Stuck between two worlds…
Who is October Daye?
Written by American author Seanan McGuire, this October Daye series is an urban fantasy series in which the world of Faerie never disappeared, it continues to exist parallel to our own.
To survive, the faeries rely on secrecy, but no secret can be kept forever. When the Fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. That’s how October “Toby” Daye, the daughter of Amandine of the Fae and a mortal man, was born, between two worlds. She hoped to leave the Fae world behind her, but things didn’t turn out like that. She has to work for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills, and prevents the worst that could happen to the Fae and the Mortal worlds.
October Daye Books in Order:
- Rosemary and Rue – The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls October “Toby” Daye back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery…before the curse catches up with her.
- A Local Habitation – Like her mother, October “Toby” Daye is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood. Sylvester has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning—otherwise known as Fremont, CA—to make sure that all is well with his niece, Countess January O’Leary, whom he has not been able to contact. It seems like a simple enough assignment—but when dealing with the realm of Faerie nothing is ever as simple as it seems.
- An Artificial Night – Someone is stealing both fae and mortal children—and all signs point to Blind Michael. When the young son of October “Toby” Daye’s closest friends is snatched from their Northern California home, Toby has no choice but to track the villains down, even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael’s realm and no road may be taken more than once. If she cannot escape with all the children before the candle that guides and protects her burns away, Toby herself will fall prey to Blind Michael’s inescapable power.
- Late Eclipses – Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, October “Toby” Daye must confront her own past as an enemy she thought was gone forever raises her head once more: Oleander de Merelands, one of the two people responsible for her fourteen-year exile.
- One Salt Sea – To prevent a war between land and sea, October Daye must not only find the missing boys, but also prove that the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction. She’ll need all her tricks and the help of her allies if she wants to make it through this in one piece.
- Ashes of Honor – It’s been almost a year since October Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities, but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters.
- Chimes at Midnight – Things are starting to look up for October “Toby” Daye. She’s training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down…at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit.
- The Winter Long – Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score. She was wrong. It’s time to learn the truth.
- A Red-Rose Chain – When Queen Windermere’s seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences, October Daye finds herself in a role she never expected to play: that of a diplomat. She must travel to Portland, Oregon, to convince King Rhys of Silences not to go to war against the Mists. But nothing is that simple, and what October finds in Silences is worse than she would ever have imagined.
- Once Broken Faith – Politics have never been October Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.
- The Brightest Fell – Things are slow, and October “Toby” Daye couldn’t be happier about that. The elf-shot cure has been approved, Arden Windermere is settling into her position as Queen in the Mists, and Toby doesn’t have anything demanding her attention except for wedding planning and spending time with her family. Maybe she should have realized that it was too good to last.
- Night and Silence – In the aftermath of Amandine’s latest betrayal, October Daye’s fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can’t sleep, Sylvester doesn’t want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest.
- The Unkindest Tide – Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong.
- A Killing Frost – When October Daye is informed that Simon Torquill—legally her father, due to Faerie’s archaic marriage traditions—must be invited to her wedding or risk the ceremony throwing the Kingdom in the Mists into political turmoil, she finds herself setting out on a quest she was not yet prepared to undertake for the sake of her future…. and the man who represents her family’s past.
October Daye Books in Chronological Order:
Those short stories take place before the main series began. That said, it is recommended to read them after having at least read two or three books in order to really understand what this is about.
- “The Fixed Stars” – There was a time when things were different. This is the story of the battlefield where it all began to change. Originally published in the anthology Shattered Shields.
- “Rat-Catcher” – All stories have to begin somewhere, and this is where the story of Tybalt, King of Dreaming Cats, began. Originally published in the anthology A Fantasy Medley 2.
- “Forbid the Sea” – For ten years, the young King of Cats known throughout the Kingdom of Londinium as Tybalt—once known to family and friends as “Rand,” a gentle Prince who had never aspired to the throne—had ruled his Kingdom alone, refusing to let any other of his kind enter the city while it is in his care. But even a King can get lonely…
- “Never Shines the Sun” – In 1959, Faerie came for a little changeling girl named October Daye and presented her with the Choice that her mother had been struggling to prevent her from ever needing to make. Included in the paperback edition of Chimes at Midnight.
The Main Series
- Rosemary and Rue
- A Local Habitation
- An Artificial Night
- Late Eclipses
- “Through This House” – The knowe known as “Goldengreen” has been locked and alone since the death of Evening Winterrose…which is why it’s a bit of a problem when Toby and her allies are called upon to reopen the knowe. Knowes can have minds of their own, you see, and they don’t take kindly to being disturbed.Originally published in Home Improvement: Undead Edition.
- One Salt Sea
- “In Sea-Salt Tears” – It was 1972, and a teenage girl named Elizabeth Ryan thought her world was coming to an end. The daughter of two Selkies, Elizabeth had just been passed up for a skin. But when a mysterious cousin who calls herself Annie appears, Elizabeth finds other things to think about…
- Ashes of Honor
- “No Sooner Met” – It may have taken them years to reach the point of admitting that there was a mutual attraction between them, but now that they have, it’s time for October Daye and Tybalt to begin exploring their relationship, such as it is, and deciding what it is going to mean for them going forward.
- Chimes at Midnight
- “Full of Briars” Quentin Sollys has survived more than he ever expected to. He’s a squire, working toward his knighthood; he’s a student, a friend, and well on his way to becoming a hero in his own right. None of this means he ever wanted to see his parents in a room with his knight, the often unpredictable and definitely complicated Sir October Daye.
- The Winter Long
- “Heaps of Pearl” – Baron Patrick Twycross was an unlanded, comfortably unambitious man. He knew that one day he might inherit his family’s estate, but as that day was hundreds of years and most of a continent away, he was content to spend his time fiddling in his workshop and trying to keep his friend Simon from doing something foolish enough to get himself killed. He was happy; he had no aspirations. So how did he wind up married to a mermaid?
- A Red-Rose Chain
- Once Broken Faith
- “Dreams and Slumbers” – By the standards of Faerie, Arden Windermere is little more than a child. Yet, despite her youth, she has already lost almost everything of importance: her parents, her brother, the life she expected to lead, the life she built for herself out of the ashes. Now Queen in the Mists, she is still struggling to find a place to stand. It seems impossible. And yet… Originally published in the print edition of Once Broken Faith.
- The Brightest Fell
- Night and Silence
- “Suffer a Sea Change” – A Toby-universe short story focusing on Gillian Daye-Marks as she adjusts to the events of the latest book. Available as part of the print edition of Night and Silence.
- The Unkindest Tide
- A Killing Frost