Title: Chimes at Midnight
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: October “Toby” Daye (Book #7)
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Format: Paperback, 346 Pages
ISBN-10: 0756408148 (DAW/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0756408145 (DAW/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Kristie
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.
Quick & Dirty: Another action-packed adventure as Toby tries to upset the balance of power for Queen.
Opening Sentence: Like many port towns, San Francisco is a city built on top of its own bones, one where broad modern streets can exist side by side with narrow alleys and abandoned thoroughfares.
Chimes at Midnight is the seventh installment in the October “Toby” Daye urban fantasy series. This novel is non-stop from beginning to the end. It also has some comic relief so much so that I had a re-read a portion of the story just to make sure I correctly read what happened. Once again, I highly recommend that you read the rest of this series before reading this one in order to understand the politics and characters to know why the events of this story are occurring.
Toby is really trying to not be as suicidal as she normally is, now that she has someone to live for, so she starts to recruit her friends on her missions. When Toby discovers that goblin fruit is being sold to changelings and unsuspecting humans she is furious. She is even more pissed when she finds out how many people have died over this extremely addicting killer fruit. The only thing is that the goblin fruit is not addicting or killer for pureblooded fae and the Queen doesn’t see it the same way that Toby does. In fact, the Queen decides that she is finally tired of Toby and banishes her from the kingdom.
Toby has three days in order to get her affairs in order to leave the kingdom. Toby doesn’t want to leave so she begins to find a loophole or something that will help her get to stay with her friends and family. Thankfully for Toby, she doesn’t have to wait long to find out what that loophole is. If you’ve been reading the series from the beginning you should already have an idea of what is about to happen. Toby is going to overthrow the Queen and she’s got more than one deadline to contend with.
With the three day deadline looming over Toby, the story moves along at a pretty good speed. I thought it was almost too quick when she found the “loophole” but then other things happen that complicate Toby’s timeline. There is also quite a bit of humor to help with the dark side of this story. The cat and dog rivalry really steps up its game with the new character Madden.
Toby is a bit on the desperate side during this story. She doesn’t have a problem recruiting her friends like she has had in the past. She needs everyone willing to help her to stay in the kingdom. She doesn’t want to stay at Shadowed Hills for the rest of her life. Toby still has her strange sense of humor even when things don’t look so good for her anymore. I felt really bad for Toby during this story. The consequences for her and everyone involved could end in death if her plan doesn’t work.
Overall, I though Chimes at Midnight was another solid installment in the series. I haven’t been disappointed yet. I feel like there is still so much that Toby can do and hints at other parts of her story that haven’t been told. I can’t wait to find out what is still in store for her in future books.
“What happened?” she breathed, staring at me.
“I got hit in the face with a pie,” I said.
Mags stopped, blinking. “You got . . . hit in the face with a pie,” she repeated. “I . . . what? I’m sorry, but I’ve been in charge of this Library for a long time. I’ve seen a lot of really ridiculous things. I lived in Wales. And there is no way being hit with a pie should have turned you human.”
“It was a really evil pie,” I said.
October “Toby” Daye Series:
5. One Salt Sea
11. The Brightest Fell (September 2017)
12. Night and Silence (September 2018)
13. The Unkindest Tide (September 2019)
FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Chimes at Midnight. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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