Sleep No More by Seanan McGuire

October Daye, Book 17

Synopsis: October is very happy with her life as the second daughter of her pureblood parents, Amandine and Simon Torquill. Born to be the changeling handmaid to her beloved sister August, she spends her days working in her family’s tower, serving as August’s companion, and waiting for the day when her sister sets up a household of her own. Everything is right in October’s Faerie. Everything is perfect.

Everything is a lie.

October has been pulled from her own reality and thrown into a twisted reinterpretation of Faerie where nothing is as it should be and everything has been distorted to support Titania’s ideals. Bound by the Summer Queen’s magic and thrust into a world turned upside down, October has no way of knowing who she can trust, where she can turn, or even who she really is. As strangers who claim to know her begin to appear and the edges of Titania’s paradise begin to unravel, Toby will have to decide whether she can risk everything she knows based on only their stories of another world.

But first she’ll have to survive this one, as Titania demonstrates why she needed to be banished in the first place—and this time, much more than Toby’s own life is at stake.

Review: I couldn’t wait to get into this new volume of October Daye’s adventures. This is one of my favorite series and I look forward to each new novel.

I was a little dubious at the start of the novel when I saw this alternate reality. There’s not much going on and I had a bit of trouble getting hooked. You don’t recognize Toby in this alternate reality. But little by little, inconsistencies appear and our heroine realizes that something is wrong. People say they know her, but she’s never seen them. Her whole life is called into question. It’s at this point that the story takes a much more interesting turn, and I couldn’t wait to find out how she was going to cope and save everyone.

Despite a rocky start, I had a great time with this novel. Poor Tybalt, whom October doesn’t even recognize. This was a rather nice, transitional tome and another follows on Tybalt. I’m intrigued to see the story from his point of view.


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