By Seanan McGuire
Issues are taking a look up.
For the 1st time in what seems like years, October "Toby" Daye has been in a position to pause lengthy adequate to take a breath and consider her lifestyles -- and she or he likes what she sees. She has pals. She has allies. She has a squire to coach and a King of Cats to like, and perhaps, simply possibly, she will be able to enable her protect down for a change.
Or now not. whilst Queen Windermere's seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by means of brokers from the neighboring state of Silences, Toby reveals herself in a job she by no means anticipated to play: that of a diplomat. She needs to go back and forth to Portland, Oregon, to persuade King Rhys of Silences to not visit struggle opposed to the Mists. yet not anything is that easy, and what October reveals in Silences is worse than she could ever have imagined.
How a ways will Toby cross whilst lives are at the line, and while allies either previous and new are threatened by way of a strength she had by no means anticipated to stand back? How a lot is October prepared to renounce, and what sort of is she keen to alter? In Faerie, what's previous is rarely particularly gone.
It's simply expecting a chance to pounce.
A Red-Rose Chain is the 9th installment in Seanan McGuire's city myth October "Toby" Daye sequence.
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You just want to be the one driving. " "Control issues," she said. " "With me, it's less an issue and more a fact of life,"'she said calmly. " I glowered out the front window of her car and looked up at the apartment building where one Anna Ash was presumably hosting a meeting of the Order of the Large Cooking Po—er, uh, Cauldron. Murphy had found a spot on the street, which made me wonder if she didn't have some kind of magical talent after all. Only some kind of precognitive ESP could have gotten us a parking space on the street, in the shadow of a building, with both of us in sight of the apartment building's entrance.
But its quiet solidity and lack of inflection went perfectly with her quasi-lifeless eyes. I traded an uneasy glance with Murphy, then looked back to Anna. "Ms. " I asked her. "Give me your word. " That's serious, at least among wizards in my league. Promises have power. One doesn't swear by one's magical talent and break the oath lightly—to do so would be to reduce one's own strength in the Art. I didn't hesitate to answer. " She let out a short, quick breath and nodded. "Very well. I promise to behave as a host, with all the obligations that apply.
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