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The Winter Long
October Daye #8
Seanan McGuire

Daw Books, Inc
September 2, 2014/ ISBN 9780756408084

Reviewed by Jan Fields


Changeling turned Knight Toby Daye must face her past as never before and discover some truths she has trouble accepting. The twin brother of the man October trusts above any other has returned, and Simon is the quintessential evil twin -- or is he? Toby must work out the allies from the villains in a situation where even her staunchest allies can jump to the other side in a moment. All of this could be head-achingly confusing, but Seanan McGuire does her usual masterful job of keeping us oriented during the twists and turns of the story. And though we never completely know what kind of bad, the "big bad" of this story was planning, we still find the fight compelling. Add to that the delightful creepienss inherent in any fey stories that give us just enough of the alien quality of the characters to make them chilling without being campy. Plus, I enjoy any adventure with a bit of Tybalt in it. Who wouldn't fall for the king of cats? I wouldn't consider this a good entry point to the series, but for long-time fans, this one is definitely a keeper.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Ashes of Honor #6
The Winter Long #8
The Brightest Fell #11

Reviewer Janis Fields is the author of over two dozen books for children and adults including Threads of Deceit, Ghost Light Burning, Wellspring of Magic, and Emerald Dragon.
Reviewed 2014