Once Broken Faith
October Daye, Book#10
By Seanan McGuire
Author’s Website: http://www.seananmcguire.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
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.
Once Broken Faith takes place a few weeks after the events of Red-Rose Chain, the story starts with a lighter mood that the previous books of the series. Toby is preparing to have a sleepover for her squires and friends. The kids have arrived, the food is ready, and Toby is having a great day, but duty calls. Toby receives an unexpected guest, Queen Windermere, who asks her to help awake her friend and brother from Elf-shot against High King Sollys orders. As being the Hero of the kingdom, Toby goes and help her; they manage to wake the Queen’s Seneschal Madden, but the High King arrives earlier and stops them from waking up the Queen’s brother. To decide what to do with the new discover Antidote for Elf-shot, High King and Queen Sollys have decide to have a meeting with all the Kings and Queens of the North America region. Because of Toby’s involvement, she needs to be present in the audience and be near all the pureblood regents. But like any other book in the series, a dead body shows up, and this time is a King. Now Toby needs to find the killer and save the other regents, while trying to convince them that to allow the use of the antidote.
Like the previous book in the October Daye series, I loved Once Broken Faith. In this book we are seeing Toby be happy, but we also see how much she has grown since she was that frighten woman that got out of the pond a few years ago. She has friends, family, a fiancé, and people that have her back. But in this world, Fae exist, and happiness has a price; Toby is the Hero of the realm, and she has to protect it.
What I liked about this book was that we meet new characters and races of Fae. Some of the regents are the standard Fae that we have met before, but others are completely new. Another thing about this story is that we get to learn more about the abilities of other characters that we haven’t seen in a while. *Spoilers* More seers.
I loved the formality of the courts and that Toby hates them, but knows how to perform them. I was pleased to read the announcement of a pureblood’s death, it has been a long time and it brings back memories,
“’When the Root and Branch were young, when the Rose still grew unplucked upon the tree; when all our lands were new and green and we danced without care, then, we were immortal. Then, we lived forever…’
I hadn’t said those words in years – not since I’d told the false Queen of the Mist that Evening Winterrose was dead…
‘We left those lands for the world where time dwells, dancing, that we might see the passage of the sun and the growing of the world. Here we may die, and here we can fall, and here His Highness Antonio Robinson, King of the demesne of Angels, has stopped his dancing ‘”
As time goes by and Toby gets used to her bloodline, I believe that she is starting to find her place within the Fae. She helps others and is starting to change the world around her. I think that she is starting to become what her bloodline is supposed to do, change.
Death and murder follow Tody, she is the girl that is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. But she is also the girl that will do everything that she can to make things right, even if it means jumping to her death.
If you are a fan like I am of Seanan McGuire and the October Daye series, then I recommend you, Once Broken Faith. Here, Toby will do everything in her power to keep those she loves safe and awake because not everybody likes change.