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Seventeen years ago to Sir October "Toby" Day, mortal changeling daughter of the strange wanderer called Amandinen, Simon Torquill turned her into a fish and left her flopping on the ground of Golden Gate Park. In ROSEMARY AND RUE, readers found out what her next fourteen watery years were like, as well as the months after her accidental transformation back into a human. She lost her daughter, and she lost her husband. "Home" wasn't exactly what she thought it had been, after all. For a changeling, starting all over brought a whole new meaning to the phrase, especially for a woman with a habit of righting wrongs and correcting injustices.
Now, Toby is an acknowledged Hero of the Realm. She knows her mother is one of the Firstborn. She is more fae than ever and has educated herself in blood magic. But, Toby doesn't know everything, and she is still not as strong as a pureblood, which is a problem, since Simon Torquill is back for a reunion...bringing presents?
Screaming Hint: Seven books later, this is the turn-your-worldview upside-down sequel to ROSEMARY AND RUE.
Reuniting the favorite characters from the series, Seanan McGuire builds a castle of strength and struggle, of loyalty and betrayal, in this emotionally-complex urban fantasy. I expected to learn more about the Firstborn, bearing in mind the revelations in CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT. I even expected some - but only "some" - of the remarkable, yet believable, twists in Toby's chessboard of allies and enemies. What I did not see coming were the tears. Toby is so a hero. The rightful queen did not have to declare it for it to be so to me. But, oh! Toby was jerked, and pushed, and pulled, and torn, and broken in THE WINTER LONG. I'm just thankful that Seanan McGuire believes in happy endings.
When not cuddling with the tissue box, I was:
* Admiring Tybalt in his leather pants
* Hugging the Sea Witch (Strange concept, I know.)
* Wishing that I got to see more of Raj and Quinton
* Revisiting the Library (Yes, with a capital "L") and Mags
* Learning the language of flowers
* Ducking, dodging, weaving, and cringing (I couldn't help it.)
* Absorbing Firstborn politics, magical limitations/bindings, inherent strengths/weaknesses, and bloodlines
* Being angry that this latest Audible edition changed the pronunciation of the term for the fairy mounds and the voice of Sylvester's magical medic, as well as Quinton
Quotes from THE WINTER LONG
"I didn't realize we'd be living in a fairy tale this week. I would have packed tights." Raj
"Apparently, reality has taken out a restraining order on me." Toby
"Ya know, just once, I'd like my life to be spending Sunday afternoon in my pajamas, instead of all about racing all around the Bay area trying to stop one of the Firstborn from commiting a hostile takeover."
Tybalt put a hand on my shoulder
"To be fair, this is the first time this particular issue has reared its head."
"Somehow, not helping," I said.
Other books in the October Day series:
Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1)
Chimes at Midnight (October Day #7)