Blog Tour | Review: The Brightest Fell


Contains an original bonus novella, Of Things Unknown!

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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Warning! Mild spoilers below.



After so much turmoil in her life, Toby finally has a chance to relax. In fact, The Brightest Fell starts off with her bachelorette party at a karaoke bar which ends perfectly with no trouble at all. Now all she wants to do is relax at home with Tybalt, Cait Sidhe fiancé. Unfortunately, Toby receives an unexpected visitor which is none other than Amandine, her mother. What reason does Amandine have for visiting Toby? Amandine wants no demands that Toby look for her half sister August who no one has seen in decades. Due to various reasons, Toby refuses but that doesn’t stop Amandine who decides to take Tybalt and Toby’s friend Jazz as hostages until Toby finds August. As a result, Toby is forced to seek the help of one of the few who knew August best, Simon Torquill who is not only August’s father but Toby’s enemy.

Overall, I believe Seanan McGuire did a wonderful job with The Brightest Fell. Its definitely one of the strongest books of the October Daye series that she has written. At long last, we finally get to meet Amandine. Now after finishing the book, I hope we don’t have to see her again. All those previous mentions of Amandine made her sound  horrible and vain but they pale in comparison to the actual person. I knew Toby’s relationship with Amandine was bad but I had no idea that it was that bad. There’s also a novella at the end like in Once Broken Faith and it features April O’ Leary. Don’t want to spoil too much of it but let’s say that a certain storyline from A Local Habitation is finally resolved.



*I received The Brightest Fell from Berkley Publishing Group – DAW via Netgalley in return for an honest review.*

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