The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
(Description nicked from B&N.com.)
“Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.
She was wrong.
It’s time to learn the truth.”
I feel like I’m watching one of those commercials for a “very special episode” of a TV show: “Tonight, her world will fall apart… tonight, everything changes.” You can hear the drama in announcer’s voice, feel the tension in the slow motion, shadowed camera shots! Granted, you can’t get that in a book, but still, it’s the thought that counts.
I joke a bit, but I really did like this installment of the October Daye series. The author includes a forward in which she states that all the other books have been leading to this one, and that it’s a big turning point in Toby’s story. And boy, is she right, in so many ways. It’s hard to really do a review of this book because there’s too much possibility of giving something away. Sometimes I sneak into spoiler territory, but I’d rather not do it here. It’s just too much fun to read through all the antics on your own.
Prepare to see characters you haven’t seen in a while. Prepare to see strong characters falter. Prepare for sudden revelations and relationships strained to the breaking point. Basically, whatever you think you’re ready for, amp up your readiness, because it’s one wild ride. The pace does not let up and there are plenty of “Oh my God!” moments to keep the tension high.
McGuire is always an author to watch, and she just gets better and better with every book. This is her inaugural series, and it combines all the best elements of her writing: the little flashes of humor, the moments of deep character connection, the neat integration of the real and the fantastic, and the taut plotting filled with possible consequences for our heroine.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—if you’re a fan of urban fantasy, you’d better be reading this series, and if you’re not, why aren’t you? The Winter Long takes the tale of Toby’s adventures to an entirely new level and makes me extremely impatient for the next installment.