Series: October Date #9.3
Author: Seanan McGuire
Released: August 2nd, 2016
Full of Briars is set following the events of Chimes at Midnight, but before The Winter Long. You can read it later (I am), but I would strongly urge against reading it sooner, as there will be spoilers.
Young Quentin Sollys is known by many names and titles. Squire. Friend. Crown Prince. He has loved his time as October Daye’s squire, and likes himself better thanks to her influence on his life. Yet even he knows that someday he’ll have to walk away from that life.
“Sometimes I felt like my time with Toby was turning me into an excellent knight and a terrible king, and the worst part was that I liked myself better this way.”
Aww! It’s my first Quentin short story! I have no idea if this is the last, but frankly, I doubt it. It’s fun seeing the world from his perspective. From how he views Tyblat and Toby, to looking back on all the ways that he has changed.
It made for a surprisingly introspective piece, but it is very fitting given the events unfolding in this short. Also, there are some really sweet undertones and moments that can not (and should not) be ignored here. Absolutely worth reading! Especially for fans of the younger cast of characters (Quentin, Raj, etc).