Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire
This is the October Daye book I've been waiting to be written. From the moment I stumbled across this series in my local library, there has been one thing, and one thing only that I have been patiently (or not-so-patiently) waiting to see. Things that I had to see, begged to see, dreamed, hoped, wished, and pleaded to see... and it's there! In spades!
As with the entire series, this is an urban fantasy, not a paranormal romance. The romance is not entirely absent, but it takes a back seat to characters and plot. As the series progresses, the level of romance and heat seem to increase with each installment. However, do NOT read this series expecting a 'bodice-ripper' or you will be let down and left wanting. Rather, save and savor this lovely series during a tamer reading session. In my attempt to not spoil anything in this book in particular, all I can say is I am fist pumping in the air like a mofo!
The overall direction of the plot left me a bit worried at first. How many times are there going to be missing kids, and then October has to go looking for them? Especially, after going to the sea witch (lalala) having a rag-tag band of helpers (lalala) and fighting some big bad _____ (insert any number of fae bad guys here.) Sounds more than a wee bit familiar. Surprisingly, McGuire was able to still keep this story line unique for the most part. I don't know how she did it, exactly, but she always seems to add some spin on the story and make it fresh and new. My hat is off to you, Seanan McGuire!
LOVE LOVE LOVE Tybalt, always have, always will. Love that King of Cats! Anyone out there still early in this series, if you LOVE Tybalt like I do, hurry up and get to this book! No questions, just get reading.. I'm waiting. Just trust me, you will thank me later.
If you haven't tried this series, I'd recommend it to anyone that likes snarky dialogue, funny movies references, and urban fantasy that is not porn. If you are a fan of the Dresden Files and the Cassandra Palmer series, there is a very good chance you will enjoy this.
About Seanan McGuire
Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (www.miragrant.com), author of Feed and Deadline.
Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).
Be sure to check out Seanan McGuire's website!
One of these days I need to read my already purchased copies of these other books by Seanan!