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Even after nine books, the October Daye series (and the Chris McGrath cover art) is still fantastic!
The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire is one of my very favorite Urban Fantasy series. A Red Rose Chain, Book 09 in the series, is an excellent installment AND an object lesson in why you should take out your enemies when you have a chance — because if you don’t, they’ll come back to stab you in the heart!
The Kingdom of Silences has declared war on the Kingdom of the Mists, and Toby is sent to Silences to either 1) negotiate peace, or 2) infuriate the monarch into violating law or custom bad enough to get himself deposed. Guess which one Toby is best at?
Some of the things the King of Silences is doing to his people are atrocious. I found myself wondering what the High King of what is essentially North America is doing. Does he not visit his kingdoms? Does he not check in on the state of his people? How did Silences get away with what they were doing without someone finding out?
This book highlights Toby’s growing relationship with Tybalt. It’s quite fun to see a lighter side of Tybalt every once in awhile. It’s also good to see the two of them communicating and saving each other. There is no one-sidedness to Toby and Tybalt’s relationship, which is awesome to see in this genre. Tybalt is still an alpha male to be sure, but also a rational creature who can do more than act on instinct.
One thing I really enjoy is when long running series do more than stand-alone stories. A Red Rose Chain deals with the consequences of things that have happened in other novels. I think this is a sign of great writing, AND it makes the reread of the books even better.
As always, narrator Mary Robinette Kowal does a fantastic job with the characters in Toby’s world.
Purchased. Review courtesy of One Book Two | one book, two reviews.
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As always, Seanan McGuire writes an amazing book, and Mary Robinette Kowall does a good job of narrating it. HOWEVER, I have some issues with the direction/production of this particular title. Once again, Kowall pronounces things differently than she did in the first 7 books of the series. Now, however, there are VERY long pauses between chapters (talking 30 seconds or longer, enough that I often think something's gone wrong), and I have heard Kowall's chair creak at least three times in the course of the book. Yeah, the vocal production of this title definitely leaves something to be desired.
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