This is book 9 in the October Daye series. Standard disclaimers about spoilers if you’re not caught up. Book one, Rosemary and Rue, is the place to start if this series is entirely new to you. It’s also the September 2015 pick for the Vaginal Fantasy book club.
Just as October “Toby” Daye, changeling knight and hero of multiple faerie kingdoms seems to be catching a break, having things go her way for a change, there are unexpected developments in the court of queen Arden Windermere and Toby is sent as an ambassador to the neighbouring kingdom of Silences (located in Portland), with only three days to prevent a war. King Rhys of the Silences was given his throne by the former Queen of the Mists, who was ousted when Toby discovered she was an impostor and located Arden Windermere to take her rightful place on the throne. It’s safe to say that he’s unlikely to be very receptive to Toby’s entreaties of peace, especially since he is also rumoured to hate and revile changelings.
While the Toby of old might have thrown herself into danger by herself, now Toby has friends, allies and a fiancee who isn’t about to let her leave his side if he can help it. Toby travels to the Silences with the King of Cats, her squire Quentin, her adopted sister May, her pet rose goblin and Walther, a former resident of the Silences. While they think they are prepared for anything, what they find when they arrive is worse than they had even imagined and it’s clear that their three days are not going to simple or peaceful ones. Toby is facing an enemy from her past she was hoping never to see again, and is going to have to use all her wits and allies to get out of the Silences alive.
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