- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Daw Books; paperback / softback edition (Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756406668
- ISBN-13: 978-0756406660
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Late Eclipses (October Daye Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 2011
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"In this tightly plotted adventure, McGuire mixes nonstop action with a wealth of mythology to deliver a wholly satisfying story." "Publisher's Weekly"
"Vibrant writing and a likable narrator make this one of the stronger entries in the urban fantasy genre. It should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher s 'Dresden Files.'" "Library Journal"
[A] thrilling, occasionally even nightmarish, adventure. "Locus"
"This is far and away the best book of the series so far." Your Urban Fantasy"
It's darkest just before the dawn . . . The fourth in the October Daye series, a modern urban fantasy set in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the Faerie Kingdom of the Mists. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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"Two years ago, October "Toby" Daye believed she could leave the world of Faerie behind. She was wrong. Now she finds herself in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, sharing an apartment with her Fetch, and maintaining an odd truce with Tybalt, the local King of Cats. It's a delicate balance--one that's shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended.
Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past as an enemy she thought was gone forever raises her head once more: Oleander de Merelands, one of the two people responsible for her fourteen-year exile. But if Oleander's back, what's her game? Where is she hiding? And what part does Toby's mother, Amandine, have to play?
Time is growing short and the stakes are getting higher. For the Queen of the Mists has her own agenda, and there are more players in this game than Toby can guess. With everything on the line, she will have to take the ultimate risk to save herself and the people she loves most--because if she can't find the missing pieces of the puzzle in time, Toby will be forced to make the one choice she thought she'd never have to face again..."
I think you would struggle with this if you hadn't read the preceding books - what's a Fetch, why does her niece Karen crop up, but only in dreams, who is Raj and so on. It's very much a continuation of a story in progress, and although it ends, in that there's no cliff hanging ending and the immediate problems are resolved, the story is clearly not over yet.Read more ›
This book is the beast one yet. A Local Habitation was almost entirely set in Fremont and An Artificial Night was mostly spent lost in a nightmare landscape but Late Eclipses returns us to San Francisco and the friends that we love and the old enemies that we love to hate.
The pacing is good and improves on the previous entries to the series. I don't want to spoil any of the events for anyone else because I had such fun reading this myself. Relationships progress and secrets are revealed. There is tragedy and victory and humour and betrayal.
There was one particular moment toward the latter half of the book that changed Toby's life significantly that I thought was particularly well done. It was a brave move by the author but the way it was written and hinted at in previous instalments was brilliant. It inspired rereading of the previous instalments to fully appreciate the authors skill and foreshadowing.
There is also the traditional love triangle between Connor/Toby/Tybalt which personally I feel is unnecessary. I like sexual tension as much as the next red blooded individual but I can't help but feel that it soon needs to come to an end and that Toby needs to make a choice.Read more ›
Book 4, Late Eclipses to a certain degree assumes the reader has read the previous books in the series. Toby, a half Human-half Fae Changeling has been quite the hero. Putting an end to the threat of Blind Michael, Solving numerous murders and generally annoying those who deserve it.
Now, The Queen of the Mists (who has no love for Toby whatsoever) has decided to "reward" Toby for her deeds by making her a Countess! There's also the not so small matter of one of Tobys closest allies falling dangerously ill - and the re-appearance of a dangerous enemy.
Secrets and lies swirl around the Mists as Toby must juggle one of her toughest cases with the added political intrigue of being a new landed noble of the Queens court.
I've now read this book three times (as of August 2016) and each time I re-read it - I notice new things that will later develop and further the Toby Daye story in future books. I really apreciate how far in advance the author has plotted out this series, and I love every minute that I spend reading or re-reading these books.
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of these books. (I re-read the entire series in the run up to any new book release!) But as I've already said above, this series truly is one of the best in in SFF - let alone UF. Late Eclipses is a thrilling and gripping entry in the Toby Daye verse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.5 of 5 stars
Late Eclipses is the fourth instalment in the October Daye series and is a book packed with emotion and revelations. Read more
I have become hooked on Toby and have already started her last book to
date. I don't want to put them down and can't wait for the next instalment.
Good story. I could not put the book down. I loved the series and would encourage others to read it, if you like supernatural or shifters, fairies and other supernatural... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by SAT 18
It's several months after AN ARTIFICIAL NIGHT. Toby now lives with her Fetch, May and despite residual psychological effects from her time with Blind Michael, life is good. Read morePublished on 8 July 2012 by I Read, Therefore I Blog
October learns that an old enemy is threatening her through her friends. She is unable to save everyone but can avenge them by putting a stop to the activities of the 'villains'. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2011 by E. Nicholson
I love the quip in the summary (taken from the author's website) about making Toby wear dresses. It's so true! Toby's getting unwillingly dragged into Royal and Courtly politics. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2011 by The Demon Librarian
Yes, they can and they do. The series must be read in the correct order and they flow from book to book, all previous reviewers have given first class reviews and all I can add is... Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2011 by Bookaholic