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Late Eclipses (October Daye Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 2011

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  • 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)

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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"

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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.

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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.
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The fourth instalment of the October Daye series opens innocently enough with a late night trip to the shops. Toby's peace does not last long though and within the first chapter she is called to the court of the insane Queen of Mists. The fae Queen has plans for Toby and she is not the only one because a mysterious sickness rises and targets Toby friends with a suddenness that suggests poison most foul. Now Toby must race against time to save those she loves because if she fails not only will her friends die but she will be framed for murder and be forced to forfeit her own life.

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.
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Late Eclipses is the 4th Toby Daye novel. The Toby Daye books are one of the best Urban Fantasy series around today. Any fan of Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong or Patricia Briggs (To name just a few) will love these books.

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.
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