Sunday, January 14, 2024

The Innocent Sleep by Seanan McGuire
October Daye #18


Title: The Innocent Sleep
Series: October Daye #18
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publisher: DAW Books
Release Date: October 24, 2023

For one bright, shining moment, Tybalt, King of Cats, had everything he had ever wanted. He was soon to set his crown aside; he had married the woman he loved; he was going to be a father. After centuries of searching for a family of his own, he had finally found a way to construct the life of his dreams, and was looking forward to a period of peace—or at least as much peace as is ever in the offing for the husband of a hero.

Alas for Tybalt and his domestic aspirations, fate—and Titania—had other ideas. His perfect world had been complete for only a moment when it was ripped away, to be replaced by hers. Titania, Faerie’s Summer Queen, Mother of Illusions and enemy of so many he holds dear, has seized control of the Kingdom, remaking it in her own image. An image which does not include meddlesome shapeshifters getting in her way. Tybalt quickly finds himself banished from her reality, along with the Undersea and the rest of the Court of Cats.

To protect his people and his future, Tybalt must find the woman he loves in a world designed to keep her from him, convince her that he’s not a stranger trying to ruin her life for no apparent reason, and get her to unmake the illusion she’s been firmly enmeshed in. And he’ll have to do it all while she doesn’t know him, and every unrecognizing look is a knife to his heart.

For Tybalt, King of Cats, the happily ever after was just the beginning.

This was like a Christmas gift! Being in Tybalt's head was great!

Despite knowing what was going to happen after reading Sleep No More and following Toby's journey of self-discovery,  The Innocent Sleep shouldn't have surprised me, right? Yet, Seanan McGuire was able to pull it off.

McGuire gave us enough changes to make it worth it. I'm not going to lie, it was painful seeing Tybalt suffering not knowing what had happened to Toby, and then when he found out where she was and what happened to her,  he realized that nothing could be done for several months.

Tybalt embarks on a journey of his own. He needs to find enough allies who will be ready to help and fight for what is right and real.

I can't wait for what is next. but at the same time, I know this series is ending and I will be so sad when it is all done. Toby is an amazing heroine.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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