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Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

Chimes at Midnight

by Seanan McGuire

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Series: October Daye (7)

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This series is so good. ( )
  chavala | Dec 29, 2018 |
Even more compelling than the previous ones: McGuire certainly knows how to raise the stakes for October, how to undermine her new-found stability with new threats. And not only that: the new, tantalizing glimpses in Toby's past add more details to its mystery while still leaving her readers in the dark.

If I wanted to find something to complain about this book, it would be that it seemed to end a bit too fast - and I'm still wondering if that depends on my desire to read more...

Once again I wish for half-stars here on G.R. because this is worth more than just four. ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
I'm going to find a way to fix it. Because I'm a hero. And that's what heroes do.

I've always liked Toby. But in this book, with those words, I loved her. It's vaulted Toby up toward the top of the list of my favorite heroes.

I enjoyed Chimes at Midnight so much. Toby battling with her lost powers and acknowledging that they don't matter because she's a hero with or without them was an amazing thing for me to read. Her powers are helpful, sure, but if she weren't Toby--if she weren't a hero--they wouldn't matter. And she knows that.

This is me writing her name on my Trapper Keeper and drawing hearts and swords all around it.

Was it just me who was totally unsurprised about Quentin's parents? I swear we knew that. As she was dropping anvils I kept thinking, did Toby forget? Because I was absolutely positive Quentin's parentage was established already. That being said, how great was he, speaking from the position of one who knows what it is like to be trained to rule and have that responsibility? He's growing up.

Arden Windermere is great. I felt like I could understand her. Her fear, her hesitation, and finally how determined she was to do what was right. To do her duty.

The short story at the end scared the hell out of me for Toby. I cannot wait to see what's next in this world.

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  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
Chimes at Midnight
4 Stars

In her quest to rid the streets of San Francisco of the addictive and deadly Goblin Fruit, Changeling PI Toby Daye finds herself at loggerheads with the Queen of the Mists, who finally has the reason she needs to exile the troublesome hero. This forces Toby to take extreme measures as the Queen's claim to the throne is less than valid. Can Toby locate the rightful heir before she falls victim to the Queen's machinations?

After initially reading the blurb, the idea of Toby's exile had me concerned about the direction of the series. Thankfully, my worries were for naught as this turned out to be an exceedingly satisfying story with some exciting revelations and interesting new questions to ponder.

More details on the nature and extent of Toby's magic are revealed, and it is becoming abundantly clear that with her ability to read people's memories through their blood and even "borrow" their powers, she is one dangerous enemy to have.

Tybalt and Toby's romance is going from strength to strength. His unconditional love and acceptance have gained him pride of place in my Hottie Harem and she has finally realized just how much he means to her.

The insurrection plot is intriguing as readers learn more about the political history of the North American fae and we are introduced to the Library of Stars (very cool!). The climax and resolution are action packed as some open issues are resolved, such as who Quentin's parents are (although that one was a bit obvious), and new secrets emerge (Who is Amandine's other husband? Who want to kill the Queen, and what destiny is the Luidaeg preparing Toby for?).

In sum, an exciting installment with one or two truly scary moments, but all's well that end's well. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Love this series! Toby's far mac almost makes her human when the queen tries to get her addicted. Can't wait for the next book! ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
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Seanan McGuireprimary authorall editionscalculated
G-Force DesignCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McGrath, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Jude and Alan, the staff at Borderland books. But especially for Ripley. We miss you.
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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.
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Includes the short story "Never Shines the Sun" set when Toby is 7.
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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.… (more)

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