Review: The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

Review: The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuireThe Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #11
Published by DAW on September 5th 2017
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley
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For once, everything in October “Toby” Daye’s life seems to be going right. There have been no murders or declarations of war for her to deal with, and apart from the looming specter of her Fetch planning her bachelorette party, she’s had no real problems for days. Maybe things are getting better.

Maybe not.

Because suddenly Toby’s mother, Amandine the Liar, appears on her doorstep and demands that Toby find her missing sister, August. But August has been missing for over a hundred years and there are no leads to follow. And Toby really doesn’t owe her mother any favors.

Then Amandine starts taking hostages, and refusal ceases to be an option.

Seanan McGuire slays with her newest installment in the October Daye series, The Brightest Fell. This book finally features more of Toby’s elusive mother, Amandine, and Toby’s enemy, Simon Torquill.

If you’ve read the books and remember correctly, Simon Torquill was the evil dude from book one who had turned Toby into a fish for years. Now she’s stuck working with him. Strangely, as much as you want to hate the guy, there’s just something about him that makes you want to forgive him.

Given that this is book 11 in a series, it’s hard to review it without giving anything major away. However, I can say that from the first book to now, this book definitely shows how much Toby has grown as a character, especially when you look at her interactions with Simon and her other relationships. There’s your usual X amount of days type quest, threats/help from the Ludaig, learning more about the fae and the world Ms. McGuire has created, and a lot of Toby doing her best to help the people she loves.

Bottom line: this is a series worth reading.

About Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is the author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. She's also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, Ms. McGuire fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. She watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share her house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).


Author: Kim

Everything can be made better with a good book or some relaxing knits. 😀 Find me on IG @kimberlyh12 or on Twitter @enervated.

6 Replies to “Review: The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire”

  1. I do love seeing character growth in a story. Glad you enjoyed this one.

    1. I recently did a reread of this full series, so it made it so clear how far the characters had come since the start. It’s pretty awesome.

  2. I really do want to read more from Seanan McGuire. This sounds like a great series. I am glad to hear that you are enjoying it 11 books in!

    1. If you like Seanan McGuire, then this is definitely the series to check out. 🙂

  3. This is actually new to me, but the books seem pretty interesting. Wow, 11th in the series? Damn, it’ll take me months to catch up. Nice review though, glad you liked this one 🙂

    1. I’m glad I could introduce you to this series! It may be 11 books so far, but they’re easy to read urban fantasies. So the stories and characters will snap you up from the start and keep you going till you run out of books to read. At least that’s how it was for me. Haha. 😉 If you give it a try, I’d love to know what you think of it!

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