Late Eclipses

It's no secret that I adore this series (see prior staff picks), but Late Eclipses is my favorite Toby Daye book yet.

I'm tempted to list all the things that this series doesn't do, like turn to formulaicism or easy answers, or try to one-up its own conflicts.  But that wouldn't be helpful, and this book deserves reasons why it's good, not just why it's not bad.

It's good because the plot is tightly-written:  People around Toby start getting sick, getting poisoned.  It has to be Oleander - or is Toby crazy?  It's good because the setting is tangible:  This fairyland has pathways into a vibrant San Francisco and pitfalls that could last a lifetime or more.  It's good because the characters are real: they need naps, they drink coffee, they grieve their loved ones, their actions take tolls on them and have actual consequences.

I devoured Late Eclipses in four hours, and reading it made me want to start the series over again and read them all together (which I'm sure I'll do by the time book 5 comes out in September) to appreciate their flavor and context.  It's smart, engrossing, and the only reason I could put it down is because I didn't want it to be over yet - so I saved the last two chapters 'till the end of the week!  

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ISBN: 9780756406660
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Daw Books - March 1st, 2011