Be the Serpent

DAW. (October Daye, Bk. 16). Sept. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780756416867. $28. FANTASY
McGuire’s newest “October Daye” novel (following When Sorrows Come) places the titular hero in the center of dealing with the foundations of Faerie itself. October has accomplished one of the hardest quests of her life—she got married. Now with a husband and found family surrounding her, she has finally earned a respite from her duties to the realm from the Queen of the Mists herself. Of course, no hero really gets a break: October finds that death has struck again, far too close for comfort, and an old ally turns out to be an even older enemy. While she has fought for her life, her friends, and her realm over and over again, this time October must battle for Faerie itself. When the costs of the Broken Ride are counted, they may be higher than she can pay.
VERDICT The latest reveals from the ever-expanding history of McGuire’s world still hold surprises, while previous plot threads are closed off to prepare for the latest cliff-hanger. This action-filled urban fantasy series shows no signs of slowing down.
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