Read Along: Rosemary and Rue – Week Four


Rosemary and Rue Read Along



| Week Four |

Welcome to the Read Along of Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire, organised by Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow.

Welcome to the fourth and final post in the Rosemary and Rue Read Along! As expected, from the moment I posted Week One, this has fast become one of my favourite urban fantasies.  With a read along of the second October Daye novel, A Local Habitation, coming up in March, I’m sure Seanan McGuire will soon be taking over my bookshelves!

This week is once again hosted by Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow who has some juicy questions for our final week.  Here’s how the schedule looks:

Week 1 (Saturday 9th January)

Chapters 1-6 – hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow

Week 2 (Saturday 16th January)

Chapters 7-14 – hosted by Lynn at Lynn’s Books

Week 3 (Saturday 23rd January)

Chapters 15-20 – hosted by Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings

Week 4 (Saturday 30th January)

Chapters 21-End – hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow

There will be spoilers!


| Week Three Rating |


| The Questions |

| 1. |

On the way to finding Evening’s killer at last, we get to meet the Luidaeg in person. What are your impressions of her, and what do you think of the sneaky ‘deal’ Toby managed to make with her?

As much as it would anger the Luidaeg, I really do pity her. She’s alone in both the world of fae and in the world of humans; a creature of myth and nightmares at worst or complete obscurity at best. But she’s also brilliantly witty, intelligent and gives the firm impression that she’s not a woman, demon or otherwise to cross lightly. Toby really is in for some trouble if she isn’t careful! I’m very she threw caution to the wind though as it means the Luidaeg is likely to make a return in future novels – something I very much look forward to!

| 2. |

Next stop is the Court of Cats, where we see Tybalt in his role as a king, followed by another visit to Lily to finally learn the truth. We get some more evidence of the regard they both have for Toby; in light of previous discussions about Toby’s friendships, what do you make of this new evidence?

Oooh the Court of Cats! I honestly cannot wait to see more! Unfotunately poor Toby only had time for a flying visit as, despite the fact that she’s only just got her friends back,  she’s already lost one… but at least it gives Tybalt the chance to defend her honour in a most spectacular and manly manner! Love it. His willingness to help her and leave himself exposed to her blood magic is also very intriguing. She definitely has a powerful ally there – even if she can’t see it herself! Similarly, Lily seems the sort of character who would do anything for Toby – she definitely takes the role of a much needed mothering figure. I can’t wait to see more of both Tybalt and Lily in future novels.

| 3. |

Now for the final reveal! Devin ‘fesses up, and Dare is killed defending Toby… Was any of this finale what you’d expected? What do you make of Devin’s reasons for killing Evening?

Devin was definitely the most obvious choice from the start… but it still surprised me! It’s almost like his sleazy and control-freak character couldn’t get any worse… but I guess I was wrong! He’s completely unhinged and has an almost psychopathic desire to get his hands on the Hope Chest – something he couldn’t possibly know was the real thing or if it would even work! However, it was the emptiness in him that I found most disturbing. You could almost imagine, in his own messed up way, that he actually cared for the people at Home but this complete void which he managed to hide behind his possessive, obsessive and selfish character turned out to be quite the shock at the end. Psychopath!

And Dare… nooo! Heartbreaking. She wanted to get out and make a new life so badly… but it just wasn’t to be. Despite being under Devin’s influence, I still find myself angry at Manuel. Here’s hoping it becomes a force for good. I’m not sure I can forgive him though.

| 4. |

The hope chest is given over to the Queen at the end of the story. In light of what we’ve seen of her and the potential power that the hope chest has (regardless of what it does), do you think this was the right thing for Toby to do?

The Queen is slightly unhinged and somewhat untrustworthy but, unless Toby wanted to use the chest herself, it would be far too dangerous for her to keep it in her own possession.  It would also be a bit unfair to extend the promise made by Tybalt to keep the Hope Chest safe and I’m not sure Toby would forgive herself if some harm came to him because of it (even if she doesn’t know her own feelings yet and he is a complete badass in a fight!). I expect the Hope Chest will make a splendid reappearance just when we least expect it!

Stay tuned for the Read Along of A Local Habitation in March!

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10 thoughts on “Read Along: Rosemary and Rue – Week Four

  1. Haha, yes, Tybalt’s spectacular ‘manly manner’ of saving Toby – grrr! I anticipate lots of chemistry between these two which is something to look forward to.
    The Court of Cats was great and I thought it was so cool that Toby’s cats actually understood her and showed her the way there! I wonder how many people out there actually really spoke to their own cats about it after reading that – come on all you cat owners ‘fess up!
    And I definitely think the Hope Chest will reappear at some point!
    Lynn 😀

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    1. I love how well Seanan writes the cats – mortal or otherwise! Tybalt is all about that “no I don’t need you, yes you may stay” kind of approach to Toby at this point, and I love it. (Then there’s that sneaky peek at his real feelings near the end… I swoon every time!) 😀

      All I will say about the Hope Chest is yes, don’t forget about it. 😉

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  2. You really captured all the things that I liked about the Luidaeg. She could be quite the enemy/ally to have.

    I’m a little surprised she went with Devin too because he is the most obvious choice. I didn’t see him being that crazy, though. He broke down spectacularly there at the end. Manuel’s been through so much. Ugh… that whole part with Dare dying just punched me in the stomach.

    I’m pulled in. Now to see where this takes me.

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    1. It’s definitely hooked me in for the next one! I suppose, despite it being the obvious choice, it kind of made sense… I’m still wondering if I would have preferred a bigger shock. I was so surprised that Dare was killed off though – she had such potential damnit!

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  3. I also found the Luidaeg fascinating. And I am very glad it looks like she will pop up later in the series when she or Toby seeks that answer to their respective final questions.

    I wonder what will happen with Julie and Toby, Julie and the Court of Cats. I hope that Julie’s grief fades a bit and that her reason returns. She might not ever be friends with Toby again, but I hope she doesn’t go all rogue and try to assassinate Toby. It would be really hard on Toby to have to kill Julie because of their past friendship.

    I think Manuel is going to be beating himself up for his entire life over how his sister was lost.

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    1. I worry about Julie’s reaction too – I mean it was obviously her decision to accompany Toby despite the rather obvious dangers so why blame her when it all goes tits up? Poor Toby seems to get it from all sides!

      I feel for Manuel too… poor guy… still can’t quite forgive him though!

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