Be the Serpent

October Daye #16

English language

Published June 20, 2022 by DAW.

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4 stars (1 review)

October Daye is finally something she never expected to be: married. All the trials and turmoils and terrors of a hero’s life have done very little to prepare her for the expectation that she will actually share her life with someone else, the good parts and the bad ones alike, not just allow them to dabble around the edges in the things she wants to share. But with an official break from hero duties from the Queen in the Mists, and her family wholly on board with this new version of “normal,” she’s doing her best to adjust.

It isn’t always easy, but she’s a hero, right? She’s done harder. Until an old friend and ally turns out to have been an enemy in disguise for this entire time, and October’s brief respite turns into a battle for her life, her community, and everything she has ever believed to be …

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A Visit with Old Friends

4 stars

This is the sixteenth in the October Daye urban fantasy series by Seanan McGuire. She's been building this rich, interesting series and illuminating its various nooks and crannies for quite some time. As a result, each new entry in the series (which arrive like clockwork every fall) works as much like a very enjoyable visit with old friends as it does like a book. The downside of that is that there's only so far she can go -- we want to recognize those old friends after all. But, she does a good job of keeping her characters growing and changing and, as a result, interesting. As expected, a very enjoyable read.