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Book Review: Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4) by Seanan McGuire

Title: Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4)
Author: Seanan McGuire

Pages: 372

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: DAW


With the threat of Lily’s, Lady of the Tea Gardens, life at risk, and being accused of another one’s life being at risk, Toby has her hands full. That is, until a past enemy, Oleander de Merelands, returns with an accomplice. The two have a sinister plot, and it’s up to Toby and her friends to figure out what is happening and to stop before anymore get hurt…or worse, killed.

my review

Fourth book in the October Daye series and I really enjoyed reading this book!

We learn something very interesting about Toby in this book. Without giving much away, it does explain Toby’s uniqueness and it makes me curious how it will play out in future installments. It also makes me even more curious about her mysterious mother. Wonder if we’ll learn more about her. I found it really interesting how we learn the connection between Toby and the antagonist, Oleander, which wasn’t a connection that I would’ve necessarily made before this book, but it was interesting all the same.

Most characters are so great to read about and really enjoyable to read. Tybalt, King of Cats, continue to be my absolute favorite! There’s just something about his character that is so endearing and captivating that I can’t help but want him and Toby to be together. We’ll see if they do and if they, we’ll see how the author will put them together. The Queen of Mists continues to be quite unhinged, and that is especially true here. She definitely adds a great element to the story. Her seeming insanity makes me curious of what makes her act the way she does.

Again, this was an easy read and one that was fairly fast-paced. Seanan McGuire has a way of sharing her stories in very interesting ways. I love how with each book, she gives more and more of Toby’s fae world and the creative magical elements. She seamlessly weaves these elements within the chapters that it becomes easy to be pulled into this magical world.

Unfortunately, there were a couple of aspects of this book that became kind of tiring. For one, the amount talk about dress changes and how each change isn’t appealing is not only redundant but doesn’t really add to the plot much. For another, there is a lot of back-and-forth of the different locations that Toby goes and returns to. It seemed like once she arrived to one place, she had to automatically leave to simply return to the place she just came from. These could easily be overlooked, and it doesn’t deter me from wanting to continue the series, but it does knock a star from this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, regardless of the two criticisms I had. I definitely plan on continuing the series!

My Rating
4 out of 5 stars


I would recommend this book to those who enjoyed the first three books in the October Daye series, and for those who enjoy urban fantasies featuring a young woman who is considered a hero.

Other Books in the Series

(click on the image to read review)

October Daye, #0.5
October Daye, #1
October Daye, #2
October Daye, #3

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