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A red rose chain por Seanan McGuire
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A red rose chain (edição 2016)

por Seanan McGuire

Séries: October Daye (9)

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Things are looking up. For the first time in what feels like years, 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 squire to train and a King of Cats to love, and maybe, just maybe, she can let her guard down for a change. Or not. When Queen Windermere's seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences, Toby finds 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 imagined. How 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 gone. It's just waiting for an opportunity to pounce.… (mais)
Membro:Je9
Título:A red rose chain
Autores:Seanan McGuire
Informação:London : Corsair, 2016.
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It was entertaining but I have questions. Spoilers below asterisks.
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What was motivating our Cu Sidhe double agent? Really didn't get that and I was disappointed after coming to like her brother so much in earlier books.
Elf shot has been used a few too many times as a convenient neutralizer for multiple powerful characters. Really glad old Walther has whipped out his history changing counter potion. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Thus he that overruled I oversway'd,
Leading him prisoner in a red-rose chain:
Strong-tempered steel his stronger strength obey'd,
Yet was he servile to my coy disdain.
-William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
...
"It's not that I don't like the new Queen an'all, but every time I go with you to visit royalty, somebody winds up dead or exiled or whatever..."


Now that was the fairy tale I wanted. So now to try to review it. The previous book, [b:The Winter Long|15748529|The Winter Long (October Daye, #8)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1397500522s/15748529.jpg|21440957], was supposed to be things coming to a head, mysteries revealed, story arcs examined. To an extent, I suppose it was, but I felt it raised many more questions than it answered. (Also, the villain was barely there.)

This book? This book wraps up some flippin' loose ends. Oh, yes. And the biggest loose end it addresses?

I laughed, unsteadily. "Let's see. The woman we thought was done threatening my life and transforming my jeans into elaborate formalwear is not only still in the business of doing both, but she's managed to produce a King who'll back her up...".

Many reviewers seem to feel that the political intrigue in this installment is boring and filler. I say Faery is nothing without its intrigues and there is no filler anywhere in this series, but going in I was expecting a resting stroke in the pattern similar to what we got in [b:A Local Habitation|6782465|A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309537085s/6782465.jpg|6984561] and [b:Ashes of Honor|10184345|Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1333382143s/10184345.jpg|15083372]. That is not this book. Because in this book, our beloved hero of the realm goes toe to toe with a certain old enemy, one who has, truth be known, caused her at least as much pain as the enemy revealed in the last book, and I was on the edge of my seat with every confrontation. Also, the new villain also introduced is much more front and center, completely involved in the whole affair, so it is easy to connect with the new story. Also, off the top of my head, two people get shot (and two more sort of get shot), there's Goblin Fruit, and there's a torture session. How is that boring politics? The lady deserves better readers, she does.

This book also concerns itself intimately with the unfolding consequences of Toby's nature in new and surprising ways. I found it a relief that these issues are beginning to be directly addressed, as the avoidance up until now has been cheapening the series. The implications of the things Toby can do are now front and center, along with a return to the series' ongoing themes of power and responsibility. I especially loved this bit on heroism from Toby:

Being a hero isn't something that's come naturally to me. I became a detective because I was stubborn, and because Faerie doesn't encourage the sort of relentless curiosity that I've always exhibited. That never made me good at it--just determined enough that I could usually shake the world until an answer fell out. ... I just wasn't sure it was a good idea to approach heroing the way I'd always approached detecting. Can you really shake the world until justice falls out? At this point, did I have a choice one way or the other?

So, overall, a hugely satisfying entry in the series. Also, lots of Walther. Yay, Walther! And much more May than we have been seeing. Yay, May! (I had to.) Only a little Danny, but every bit helps. And Danny is right, people are going to end up dead or exiled or whatever, and that is a good thing. This is a great book.

P.S. If you have never before encountered this series, don't start here. This is book nine. Start at the beginning, with [b:Rosemary and Rue|6294549|Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1406866868s/6294549.jpg|6478937].

P.S.S. Book ten, [b:Once Broken Faith|15748538|Once Broken Faith (October Daye, #10)|Seanan McGuire|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-a91bf249278a81aabab721ef782c4a74.png|21440968], is now expected in September 2016. What to do until then? If you have not caught up on the short stories in the series, they are well worth your time. Three of them are available free from the author (in ePub, Mobi, or PDF) at http://www.seananmcguire.com/tobyshorts.php.

If you have not tried her other series, I highly recommend both [b:Indexing|17907054|Indexing|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1369528556s/17907054.jpg|25089153] and [b:Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots|16008471|Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots (Velveteen vs., #1)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352920240s/16008471.jpg|21774658]. I am not as wild about the Incryptid stories, but many people love them: [b:Discount Armageddon|11402002|Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, #1)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317332235s/11402002.jpg|16334571] and [b:Sparrow Hill Road|17666976|Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Stories, #1)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1384978942s/17666976.jpg|24661595]. Her short stories are also well worth your time, but you will have to get ahold of the the various anthologies they are in. Her full bibilography is here: http://seananmcguire.com/other.php.

P.P.S.S. I may be back to add a more spoilery section here when I have more time and room to think. Or not. We'll see. Sorry this is not the best review in the world; I'm having trouble pulling everything I'm trying to say together here, but really the most important thing I have to say is read this book. It's well worth your time. ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
Excellent. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Brutal, October. Brutal! ( )
  m_mozeleski | Aug 22, 2020 |
The series is still good and and still going strong!

The Knight Hero of the realm is about to go on a quest 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? Sorry.

Still, 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 unique abilities or certain deposed queens, 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 cover!

I 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.

( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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Things are looking up. For the first time in what feels like years, 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 squire to train and a King of Cats to love, and maybe, just maybe, she can let her guard down for a change. Or not. When Queen Windermere's seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences, Toby finds 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 imagined. How 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 gone. It's just waiting for an opportunity to pounce.

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