Cover Artist: Chris McGrath
Review by Gayle Surrette
DAW Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756408145
Date: 03 September 2013
List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Since the events of Ashes of Honor, October "Toby" Daye has had to admit to herself just how much Tybalt, the King of Cats, means to her. So they are settling into their relationship and recovering from their injuries. Life is getting back to normal.
Toby has noticed that there is more Goblin Fruit on the market lately. Goblin Fruit is a drug. For elves it gives them an amazing high with no real side effect but, for changelings, you get hooked with one dose and eventually die. Toby's old mentor worked to keep Goblin Fruit off the streets, but he's dead now.
A changeling seeks out Toby to tell her changelings are missing -- many of them. It doesn't take Toby long to put two and two together, but to prove it she has to find someone. Then, while on a patrol of the streets, she happens upon a changeling who has only just died. She waits until the night haunts come for the body to question them.
Now, it's up to Toby to find out where the Goblin Fruit is coming from and who is responsible. Unfortunately, she learns that the source is the Queen of the Mists and she sees no reason to worry about the lives of lesser beings -- in other words, so what if changelings are dying. For even questioning her, Toby is banished from her realm.
So, Toby has to find a way to reverse the decree, stop the sale of this deadly drug, and, oh, yes, stay alive while doing it.
Toby just never seems to catch a break. She goes about her life minding her own business, teaching her squire, trying to help others and wham she's up to her neck in threats, danger, assassination attempts, intrigues, double-crosses, and miscellaneous mayhem.
The usual characters are here and there's enough twists and turns and surprises to keep even the most jaded reader of urban fantasy turning the pages hoping against hope that somehow, someway, things will turn out okay. And I mean, okay in the way that will satisfy the reader and that can differ from reader to reader so some may be happy at the end and others ... not so much. All this reader can say is, I can't believe McGuire can come up with another adventure as riveting as this one. But then I say that after every book in this series.
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