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  1. Choko Choko says:

    444 A buddy read with the Fae inhabitants of BBB Another wonderful installment in the October Daye series and the only thing that brings clouds on my sunny day is the realization that this was the last of the already published books What are we going to do while waiting for SM to create and publish the rest of the books??? We will miss our Fae and changeling friends terribly So this was book 9 and by this point the fans of the series which I consider myself to be a part of have left objectivity far behind and are fueled by the love for the characters and the need to get whatever glimpse of their adventures we can in any form possible I could honestly say that I get so lost in the story and relationships between the characters that form of presentation is the last I think about However if anything was wrong with the writing style I am sure I would have noticed it since usually even in the depths of a story glitches in the writing would halt me to a stop and this was never an issue here I got to establish in the first several books that Seanan McGuire is a beautiful author and since have taken it for granted that she will present us with an engaging tale in an enchanting package guaranteeing a good experience all around And she has delivered consistently ever since Everything I want to say sounds so redundant with all my previous reviews but I want to tell everyone how enjoyable this series is As a whole it is not either too dark nor too light but this installment was a bit heavy on the pain and almost dying even though given the propensity of Toby to get herself in mortal danger with frightening regularity it was not too different from the previous books However we can see that she is growing maturing starting to utilize all of her resources and rely on her friends to do the smart and responsible thing all with the higher purpose in mind Toby is a Hero at heart and by her given title but most of all she is a good friend who has managed to build a trust with the people around her and thus creating a bond which keeps all of them in a dynamic state of danger and safety but with the knowledge they can always lean on each other Good or bad it is good to know you have someone to hold on to in a moment of needToby The Cat King May the death omen uintain the suire and Walther the alchemist are on a mission of diplomacy to the kingdom of Silences who has declared a war on the kingdom of the Mists The ueen in the Mists is a very new young and inexperienced ruler and the King of the Silences has joined with the insane ex monarch of the Mists to topple her down and regain her seat and power As undiplomatic as Toby and her retinue are they appear to be the best choice for this mission since they get to witness first hand the horrible conditions this tyrant has imposed on his subjects and the yoke of slavery he has put on everyone who is not of pure blood and he perceives as inferior And we all know that given the proper motivation Toby and the gang will always try to do the nay impossible but right thing So she decides or accurately is pressed into action and pain chaos and retribution ensue I recommend this series to one and all young and old lovers of fun engaging and well written stories Nothing inappropriate for anyone and all the enjoyment that could be had What are you guys waiting for???May you all derive pleasure from everything you read and may you read for many many decades to come

  2. Robin (Bridge Four) Robin (Bridge Four) says:

    Read with my UF girls at Buddies Books and Baubles45 Blood Tells StarsIt seems like so long ago that I started book 1 in this series and thought Oh my gosh there are NINE books to go though in this seriesWell here I am at book nine and now my thoughts are like What???there are ONLY nine books in this series and I’m at the last oneI’ve come to really love October Daye and crew in this series I can’t believe I’m at the end of the published books and now I have to wait like everyone else for the next one to come out “Just thinking about how long it’s been since I’ve managed to wind up covered in blood” I said “It’s like a new trend A blood free trend” If you’ve read a single book in this series you know that this is not a trend that will last long This was probably one of the darkest of the series as Toby must go as ambassador to the foreign realm and try to be a ‘diplomat’ I’m not saying that Toby isn’t good at smoothing out feathersokay I’m totally saying she sucks at that She is just as likely to cut you with words as she is to do it with a knife But hey someone has to go and try to avoid war As always I love some of the very different characters in this series and the cameo’s they get April is one of my favorites because she is uniue being the first dryad living in a computer network Her take on the possible upcoming war was my favorite “What is wrong? Is this related to the notice I received from ueen Windermere that a war was being beta tested and might be cleared for release? I do not have time to allow my coders to be slaughtered It seems very inefficient” There are some extremely intense moments in this and I really was on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book I HATED the bad guys with the heat of a small sun and couldn’t wait to see what new and wonderful thing Toby would pull out of her hat to save the dayThe writing and characters have grown so much throughout this series and I’m so sad that I will have to say goodbye for a little while I have become attached the writing and the world as most seems a bit uniue and different Especially with lines like this one “Even when she slept she tossed and turned and suirmed like she was secretly a hurricane forced into a girl body and told to exist as best she could among people who had no idea what it meant to secretly be a weather pattern” But what a great book to end my run on and I guess I will just have to wait to see what the Luidaeg has planned for Toby After all the action of this one I bet it is going to be great no matter what it is

  3. Kira Kira says:

    I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this knowing that it took place in a different setting but it did not disappoint Toby was on another mission to save the day but since she was acting as a diplomat it didn’t have uite as much action That was a good thing though It gave her time to interact with her friends who went on the mission with her I loved it that Tybalt was with her for almost the entire book Being away meant he didn’t have to rush back to deal with Cait Sidhe issues all the time Tybalt is brilliant He can talk about the most mundane things and makes them sound fascinating The King in the Kingdom of Silences made the old ueen in the Mists seem less evil This kingdom was not a pleasant place to be for purebloods or changelings It was fascinating to see the darker side of faerie An interesting piece of information was learned about the old ueen It makes me wonder than ever who she really is and how will it impact Toby when it is revealed The ending was a bit far fetched Toby than once put herself in an extremely dangerous situation Even with her abilities it didn't seem like she should have lived Things worked out too perfectly It's not that I don't want Toby and those around her to be able to do unimaginable things but it seems like at some point that she should have to face conseuences for putting herself in the line of fire so oftenAlthough this wasn’t my favorite or by far the most entertaining book in the series I was left pondering how the events of this book will affect the future ones Toby has made a fairly large impact on faerie Although she gains and friends she must be gaining enemies as well

  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    The series is still good and and still going strong The Knight Hero of the realm is about to go on a uest she's absolutely and perfectly suited for Can you guess what it is? Did you guess that it was diplomacy and the prevention of war among the Fae? No? Um yeah I guess I kinda lied just now didn't I? SorryStill what could go wrong? I mean it's not like she has any issues with how changelings are treated among the full blooded Fae right? There couldn't ever be any problems cropping up with either her uniue abilities or certain deposed ueens could there? No no Nothing like that We can expect Smooth Sailing Or diving Something like that There's a lot of interesting exploration of alchemy in this one mostly revolving around elf shot but I have to admit that the subplots around Walter is pretty interesting beyond what he obviously brings to the table Tybalt was beginning to run the risk of being the stalwart and unidimensional BF but by the end he saved himself from that dire fate It's not like they haven't had a lot of issues over the books so I might forgive a bit of ease but no he's his own cat Still enjoying the series But I did suffer a most distressing misapprehension based on the book coverI thought that October was pregnant Oh my It's just a false alarm people False alarm This book has No Pregnancy Whew The book cover just had her posed at an unfortunate angle That was SCARY

  5. Susana Susana says:

    Re read September 5th 2016Well it appears that hell has frozen over because the only reason I'm not giving this book two stars is due to the fact that it's been my favourite series for the last couple of yearsI'm sorry but as much as it pains me to say it this was fucking boringAnd repetitive Over and over the same things The same stories The same patterns Retold ad infinitum through out the entire book WTH?I've just only recently read A Winter Long Yes that's right I managed to hold of reading last year's release so that I just could devour two brand new books in a row And you know what I loved that one Even if some things still bother me Like the lacking of some steamy pages between Tybalt and Toby Yes that's right I've just said what I've just saidWinter Long was as good as the latest instalments in this series This one?For me it didn't work out There were too many characters making stupid mistakes Hello May and her dry cleaning task? Toby was being her reckless self and people were getting elf shot by the dozensAs a side note I have to say that I miss Toby's coffee addiction especially when compared with her new one view spoilerblood? Really? She starts sounding like a Hound on the prowl for some meat or a very famished vampire It has become strange and kind of disgusting hide spoiler

  6. Emma Emma says:

    Loved it An impossible peace keeping mission full of Toby Daye trouble This series gets and exciting

  7. Hollis Hollis says:

    I was clearly as burnt out from reading these books as you probably are from reading my reviews because I started this and didn't finish it until four days later I mostly blame a rewatch of Doctor Who but still I was able to be distracted because too soon into this ninth installment after the big broohaha from the book before we were reunited with a villain I knew we'd see again just didn't expect to see so soon after temporarily vanuishing her And we got a new nasty piece of work as per counterpart in this one tooI don't know man I find it really difficult to deal with some of the extremes of this world where there are so many rules or maybe just a few really important ones and how so many of the fae just let all these loopholes happen; these nasty loopholes that do so much damage and no one bothers with it It's pretty tiresome This one went in pretty extreme places too and I just found it hard to take Particularly when held up against the same old same old when it comes to Toby co Not that they don't take things seriously when reuired but it's just again the stakes Case in point this elfshot poison that is the pureblood way around murder and instead sends them to sleep for a hundred years Unless said poisoner has tinkered with the alchemy and it does horrible things while you dream or slowly kills you over time Or if you're a changeling kills you dead But who cares they don't count in the eyes of the do not kill law It's this loophole that I hate because we're supposed to I get it and just find frustrating to deal withI definitely know the problem is me because if I liked or cared about the characters I would find it funny they joke about Toby not being covered in blood during one whole investigation or Tybalt being afraid to leave her side because inevitably something terrible will happen etc etc So yeah I wish I had uit reviewing this series six books ago because now I feel obligated to see out the last few thank god only a few left for consistency's sake Sorry about that This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities

  8. Shelley Shelley says:

    Source PublisherGenre Urban FantasyRating 40My ThoughtsA Red Rose Chain is the 9th installment in author Seanan McGuire's October Daye series The story picks up 3 months after the end of The Winter Long One could say that this is the third book in Toby's new story arc that started with Chimes at Midnight with Toby May Jazz uentin and Tybalt taking down the ueen of the Mists and installing her with the person who should have held the title after her father was murdered; Arden Windermere But nothing is ever easy for Toby or her friendsFull Review Gizmos Reviews Market Paperback 368 pagesPublished September 1 2015 by DAW

  9. Pippa DaCosta Pippa DaCosta says:

    2 stars Goodreads rating 'It was okay' and it was I adore this series especially the last couple of books But this one just left me feeling completely flat Deposed ueen of the Mists is back trying to kill Toby who isn’t? but this time she has a sidekick in the King of Silences who uses changeling servants and generally treats anyone not pedigree fae as trash Toby gets involved—by way of an ambassador role—along with Tybalt May and WaltherAnd yeah that's kind of it I kept waiting for something to happen Some oomph At 80% I commented on this You will not fuck with me right nowI am here as a diplomatic emissary and you are going to start respecting that title if I have to punch every single one of you assholes in the throat There's my Toby Go kick some ass girl I was so ready for the showdown the payoff Toby kicking some ass 80% in let’s do this but it didn’t happen Nothing happened You could skip this book entirely and you won’t miss anythingThe only saving grace was Tybalt More Tybalt Gimme gimme gimmeThere’s a beautifully touching scene where Tybalt explains how he feels and I totally welled up Tybalt gets me in the feels every time Tybalt is the reason this book as any stars at all And maybe uentin ‘cos he’s cute and I love what’s hinted at with himLook I rate a book on how I feel about it I feel really mean giving it 2 stars but that's the truth And this one just didn't mesh with me But I still love the series and I will read the next books because I KNOW Seanan will deliver the goods

  10. Veronica Veronica says:

    I won this ARC through Goodreads' First Read giveaway and it was another excellent adventure with Toby and her family by choice This book had a less frenetic pace than the last two books which is fine by me since I thought Toby and her crew lacked some breathing room in those That's not to say that this book was dull or lacking in any way Seanan McGuire continues to add layers to this fae world of her creation and the stakes are no less dire for Toby or well anyone But Toby is facing a battleground that is unfamiliar to her and winning is going to take than sheer determination this time Luckily for her she has the best backup any Changeling Knight could wish for as she travels to new kingdoms and meets new allies as well as new and old foes And Tybalt? Well he's just about perfect But ah you see I will have a wedding night So long as you do not steal that from me I can endure any trial the world sees fit to set before me

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A Red Rose Chain ❴Read❵ ➭ A Red Rose Chain Author Seanan McGuire – Thomashillier.co.uk Things are looking upFor the first time in what feels like years October “Toby” Daye has been able to pause long enough to take a breath and look at her life—and she likes what she sees She has Things are looking upFor the first time in what feels like years October “Toby” Daye has been able to pause long enough to take a breath and look at her life—and she likes what she sees She has friends She has allies She has a suire to train and a King of Cats to love and maybe just maybe she can let her guard down for a changeOr not When ueen Windermere’s seneschal is elf shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences Toby finds A Red eBook Ú herself in a role she never expected to play that of a diplomat She must travel to Portland Oregon to convince King Rhys of Silences not to go to war against the Mists But nothing is that simple and what October finds in Silences is worse than she would ever have imaginedHow far will Toby go when lives are on the line and when allies both old and new are threatened by a force she had never expected to face again How much is October willing to give up and how much is she willing to change In Faerie what’s past is never really goneIt’s just waiting for an opportunity to pounce.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 358 pages
  • A Red Rose Chain
  • Seanan McGuire
  • English
  • 02 March 2016
  • 9780756408091

About the Author: Seanan McGuire

wwwmiragrantcom author of Feed and DeadlineBorn 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 CoonI do not check this inbox Please don't send me messages through Goodreads; they won't be answered I don't want to have to delete this account.