Welcome to our last segment of Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire where we find out how Toby manages to confront her ex-lover and friend who murdered Evening Winterrose and is trying to kill her.
To catch up or review, see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, and Part 13.
When Toby goes Home, she can’t get in. Devin has locked her out, clearly knowing she’s after him. After pounding on the door, Manuel and Dare let her into the building and try to convince her to leave. Toby calls Devin out and prepares to shoot him. He confesses to murdering Evening himself because he wanted the hope chest to become immortal. Manuel, on the other hand, pulls a gun with iron bullets and threatens to shoot her on Devn’s orders. Dare, who hero worships Toby, tries to stop her brother. Deven shoots Dare and kills her. In vengeance, Manuel then shoots and kills Devin.
Reader Comments: Dare, no! I really liked her. I was hoping she would appear in future books.
Writer Comments: Things shouldn’t be entirely predictable at the end. It helps to have some twist. In this case, the twist is that Dare dies and Manuel is the one to kill Devin as a result.
Sylvester arrives to help escort Toby and Manuel away. Toby gets patched up and helps burn Home to the ground.
Reader Comments: In this, Sylvester and Toby use salamanders to burn down Home. That was cool. I imagine it’s one sure way to keep the fire department from figuring out how a building caught fire.
Writer Comments: This chapter is really about tying up loose ends. There isn’t much that happens on the page. Most of it is summarized. However, the chapter accomplishes its most important goal: leaving the reader with a sense of completion, of coming full circle, and of some level of satisfaction. In this, it succeeeds.
Thank you for joining me for Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire. Naturally, for the purpose of conserving space and the constraints of the blog format, I left some details out of these summaries. For more on the juicy and gritty details of the book, pick up a copy, or pick up further books in the October Daye series.
And, of course, don’t forget to join me next Monday to start And Blue Skies from Pain by Stina Leicht, the sequel to Of Blood and Honey, which we read earlier this year. Pick up a copy so you can follow along. Until then, I’ll see you Friday for further forays into books, fiction, the speculative, and life.