I just finished Late Eclipses (October Daye, Book 4) about five minutes ago after starting it last night. I would have finished it earlier, but it’s the weekend and my son insisted I play video games with him all afternoon. I did stay up last night until my eyes felt like they were going to bleed, trying to read just one more chapter, one more page, one more paragraph even! But one chapter ended with a doozy of a situation and I just had to know what happened next.
For those who aren’t familiar with the October Daye series, here’s a brief rundown. October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, half mortal/half faerie. In the first book, Rosemary and Rue , she is just emerging from a pond, where she spent the previous 14 years as a fish courtesy of Simon Torquill, the brother of her liege, Sylvester Torquill. Prior to her 14 years in the pond, Toby was a Knight in Sylvester’s court, Shadowed Hills. After she emerges, she tries to turn her back on Faerie and lead some semblance of a fully-mortal life. But the death of her friend, Countess Evening Winterrose, drags her back, quite literally. Winterrose curses Toby, binding her to investigate the Countess’ murder or suffer the fatal consequences.
In “Late Eclipses,” Toby receives a strange promotion immediately before finding out that an impossible illness is striking those closest to her. Soon after, she is accused of murder and must clear her name or, once again, suffer the fatal consequences. To make matters worse, an old enemy resurfaces (or is Toby finally going crazy like so many changelings before her?). It’s hard to summarize the plot without giving too much away if you haven’t read the previous books. But while the previous two sequels in the series almost had a stand-alone feel to them, “Late Eclipses” finally wraps up some loose ends and answers a few major burning questions that first arose in “Rosemary and Rue.” This book felt like the end of one long story-line and the beginning of another. It was definitely my favorite since ‘Rosemary and Rue,” and it left me anxiously waiting for September to arrive so I can see what happens next.