Sunday, November 12, 2023

Sleep No More by Seanan McGuire
October Daye #17

Title: Sleep No More
Series: October Daye #17
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publisher: DAW Books
Release Date: September 5, 2023

October is very happy with her life as the second daughter of her pureblood parents, Amandine and Simon Torquill. Born to be the changeling handmaid to her beloved sister August, she spends her days working in her family’s tower, serving as August’s companion, and waiting for the day when her sister sets up a household of her own. Everything is right in October’s Faerie. Everything is perfect.
Everything is a lie.

October has been pulled from her own reality and thrown into a twisted reinterpretation of Faerie where nothing is as it should be and everything has been distorted to support Titania’s ideals. Bound by the Summer Queen’s magic and thrust into a world turned upside down, October has no way of knowing who she can trust, where she can turn, or even who she really is. As strangers who claim to know her begin to appear and the edges of Titania’s paradise begin to unravel, Toby will have to decide whether she can risk everything she knows based on only their stories of another world.

But first she’ll have to survive this one, as Titania demonstrates why she needed to be banished in the first place—and this time, much more than Toby’s own life is at stake.

Gosh, how did I miss a new Toby book? My only excuse will be (once again) my work. 

I strongly recommend reading these books in order to experience the world Seanan McGuire has created.

Toby is like a dear old friend who runs into trouble but has learned to have others with her when the battle is about to happen.

The last book was a shock for all of us.  It also ended in a HUGE cliffhanger. So please don’t read below if you don’t want to get spoiled about the last book.


In this new world that Titania has created, Toby is no one. She has been placed in Faerie with the sole purpose of caring for her sister August. Her father Simon treats her well and her mother, Amandine is still not a good mother.

Toby who is a changeling is delegated as the "help". She is not a fighter. She follows the rules she is given.  She is meek and living in a tower without any real interaction with the courts. She is no hero.

Then the weirdest thing happens, Toby is told that her current reality is nothing but a lie created by Titania. The more blood Toby is in contact with, the more flashes she sees of another life that she doesn't know but maybe she should be part of.

I’m not going to lie, it was extremely hard to see Toby so weak. This Toby wouldn’t dream of talking back to any pureblood or of breaking the mold, fighting for a different life for all changelings. 

The only thing that made it bearable was seeing how little by little we got glimpses of the real Toby and by the end, you knew she was going to do what she does best: Create some chaos and defeat the current threat.

If I could change something from Sleep No More it would be the amount of pages Tybalt has. He deserves so much more. A true King of Cats.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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