Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Published by Brillance Audio on Nov 1, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
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With Blind Michael and his Hunt safely behind her, October "Toby" Daye is doing her best to settle back into a normal routine—or as normal of a routine as she can manage, with her personal Fetch now paying half the rent. Still, things seem to be mostly under control...until the events of a single night send everything reeling. Now, with the Queen of the Mists watching her back and the Lady of the Tea Gardens deathly ill, Toby has no choice but to get involved, no matter how much she wants to avoid it.
The trials ahead will be some of the worst faced by Toby and her strange band of allies, and not even Tybalt will be able to escape totally unscathed. What's worse, the Luidaeg is unavailable to help them. This time, they're on their own. And people keep making Toby wear dresses, which is just adding insult to dangerous injury...
The crying! I was not expecting so much death and sadness. I really didn’t think an urban fantasy series could make me cry so much, but the last book got me started, and this one was just such a bawl fest. It was unexpected, and makes me realize how emotionally attached to the characters I am. It was so heartbreaking, but there were also some really sweet parts.
I said that book 3 was my favourite of the series so far, and I have to change that now to say that book 4 is my new favourite. The narration of this book matched the first two books, and was spot on. There is a maturity to the voice that fits Toby, and the voices for the other characters are distinct and recognizable.
I want to wail and complain about the deaths in this book, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’m just going to sit in a corner sobbing. It’s just so unfair, and makes me very worried about what will happen in future books. Any author that kills beloved characters is frightening!
The one element I didn’t really care for is the developing love triangle between Toby, Conner, and Tybalt. That’s just because I’m team Tybalt all the way though. Conner needs to just back up and get the heck away from her. Tybalt is way more amazing that Conner will ever be.
Overall, this story was amazing. I love this series, and can’t wait to see what happens next. If my heart can take it. If this book and the last one are any indication, I’ll need to keep my tissues handy. Seriously, when did urban fantasy get so emotional?