into horror.

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text 2017-03-16 03:58
Reading progress: 66%.
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

"Respect is rarely the thing that gets you killed."

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text 2017-03-16 03:30
Reading progress: 42%.
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

CRUNCHY OUTSIDE, CHEWY INSIDE!

 

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