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

ashesofhonorToday is the final week 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 Q&A.

Li Qin – she’s not been around long but she’s already made a strong impression and now looking after Dreamer’s Glass – temporarily maybe – how do you think that will play out??

She’s a very strong character I think and I can’t help thinking we’re going to see more of her now she’s care-taking over at Dreamer’s Glass.  I can’t help wondering if Dreamer’s Glass might be a bone of contention for some people – although part of me thinks that maybe if Li Qin rules it well it would be a helluva lot better than the previous arrangement.

Toby and Tybalt have finally made their move. Tybalt has for the moment quelled the dissent in his court – do you think that they will now accept Toby or will the unrest continue?

I predict problems!  It’s going to be fascinating watching these two in a relationship because neither of them seems to have any caution when it comes to rushing headlong into danger.  It was pretty cool watching them look after each other though and finally getting to observe some of the feelings they share.  The Court of Cats – well, I don’t know how that’s going to go down but we’ll see.  It’s not like Toby hasn’t helped them enough on a number of occasions and I like to think that she can maybe win them round.

I’m curious about Oberon and Titania – why have they disappeared – do you think that will be explored in future instalments and what did you make of this abandoned realm?

The abandoned realm was fascinating – I really liked that it seemed to reflect and continue the fairy tale theme – the tower gave me the Sleeping Beauty vibes again.  I simply can’t understand where Oberon and Titania disappeared to.  I really hope we do get to explore a little of this at some point.

I can’t help thinking that Officer Thornton might reappear – or maybe that’s wishful thinking – do you think he will survive and pop up again?

I hope he will survive.  I felt really sorry for him – talk about the wrong place at the wrong time – he’s the very definition.  He was so freaked out by it all and yet he still came up trumps for Toby in the end.  Part of me hopes that there will be a way out for him some how but at the same time – if there’s a way out for Thornton then there’s also a way out for the other crazies!

What was your favourite aspect of Ashes of Honor and how it compares with the earlier books?

Well, obviously Tybalt and Toby and the chemistry they share has been a constant source of enjoyment during  this series but what I particularly enjoyed about this instalment is that Toby herself seems to have turned a corner.  She’s given herself permission to admit her feelings and also to not grieve or take dangerous risks with her own life.  It’s also startling to think of the difference between this and the first book where Toby appeared to be very much alone in a dull job, barely making ends meet and no family.  Looking back at that start to series it was actually quite bleak for Toby.  Now she seems to be surrounded by people who care for her – of course she has enemies but she also has some very solid friendships and a lot of that is because she’s allowed people back into her life.

I loved No.6 – this is certainly a series that just keeps giving.



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

  1. Lisa (@EffingRainbow)

    Yay, we agree on the best bits! 😀 For me it’s the whole Toby/Tybalt relationship, where it started and what it’s come to now, but yes, Toby’s own personal growth is a big part of that.

    Thornton – good point about him doing his best and coming out on Toby’s side of it, or at least not against her! I’ve got some pretty wild but definitely interesting speculation going on where he (and Oberon and Titania) are involved. We’ll see where that goes as the series progresses… 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      The relationship development in this series is so good – there are such a lot of characters to like and some equally disagreeable ones!
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Toby’s constant growth is one of the joys of this series, indeed: we see her changing as a person, both through experience and through the family she’s slowly and constantly gathering around herself. You will see in the next books just how much this family means to her and her choices.
    I’m happy to see that you keep enjoying this series 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh, now you’re really got me excited – this series just gets better and better.
      Lynn 😀

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