Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.
Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.
As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.
Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.
The central character in Once Broken Faith is Toby who has had a checkered life to say the least. Part human, part Fae, and all hero of the realm she serves. As this series has progressed, so too has Toby but the price she has paid of pain, blood, and almost crippling loss leaves a bad taste in this my mouth. Yes, the author breathes vision and harsh reality into the October Daye series, but sometimes I really want Toby to come out smiling!
Okay, this is the Fae as I've always imagined them. Not cute, pretty, and happy to grant wishes but cruel, ambitious, self-serving, and politically manipulative. Hey they might eschew outright bloodshed and instead prefer to use the loss of a hundred years’ immortality as punishment; but this book puts the use of the elf shot firmly in the firing line.
The story starts with such a human touch as Toby hosts a teenage sleepover but quickly turns into the crazy, politically correct world of court as nobility meets to decide the future of so many. Yet, as usual when Toby is around, bad things do happen and soon there's actual death in the hallowed halls. So can Toby protect secrets and yet at the same time discover who the murderer is? She isn't a political genius but Toby does understand court etiquette and right now with so much in play the last thing anyone needs is the chaos and disorder that seems to follow Toby around!
If you are a longtime fan you will love Once Broken Faith but I feel for new readers, the beginning might be a tad too slow. It is very much about the politics of the Fae and took a while to really get going but when the action took over, I was routing very much for Toby. I did like seeing characters from previous books show up and there's certainly growth as there's a feeling of change in the air. Yet there's still more to come for readers, of that I'm sure and the short addition at the end about Queen Arden just points the way.
I was gifted a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.