Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

chimes at midnightReviewed by Jen

The October Daye series just keeps getting better and it shows no signs of winding down.  This installment is fast paced and action packed. I didn’t want to stop reading.

As the story begins, Toby and Tybalt are three months into their new relationship and they are every bit as good together as I knew they would be! They’re working together to try to track the goblin-fruit drug that is permeating the streets. The drug is instantly addictive to changelings and deadly to humans, but the Fae don’t really care. Unfortunately, the problem has grown too big for Toby’s crew to handle on their own, so she brings the problem to the Queen for help.

Big mistake.

The Queen has had it out for Toby since day 1. This plea for help is the final straw. The Queen gives Toby just three days to get out of her kingdom. But leaving her home and her family is not an option.  So Toby makes it her mission to get around the Queen’s order, even if means unseating the horrible woman from her throne.

I don’t want to give too much away, because the twists and turns of the plot are so great.  I love how Seanan McGuire manages to take Toby to places I never expected. The pacing is spot on. The story just keeps gaining momentum until it hits a fantastic climax.

Meanwhile, our heroine continues to evolve. I love how much she has grown over the course of the series, while still maintaining a fragility and humanity that ups the stakes when she faces powerful enemies. I love how she thinks. I LOVE seeing her with Tybalt. Their relationship is every bit as satisfying as I had hoped. He is so devoted and courtly with her. It makes me swoon just thinking about it! But more than just Tybalt, we see how the many connections she has made end up serving her now… from the leaders of the Undersea, to Meg, to Sylvester, to the Night Haunts… the Luidaeg, and even Quentin. (Psst. We finally meet his parents!) It takes all of the relationships she has built and the experiences she has had, to not only find success in her mission, but to survive it.

The world-building keeps growing and impressing me with every book.  So many things have changed since the start of this series, but with each book, I grow hungrier for more. This one isn’t the same kind of emotional powerhouse that the last couple have been, but it’s still extremely engaging and just plain good. Would definitely recommend.

Rating: B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Chimes at Midnight
by Seanan McGuire
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: DAW

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