Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McQuire
Series: The October Daye Series
Author: Seanan McQuire
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.
Review: I have to say that Seanan McQuire has done it again! Chimes is another wonderful addition to the series. I discovered the series about a year ago, and it didn’t take long before I quickly read the whole series – I mean who can resist reading more about October after reading about how she got turned into a fish for 14 years! I was just simply hooked from that moment on, so I have been waiting anxiously for this book to come out.
But as with a series of books that I have enjoyed as much as this one, I always have that questioning in the back of my mind wondering if the next one can live up to the expectations that I have. I’m sure we have all had an author that you love and read book after book, only to stumble into one that just falls short. Sometimes more than one, and they can never seem to get that oomph back into the series. But I can honestly say that is not the case with this one…:)
If you’ve been a fan of the series, I have to say that this one is everything we have come to expect. It’s another wild roller coaster ride of adventure with October and her band of misfits (including Tybalt of course!) And somehow McQuire still managed to have me gasping in surprise and crossing my fingers throughout the whole thing! This is definitely a book not to be missed!
If you’re new to the series, I really recommend going back and starting from book one. You miss so much of this series and it’s wonderful characters without it.
As usual, my only complaint is how long I have to wait to read the next one!