Late Eclipses (October Daye Series #4)

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October "Toby" Daye, changeling knight in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, finds the delicate balance of her life shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended. Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past as an enemy ...

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Overview

"McGuire just keeps getting better and better."RT Book Reviews

October "Toby" Daye, changeling knight in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, finds the delicate balance of her life shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended. Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past as an enemy she thought was gone forever raises her head once more: Oleander de Merelands, one of the two people responsible for her fourteen-year exile.

Time is growing short and the stakes are getting higher, for the Queen of the Mists has her own agenda. With everything on the line, Toby will have to take the ultimate risk to save herself and the people she loves most—because if she can't find the missing pieces of the puzzle in time, Toby will be forced to make the one choice she never thought she'd have to face again...

Late Eclipse is the fourth installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series.
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In October "Toby" Daye's fourth outing, following 2010's An Artificial Night, the half-Fae private detective is once again run through the wringer when problems plaguing the San Francisco Fae community strike home on a personal level. First, in an unprecedented, unexpected move, the Queen of the Mists promotes Toby to countess. Given that the Queen hates her, it's quite obviously a trap, but not something Toby can refuse or avoid. Subsequently, several of Toby's closest friends are struck down through poison and illness, and she's accused of murder. Has an enemy from Toby's past resurfaced, or is she losing her mind? Physically, emotionally, and magically drained, faced with tragedy and despair, Toby's forced to deal with the long-hidden truth behind her Fae heritage. In this tightly plotted adventure, McGuire mixes nonstop action with a wealth of mythology to deliver a wholly satisfying story. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Half-human, half-faerie October ("Toby") Daye, PI for San Francisco's supernatural community, also acts as a troubleshooter for the faerie Duke Torquill. When an old friend, Lady Lily of the Tea Gardens fief, falls victim to a mysterious illness, Toby finds that an old enemy, Oleander de Merelands, lies at the heart of the problem. Threading a careful path between rival faerie nobles and relying on occasional assistance from Tybalt, King of the Cats, Toby seeks to find a cure for her friend while avoiding having to choose once more between her human and faerie halves. McGuire's fourth series entry (after An Artificial Night) featuring an engaging, personable heroine provides a further look into the hidden supernatural society that coexists alongside the mortal world. VERDICT Vibrant writing and a likable narrator make this one of the stronger entries in the urban fantasy genre. It should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files." McGuire also writes horror as Mira Grant (Feed; Deadline).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756406660
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: October Daye Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 229,679
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Seanan McGuire is a folk singer, songwriter and artist. She lives in Northern California. Rosemary and Rue is her first novel, and the start of a new series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    a series that gets better over time

    i thought the first and second books in the october daye series ("rosemary and rue" and "a local habitation") were only okay... but beginning with "an artificial night," am now hooked on the series. a huge part of the appeal of the series is the character development (not just toby's, but the strong secondary characters as well - i love the luidaeg).

    where "an artificial night" took toby far from home and had her confronting blind michael in his realm, "late eclipses" focuses on events at 'home' and on the development of characters we already know (her friendship with her 'fetch', problems with rayseline and oleander that affect torquill, her history and growing relationship with tybalt, etc). mysteries about toby's past and with her mother come to the forefront and are finally revealed.

    recommended if you enjoy others in the series (and definitely follow up this one with 'one salt sea'!) if you're just starting the october daye series, try to start from the beginning...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    Loved this.

    Late Eclipses is the fourth book in the October Daye series that takes you on a non-stop, action packed and emotional ride from page one. Toby ( aka October) has finally found a balanced and safe point in her life after her horrific and soul breaking encounter with Blind Michael in An Artificial Night. But poor Toby, life can never stay simple. She gets word that her dear friend Lily,the Lady of the Tea Gardens, has fallen gravely ill. When all signs point to Lily being poisoned, Toby quickly jumps on the case. However with others falling ill, The Queen coming after her with a malicious vendetta, along with her live in fetch as constant reminder of her imminent death, and finally Toby being haunted by an evil in her past that makes her question her own sanity, will she find out who is behind it all? Or will other obstacles keep her from helping those she loves?


    This book is riveting. I have no other words to describe it. McGuire did a phenomenal job with character development. We see her building a life with May, becoming closer with Tybalt-King of Cats, Connor, as well as, Toby discovering her heritage. We see her internal battle over her sanity, and her selfless decisions when saving those she cares about. For those seeking answers, then you will not be let down. McGuire opens Toby's past and allows us to learn about her father and mother, along with what Toby is. However, that pesky Tybalt/Connor/Toby relationship, or lack there of, is still hanging in the air. But at least McGuire gives us hope and a little bit more interaction between Toby and her men. These along with many other exciting answers come with Late Eclipses, but with answers, often comes more questions, and this holds true in this book. But hey! Don't fear, because the fifth October Daye Book One Salt Sea comes out in September!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    good

    good

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

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    No one provides better Noir tours of San Francisco and Faerie than Ms. Daye does

    Half-breed private investigator Toby Daye finally believes she belongs in Faerie after leaving the land two years ago for San Francisco. She even has made a shaky peace with an adversary Tybalt the Cat King. However her serenity abruptly ends when her close friend the undine Lily the Lady of the Tea Gardens was recently poisoned and is dying. She becomes further shocked when Luna the wife of liege lord Sylvester Torquil becomes ill. Toby believes someone is targeting her through people she cares about.

    At the same time Oleander de Merelands has returned. She was a key part of a group that kept Toby trapped as a fish for years. No one else believes Oleander is back as only Toby can see her, which leaves her friends wondering if the changeling has become insane. Crazy or not, Toby investigates before something else horrific occurs to someone else she cares about.

    The fourth October Daye urban fantasy whodunit series (see An Artificial Night, Rosemary and Rue, and A Local Habitation) is a fabulous thriller as the heroine burned by both sides of her DNA has a lingering distrust of everyone so her paranoia kicks in and she does what she does best: investigate. Fast-paced, the case is personal as friends are dying; she is the accused; her enemy has surfaced; and her mom is somehow in the middle of what the heroine believes is a concerted effort to destroy her. No one provides better Noir tours of San Francisco and Faerie than Ms. Daye does when she resolutely works an investigation.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    I am enjoying this series so very much. And particularly Late Ec

    I am enjoying this series so very much. And particularly Late Eclipses. I don't know what it is about this book in particular that grabbed my heart strings and pulled, but boy howdy, that was one heck of a tug.

    I think what I love most of all about Seanan's books is her way with character. I've said before, I read for character. Yes, yes, give me a plot that holds together and doesn't allow me to steer a cargo vessel through the holes. That's important too. I will, however, forgive smaller holes if you give me characters I give a damn about.

    And I do. Sylvester and Luna, Quentin, Connor. Lily and Etienne and Tybalt.

    Oh. My. God. Tybalt. I could go on for days about Tybalt, but you all get that about him right? It's not just me? It can't just be me.

    Even better, though I don't -like- them, I even get and understand the "bad guys". No mustache-twirling bad guys. She makes them understandable. Crazy? Sure. But understandable.

    And not everyone pulls that off.

    The best part? I still have more books to read. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Spiritwolf

    Smiles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Spiritglitch

    She climbs a mangnolia tree and admires the blossoms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Destinykit

    ouch!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Wolfspirit now spiritwolf

    His gray pelt now smoky black his icy blue eyes now forest green.stops growling and walks back to the lake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Leopardpool

    "I will always love you no matter what. Remember that" she says as she pads to go fight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Stream and lake

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    This one is sad but worth reading

    Sad worth the read though.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Excellent Urban Fantasy

    Well written, good story line for teens to oldsters who enjoy urban fantasy. I love that San Francisco parks are the background in this series and that Toby has grown and matured in each book. Kudos to Seanan McGuire.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    I can't finish this series...

    While the writing is outstanding, the main character is beginning to get on my last nerve. I've lost interest in the story line because I'm tired of October getting beaten up, mortally wounded, yet surviving thru' magical means and making the same old predictable mistakes. She also isn't progressing as a character. She's stuck in the same place emotionally in this book as she was in the first. She's running over the same old emotional ground she started out with, while others around her are going forward in development. If you like a predictable plot and a static main character, then read the first 4 in this series. I'm leaving the story here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Must read

    Loved this book, but what else would you expect from Seanan McGuire. I flew through the book and just couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    Loved it!!

    I loved this entire series, very good reading!

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    great series

    if u havent read any of the series ur missing out

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