Author: Seanan McGuire
Date of Publication: September 3, 2013
Formats Available: Paperback, E-book
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Synopsis: Things are starting to look up for October "Toby" Daye. She's training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down...at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit.
Toby's efforts to take the problem to the Queen of the Mists are met with harsh reprisals, leaving her under sentence of exile from her home and everyone she loves. Now Toby must find a way to reverse the Queens decree, get the goblin fruit off the streets--and, oh, yes, save her own life, since more than a few of her problems have once again followed her home. And then there's the question of the Queen herself, who seems increasingly unlikely to have a valid claim to the throne....
To find the answers, October and her friends will have to travel from the legendary Library of Stars into the hidden depths of the Kingdom of the Mists--and they'll have to do it fast, because time is running out. In faerie, some fates are worse than death.
October Daye is about to find out what they are.
As anyone who's been following my blog for any length of time knows, I am completely obsessed with the October Daye series. Action, romance, plenty of fey magic, and a cast of unique and fascinating characters all make for an absolutely fantastic series. Even though McGuire is all the way on book seven she doesn't seem to be slowing down or running out of ideas. Each novel just as original and exciting as the last.
Chimes at Midnight started off a little slower than previous novels but once it picked up there was hardly a dull moment. Seanan McGuire is a master at creating new and original plots and every book in the October Daye series has had its own original plot, very few of the novels borrowing devices from the others. I loved the conflict with the Queen of the Mists (she needed to be taken down a notch!) and the goblin fruit fiasco. Chimes at Midnight also featured a huge range of characters, many characters from previous novels made an appearance in this novel, if even for a brief second. Not only were there lots of returning character but there was a huge range of new ones too, my favorite by far being Madden, the Cu Sidhe (a type of dog fey). McGuire did an absolutely amazing job giving Madden the characteristics of a dog and his exuberant personality made me smile.
Now that Toby is in a full-fledged relationship with Tybalt he hardly left her side the entire novel. One on hand I was absolutely thrilled to see more of him in the novel but at the same time I missed some of the sexual tension between the two. Because of the staggering number of characters in this novel it felt like Toby and Tybalt barely had a moment alone but the moments they did have were sweet and heartfelt, I only wish they had lasted a little longer! Tybalt has been one of my favorite characters from book one and I think I feel even more in love with him in this novel. A little old-fashioned and full of hilariously proper comebacks Tybalt never fails to make me smile and he and October make one of my favorite fictional couples of all time.
The seventh book in the October Daye series really shows how far Toby has come since the first book. Instead of being a lonely changeling hiding from the world she has a huge group of supporters and friends. She also has started to embrace more of her fey side and started letting go of her past. Toby's magic has always been a part of the novel that fascinated me and we get to see even more of it in this novel, hopefully paving the way for even more in the future! I also loved the role of the Luideag in this novel and her sharp personality conflicting with how much she cares about Toby never fails to make me love her character despite her flaws.
I honestly cannot recommend this series enough to fans of paranormal fantasy! One of my favorite series of all time the October Daye books just keep getting better and better and I can't wait to see where they go next. If you pick up one fantasy novel this year make the October Daye series be it!