Sunday, 24 September 2017

Review: The Voice of Lions - Seanan McGuire

Several years after Stage of Fools, and moving us a little closer to Tybalt's eventual departure from London. Everyone knows it's not going to be easy.

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:
The Voice of Lions 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!

This story fits into the timeline about seven years after Stage of Fools (and will contain spoilers for that story to make sure you read them in order!) and lets us see what life is like for Tybalt now that his sister and niece have retuned to his court. He still hasn't opened up Londinium to any of the other Cait Sidhe but the three of them are happy and it's nice to see that Tybalt is no longer alone. As much as he adores Colleen it is his niece that has completely stolen his heart and Cailin brings out a more playful side of him that we've not really seen in any of the other books. So you can imagine both Tybalt and Colleen's reaction when Cailin goes missing, there is nothing on earth that would stop those two bringing her home and they will destroy anyone who tries to stop them.

This was a fun short story that gives us a bit more information about the Shadow Roads, lets us take another trip into faerie and allows us to see a new side of Tybalt's character. I loved seeing how much more relaxed he is with his family and it was nice to see him with family after how alone he was in the first few Londinium stories. It is also a very good lesson into why you should never cross a Cait Side, especially not a King and a Princess!

Source: Purchased

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