Release Day Review: Sleep No More by Seanan McGuire

Series: October Daye #17
Genre: Urban Fantasy

October is very happy with her life as the second daughter of her pureblood parents, Amandine and Simon Torquill. Born to be the changeling handmaid to her beloved sister August, she spends her days working in her family’s tower, serving as August’s companion, and waiting for the day when her sister sets up a household of her own. Everything is right in October’s Faerie. Everything is perfect.

Everything is a lie.

October has been pulled from her own reality and thrown into a twisted reinterpretation of Faerie where nothing is as it should be and everything has been distorted to support Titania’s ideals. Bound by the Summer Queen’s magic and thrust into a world turned upside down, October has no way of knowing who she can trust, where she can turn, or even who she really is. As strangers who claim to know her begin to appear and the edges of Titania’s paradise begin to unravel, Toby will have to decide whether she can risk everything she knows based on only their stories of another world.

But first she’ll have to survive this one, as Titania demonstrates why she needed to be banished in the first place—and this time, much more than Toby’s own life is at stake.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

After being left on a gripping cliffhanger in the previous book, I was eagerly anticipating "Sleep No More" to see what would unfold next. Although I usually don't prefer 'amnesia' tropes, I was intrigued to see how Seanan would handle it. As the story progressed, I found myself piecing together the puzzle little by little, and I appreciated how the author skillfully portrayed an alternative world.

The vivid depiction of October's journey, pulled from her reality and thrust into a twisted version of Faerie manipulated by Titania, captivated me. Witnessing a different side of October while glimpses of her true self shone through was truly engaging. The struggle of the characters trying to break the spell and convince October of her situation added depth to the plot.

Throughout the book, there was never a dull moment, and I thoroughly enjoyed the seamless blend of action, magic, mystery, and humor. The inclusion of emotional moments added a touching dimension to the story. Overall, "Sleep No More" proved to be a fantastic addition to the series, certain to delight fans. I'm now excited to dive into the next book, which offers Tybalt's perspective on the events, and I'm eager to experience how he perceived everything.


Seanan McGuire
SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant.
Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard.
She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.

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