Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Review: No Sooner Met - Seanan McGuire

It may have taken them years to reach the point of admitting that there was a mutual attraction between them, but now that they have, it's time for October Daye and Tybalt to begin exploring their relationship, such as it is, and deciding what it is going to mean for them going forward. But when an old-fashioned pureblood and a modern changeling decide to court, what form can that courtship possibly take?

It's time for a first date, a first romantic encounter, and a first assassination attempt. Just the usual assortment of complications for a man, a woman, and the complicated world between them. And of course, it doesn't help that the man is a King of Cats, and has his own share of demons to bring to the table...

"No Sooner Met" is best read after Ashes of Honor, and contains spoilers for the series up through book six.

October Daye Series:
In Little Stars (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Rosemary and Rue
A Local Habitation
An Artificial Night
Late Eclipses
Through This House (Short story in the Home Improvement: Undead Edition anthology)
One Salt Sea
In Sea-Salt Tears (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Ashes of Honor
Rat-Catcher (Free short story available on the Lightspeed Magazine website)
No Sooner Met (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Chimes at Midnight
Never Shines the Sun (Short story included in the print version of Chimes at Midnight)
Forbid the Sea (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Stage of Fools (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Voice of Lions (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Act of Hares (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Instruments of Darkness (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
With Honest Trifles (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
In Deepest Consequence (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Winter Long
Heaps of Pearl (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Shore to Shore (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Write in Water (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Live in Brass (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Fixed Stars (Free short story available on the Baen website)
A Red-Rose Chain
Full of Briars (Short story)
Once Broken Faith
Dreams and Slumbers (Short story included in Once Broken Faith)
The Brightest Fell
Of Things Unknown (Short story included in The Brightest Fell)
Night and Silence (2018)
When Sorrows Come (2019)

Visit Seanan McGuire's website for more information

No Sooner Met is another Tybalt POV story and it's available to download for free from Seanan McGuire's website. This book fits into the timeline after Ashes of Honor and it does contain spoilers for that book so I wouldn't recommend reading it beforehand.

I spent the first 5 books praying for Toby and Tybalt to act on the attraction that was so obvious between the two of them so I was over the moon when they finally admitted they had feelings for each other in Ashes of Honor. This story picks things up just after the book ends and shows us their first proper date told from Tybalt's point of view. Of course nothing is ever simple when Toby is involved so you can't have a date without an assassination attempt but I loved they way they handled things.

I just love seeing these two spending time together really and it was great to see just how important Toby is to Tybalt and the way he has been so patiently waiting for her to be ready for a relationship with him. They're still feeling their way in their burgeoning relationship but they are a ridiculously adorable couple and Quentin's little warning talk with Tybalt before the date started was hilarious.

Source: Downloaded for free from Seanan McGuire's website

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  1. Thanks for sharing. I had no idead you could download them for free from his website.

    Carmen / Carmen`s Reading Corner

    1. Seanan has a huge number of free short stories available on her website for both the October Daye and her Incryptid series. They're all really great so I'd definitely recommend checking them out but be careful to check the reading order so you don't accidentally give yourself spoilers!



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