Author: Seanan McGuire
Released: September 4th, 2012
Ashes of Honor is the sixth novel in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, and it’s amazing to see how far Toby has come in this time. She’s still getting herself into all sorts of trouble (no surprise there) while also being one of the most chaotic knights around.
This novel brings a whole different quest to Toby, and from an unlikely source. She’s been tasked to find a missing kid (a job that hits close to home, in her case). Only the kid, Chelsea, isn’t human, but a changeling. One who’s never faced the changelings choice. And that makes her a risk for everyone, but even Toby is shocked by the chaos this one girl leaves in her wake.
Ashes of Honor was an amazing and perfect novel in so many aspects. I know that fans of the series are going to love this one as well and with good reason. Here we get to see Toby at her finest, with all the danger and chaos that made us fall in love with her in the first place.
“Sometimes I wonder if it’s because you spent so long lost that you must insist on bringing every lost thing home.” (Seanan McGuire, Ashes of Honor)
Ashes of Honor ended up being everything I had hoped it would be, and so much more. And I seriously mean that. I’m not going to go so far as to say that it’s my favorite in the series – I still have at least six more books to go through, after all. But it is high up there on the list.
I’ll admit that I felt a little bit of trepidation at starting this novel. Not because I didn’t want to see what happened next – I desperately did. But because I was still reeling, emotionally, from what happened at the end of One Salt Sea. I’m glad I just kept on reading through, it was worth it.
I think the one thing that made me love this novel right off the bat was the person who brought the job to Toby. Etienne is not a character I ever expected to hear straying from the rules, and certainly never to this extent. It sort of opened my eyes to how faerie works, and how things can happen despite the rules and best intents involved. It’s fascinating.
I love how this novel took Toby (and Quentin, and Tybalt) all over the place. It was brilliant to get a chance to see some locations that we’ve been away from for too long. And, of course, it’s always a delight to see Toby interacting with those characters.
And by the way, when I say all over the place, I really do mean it. Toby got to venture to places that she likely never even dreamed of seeing. I’m sure that we’ll see some longer-term consequences for that, down the road. But only time will tell.
Chelsea is an interesting character, and while I enjoyed reading about her, what I enjoyed more was seeing the ripple effect heading out from her. The way her parents were handling things, the way people treated Toby or the situation at hand. All of it. Some of these moments really brought home situations Toby has had to face in the past. Others were mirrors for what she’s facing now. It was all excellently done.
Finally, can I just say that this novel had me squealing? I hadn’t expected that, given the events in the last novel. But I am so very grateful for it regardless. I swear, the more I see Tybalt, the more I adore him. And I’m certain that I’m not the only one.
In short, Ashes of Honor was brilliant, and I can’t wait to get started on Chimes at Midnight. I suppose that’s the nice thing about being so behind in a series, huh? Wish me luck!