Friday, 14 September 2018

Review: Suffer a Sea-Change - Seanan McGuire

Follows Gillian's POV through some of the events of Night and Silence, and slightly afterwards.

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)
Jealous in Honor (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Quick in Quarrel (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 Ambitious Ocean (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
These Antique Fables (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Of Things Unknown (Short story included in The Brightest Fell)
Night and Silence
Suffer a Sea-Change (Short story included in Night and Silence)
When Sorrows Come (2019)

Visit Seanan McGuire's website for more information

Review:
Suffer a Sea-Change is a novella included in Night and Silence that shows some of the story (and a little beyond) from the point of view of Toby's daughter Gillian. It's really hard to talk about what happens in this story without giving spoilers for Night and Silence so I'm going to keep this review pretty vague and I want to warn you not to read this before the full length book.

I've never really been that interested in Gillian's character, she's been estranged from Toby for so long and I'm not sure why but in my head she's always seemed really young even though she's now at college studying and probably about the same age as Quentin really. Night and Silence had some really interesting revelations about Toby's past and her relationship with Cliff and Gillian though so this was a perfect follow up and I really enjoyed getting the chance to see Toby through Gillian's eyes.

You can't really blame Gillian for being resentful, she was very young when Toby vanished and since Cliff believed she'd willingly run off and abandoned them he never tried to help mend their relationship when Toby returned, in fact he went out of his way to keep Toby out of their lives, so Gillian doesn't really have a lot of reason to trust Toby. I was glad that she seemed willing to think about things from Toby's point of view though and although there is a long way to go before Gillian will ever trust her mother I really hope we'll see them build bridges as the series continues. Whatever happens certain revelations are bound to have a big impact so it's going to be interesting to see what happens!

Source: Short story included in Night and Silence

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