The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire.
Before I say anything more I must profess my love for the October Daye series. Yes, to be honest, I think it maybe started a little slowly in the first book, but I think that’s fairly typical for the start of most urban fantasy series in my experience, but now, I love this series. It’s just so good and Seanan McGuire is an effing genius! Seriously people – if you’re looking for your next urban fantasy read you simply have to read this book. But, to the Winter Long.
This is a difficult review to write because this book obviously is the pinnacle of Ms McGuire’s scheming – I understand that she planned this book and the previous books were all just working to bring us to this point and what an excellent and mind blowing point it is. So, we have Toby, slowly beginning to relax into her life. She has friends now, she has a purpose, she thinks she knows what’s what but she really couldn’t be more wrong.
I have to say that I’m not going to give anything away in this review. Toby, receives an unexpected guest – okay, I’ll give a little bit away – Simon Torquill. The guy who likes to give a person gills and fins for a short spell. Well, he turns up unexpectedly at Toby’s place and pretty much from there on in things go horribly, horribly wrong. This book is so full of revelations – the main one being that everyone has been keeping Toby in the dark – about a lot of things. Simon isn’t the only unexpected visitor she is going to receive – but I’m not going to give that particular nugget away because it will blow your mind! And there will of course be lots of blood! Not to mention there will be Tybalt – so everything is good. Oh, and the Luidaeg, who just happens to be one of my all time favourite characters ever – yes, she’ll be making an appearance!
This is a necessarily short review – it’s not a reflection of my feelings for the book but just simply a desire on my part not to give things away.
If you are at an urban fantasy series end and looking where to go next – well, look no further. Here you have your next series and it really does have everything.