Late Eclipses (October Daye Series #4)

Late Eclipses (October Daye Series #4)

by Seanan McGuire

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New York Times-bestselling October Daye series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756406660
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: October Daye Series , #4
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 91,834
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

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"In this tightly plotted adventure, McGuire mixes nonstop action with a wealth of mythology to deliver a wholly satisfying story." —Publisher's Weekly

"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.'" —Library Journal

“[A] thrilling, occasionally even nightmarish, adventure.” —Locus

"This is far and away the best book of the series so far." —Your Urban Fantasy

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Late Eclipses 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...
Elishia More than 1 year ago
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!
sonthaya seadang More than 1 year ago
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very complicated - for part of it, a narrator who's so unreliable she doesn't even trust herself. A lot of seriously weird plots. I caught a couple of the tricks before Toby did - she kept wiping her hand off like it didn't matter! And the solution for Lily's people was also obvious. On the other hand, what Amandine did was something I had exactly no clue about ahead of time - and the Luidaeg's info was just about as unexpected. Well. I meant to finish it tomorrow, but I couldn't put it down...very good story. And I have One Salt Sea for tomorrow. I forget, between times, just how good a writer Seanan McGuire is.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the October Daye series by McGuire. The fifth book, One Salt Sea, is due out September of 2011. This series just keeps getting better and better. The book moves along at a great clip, adds further depth to Toby's world and was a very engaging and wonderful read.When Toby is awarded her own land, she knows that she now owes allegiance to the half-mad Queen and that things are going to get dicey. Then Lily (an undine water spirit) comes down with a severe illness and Luna collapses in illness too. Unfortunately for Tody she is present for both incidents and because of her changeling nature is suspected as being involved in their illnesses. Toby only wants to help and she thinks she senses the prescence of Oleander (the evil lady who turned her into a gold fish all those years ago) at the scene of these people's collapse. Now it is a race against time: Toby has to figure out what is happening before more people die and before she is arrested in connection to the illnesses.This is a very fast paced book and it was hard to put down. The world is complex and intriguing. This book thrust the reader deeper into fairy politics than any previous book. We get more insight into a lot of characters that we have meet in previous books and gain a lot of understanding of Toby's past.Toby is still confused about who she likes more Tybalt or Connor. Tybalt plays a pretty big role in the beginning of this book which was awesome because he is my absolute favorite character in this series. Then his role fades in the second half of the book and Connor plays a bigger role. We finally got to spend time with Connor and get to know him better, but for me he isn't anywhere as interesting as Tybalt is.We also got to see more of Toby and May making a life as roommates together. It was nice to see some of the more domestic aspects of Toby's life. This book really filled out May as a character and made her one of the characters that I really enjoyed reading about. Toby also undergoes some incredibly drastic and interesting changes and I am eager to see what they mean for her in future installments.The story wraps up nicely but there is a lot of room for more story in the next book. This book doesn't do more than touch on the fact that Toby now has a fairy kingdom all her own. There also isn't much progress or resolution on Toby's relationships with Connor and Tybalt; hopefully we will see some of that in the next book. I really enjoy McGuire's writing style it is very readable, has great description, and is incredibly engaging. I continue to enjoy how McGuire merges fantasy, mythology, and nursery rhymes into a cohesive whole.Overall a really excellent addition to this series. I loved spending more time in fairy and watching Toby unravel this complicated mystery. I love the characters more with each book in this series and absolutely can't wait for what will happen next. This was an incredibly engaging and fun to read book; the complex world and intriguing characters are a joy to read about. I can't wait for book 5, One Salt Sea, to come out in September 2011.
Aerrin99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
McGuire doesn't fail to disappoint, and I fall a little more in love with Toby Daye in each volume of this series. I read this entire book on a plane flight from Ohio to Texas, and found myself annoyed when I had to put it down now and then for things like landing and layovers. I feel like I'm repeating myself in my praise here, but I don't know what else to say: McGuire draws lovely, complex, fascinating characters and places them in a fantastic world that gives me chills and makes me daydream. The plot here is ridiculously simple: Fey who should not be able to die are dying of diseases no one can place. Friends and enemies are unclear, and it turns out that if Toby doesn't solve the problem soon, she's not going to survive to solve many more. It's a testament to McGuire's wonderful skills as a serial writer that a plot so simple and in some ways so mundane can be so terribly captivating. The story itself doesn't quite live up to the intensely creepy An Artificial Night, but it is solid and fun and had me worried more than once. More importantly, characters and relationships grow in this volume, several long-term mysteries are kicked up a serious notch, a few tantalizing secrets are revealed, and I turned the last page still wanting more, more, more. It's a good thing she writes so quickly.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay. I love October Daye. Yeah, I just said that. There's just something about her witty comments, character flaws and general awesome that make her just so likable. Ever since I picked up the first book in this series, Rosemary and Rue, I've been a junkie. Toby is just one of those characters that it seems like you could bump into them on the street and want to go out to lunch with (I doubt it would be an ordinary lunch, but at least it would be a memorable one!). Okay, the other things in the October Daye novels are also pretty awesome. You know, that stuff like plot, description, world-building, secondary characters and so forth are handled incredibly well in every book and only seem to get better every time. Late Eclipses continues Toby's adventures in another highly satisfying spin of action and adventure.This time, Toby, our favorite half-human, half-fae and changeling, is summoned to the court of the Queen of the Mists, one of the most important fae in the San Francisco area, where she is called to speak about why she killed the fae Blind Michael. Soon after, Toby finds that her friends, as well as some of the movers and shakers in the fae court, are being targeted. Not only must Toby protect her friends, but also battle false accusations laid against her.One of my favorite aspects of these novels has always been the world-building. Author Seanan McGuire has done a fabulous job of creating a unique and complex mythology that's otherworldly while still grounded in reality. I'm particularly in awe of the amount of detail McGuire spins in her prose without seeming like it's sensory overload for the read or that it makes the pacing slow down. In fact, Late Eclipses boasts one of the quickest-moving plots of the series thus far, filled with non-stop mystery, action and awesome that kept me flipping pages until the very end.It's really hard for me to say anything bad about an October Daye novel. I really think these books are some of the best in the urban fantasy genre. If you're a fan of these types of books -you must read these books (I would suggest starting at the beginning, as it can be a little confusing otherwise). Late Eclipses delivers another great adventure for Toby and leaves readers desperately waiting for more.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Toby--changeling knight Sir October Daye--just can't catch a break. This time, powerful friends are being poisoned, and it looks like Toby might be at fault. Also, her enemy the queen wants to execute her for killing Blind Michael. As usual, things get a lot worse before they get better.This series is bleak, but good.
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fourth book of the October Daye series brings together story arcs and reveals secrets that were just below the surface. At this point, its hard to review this book without any spoilers but it left me wishing to reread the entire series from the beginning to see how all the pieces fit together. For fans of Urban Fantasy and Faeries, the October Daye books are one of the best things out there, dark and complicated full of thoughtful uses of folklore and a love of the San Francisco Bay area.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After four books, October Daye is still going strong. "Late Eclipses" was even more enjoyable than the previous book and I think that says a LOT. IN "Late Eclipses", Toby has a personal threat she has to deal with. She thought her previous dealings which left her as a fish for fourteen years was done and over but it looks like one of the players, Oleander, wasn't happy with the fact that Toby survived. Now she is targeting Toby, trying to make her look responsible for the death of one character and the potential deaths of several others. The Queen of the Mists seems more than pleased to believe Toby is guilty of everything she is charged of and even more. Back on the table, is the fact that Toby killed Blind Michael, the child-stealer/torturer in the previous book, "An Artificial Night". (Never mind this was self defense and an act that saved multitudes of innocent children). Seanan McGuire really excels at writing. Her world is so detailed and so complex that I don't know how she keeps up with it! She must be one heck of a note taker! Also Toby is so much more likeable than many of her urban fantasy peers. If there is a flaw to her character it is that she is too self sacrificing and too quick to be down on herself. After awhile I want to yell at her to get some therapy and like herself more. The side characters also make this series. I love Quinton, Danny, and Tybalt. I didn't care for the introduction of Mae Daye in the last book. Mae is Toby's fetch, or her harbinger of death and doppleganger. I just plain didn't trust Mae....well I think I do now. And I think I kinda like her too! There is a potential love triangle being set up which I don't care for. This book has tons of overtones of a relationship between Connor, the son in law of Sylvester, Toby's liege and father figure. Also hard to miss in "Late Eclipses" are the feelings Tybalt, King of Cats, and Toby have for each other. Its so exciting and sweet that I am certainly on Team Tybalt. Conner is such a weak man. He never is the first to take action for Toby and he may be in the action scenes now and then but he is always off to the side and shows up mostly when the danger is out of the way. Also, he never stands up to his crazy wife and lets her use him which drives me batty. I don't even understand how Toby is attracted to Conner. (If there are Conner fans out there, please leave a comment and let me know why you are fans of Conner's character! I'd love to know what I am missing here if anything!) Also there is at least one very big change revealed for Toby in this book and I actually didn't care for it. I trust Seanan McGuire after four books to do whats best but I didn't see this coming and right now it doesn't sit well with me. However, from what I have read, there are two more definite Toby Daye novels and a potential of three more in the works after those! There are so many directions that the author could take with this series and I see no clues that this will get stale anytime soon. I really look forward to reading more of these books. These are just plain fun, high quality reads.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another amazing installment in the Toby Daye series! With Late Eclipses, McGuire continues the topnotch world-building that makes this series stand out from other urban fantasies. The realm of Faerie, with its multitude of races, courtly etiquette, and strange magic, has never been more interesting. I love getting to explore Toby's world. In this book, we even get a peek behind the shadows into the mysterious court of the Cait Sidhe.The tone of the story is just as dark and depressing as the previous novels, as people fight, die, get betrayed, lose loved ones, and question their sanity. However, the story does end on a hopeful note, and I greatly enjoyed getting there. There are some huge revelations about Amandine and Toby¿s identity that both answer questions and raise a million more. Plus, we get some clues to other mysteries such as why the Queen hates Toby and what happened to Luna and Raysel when they were kidnapped. The ongoing mystery of Simon¿s motivations and whereabouts is something I look forward to uncovering in subsequent books.The plot is action packed. Toby almost never gets a chance to slow down as she rushes from the scene of one crisis to another. Like in A Local Habitation, I figured out a couple of the mysteries long before Toby, but that didn¿t make the story any less entertaining. There¿s also some great romantic moments - nothing particularly steamy, but very heartfelt and cute. I¿m a big Tybalt fan and this book only increased my fondness for the King of Cats. Connor is still in the picture as a potential love interest, and it¿s annoying to see Toby even considering getting together with him. He¿s such a wuss compared to Tybalt and it¿s so obvious (at least to me) which guy is the real catch.One thing I didn¿t understand, though, was why everyone who had a problem came running to Toby, expecting her to fix it. I know she¿s a hero and all - she wants to help people and she¿ll throw herself headfirst into danger to do it - but the problems people put on her shoulders seem so insurmountable that I found myself asking, ¿What do they honestly expect Toby to do about it?¿ As for Toby, she gamely promises everyone she¿ll save the day even when she has no idea how to go about doing it. I guess I have to give her credit for that, even though it felt like she was pretty much winging it the whole time.All in all, I really enjoyed this installment. There¿s room for improvement, but, in general, the characters, the action, the romance, and especially the world-building is awesome, as always. This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series and I can¿t wait to read the next book, One Salt Sea, coming out September 2011.
mbg0312 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book, a definite improvement on the last couple by this author, and a return to form from the first novel in the series.
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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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She climbs a mangnolia tree and admires the blossoms.
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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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Sad worth the read though.
NoClueRN More than 1 year ago
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.
starcrazy More than 1 year ago
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.