Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire readalong week #2

ashesofhonorToday is week two of our readalong of Ashes of Honour (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire  The schedule is over on Goodreads and this week I am hosting the questions.  With the customary warning about potential spoilers lets get straight to the A&A.

The court of cats is once again visited following yet more disaster. What did you make of the visit this time and the way Toby was received?

It was very strange wasn’t it.  Like some of the cats are starting to find out that trouble seems to follow Toby – or at least that’s the way they perceive it.  It’s also a little odd because it’s not that long since Toby was helping to retrieve lost children on behalf of so many of the fae, including the cats, and seemed to have won their favour as a result.  Memories are short I suppose.  I think that we’re seeing a bit of prejudice leaking out now – maybe it’s okay for Toby to be befriended by the Court of Cats but not for their own ruler to be so openly admiring of her?

What do you think of Toby’s chances of being able to stop Chelsea – or to use the potion that Walther has concocted?

This is an odd one – Chelsea seems to be a bit of a whirling dervish so just how easy it’s going to be to apply this potion remains to be seen.  I also have a bad feeling about it and hope it doesn’t go horribly wrong – like maybe Toby ends up with her powers absent for a year and a day!!

I’m very curious about why the policeman is tailing Toby? Any ideas about why?

This puzzles me.  Either he’s very curious after having seen Toby at the centre of a couple of missing children scenarios or he’s starting to suspect that something is a bit ‘off’ about her – I suppose theres also the possibility that he could be something different himself or, finally, maybe it’s all going to tie in with the whole ‘humans becoming more aware of the fae’ theme.

We once again find ourselves at Tamed Lightning and meet up with Li Qin. What were your feelings on revisiting, did anything stand out and what did you make of Li Qin. Also we learnt more about the world of Faerie. Discuss.

I really enjoyed revisiting Tamed Lightning and would like to think that this whole revisiting places we’ve already been is going to be a regular occurrence.  Li Qin seems very interesting.  I like the way she immediately stepped in to help Toby out.  I feel very sad for her to be honest because she’s obviously, and rightly, so sad and lonely.  I was really interested in the whole world building of faerie.  I’m not going to pretend that I fully understand who Faerie works just yet but I was particularly interested in the four realms – Land, Undersea, Oversky  and Fire – which is like the four elements, earth, water, air and fire and I was curious if added to this will be the fifth element added – spirit or aether?

Duchess Riordan seems to be involved somehow with Chelsea’s disappearance or at least to know something. Any guesses as to her motives or who she was talking to?

I’m drawing a blank although she seemed to be talking to a male on the phone.  I’m not sure why Riordan would become involved – in fact I’m not sure why any of the fae would take part in this if it could potentially undermine the fabric of Faerie.  I can only assume that Riordan has political motivation and ambitions of more rule.

What were your impressions of Dreamer’s Glass and do you think there was a reason why we got to pay particular attention to it’s coat of arms?

It’s a crazy place isn’t it.  Tacky much!!  OMG Riordan is so pleased with herself as well openly looking for compliments about her decorating.  The coat of arms was curious to me – I wondered why it was being paid attention to – I always can’t help thinking there must be a reason and obviously it brings to mind Sleeping Beauty – both in terms of the Lady of Shallot and the Spindle!

Finally, we should talk about Toby and Tybalt. There was that kiss after all. What are your feelings/predictions in respect to the two of them?

Well, it feels like the two of them are finally taking small steps to acknowledge that there is something between them.  That being said, this isn’t going to be easy is it!  Ohh, but that kiss!!!!

 

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4 Responses to “Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire readalong week #2”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    One of the most fascinating sides of this series comes from the observation of Faerie and the way it works – or not. What’s intriguing about it is that at times you might feel you have it all figured out, and then McGuire throws one or two surprises at you and you understand that not everything is what it seems.

    As for Toby and Tybalt… yes, small steps but… oh, what heart-stopping ones! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t think I’m every going to get a grip o Faerie or it’s inhabitants – they’re a bunch of slippery suckers.
      Tybalt *le sigh*
      Lynn 😀

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