Review: When Sorrows Come by Seanan McGuire

Series: October Daye #15
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publisher: DAW
Released: September 14th, 2021
Received: Own

It’s here! Toby’s wedding is finally here! I bet we all thought that moment would never come around, huh? When Sorrows Come is the fifteenth (!!!) novel in Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series. This series is by far my favorite fae series to date.

People like October Daye don’t ever really catch a break. Even when off on the wedding of her dreams, Toby still ends up working. But let’s take a step back. The wedding is finally here, though Toby got a very short notice on the matter.

However, not all is well in the High King’s Court. So before the wedding can proceed, Toby will once again find herself bloody and neck-deep in politics. Just what she wanted. But as long as the wedding still happens, all will be well.

“I spent enough time very bitter indeed to understand that clinging to joy when I find it is the most essential thing in the world.”

Pardon me as I squeal for five minutes. I don’t normally freak out about weddings, but Tybalt is one of my favorite characters, so I am tickled to death that Toby is finally marrying him. That fact, combined with the long build-up, made When Sorrows Come such a welcome sight.

To be honest, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from the wedding. Was Toby going to get her happily ever after? Was something going to happen to cause a split? I knew that something would happen – I can’t think of a single book where Toby didn’t end up covered in her own blood, after all.

As such, I pretty much went into When Sorrows Come with little to no expectations. I was still blown away. The politics, the scheming, the endearing moments! It was all so much, and it succeeded in making me smile on more than one occasion.

Yes, this is a wedding novel; that much is obvious. But it is a wedding that is very much Toby’s. By that, I mean it is complicated and messy, with all her friends and family gathered around. Throw in a few bonus Tybalt scenes, and it is no wonder that I loved this book.

“If monarchs are that much against being overthrown, they shouldn’t do things that would make it seem like a good idea.”

If you haven’t been reading the series up until this point, you won’t have the faintest idea of what is going on. But if you’re a fan of the series, please do take the time to read When Sorrows Come. And when you’re done, read the attached novella, And with Reveling. You won’t regret it.

And with Reveling!

And with Reveling! Is the bonus novella included at the end of When Sorrows Come. It more or less continues on from exactly where the novel left off – with more wedding events. Please read this one if you’re hoping to get more details on the wedding, including fae traditions and the like.

Oh! And don’t forget all of the characters that make an appearance here. Many characters that had minor (or no) roles in When Sorrows Come had a bit more of an appearance here, some sweet, some funny, and some clearly setting up for something more in the future – which I can’t wait for, naturally.

And again, I’m just going to say it: Tybalt is my favorite character, so I am so happy for him here. Here’s to many more novels with Tybalt by Toby’s side!


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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