Ashes of Honor: An October Daye Novel

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Praise for the
October Daye
Novels


Rosemary and Rue
will surely appeal to readers who enjoy my books, or those of Patricia Briggs.”

—Charlaine Harris


One Salt Sea
is the best October Daye book to date; everything that’s great about the series comes together in one book. The plot is strong, the characterization is terrific, the tragedies hurt…and McGuire’s usual beautiful writing and dark humor are present and accounted for. This has become one of my favorite urban fantasy series, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.”

—FantasyLiterature.com

“…urban fantasy that really stands out from the crowd because of the completeness of the world and its characters who could step from the pages and walk down the road in our own world.”

—SFRevu

“McGuire seems to have fun with
One Salt Sea
, exploring her protagonist’s personality and revealing some great origin stories for the world of the fae. Fans of the series will be swept up in this story, hooked to the very end where they get some answers and a sense of satisfaction that few books deliver this well.”

—San Francisco Book Review

“Second in an urban fantasy detective series featuring a resourceful female detective, this sequel to
Rosemary and Rue
should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher’s
Dresden File
s as well as the novels of Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, and similar authors.”


Library Journal

“It’s fun watching [Toby] stick doggedly to the case as the killer picks off more victims and the tension mounts.”

—Locus

“An Artificial Night
…is wildly and beautifully descriptive, with scenes that will simply take your breath away. If Hollywood doesn’t snatch up the rights to this book, they are even crazier than Johnny Depp in
Pirates of the Caribbean III
. That being said, the third installment in the October (Toby) Day series is even better (if that could be believed) than the prior two. Author Seanan McGuire seems to have hit her stride and should enjoy a long career.”

—Sacramentobookreview.com

“Wow! is the first thing that comes to mind when reading this fifth installment of the October Daye series. Emotional, action-packed, funny, and just a great story from start to finish,
One Salt Sea
will take readers into a world combining reality and fantasy and have them begging for more even as the story progresses from triumph to loss, fae to mortal, and everything in between!…this book was phenomenal!”

—Nocturne Reads

DAW Books presents the finest in urban fantasy
from Seanan McGuire:

October Daye
novels:

ROSEMARY AND RUE

A LOCAL HABITATION

AN ARTIFICIAL NIGHT

LATE ECLIPSES

ONE SALT SEA

ASHES OF HONOR

CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT
*

Incryptid
novels:

DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON

MIDNIGHT BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL
*

 

*
Coming in 2013 from DAW Books

SEANAN M
C
GUIRE

ASHES
OF
HONOR

AN OCTOBER DAYE NOVEL

Copyright © 2012 by Seanan McGuire.

All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-101-59480-3

Cover art by Chris McGrath.

Interior dingbat created by Tara O’Shea.

DAW Book Collectors No. 1601.

DAW Books are distributed by Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

All characters and events in this book are fictitious.
Any resemblance to persons living or dead is strictly coincidental.

If you purchase this book without a cover you should be aware that this book may have been stolen property and reported as “unsold and destroyed” to the publisher. In such case neither the author nor the publisher has received any payment for this “stripped book.”

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Nearly all the designs and trade names in this book are registered trademarks. All that are still in commercial use are protected by United States and international trademark law.

First Printing, September 2012

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9

For Deborah,
and all the red-cloaked girls
who ever left the safest path.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
 

Book six. Wow.
Ashes of Honor
has been a delight every step along the way, and a lot of that is due to the people who were there to help me with the process of making it the best book it could be. My first and deepest thanks go to the ever-changing membership of the Machete Squad, whose keen eyes and keener pens have forced me to keep improving, whether I wanted to or not. Special thanks to Michelle Dockrey, Amy McNally, Brooke Lunderville, my mom and sister, and Amy’s friend Patty, who tolerated Toby’s intrusions on our trip to Disney World. I couldn’t have done it without you guys.

My solemn gratitude goes to my agent, Diana Fox, my editor, Sheila Gilbert, my cover artist, Chris McGrath, and my website design and maintenance team of Tara O’Shea and Christopher Mangum. Thanks also to Joshua Starr, for administrative awesome on the DAW side, and to Deborah Brannon, for administrative awesome here at home.

Thank you to you, for coming with me this far, for reading, for being a part of this adventure. It has been, and will continue to be, amazing. I’m so glad you’re here.

My soundtrack while writing
Ashes of Honor
consisted mostly of
Little Blue Egg
, by Dave and Tracy,
Ceremonials
, by Florence and the Machine,
Queen of
Spindles
, by Talis Kimberley, endless live concert recordings of the Counting Crows, and
Enchant
, by Emilie Autumn. Any errors in this book are entirely my own. The errors that aren’t here are the ones that all these people helped me fix.

Thank you for reading. Welcome back to Faerie.

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

THROUGH ASHES OF HONOR

 

All pronunciations are given phonetically. This only covers races explicitly named in the first six books, omitting Undersea races not appearing in, or mentioned in, book six.

 

Afanc:
ah-fank
. Plural is Afanc.

Annwn:
ah-noon
. No plural exists.

Bannick:
ban-nick
. Plural is Bannicks.

Barghest:
bar-guy-st
. Plural is Barghests.

Blodynbryd:
blow-din-brid
. Plural is Blodynbryds.

Cait Sidhe:
kay-th shee
. Plural is Cait Sidhe.

Candela:
can-dee-la
. Plural is Candela.

Coblynau:
cob-lee-now
. Plural is Coblynau.

Daoine Sidhe:
doon-ya shee
. Plural is Daoine Sidhe, diminutive is Daoine.

Djinn:
jin
. Plural is Djinn.

Dóchas Sidhe:
doe-sh-as shee
. Plural is Dóchas Sidhe.

Ellyllon:
el-lee-lawn
. Plural is Ellyllons.

Gean-Cannah:
gee-ann can-na
. Plural is Gean-Cannah.

Glastig:
glass-tig
. Plural is Glastigs.

Gwragen:
guh-war-a-gen
. Plural is Gwragen.

Hamadryad:
ha-ma-dry-add
. Plural is Hamadryads.

Hippocampus:
hip-po-cam-pus
. Plural is Hippocampi.

Kelpie:
kel-pee
. Plural is Kelpies.

Kitsune:
kit-soo-nay
. Plural is Kitsune.

Lamia:
lay-me-a
. Plural is Lamia.

The Luidaeg:
the lou-sha-k
. No plural exists.

Manticore:
man-tee-core
. Plural is Manticores.

Naiad:
nigh-add
. Plural is Naiads.

Nixie:
nix-ee
. Plural is Nixen.

Peri:
pear-ee
. Plural is Peri.

Piskie:
piss-key
. Plural is Piskies.

Pixie:
pix-ee
. Plural is Pixies.

Puca:
puh-ca
. Plural is Pucas.

Roane:
row-n
. Plural is Roane.

Satyr:
say-tur
. Plural is Satyrs.

Selkie:
sell-key
. Plural is Selkies.

Shyi Shuai:
shh-yee shh-why
. Plural is Shyi Shuai.

Silene:
sigh-lean
. Plural is Silene.

Tuatha de Dannan:
tootha day danan
. Plural is Tuatha de Dannan, diminutive is Tuatha.

Tylwyth Teg:
till-with teeg
. Plural is Tylwyth Teg, diminutive is Tylwyth.

Undine:
un-deen
. Plural is Undine.

Urisk:
you-risk
. Plural is Urisk.

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