Sunday, 24 September 2017

Review: Stage of Fools - Seanan McGuire

An early Tybalt story, dealing with his time as King of Cats in distant Londonium, long before October, or San Francisco, or even North America.

Patreon-only story.

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)
The Winter Long
Heaps of Pearl (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Shore to Shore (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 the print version of Once Broken Faith)
The Brightest Fell
Night and Silence (2018)
When Sorrows Come (2019)

Visit Seanan McGuire's website for more information

Review:
Stage of Fools is a short story from Tybalt's point of view that can be purchased from Seanan McGuire's Patreon Page. She posts a short story there every month, some standalone but a lot linked to her October Daye series, and you can receive them for as little as $1 each (there are other perks available for higher amounts but $1 is the minimum). The great news is that signing up as a sponsor gives you access to all the previous short stories and we're up to 7 October Day stories now (5 from Tybalt's point of view plus an Aeslin Mice one for Incryptid fans) so it's well worth signing up!

So now we've got that public service announcement out of the way let's talk about this particular story. It's set in 1700, around 30 years after Rat-Catcher, so it's been a long time since he sent the rest of the Cait Sidhe away from Londinium. Tybalt has spent most of that time alone (apart from a brief and fairly disastrous romance that you can read all about in Forbid the Sea), he certainly hasn't spent any time with members of his Court so it comes as quite a shock when his sister Colleen turns up unannounced.

Colleen is in trouble, she has been wrongly accused of murder and if she can't prove her innocence then she'll be executed so she's turned to the one person who always did his best to protect her. Tybalt may have been a reluctant King but he loves his people, especially his last remaining sister, so you just know he'll do whatever it takes to help her. It was so great to see Tybalt shocked out of his monotonous and lonely existence and I'm really hoping that this is the start of him reopening his court and starting to et the Cait Sidhe return. Tybalt is as fantastic as ever and I can't wait to fill in more of his backstory with these short stories!

Source: Purchased

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