Sunday, 1 October 2017

Review: Instruments of Darkness - Seanan McGuire

Things are getting tricky in old London...

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:
Instruments of Darkness 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!

Set in 1711 there's another 2 year gap between this story and the last but it doesn't look like Tybalt's court has grown much bigger. Tybalt's niece Cailin, has had a playmate her own age since the arrival of Chalcedony and her family but she still refuses to shift to her cat form no matter how much fun she could have if she did. It's time for Tybalt to get to the bottom of things once and for all but the answer is something he never could have expected.

I'm so happy that Seanan McGuire is slowly filling in Tybalt's backstory, I love his character so much and I really enjoy spending time with the Cait Sidhe. She does such a brilliant job of making them act in cat like ways but also adding a human element to them. This one has a really beautiful conversation between Tybalt and Cailin as they have a heart to heart about the other half of her family, the half that wanted nothing to do with her from the minute she was born. The way he reassures her was just totally heart melting.

Source: Purchased

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