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Most exciting Toby book since The Winter Long and The Brightest Fell
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2020
So here we are at book 14 in the series. According to the blurb we know that:
"When October is informed that Simon Torquill—legally her father, due to Faerie's archaic marriage traditions—must be invited to her wedding or risk the ceremony throwing the Kingdom in the Mists into political turmoil, she finds herself setting out on a quest she was not yet prepared to undertake for the sake of her future.... and the man who represents her family's past."
Prepare yourself. Toby has to go looking for Simon, who has forgotten everything after trading places with August, which means he's also forgotten he loves Toby, and was none too thrilled with his service to the Winterrose.* Good times! Great way for a girl to prepare for her wedding! Going back onto the Rose Road is going to be loads of fun not just because of Simon's forgetting everything but because it means that Tobes gets to go ask her liege Sylvester's angry plant-based wife Luna for assistance that Luna won't want to give. And it all puts Toby on a path to a truly stunning series of events. The outcome of these events is going to track through quite a few novels ahead and for sure there will be a great deal of drama that stems from events herein. Even just the fact that Toby promises to expand Chez Daye for someone will have wild implications.
This installment left me so happy for some of the characters I can't tell you. And it sealed my conviction that something is up with some other characters, too. Prepare for amazing things! Prepare for justice and happiness (for those who deserve it) and prepare to be amazed at what you never saw coming.
*Full confession: A big part of me was glad that Toby goes looking for Simon because what happened to him really hurt my heart. He loves both his daughters and the unfairness of being so lost was pretty raw.
I received a digital review copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.