Series Sunday: Toby Daye by Seanan McGuire – Post Thirty Two of Stay Home Order

Welcome to Urban Fantasy week! One of my absolute favorite sub-genres of fantasy. Last week I was feeling off and didn’t make as many posts, but this week will likely be jam packed with content as I have a lot to shout about!

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I started reading this series back in 2017 in anticipation of the author, Seanan McGuire, visiting ARCHON. Admittedly, I had not made it very far into the first book by the time the convention rolled around, so I had very little context for all the questions Seanan was answering about Toby. And I wish I could go back now with all my newfound knowledge of the series in order to better understand!

This is one of those series that just gets better as the series progresses due to the author’s writing evolving and growing over time. Seanan is also ridiculously good at telling a story over a series. All the plot threads that have been introduced and criss-crossed and followed through on. I am in awe of her skill and hope that someday I can tell a story half as good.

Found this amazing piece of art on Unicorn Empire’s tumblr from 2016.

So this series follow October “Toby” Daye, a changeling on the outskirts of the fae community living under the radar in the San Francisco area, as she tries not to die while following the directives given to her by pureblooded monarchy and “betters.” Each book is a fully contained story while adding to the over-arcing narrative. That being said, definitely read this series in order! The way the characters change, grow, and interact is very realistic, and the author knows how to write authentic emotions.

I have been slowly savoring the series ever since starting it and loving it; however, the author announced that she plans on providing a preorder enamel pin to readers who have ordered the newest Toby Daye book through specific independent bookstores that have signed up for the promotion. I have put in my order through Borderlands Books, the author’s local favorite, and now I must finish reading the other books to be up-to-date by September.

I have never wanted a book related enamel pin more than this adorable fish!

I have finished the first eleven books and will be starting the twelfth very soon. Then, I either have to wait until September to receive my copy of the mass market of book thirteen or hope that I can get it through the library interlibrary loan program. We’ll see if that possibility pans out. I’m both excited and sad to be caught up since this series has become a favorite, and once I get caught up, I’m back to waiting for the next book to release!

Series Sunday: Loom Saga by Elise Kova

I finally finished an Elise Kova series!!  I don’t know what took so long, but I’m happy to say that I loved the Loom Saga and hope the author revisits someday.  But the characters, storyline, world, and pacing were wonderful.  There may be spoilers in the short reviews down below, but I’ll try to avoid them as much as possible.  Check this series out if you like dragons, magic, and/or floating islands.

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Series Sunday: Review & Fanart!: Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Since learning I could listen to audiobooks at work, my two favorites, so far, have been Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight and Godsgrave!  There was even a scene in Godsgrave that I really wanted to recreate.  I let it percolate in my mind for a little bit before sketching it out and stippling the entire thing.  Although this piece was on 9×12 paper and relatively small, the tiny dots made my hand cramp up and it took a bit longer to finish.  But I can officially say that I have completed it 🙂  I’m so proud of my little picture.

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Series Sunday: Green Rider series by Kristen Britain

For this installment of Series Sunday, Green Rider by the fabulous Kristen Britain takes center stage.  This is the ONLY author that I’ve followed and continue to enjoy the series even with a 3-5 year gap between volumes.  Yes, you read that correctly!  The fans wait up to 5 years between stories, and it’s due largely to the incredible complexity that is woven into the each book.  Also, there is usually no major cliffhanger, just lots of little threads that span the whole series.

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Series Sunday: Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews

I’m going to try out something a little new, a little different.  There are so many series that I love to follow, re-read, or want to dive into, so I’ve decided to start highlighting some of those on Sundays with an on-going series of posts about series. 🙂

To start it off, I want to talk about the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, which I only just started reading last year or late the year before, but they are so easy to devour and I’m already caught up to book 9.  I still need to read that one, but I’m comfortable enough with the series to share some overall thoughts before I finish it.

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