October Daye, Book 12
Synopsis: Things are not okay.
In the aftermath of Amandine’s latest betrayal, October « Toby » Daye’s fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can’t sleep, Sylvester doesn’t want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest.
What she doesn’t need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn’t need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There’s no question of whether she’ll take the case. The only question is whether she’s emotionally prepared to survive it.
Signs of Faerie’s involvement are everywhere, and it’s going to take all Toby’s nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can’t find Gillian before time runs out, her own child will pay the price. One question remains:
Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain? No matter how this ends, Toby’s life will never be the same.
Review: I love Seanan McGuire and even more this series, so you can imagine that I threw myself on this new volume! Oh yes, and I loved the story once again!
Oh Toby, my poor Toby … You do everything for everyone, you’re there for them, you go on perilous quests to help others and what do you get back as a reward? A lot of problems. It’s not fair, that’s for sure and my heart broke when I saw all that you went through … Tybalt who abandons you, not because he does not want you anymore, but because he can not heal and finally he does not want to let you help him overcoming that. I think it’s the hardest thing. I know that he counts a lot for you and that it’s difficult even if you do not want to let it show. And then, things get worse when Cliff, your ex-husband and his new wife come to accuse you of kidnapping your daughter. Your own daughter! And then your life is once again upset down. Your daughter is in danger and you will do everything to find and protect her.
I was touched by this story. Toby will finally face her old family and will discover frustrating, annoying and yet so surprising secrets. I was sad, angry and happy with her. Old enemies will reappear, some that we did not think to see again! Many things in perspective!
I also loved having this little novella at the end of the story from Gillian’s point of view and I can not wait to see how the events are going to turn now!