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Seanan McGuire is the missing princess of Urban Fantasy

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Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.

Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.

Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.

As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.

Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.

It’s common that a series has an ebb and flow to it. It’s entirely subjective, of course, and one woman’s favorite book may be the least favorite of someone else. The Winter Long (you’ve read it, right?) was insanely good — the revelations therein were intense, and it was obviously created to be a pinnacle in the series itself, surrounded by smaller (though no less lovely) mountains. This was my first impression, and Red Rose Chain (though I loved it, I promise!) did not prove me wrong. Not every book can be like The Winter Long, right?

And then Once Broken Faith came along and blew me away. I read it in one sitting, on my iPhone, courtesy of Berkley Publishing and Netgalley. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the screen. Even in that slow, sweet start meant to be a preemptive balm against the shattering things that come after. Seanan McGuire does something amazing with her craft in this. The building tension, the heartbreak, the characterization… all of it.

You don’t want to miss this one. You don’t even want to wait a week or so and mosey on down to the bookstore, because you don’t even know it, but you need this book so much.

J Wilbanks

J Wilbanks

Reviewer and Columnist at Galleywampus
She has a cat.
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