Ashes of Honor (October Daye Series #6)

Ashes of Honor (October Daye Series #6)

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by Seanan McGuire
     
 

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A New York Times bestseller!

It’s been almost a year since October “Toby” Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep.  She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities, but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her

Overview

A New York Times bestseller!

It’s been almost a year since October “Toby” Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep.  She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities, but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters.

To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight, Etienne. Chelsea, a teleporter like her father, is the kind of changeling the old stories warn about: the ones with all the strength and none of the control.  She’s opening doors that were never meant to be opened, releasing dangers that were sealed away centuries before—and there’s a good chance she could destroy Faerie if she isn’t stopped. Now Toby must find Chelsea before time runs out, racing against an unknown deadline and through unknown worlds as she and her allies try to avert disaster. Toby thought the last year was bad.  She has no idea.

Ashes of Honor is the sixth installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The zippy sixth October Daye urban fantasy (after the bestselling One Salt Sea) sees the changeling detective hired to locate a missing teenage girl. Chelsea, daughter of Toby’s acquaintance Etienne, has inherited his Fae ability to teleport, but not his control. She begins jumping at random, finding her way to the long-lost, long-abandoned Faerie homelands. Now Toby; her squire, Quentin; and Tybalt, King of Cats, must find Chelsea before she accidentally destroys the barriers that keep their world secure—while dodging someone who’s willing to kill them all for control of Chelsea and her powers. McGuire applies a hard-boiled mentality and a keen appreciation for mythology to a blend of politics, magic, and romance to make this the most entertaining series installment to date. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary. (Sept.)
Booklist
The brisk pacing, the effective mix of human and magical characters, and the PI ambience all make this an excellent choice for fans of Butcher's Harry Dresden series…. Toby's unusual heritage and her uneasy relationships with her mother's family will remind readers of Brigg's Mercy Thompson series, and Thompson fans will appreciate Toby's tough and self-reliant character.
RT Book Reviews
"This newest installment in McGuire’s October Daye series is fast-paced, without ever being frantic, with excellent characterization.... McGuire is a dab hand at dialogue, and the bantering between Toby and everyone — especially Tybalt — is one of the highlights of the book."
All Things Urban Fantasy
"The October Daye series is one of those delicious worlds that becomes more and more beloved with each visit, and Ashes of Honor is my favorite of this series to date."
SF Signal
"Swearing! Running! Sexy times! Leather jackets and folklore and secret offspring and tales of lost love. It’s all so much fun."
The Onion A. V. Club
“October Daye is as gritty and damaged a heroine as Kinsey Millhone or Kay Scarpetta.... Toby’s nocturnal existence is full of the kind of shadows that keep the pages turning. Changelings, like all faerie folk, live long; may McGuire and these novels do the same.”
Booklist (starred review)

“The brisk pacing, the effective mix of human and magical characters, and the PI ambience all make this an excellent choice for fans of Butcher’s Harry Dresden series…. Toby’s unusual heritage and her uneasy relationships with her mother’s family will remind readers of Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series, and Thompson fans will appreciate Toby’s tough and self-reliant character.”

From the Publisher
“October Daye is as gritty and damaged a heroine as Kinsey Millhone or Kay Scarpetta.... Toby’s nocturnal existence is full of the kind of shadows that keep the pages turning. Changelings, like all faerie folk, live long; may McGuire and these novels do the same.” —The A.V. Club

"This newest installment in McGuire’s October Daye series is fast-paced, without ever being frantic, with excellent characterization.... McGuire is a dab hand at dialogue, and the bantering between Toby and everyone -- especially Tybalt -- is one of the highlights of the book." —RT Book Reviews

"McGuire applies a hard-boiled mentality and a keen appreciation for mythology to a blend of politics, magic, and romance to make this the most entertaining series installment to date." —Publishers Weekly

"The October Daye series is one of those delicious worlds that becomes more and more beloved with each visit, and Ashes of Honor is my favorite of this series to date." —All Things Urban Fantasy

"With Ashes of Honor, McGuire has crafted a deeply personal and intense story that will keep you on the edge, hoping to be pushed over. In my opinion, it is, hands down, the best Toby to date." —The Ranting Dragon

"The October Daye series has become on of my favorites, and it just keeps getting better and better." —Fantasy Book Cafe

"Swearing! Running! Sexy times! Leather jackets and folklore and secret offspring and tales of lost love. It’s all so much fun." —SF Signal

"Why are you wasting time reading my rhapsodic review? Just go get the book, and see for yourself, if you’ve been following the series right along. If not, go get all six books.... If you love well written urban fantasy, with unique and interesting characters, you won’t be disappointed." —Tome Tender

The Ranting Dragon
"With Ashes of Honor, McGuire has crafted a deeply personal and intense story that will keep you on the edge, hoping to be pushed over. In my opinion, it is, hands down, the best Toby to date."
Fantasy Book Cafe
"The October Daye series has become on of my favorites, and it just keeps getting better and better."
Tome Tender
"Why are you wasting time reading my rhapsodic review? Just go get the book, and see for yourself, if you’ve been following the series right along. If not, go get all six books.... If you love well written urban fantasy, with unique and interesting characters, you won’t be disappointed."
Library Journal
The sixth outing for Faerie-blooded October "Toby" Daye (One Salt Sea) takes her on a search for a friend's missing child—a hunt made more difficult by the girl's ability to teleport.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407490
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
October Daye Series , #6
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
173,065
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“October Daye is as gritty and damaged a heroine as Kinsey Millhone or Kay Scarpetta.... Toby’s nocturnal existence is full of the kind of shadows that keep the pages turning. Changelings, like all faerie folk, live long; may McGuire and these novels do the same.” —The Onion A.V. Club
  "This newest installment in McGuire’s October Daye series is fast-paced, without ever being frantic, with excellent characterization.... McGuire is a dab hand at dialogue, and the bantering between Toby and everyone — especially Tybalt — is one of the highlights of the book." —RT Book Reviews

"McGuire applies a hard-boiled mentality and a keen appreciation for mythology to a blend of politics, magic, and romance to make this the most entertaining series installment to date." —Publishers Weekly

"The October Daye series is one of those delicious worlds that becomes more and more beloved with each visit, and Ashes of Honor is my favorite of this series to date." —All Things Urban Fantasy

"With Ashes of Honor, McGuire has crafted a deeply personal and intense story that will keep you on the edge, hoping to be pushed over. In my opinion, it is, hands down, the best Toby to date." —The Ranting Dragon

"The October Daye series has become on of my favorites, and it just keeps getting better and better." —Fantasy Book Cafe

"Swearing! Running! Sexy times! Leather jackets and folklore and secret offspring and tales of lost love. It’s all so much fun." —SF Signal

"Why are you wasting time reading my rhapsodic review? Just go get the book, and see for yourself, if you’ve been following the series right along. If not, go get all six books.... If you love well written urban fantasy, with unique and interesting characters, you won’t be disappointed." —Tome Tender

Meet the Author

Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about anyplace capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren’t). Early exposure to a vast number of books left her with a lifelong affection for the written word, and led, perhaps inevitably, to her writing books of her own, starting somewhere around the age of eleven. The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both published by DAW and bother of which have put her in the New York Times bestseller list. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the October Daye series, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at www.seananmcguire.com.

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Ashes of Honor: An October Daye Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
sl75 More than 1 year ago
Simply Wonderful! This series is still fresh and exciting at book six. I love Ms. McGuire's storytelling and her imagination. Her fae world is full of unique characters and grand adventures...adventures that are never predictable and always suspenseful....characters that are complex and full of wit. I absolutely love the way the book ended and cannot wait for the next book in the series!!!!
Brhee More than 1 year ago
I have been following this series since the beginning, and it has only gotten better with time. October/ Toby is a strong female character, but even in her strength she still shows vulnerability. Throughout the series, Seanan McGuire has set up little mysteries that make me want to read on to find the answers. In Ashes of Honor she has answered one of them, What is Tybalt's fascination with Toby? But set up more. Who are Quentin's parents? Plus she has written a darn good story with a couple of interconnecting plots. One deals with how Toby will find and deal with the Changeling situation, The other is how she and Tybalt will deal with the problem in the Court of Cats. I don't want to spoil the read for anyone- so I am being vague. Go get it and give it a read- but start at the first book if you want to get the most out of it.
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Great book with great characters. Kept me entertained
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seanan Mcguire has done it again. It was very hard to put this book down. The book moved at a very fast pace and the story was very engaging. I love the ending and what the future holds for the series. I would recommend anyone who has not started this series, to start. But start at the begining with Rosemary and Rue. I love the characters and the changes in the personal lifes that came out in this book.
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Ross357 More than 1 year ago
I've liked the others so far but this is the best yet. Kicks into gear much sooner than the previous books and keeps you turning the pages!
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Nice
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As always another smash hit
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I want to say i almost didn't buy this book. I have read all the previous novels but i was just uncertain that the autgor could keep it entertaining. I was so wrong tgis was one of her best a truely fun read that you will quickly devour. Enjoy it savor it but most of all have fun.