My love for the Toby Daye series officially knows no bounds. At the very start of Ashes of Honor I was completely in love. By the closing of the cover when I finished, I was completely over the moon. It is so rare when a series progresses by leaps and bounds in terms of characters, world building, and evoking magic with every word. If I could I would step into this world and never come back out. This is one of the best books of 2012 and I can’t wait to see where Ms. McGuire is going to take us from here.
It has been a long year since the events in One Salt Sea. Toby has tried to move on, concentrating on her responsibilities. But careless of her well-being has become a hallmark of her behavior. To make matters worse, she is approached by Etienne to find his daughter Chelsea, a changeling he never knew about. Chelsea can teleport like her father and she is powerful beyond words. She is traveling to worlds that were closed long ago and punching holes in Faerie as she goes. If she isn’t found and stopped she could destroy all of Faerie. No pressure, right? Luckily Toby takes being a hero seriously. But will she succeed or will her sorrow and loss stand in her way?
It’s been almost a year since October “Toby” Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities—training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills—but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters.
To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight, Etienne, who didn’t even know he was a father until the girl went missing. Her name is Chelsea. She’s a teleporter, like her father. She’s also the kind of changeling the old stories warn about, the ones with all the strength and none of the control. She’s opening doors that were never meant to be opened, releasing dangers that were sealed away centuries before—and there’s a good chance she could destroy Faerie if she isn’t stopped.
Now Toby must find Chelsea before time runs out, racing against an unknown deadline and through unknown worlds as she and her allies try to avert disaster. But danger is also stirring in the Court of Cats, and Tybalt may need Toby’s help with the biggest challenge he’s ever faced.
Toby thought the last year was bad. She has no idea.