Thursday, December 3, 2015

Red-Rose Chain: By Seanan McGuire



Things are looking up.

For the first time in what feels like years, October "Toby" Daye has been able to pause long enough to take a breath and look at her life -- and she likes what she sees. She has friends. She has allies. She has a squire to train and a King of Cats to love, and maybe, just maybe, she can let her guard down for a change.

Or not. When Queen Windermere's seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences, Toby finds herself in a role she never expected to play: that of a diplomat. She must travel to Portland, Oregon, to convince King Rhys of Silences not to go to war against the Mists. But nothing is that simple, and what October finds in Silences is worse than she would ever have imagined.

How far will Toby go when lives are on the line, and when allies both old and new are threatened by a force she had never expected to face again? How much is October willing to give up, and how much is she willing to change? In Faerie, what's past is never really gone.


Seanan McGuire is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love her October Daye series, her InCryptid series, her Indexing series, her Velveteen series, and even her short stories.

Red-Rose Chain is no exception to this.

McGuire has slowly been developing her cast of characters over the length of the series, allowing the ramifications from their decisions to shape them into the characters they have become.

That is one of the best things about these later books in the Daye series. The building ramifications, growing list of partnerships and enemies, and the shortcuts to events that speeds up the events in the series, and rewards devoted fans of the series with faster paced action, nuggets of humor, and an ever growing fantastic cast of characters that can be rotated through without full build up each time.

So if you can’t tell I loved Red-Rose Chain. In fact my only disappointment with it is that I can’t read the next in the series right now. I highly recommend this series and all of McGuire’s series if you’re looking for great action, humor, sass, and a lot of awesome magic to throw into the mix. That said I highly recommend reading the other books in the series before reading Red-Rose Chain.


Publisher: DAW

Published: September 1, 2015

Price: $7.99

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