The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

September 14th, 2023 Kimberly Review 5 Comments

14th Sep

I have been devouring the October Daye audiobooks. Today, I have The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire. This is the eleventh novel in the series and they just keep getting better. No rest for our hero, it seems. Come see why I am loving this series….

The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire
The Brightest Fell
by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #11
Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 11 hours and 36 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.5x

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 100 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.


Just when things seem to be normal, the doorbell rings and in walks your mother. The next thing you know, two of your inner circle are taken hostage and you have to find your missing sister, August to save them. Only August has been missing for a hundred years… where to begin?

Amandine the Liar is wickedly scary…like mommy dearest scary. She rips people out of Toby’s life and demands she find her true daughter. From the first chapter, I was all in and devoured this in just a few sittings.

It was hard. People we care about get hurt, Toby will have to pay, and some who harmed her are redeemed. We will travel the road by candlelight again and there will be danger and bargains met before it is all done.

McGuire’s work has made me grow attached to these characters. Not all those in fairy are to be feared, but their games and nonsense hurt the innocent. The more we learn, the more I understand why Toby stepped up and became the hero she is.

The story wraps up nicely, but we know danger is just around the corner. Mary Robinette Kowal has become the voices of these characters, from the Sea Witch to Quentin. She enhances this already brilliant storyline and I highly recommend listening.

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About Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather. When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats. Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the "Velveteen vs." superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now.

About Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Spare Man,The Glamourist Histories series, Ghost Talkers, and the Lady Astronaut Universe. She is part of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Uncanny, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary Robinette, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. She lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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