Hello everyone! How are you? And how are your reading going? Lately tired is my way to be, but I hope this would pass soon! Anyway… I am back with a review, yay! It is not for a self-pub book, but fear not, others are coming this way!! (Or at least, I hope!). Today I am here to talk about a sequel for a series that I love very much. The problem is that this is the 14th book, so there would be some spoilers for the previous books. I’ll try to keep them down to a minimum, but some of them are unavoidable, sorry!
Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: A Killing Frost
Series: October Daye #14
Author: Seanan McGuire
Page count: 368
Publication date: September 1st, 2020
When October is informed that Simon Torquill—legally her father, due to Faerie’s archaic marriage traditions—must be invited to her wedding or risk the ceremony throwing the Kingdom in the Mists into political turmoil, she finds herself setting out on a quest she was not yet prepared to undertake for the sake of her future…. and the man who represents her family’s past.
It is hard to write a review for the 14th book in a series, especially when you haven’t reviewed the other volumes. At least is a series that I really love, and that I mention from time to time. And this is quite the long series, too! I mean, we have just reached number 14 and are counting! I think (and hope, and fear) that we are nearing the end, and even if I am eager to finally see a conclusion for the story of October and her merry gang, I cannot fathom how this series would end, and I am not ready to say goodbye to all those amazing characters. Even if it is almost the time. And all the series deserves to have an ending. But enough of this!
I was really hoping for this to be the marriage’s book. And well, you know what? We get that, but it wasn’t the right one!!! And how is it even possible that there is always something that would delay them??!! Mind me, the book was amazing and fun and full of action and moving (really, it moved me in unexpected ways) and all you can ask from it, so reading it was a pleasure. But no wedding. Or not the right one. Why?????
Now maybe I can try and say something that would make more sense, or at least… I hope so! The characters are amazing as always. We get to see the Luidaeg again, and I was just so happy to see her again. Since she is the main focus for the plot in the previous book I wasn’t hoping to see her around again, or at least not so much. But I was wrong, and very happy. And I am even happier because the 13th book was about the Luidaeg and her story, her destiny in a way, and it was necessary and a long time coming. And it was so good. But sad, too. It was really bittersweet. But this one? This one was on the happy side, at least for her. I don’t know how the events would turn up for all the other ones, because I think we are in for something BIG. But I am happy for her, and I was almost crying when the happy moment began.
I won’t say what it is that happens here, and I know it is cryptic but I won’t spoiler it. I cannot spoiler something like this.It has to be a surprise, or sort of, because we have some hints that this thing was ahead of us, one way or another.
The amazing thing was that I wasn’t really interested in this part of the plot so far, and I wasn’t so eager to see how it would have played out. And, to be honest, I thought that this thing would have been resolved or in the last book or never, because it could have worked in both ways. And yet when I read it I was awed by it, in a way. And so happy! And surprised, yes. And now obviously I am here, waiting desperately for the next one because I need to know what would happen now! (and yes, I need the wedding too).
So, I know, it was quite confusing but you just have to read it and all would be clear! And we have an amazing cast of characters, as always. They are all amazing and fun, and they really care deeply about each others. I have mentioned the Luidaeg, but we have October, obviously, and she is great as always. I really like her. And then we have Tybalt, poor Cat, loving October is not the easiest thing ever, Quentin, who is growing just so well (and yes, October may have “broken” him, but he is way better for it!), May and so many others.
And with a plot full of events, a cast of amazing characters we have also a lot of fun. We have banter and witty dialogues. I love the way in which the characters talk to each other here, they are always on the fun side, even when the situation is quite dire.
I loved this book, and I can’t wait for the next one! And what about you? Do you know this series? Or have you read something else by this author?? Let me know!