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"The urgency of the ticking clock works well with the political intrigue, Toby’s newfound vulnerability (following a truly diabolical ambush), and the setting’s ever-expanding mythology. Certain plot payoffs and emotional beats further reward longtime readers, making this a truly satisfying entry." — Publishers Weekly (for Chimes at Midnight)

"There is a sense that Toby’s journey has started a new path with this book, with the launching of several new story arcs and the continuing evolution of her relationships, but the best elements of this series—the phenomenal worldbuilding, complex plots and fascinating characters—are still present in full force. Readers will no doubt clamor for more, and fortunately, the future is promising for this engrossing series." — RT Reviews (for Chimes at Midnight)

"Because this book is an epitome of everything that makes the Toby Daye novels one of the best urban fantasy series on the market, right up there with Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: tight and believable characters, a gorgeously realized universe, and so many unexpected twists it’s almost like they’re going out of style. Chimes at Midnight is definitely my most favorite Toby book to date." — The Ranting Dragon (for Chimes at Midnight)

"The narrative emphasis is always on the characters’ choices, their weight and their consequences, and I love that. It isn’t only magic that has consequences; choices do, too.... I want you to read the first six volumes in the October Daye series, every single book [is] worth your time." — Fantasy Book Cafe (for Chimes at Midnight)

"McGuire also effortlessly weaves in objects, events and characters from past books to add depth to her scenarios. All of her many talents combined makes it very easy for me to say this is one of my favorite urban fantasy series ever! ... Fans of Faith Hunter, Benedict Jacka, Jim Butcher and Kim Harrison will delight in Toby and her sidekicks. I, on the other hand, am left pining again for book eight." — SF Site (for Chimes at Midnight)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.
 
She was wrong.
 
It's time to learn the truth.


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21 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
An Automatic Buy 8 septembre 2014
Par KCScout - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Toby's life is upended and the villain is someone none of us could foresee but now kick ourselves for missing. It gets old when I, and everyone else, say it over and over, but it is true: every book is better than the last.

I love Toby; our hero is fiercely loyal, brave (recklessly so but it makes for a great tale), quick-thinking, and funny. I love the family she has made for herself. I also love Toby and Tybalt; it is unusual in this genre to have a couple who share power like this inside a relationship.

Questions are answered definitively, hinted at, and raised anew. Which is fortunate because I want this series to go on forever. It is one of my top two fantasy series and an automatic buy.
12 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Coming full circle from ROSEMARY AND RUE. Change your October "Toby" Day worldview in THE WINTER LONG #8 by Seanan McGuire 9 septembre 2014
Par Lori Parker - Publié sur Amazon.com
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)
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Chimes at Midnight (October Day #7)
17 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Toby's excellent adventure 2 septembre 2014
Par Bookseeker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
My favorite Toby book so far.

Seanan McGuire is one of the better fantasy writers working today. In this installment of the October Daye series we return in some ways to the beginning. Simon has returned. In book one of the series he ruined Toby's life by transforming her into a fish and leaving her in that form for 14 years. Those lost years cost her her daughter, and when we first met her during her return to human form she was deeply depressed. But over the course of this series of novels she has had to fight both for herself and to protect others. Now we have finally arrived at a Toby who is beginning to like herself and trust in her own ability.

She is also finally surrounded by friends and is in love. And so when Simon reappears she has a lot to lose. But instead of trying to immediately kill her he seems to be trying to communicate. And Toby is about to have her life turn upside down again. But this time around she has friends.

Seanan seems to like to pit her heroines and heroes against unspeakable odds. But unlike lesser writers she breaths some kind of breath of life into them and their struggles are real and believable.

I think this may be the most uplifting of Octobers adventures and this is what makes it my favorite to date.
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A Gamechanger for the Dayeverse 3 septembre 2014
Par Sunil Patel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
*The Winter Long* is the book Seanan McGuire has been teasing since *Rosemary and Rue* was released, and it promises to be so earthshattering in its revelations that even the blurb refuses to give any indication of the plot, which makes it hard to write a review without spoilers. "It's time to learn the truth," it says, and oh yes, Toby does learn quite a few truths. Many of these truths have been staring at her in the face for seven books. One of these truths drops pretty early, and it seems like a pretty big deal until an even bigger bombshell drops. Make no mistake, this book contains a giant huge honking plot twist that very few have seen coming and you don't want to be spoiled for, and McGuire helpfully points out the many clues that Toby (and the reader) could have used to piece it together. It's brilliantly conceived and constructed on several levels. *The Winter Long* does contain several CAPSLOCK MOMENTS, but it feels a little less action-packed and goal-oriented than some of my favorite installments. It's not entirely clear what the villain's goals and motivations are, for instance, so it's Stop the Villain from Doing....Something....Bad. The villain's bad news, that's for sure, but the plot didn't quite cohere for me. (Of course, I had also built this book up in my head for five years, so I may have had absurdly high expectations.) It's another terribly exciting day in Toby's life, and it's an important one, too, as revelations about her past and her loved ones force her to reexamine who she is and whom she can trust. *The Winter Long* blows Toby's life apart in many ways, but it also reinforces how important her found family is in comparison to her actual family.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A little disappointing, but still better than most 11 septembre 2014
Par Lost in Denver - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I actually feel bad about writing a less-than-stellar review since I'm still a big fan of the series overall, but this installment just didn't work for me. The author states in the forward that the events of this book (or at least some of them) are things that she's had in mind since early on, but it really just felt random to me. The book started out great and I waited with nearly breathless anticipation for the "big bad" to be revealed. When it was, my first response was "Huh? Really?" But since it's McGuire, I figured that I would read on and surely it would all make sense in the end.

The problem was that it never really did. Oh sure, they explain how the Big Bad came to be, but there was so much about this being's actions (past and present) that was just not explained well or at all. There were some big questions that were not only never answered by the author, but were never really even asked by the characters. There were certain things that were wrapped up a little to abstractly for me, while other important things were just kicked down the road . . . again.

Still, there were a few things that kept this book out of two-star territory. October was written as well as ever, with a unique personality and voice that I still enjoy reading. The author managed to avoid a problem facing many long-running series by not getting bogged down with trying to dedicate page-time to every secondary character that our protagonist has ever crossed paths with. We got to actually concentrate on October, which was refreshing. Okay, I would've liked to have seen more of May in this book as she's my favorite secondary by far, but you can't always have it all. The stage has been set for interesting things ahead, but it's a shame that the present wasn't a little more fulfilling.
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