Hi people! How are you? My stack of ARC’s review is not going to diminish or to write by herself, so I have to do something about it (namely: write down the reviews! It’s not difficult, but sometimes I find all the way to procrastinate… and that’s not good!).
So… let’s talk about the book. The Brightest Fell is a book in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, and it’s the number 11. Yep, this series has 11 books and it’s not finished yet, but let me tell you that it’s still good! Some authors simply don’t know when (or maybe how) finish a series, and they go on and on with books, so we have a lot of quantity and ever less quality, it’s really sad. But, lucky me, this is not the case! The series is good, it was good with the first books and it’s good now that it keeps adding books to it.
But now I have to write a review for the 11th book, and it’s not easy without spoiler on the previous books, so I’ll do this: I present to you the first book, and I tell you something about the series in general, and then I would speak to you about the 11th one, but in the review there are some spoilers for the previous books, so if you are not familiar with this series please stop before starting to read the real review!
October “Toby” Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas…
The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening’s killer.
This is an urban fantasy series with fae in it. The fae are the only supernatural creatures in this series, but it’s really rich in folklore: we have all the fae, all the different kinds and the author really do a great job with them. I love that we can see all these different kinds, and every single of them is well developed and well described, with their traits, both physical and cultural. But the world building is not the only good trait because we have a lot of terrific character! Toby, October, Daye is the main character, and she’s really one of the best. Usually I love my MC with a little bit more of… sassiness (is that a real word?), or a little bit more kick-ass, but she’s just so perfect as she is that I love her anyway. She’s one of the most loyal, coherent and correct characters that you can find around. And we have the others, too! Tybalt is a character soooo good that you have to love him, and he’s so fun! (I may be partial because I love cats, but come on! You’ll love him, too!). And Sylvester. And Quentin. And many others that I can’t name to you yet… but this series is really good, trust me! It’s full of adventures, it’s fast-paced, and has so many characters that are great that you have to like it. I mean, it’s still good even after 11 books, that count for something, right??
Did you know this series? Or have you heard about it? Let me know!
Ok, I hope you would give this series a try, but now it’s time for the review of the 11th book!
Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Brightest Fell
Author: Seanan Mcguire
Series: October Daye #11
Publication: 5th September 2017
Page Count: 368
For once, everything in October “Toby” Daye’s life seems to be going right. There have been no murders or declarations of war for her to deal with, and apart from the looming specter of her Fetch planning her bachelorette party, she’s had no real problems for days. Maybe things are getting better.
Because suddenly Toby’s mother, Amandine the Liar, appears on her doorstep and demands that Toby find her missing sister, August. But August has been missing for over a hundred years and there are no leads to follow. And Toby really doesn’t owe her mother any favors.
Then Amandine starts taking hostages, and refusal ceases to be an option.
When they approved my request on NetGalley for this book I was really happy, for so many different motives: I love the author, I love this series, I love the characters and, also, because for once in my life I am not way behind with a series! (Usually I have a big problem with this point, a huge problem, to be honest!!!). And I am happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed the least with this reading. As said before, this is one of those series that can be good even after 10 books, and that’s great!
Yes, there are some things that I liked better at the beginning of the story, namely Tybalt. I love him, because he’s sooo adorable! But I was more in love with him when his story with Toby was hate/love. And it’s not that I am not happy for them, I am really happy, and I want to see their marriage (that’s one thing that makes me really excited!), they deserve to be happy and they are quite the perfect match. But I loved Tybalt more when he was a little bit more antagonistic, to be completely honest with you.
But there are a lot of things that are way better in these later volumes, like the Luidaeg, she’s a great character, she’s one of my favorite and we see more of her as the story goes on, yay! We can see more of her, and we can discover so much about her. And she’s in for some big surprise (I mean, we find her in a karaoke singing Disney’s song!! How fantastic is that????????). And it’s fun to see how all the characters act differently with her around. The Luidaeg is one of the best-developed characters in this book (ok, not only in this book or this series, she’s one of the best characters ever!), she’s so complex, so multifaceted and so fascinating! And she’s so tragic that your heart hurt for her.
“I didn’t even know you invited her.”
“Uh, duh, I had to? It’s the Sleeping Beauty principle. You always invite the biggest badass on the block, or they show up later and curse everybody just to make a point. Besides, she’s having fun.
This is one of my favorite quotes from this book and you can also see the writing, the fun that you can find in these pages. Because this book is so good on so many level: the main character is always true to herself, Toby is really upstanding, all the other characters are real people, not just plain, bidimensional figures, every one of them has a life, feelings and ideas, and some of them would become your best friends. It’s wonderful when you can find so many friends in the pages of the books you read!
And there is the worldbuilding too, that’s so rich and full of life, and the stories, so full of adventure and puzzles. I really like this series, and every book is a gift!
In this book we can see more of Amandine, and I was happy in the beginning, because I always wondered about her, but now that I have had that I am not so happy. Amandine was really despicable, and my heart really hurt for Toby. I’m not complaining about it, mind you, I’m just telling. But Toby is so good, as in a really good person, that I felt sorry for her a lot. Because she didn’t deserve Amandine as a mother. Anyway, Toby is a sort of attraction for disaster, and the Amandine’s quest was just the last of them.
“Being your friend is like trying to get up close and personal with a natural disaster,” she’d said. “Sure, we have some good times, but we spend half of them covered in blood. We just want to spend an evening making you as uncomfortable as you keep making the rest of us.”
Not to be outdone, her eldest daughter, Cassandra, had blithely added, “Besides, we don’t think even you can turn a karaoke party into a bloodbath.”
All of my friends are evil”
And that’s Toby for you!
I really liked this book, and I hope that the next one would be out soon because I need more of them!!!
And you? Have you read it? Did you love it? Or do you want to read?