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The Brightest Fell
October Daye #11
Seanan McGuire

September 5, 2017/ ISBN 978-0756413316

Reviewed by Jan Fields


This more recent installment of the long-running October Daye series opens with Toby having one of her happiest moments yet: her bachelorette party. It's a weird and slightly embarrassing event, but Toby has to admit, the party is proof that her life is just about perfect. That, of course, is the cue for everything to fall catastrophically apart and it does, beginning with the entrance of Toby’s selfish, fae mother who will do anything to get what she wants. Toby has to team up with the one man she's always considered her enemy, in order to save the person who means the most to her in the world. This is definitely a novel for long-time readers of the series as threads begun in many other books are beginning to be knit up here. Because of the nature of the quest Toby is on, this book includes little of the romantic elements, but in a way, everything Toby does here is a testimony of her love. Every character carries his or her own pain and we believe every moment of it. Like Toby, we care for even the worst of those she encounters because no one is without their own damage. There’s lots of talk of heroes in this book, and the danger inherent in wanting to be a hero, while ultimately those with no desire to be heroes show what heroism truly means. This novel also includes a bonus gift for fans: a novella set in the same world and featuring April O'Leary, a computer grafted dryad. Never let it be said that Seanan McGuire doesn't create imaginative characters and this novella is a yummy gift for fans.

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 2017