“A Killing Frost” by Seanan McGuire: Riveting, Full of Twists

When October is informed that Simon Torquill—legally her father, due to Faerie’s archaic marriage traditions—must be invited to her wedding or risk the ceremony throwing the Kingdom in the Mists into political turmoil, she finds herself setting out on a quest she was not yet prepared to undertake for the sake of her future…. and the man who represents her family’s past.

One of the absolutely best parts of getting a new October Daye book by Seanan McGuire is knowing that it will be as riveting and as excellent as the first book in the series. At number Fourteen in the series, I’m amazed at the quality of the writing and how invested I am in the characters in these books. Seanan brings them to life in a way that few authors can. This book is no exception to her normal quality but I will say that this one was extra special to me in the way that Seanan takes the characters and adds in elements that, while are new, seem like an extension to and integral to the characters.

One of the biggest reasons that I loved this new novel so much is the twists in the story, the unexpected turns and new aspects to the story and the world. In the story, October must seek out Simon, her stepfather and if she does not find him, it could cause chaos but while unready for the quest, one of the changes is in October’s feelings toward Simon. She wants to find him, she wants to find a way to save him from the burden he’s taken on. While Simon has made bad choices, he’s always done to find a way back to his family, his daughter August. In this new understanding, we see an expansion of October’s character and ways in which she has grown. The changes to her and the development of Simon are what made this story so beautiful and compelling.

For me, the action was as fast paced and as engaging as every October Daye novel I’ve read and the plot weaves in the chase for Simon, not only to find him but to connect with him, to save him from his curse before chaos can overtake the rest of the kingdom. While I will never give away or spoil a novel, this book has revelations, not just of October and Simon but of other characters in the world and it has key twists that will keep you up late at night as you race to finish the book.

I won’t recommend you read this if you haven’t read the rest in the series but I will happily say go out and read the series, as this book takes all the elements of the previous novels to build on and I can’t wait for the next novel to see what Seanan McGuire comes up with next. Every time I think I know the world and the characters, she finds new ways to surprise and delight.

Rating: 5 out of 5 curses.

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