Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire
My Rating: 5+ out of 5 Stars
POSSIBLE VERY SLIGHT SPOILERS ALERT!
When I finished Ashes of Honor last night, I was dancing on the seat of the Comfy Chair, fist-pumping, and yelling “Yes, YES, YEEEESSSS!!!” I can guarantee that this was not a pretty sight, but what else could I do? The book was definitely a home run for Seanan McGuire, and celebration was required! And for those who have been following this very good series, may I just say the reason is simple: Tybalt, Tybalt, TYBALT! There. Now you know. I love the King of Cats. LOVE. HIM. How can you not squeeeeeeeeee like a fan-girl when an author has created a character as wonderful as Tybalt?
If you have read none of the Toby Daye books, you’ll just have to take my word for it, until you pick up the first book, Rosemary & Rue, and start reading the series for yourself. McGuire’s world building is second to none in this genre, and as the series progresses, you are taken deeper and deeper into the complexities of the world of the Fae, complete with the personification of many Celtic myths and legends, and the complicated politics of the various Royal Courts. (And by the way, for those interested in such things, like me, the very beautiful titles of the books come from Shakespeare, and the referenced quote appears on the first page of each one.)
A week ago, I would have been hard-pressed to pick a favorite from this series–the one with Blind Michael, where the horrified night-whispers of “He rides….” make you shiver down to your toes? Or the one set in the vast and frighteningly beautiful undersea world of mermaids and selkies? Maybe the one that introduces the wonderful barghests and thorn goblins? I honestly would have had trouble choosing. But now I have no doubt in my mind. Ashes of Honor is far and away the best of the bunch, and that’s saying a lot.
I had found myself getting a bit frustrated with Toby’s hard-headed refusal to see what was right in front of her through all these books, but she has finally redeemed herself and is now back in my good graces. Oh, heck…why are you wasting time reading my rhapsodical review? Just go get the book, and see for yourself, if you’ve been following the series right along. If not, go get all six books, listed in order below. If you love well written urban fantasy, with unique and interesting characters, you won’t be disappointed. That’s MY story, an’ I’m stickin’ TO it!
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