October Daye, #1
Published Date: September 1, 2009
Publishing Co.: DAW
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I’ve come to find that the rule of thumb with all urban fantasy series is to try more than just the first book. I don’t think this one is going to be any different.
The October Daye series has been on my radar for a few years now. I was apprehensive for reasons I don’t remember but then I read a short story in an urban fantasy collection and decided it was time to give this one a try. I’m glad that I did. It didn’t knock me off my feet but I can see the potential.
Toby Daye was cursed by a fae while searching for missing persons. That curse turned her into a koi fish in some Japanese gardens. Time moves differently when you’re a fish that doesn’t necessarily always remember that it was once a changeling, half-fae, half-human. When the curse finally breaks, it’s fourteen years later. Her daughter is a teenager and neither her daughter or her lover wants anything to do with her. She rejects the fae community and lives a half-life, depressed and scraping by.
Then someone brutally murders one of the few friends that Toby has left in her life, that friend being full-blooded fae, who works a dying curse with her last breath. Toby must avenge her death or die herself. Nothing like the threat of death to kick start the will to live again. The quest reveals some ugly truths about other people Toby considered allies. Once again, her world is turned upside down.
I really enjoyed Toby’s character but had some issues with her choice in lovers. At the same time, I like a flawed character and I can see that growth is going to happen. I love that this series includes some fae types that you don’t read about in too many other series. I will be coming back for second helpings.