Review: Ashes of Honor

Ashes of Honor
Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Still recovering from the aftermath of her last case, Changeling PI, Toby Daye, is struggling to live up to her responsibilities. The last thing she wants or needs is a new investigation. But things never did run smoothly for Toby, so when a fellow knight approaches her with a request to find his missing daughter, she soon finds herself in pursuit of a young girl with the power to destroy all of Faerie if she isn’t stopped.

Definitely the best installment in the series both in terms of plot and character development.

The plot is comprised of several seemingly separate storylines that all eventually come together to form a cohesive whole. While some are predictable, others are surprising and result in some compelling twists. The action scenes are exciting and there are one or two very dicey moments for Toby and her allies.

In terms of the world building, readers are introduced to several knew locations in the fae universe and the descriptions are, once again, rich in detail and symbolism.

Of course, the true highlight of the story is Toby’s interactions with her makeshift family. Now that Connor is out of the picture, Toby finally comes to her senses and realizes that Tybalt has always been “The One”. Raj and Quentin, May and Jaz, and even the Luidaeg all put in an appearance and demonstrate just how far Toby has come in accepting that she is loved.

All in all, this series is fulfilling its potential and it looks the Pure Bloods’ despicable attitude toward the Changelings will be coming to a head in the next book. Looking forward to it.
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