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A Foundational Story
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2022
The most important thing to know about The Winter Long is that it's a central story in the October Daye Series. In her Introduction, Seanan McGuire writes this,
"Welcome to The Winter Long. This book was one of the first I fully plotted, back when this series was a glimmer in my eye and a fantasy for the future. Everything I have done with October’s world to this point has been for the sake of getting here, to the book that you now hold in your hands."
Indeed, I have learned that McGuire's sagas are planned from the center out. Seven books ago, McGuire began to tell us a story that she knew was going to lead us, in the course of time, to this one. The Incryptid Series is much like this: the central stories in that are the story of Sarah, which appeared in book nine and ten, and the story of Alice and Thomas, which will first appear in book eleven, due out in March 2022. Indeed, there is even a fundamental similarity between the central Incryptid and October Daye stories, about which I will reveal no more details.
In fact, I can't even say much about the plot of this book without spoiling it. Because it is in the publisher's blurb, I will allow myself this much: The Winter Long is as much about the past as the present. You will realize after reading The Winter Long that the events of Book one, Rosemary and Rue, were much different than they appeared in that book. Simon Torquill, who appeared in Rosemary and Rue as the villain who caused Toby to lose 14 years as a fish in Golden Gate Park, appears again and has something to say for himself.