SF/F Read Alongs: The Winter Long, Part 2

In the second part of The Winter Long, IT’S ALL COMING BACK TO ME NOW. And the drama is leveling up all around Toby…

Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog is hosting this week, and we’re covering chapters 8-15, AKA the ones where The Things Happen! (Spoilers aplenty below!)



Firstly, The Luidaeg said that Toby’s mother had told her to beware The Lady of the Lake, but to be more afraid of Morgana. So we know a little more about the Lady of the Lake (I think) – but who is Morgana. So much seems to be wrapped up in the fairytales or myths and legends we have already heard of. What do you make of it all?

That part is something I must confess did confuse me a bit, because I don’t remember Amandine saying this, never mind the circumstances of it. Learning that the Luidaeg is/was The Lady of the Lake makes some sense, both in terms of the connotations of her power (elements, and the power of mythology) and in the sense that we’ve still only scratched the surface of who and what the Luidaeg is. A person with so many names can just as easily have different identities, and with that I’d imagine come different purposes and goals. Possibly ambitions, too. That said, however, Amandine hasn’t exactly shown herself to be the most reliable person in the world, so who really knows yet what she might have meant by her warning?

As for Morgana, I have no clue. If I did know at any point after reading this/the next books, I’ve forgotten. My only guess is that she meant Evening? But more on her later, heh!

One thing I do know is that I am very much here for the mysteries and interpretations of myths and legends that are all tangled up in this story. They’re my fantasy reader crack, and I love it all. I am dying to know how all of this is going to turn out, but for the moment I’m perfectly happy to still be led down the path…


The Luidaeg – oh my giddy aunt. How could this have happened! The Luidaeg is the one who every one is afraid of – how can this have happened! Is her attacker so very powerful, is it because of the geas? How do you think the Luidaeg will react to Toby saving her life (well, bringing her back from the dead) and the Court of the Cats giving her a safe haven?


This question raises precisely the point that has me so excited/terrified. Anyone who can take on the Luidaeg like this is a scary individual indeed – and the detail of the geas already meant that we were dealing with somebody formidable. This is next level stuff.

As for how she’ll react when she recovers, well. That I think we do know. If she doesn’t have a grudgingly respectful peace worked out with the cats and a lot of back-to-normal crankiness ready for Toby, then I may be disappointed!

And while we’re at it, let’s not forget that Toby didn’t just save the Luidaeg’s life. She was dead. Toby brought her back with magic. If the person who attacked the Luidaeg had to be scarily powerful to do it, imagine what that makes Toby.


So, as things have moved on it appears that maybe Simon, in a very odd β€˜i will turn you into a tree’ fashion maybe did think he was helping Toby. When he was told the Luidaeg was dead he said that he was too late. It all points to the fact that maybe he was trying to help – do you think that is the case?

I am wondering, now, if the ‘clue’ of Simon’s magic smelling/feeling corrupted to Toby means that he’s being corrupted, and not so much that he is corrupt?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think hugs and tea parties and “Uncle Simon” is going to happen any time soon. But twisted though his methods might be, it really does seem like Simon is doing the best he can for Toby, here. I won’t lie, his fatalism when he found out about the Luidaeg did get a twinge of sympathy out of me…


Eira Rosynhwyr, Evening Winterrose – (and can I say I NEVER saw that coming) what is she up to??



Finally, the First Born – of which Evening Winterrose is one – what sort of impact is this going to have on their children? Will it turn fae against fae? Why would one of the firstborn be hiding in plain sight?

That much, I can’t say at this point – I remembered that the ‘she isn’t dead’ twist was coming and the mechanics of it, but I don’t remember much about what Evening’s intentions are or why she wanted Toby dead. I’d hazard a guess and say that her reasons might line up with Amandine’s reasons for wanting to hide her daughter so badly, but beyond that I’m at a loss to explain it. As for fae turning against fae – I am itching to see the Luidaeg recover and help to take her down somehow, but I’m well aware that Toby might be ultimately on her own with that one…


How do you think Toby is going to walk away from this situation – people conflicted, Sylvester seeming to be in a trance! What next??

Hmmmm. Let’s read on and see… *Grin*


2 thoughts on “SF/F Read Alongs: The Winter Long, Part 2

  1. Woman – you are worse than one of the fae with your close-lipped-none-giving-away-secrets demeanour! Are you a changeling?
    And OMG yes – how powerful is Toby! GO TOBY!!
    I do love this series. Will be reading the last third shortly – and no doubt flailing around!
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    1. Are you kidding me? I’ve been squirming since we started this series, and all for this! SQUIRMING I TELL YOU.

      Going to read tomorrow, and will hopefully have questions up by Friday. πŸ˜€

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