Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.
Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.
Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.
As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.
Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.
Worldbuilding: The fantasy world of the October Daye series is delicious, full of monarchy and nobility with all the due intrigue and power struggle. The fantasy elements are not rich, but beyond tich and entirely fascinating. The wealth of species, skills, and tensions was entirely intoxicating, and yet clear to newcomer to the series – mea culpa, this is my first of the series!
Characters: Toby was entirely charming, strong, smart, capable, and entirely irresistible. I loved her loyalty, the way she takes care of her loved ones. Toby was a more complex character than I might have expected, she’s a mother, someone who’s lived through a lot, who lost a lot, and who braves on. I fell in love with her resilience, her stoic attitude and the creative way she made use of all that she knows. A strong, knowledgeable, charming, resourceful woman, and dare I say it, an inspiring character.
I lover her and Tybalt’s love and the way it did or didn’t fit into the grander scheme of things, and how they managed that. There was a generous kind of love there that is a message that many should hear, feel, and put into practice – if you ask me.
Plot: The political intrigue that’s at the basis of the murder-mystery is rich and delicious, making the read tense yet not tiring. It’s a pleasant pace of events, with goodies for a puzzle-solving-lover like myself. The action was alert and exciting, without becoming tiring. I loved it! The romantic angle was also present, with a sort ongoing romance thing that I don’t generally go for, but utterly loved here.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Toby’s POV. Loved her voice.
Curb Appeal: Kickass cover, hooking blurb, and an auto-buy author name for me from now on – impulsive buy material for my UF cravings.
Once Broken Faith was entirely entertaining, fun, and exciting! The murder mystery, royal and nobility intrigue, awesome fantastic elements, and entirely addictive MC make me recommend this baby to lovers of UF, paranormal mysteries, amateur sleuth fans, and to fans of complex, rich awesome reads. Big, big like, and one of my fav reads of the year so far, meaning a Bomy Award of Excellence for the perfect balance of nearly all the elements that I personally love!