Review: The Brightest Fell
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Brightest Fell (October Daye, #11)The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Seanan McGuire continues to be one of my favorite urban fantasy authors.
In this latest addition to the October Daye series, Toby faces the threat of losing the family she's created for herself if she can't bring the family she was born into (but wants no part of) back together.

Toby is a snarky, practical woman who is easy to empathize with in most situations. She is joined on this adventure by her squire, who readers of the series will already know well, and Simon --- Toby's ex-nemesis turned savior and sort of father figure. Most of the internal arc of this adventure is about Toby getting to know Simon better, and realizing that even good people can make terrible decisions. She herself questions how far she'd go, what travesties she'd commit, to save someone she loves.

Toby's world is a mix of modern day San Francisco and the magical realms of faerie hidden just beyond mortal perception. McGuire blends those two realities seamlessly, creating a rich and truly unique setting.

The writing is smooth, fast-paced, and engaging, creating a compelling story that's hard to put down.

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