The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire

Rating: 5 stars

Series: Toby Daye #8

Word to the wise: read or reread the rest of the series before reading this. The revelations in this tie into events all the way back to the first book. I had many ideas about how this book was going to play out, but almost nothing happened like I thought it would. Some of the things that happened were completely unexpected. Things that happened in this will change the direction the rest of the series is going in. I loved the way things turned out!

Simon Torquill returns to cause trouble in Toby’s life. There is more to him than Toby ever thought there was. Finally clues that have been dropped since the first book have been explained although just as many new questions arise as old ones are answered. Toby learns to do some interesting things with her magic, which makes much more powerful than she was before. She finally knows who her true friends are. There were some people she considered friends or family whose true loyalty lies elsewhere.

The ending was such a pleasant surprise! I figured that would have happened at some point but not so soon. I can’t wait to see where things go from here because it will be different in the future!

Random thoughts:

Tybalt rocks! I love the way he expresses himself.

The Luidaeg is fucking awesome! I love her more than ever, and I thought she was pretty damn cool before.

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