By Seanan McGuire
Issues are having a look up.
For the 1st time in what appears like years, October "Toby" Daye has been in a position to pause lengthy sufficient to take a breath and examine her lifestyles -- and he or she likes what she sees. She has acquaintances. She has allies. She has a squire to coach and a King of Cats to like, and perhaps, simply might be, she will permit her safeguard down for a change.
Or no longer. while Queen Windermere's seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by means of brokers from the neighboring country of Silences, Toby unearths herself in a task she by no means anticipated to play: that of a diplomat. She needs to go back and forth to Portland, Oregon, to persuade King Rhys of Silences to not visit warfare opposed to the Mists. yet not anything is that straightforward, and what October unearths in Silences is worse than she may ever have imagined.
How a ways will Toby cross whilst lives are at the line, and whilst allies either previous and new are threatened via a strength she had by no means anticipated to stand back? How a lot is October keen to renounce, and what kind of is she keen to alter? In Faerie, what's earlier is rarely rather gone.
It's simply expecting a chance to pounce.
A Red-Rose Chain is the 9th installment in Seanan McGuire's city fable October "Toby" Daye sequence.
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Extra resources for A Red-Rose Chain (October Daye, Book 9)
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A Red-Rose Chain (October Daye, Book 9) by Seanan McGuire