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The Brightest Fell

de Seanan McGuire

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Séries: October Daye (11)

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Things are slow, and October "Toby" Daye couldn't be happier about that. The elf-shot cure has been approved, Arden Windermere is settling into her position as Queen in the Mists, and Toby doesn't have anything demanding her attention except for wedding planning and spending time with her family. Maybe she should have realized that it was too good to last. When Toby's mother, Amandine, appears on her doorstep with a demand for help, refusing her seems like the right thing to do...until Amandine starts taking hostages, and everything changes. Now Toby doesn't have a choice about whether or not she does as her mother asks. Not with Jazz and Tybalt's lives hanging in the balance. But who could possibly help her find a pureblood she's never met, one who's been missing for over a hundred years? Enter Simon Torquill, elf-shot enemy turned awakened, uneasy ally. Together, the two of them must try to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Mists: what happened to Amandine's oldest daughter, August, who disappeared in 1906. This is one missing person case Toby can't afford to get wrong.… (mais)
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This wasn't my favorite of the series. The asshole quotient was way too high for me. ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
I was watching the number of pages left, so I wasn't expecting The Brightest Fell to end in such a dark place. (The last 60 pp are a novella I haven't read yet.) And then it was 1:50am and I couldn't sleep. Take that as a warning.

I like when McGuire shows the dark, harsh side of faerie, something closer to the spirit of almost every folktale she draws on. The harshness of faerie is talked up in the other books in the series, but in practice most of the bad stuff is counteracted by the end of the book, or maybe the one after. I suspect a lot of what happened in this book is also going to be Fixed at some point (except Amandine, who is finally revealed to be a real piece of work, whew), but meanwhile we are left with lots of consequences and everyone is worse off at the end of the book than they were at the start.

This summer I experienced a violent event, and it's made me think a lot about violence in fiction and how trauma is or isn't represented. I didn't find The Brightest Fell's take as (personally?) compelling as that of He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian*, but it's certainly something that McGuire is thinking about in this book.

On a technical level, I loved that this is one of the books where lots of dangling threads from earlier stories get picked up, and there's some great character and relationship development (though May and Jazz, as always, feel like an afterthought). On the other hand, it's a little over-written. I realize that we needed something substantially happy and fun at the beginning to set off against the rest of the book, but the bachelorette party dragged on and on. (a. I don't care about the Toby/Tybalt relationship, b. Toby just exclaims over how embarrassed she is, repeatedly, for approximately 700 pages.) There were other points where I had to take a moment to goggle at how many different metaphors and similes could be packed into a single paragraph. I want to give it 4 stars for the plot, but the writing drags it down to a solid 3.

* So yes, part of the reason I've been posting less on GR is that I spent a couple weeks in August/September blazing through about 1,000 pages of [b:Welcome to Night Vale|23129410|Welcome to Night Vale (Night Vale, #1)|Joseph Fink|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1447774088s/23129410.jpg|42677282]/[b:His Dark Materials|18116|His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)|Philip Pullman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1442329494s/18116.jpg|1943518] crossover fic. I highly, highly recommend it.

ETA: went back and finished the novella a few days later.
TALK ABOUT A FIX-IT!
TALK ABOUT NOTHING HAVING ANY CONSEQUENCES EVER!
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  caedocyon | Feb 23, 2024 |
This was a really compelling story. I enjoyed all the weird family dynamics. ( )
  msmattoon | Aug 24, 2023 |
Toby's mum arrives and insists that Toby finds her daughter, only that's complicated, and messy and involves waking Simon and Toby's mum kidnapping Tybalt. The rescue has implications for the future but that will be in another few books. ( )
  wyvernfriend | May 3, 2023 |
All right, book 11 in a series is perhaps not the best book to start with. But, I "discovered" Seanan McGuire thanks to her Wayward Children series and thought I try this, the latest book to see if it's to my liking.

Now, the book is perfectly all right, it was a lot to take in, a lot of characters to get to know, and a lot of history, but I enjoyed learning more about Toby, her friends, and family, etc. However, the story was a bit slow, with the hunt for Toby's sisters August not awfully thrilling. It's started off amusing with the bachelorette party for Toby, then Amandine, her mother shows up and kidnaps two important people in Toby's life and she will only get them back if she finds August. Yeah, she makes Joan Crawford feel warm and cuddly. I liked the story, but I did not love it. But, it did make me interested in reading the previous books.

In the end, I will say that it was a pleasant book, I liked the characters, it was not hard to get into this book and understand what was going on, I just wish I had connected more with the story. The interesting thing is that there is a novella at the end of the book, which stars April O'Leary. And, story-wise was the novella much more interesting than the book's story.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Jul 23, 2022 |
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Things are slow, and October "Toby" Daye couldn't be happier about that. The elf-shot cure has been approved, Arden Windermere is settling into her position as Queen in the Mists, and Toby doesn't have anything demanding her attention except for wedding planning and spending time with her family. Maybe she should have realized that it was too good to last. When Toby's mother, Amandine, appears on her doorstep with a demand for help, refusing her seems like the right thing to do...until Amandine starts taking hostages, and everything changes. Now Toby doesn't have a choice about whether or not she does as her mother asks. Not with Jazz and Tybalt's lives hanging in the balance. But who could possibly help her find a pureblood she's never met, one who's been missing for over a hundred years? Enter Simon Torquill, elf-shot enemy turned awakened, uneasy ally. Together, the two of them must try to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Mists: what happened to Amandine's oldest daughter, August, who disappeared in 1906. This is one missing person case Toby can't afford to get wrong.

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