When Sorrows Come by Seanan McGuire

December 8th, 2023 Kimberly Review 4 Comments

8th Dec

It’s wedding time in When Sorrows Come by Seanan McGuire. Toby’s wedding has been planned and its time to travel to High Court in Toronto. Of course, things are never easy and when a plot to overthrow the High Throne itself is discovered threatening all the Westlands, Toby must intervene. The tale that unfolds was suspenseful, romantic, and full of surprises.

When Sorrows Come by Seanan McGuire
When Sorrows Come
by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #15
Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 12 hours and 13 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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Toby's getting married! Now in audio, the 14th novel of the Hugo-nominated, New York Times-best-selling October Daye urban fantasy series.

It's hard to be a hero. There's always something needing October "Toby" Daye's attention, and her own desires tend to fall by the wayside in favor of solving the Kingdom's problems. That includes the desire to marry her long-time suitor and current fiancé, Tybalt, San Francisco's King of Cats. She doesn't mean to keep delaying the wedding; it just sort of...happens. And that's why her closest friends have taken the choice out of her hands, ambushing her with a court wedding at the High Court in Toronto. Once the High King gets involved, there's not much even Toby can do to delay things...

...except for getting involved in stopping a plot to overthrow the High Throne itself, destabilizing the Westlands entirely, and keeping her from getting married through nothing more than the sheer volume of chaos it would cause. Can Toby save the Westlands and make it to her own wedding on time? Or is she going to have to choose one over the other?

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Finally, the wedding we’ve been waiting for is about to take place or will it? Toby left all the planning, from the date to the arrangements, to Tybalt and friends. On the eve of their departure, she learns they will travel to the High Court for her wedding and everything is packed. It was so exciting!

When they arrive ahead of guests, things aren’t quite right and the tale that unfolds kept me listening into the wee hours. Someone or something is trying to overthrow the High Throne. Murder, imposters, and chaos await you.

Of course someone was murdered, of course people aren’t who they seem and who is trying to overthrow the High Court? Toby has no choice but to investigate. In typical McGuire fashion, I was kept guessing whether Toby would wed, let alone survive. Secrets are revealed. You’ll be annoyed by a guest who could intervene and doesn’t.

You’ll have to listen for yourself to see if Tybalt finally gets his bride. I loved this tale from beginning to end and have so much to say, but alas, spoilers. Just know that it was brilliant, terrifying and left me spent.

Mary Robinette Kowal’s narration was delightful. I love that I immediately know what character is speaking. She captures Toby and Tybalt wonderfully.

Perfect for fans of urban fantasy, slow-burning romance, found family and faerie. McGuire’s world-building is beyond impressive and she has endeared me to both the world and the characters.

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When Sorrows Come by Seanan McGuire, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal, has Tybalt wondering if he'll ever be wed when Toby investigates murder and treason within the High Court. #audiobookreview Click To Tweet

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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4 Responses to “When Sorrows Come by Seanan McGuire”

  1. ailyn koay

    i feel like this story would make an awesome dungeons and dragons quest. Your goal is to get Toby and Tybalt to the throne, in ONE piece! bonus points if you don’t rip the wedding outfits?