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Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7)

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  5,283 ratings  ·  462 reviews
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 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 prob
Paperback, 357 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by DAW (first published January 1st 2013)
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Love LOVE this series, and as it continues, I seem to love it more? For some reason the more we learn about the characters, the more I like seeing them together. The plot is self-contained but there are large things looming on the grander world-building scale that I really can't wait to come to fruition. But the individual journeys of the books themselves are so satisfying and imaginative. I love the way the relationship has developed between the two main characters, and I really just want MORE ...more
I can't really be coherent about this series. I recognize that it's not perfect and has flaws and may not work for everyone, but it's absolutely everything I look for in urban fantasy, so it's utterly perfect for me. I love the relationship (really the partnership) between Toby and Tybalt, I love this family Toby has developed, I loved the new characters and settings we were introduced to, I loved getting answers to some questions ((view spoiler) ...more
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4.5 Stars

Seanan McGuire is consistently proving she's at the top of the heap when it comes to Urban Fantasy and Chimes at Midnight helps her to slide a little higher. It didn't unseat Ashes of Honor or Late Eclipses as a new favorite and it wasn't quite as high on the emotional impact scale as the previous three books, but I think it was the story that Toby needed. She has been through so much in the past few books and this book kind of
Four and a half stars.

Wow, things in faerie...they are a changing. The latest book in the October Daye series, which kicks off roughly 2-3 months after Ashes of Honor, brought together many of the plot clues that have been sprinkled throughout the series since book one and diligent readers will be rewarded for their careful attention to detail. The you-know-what hit the fan pretty early on in this book and things never really let up from there. Toby and company are on the move throughout the boo
This book definitely fell short of my expectations. I rate it a 2.5, but choose to round up rather than down since it is part of a series I really love. I usually loathe writing critical reviews, but I feel this might be necessary.

Much of what was wrong in the book was merely an amalgamation of many tiny/small errors. I think what was largely lacking was a more thorough editor. This is the seventh book in the series, and I feel like it got a pass rather than the editorial scrutiny it deserved.

Aug 08, 2013 Sunil rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, own
Chimes at Midnight appears at first to possibly be a throwback to the very first book, sending Toby back out on the mean streets of San Francisco to investigate an influx of addictive goblin fruit, deadly to changelings. But with six simple words, this book sets itself up to be the best one since Late Eclipses : "We're going to overthrow the Queen." As usual, Toby must rely on her many allies and make some new ones, but this book, like Late Eclipses, does put Toby's own life at stake, giving he ...more
I'm running out of awesome things to say about this series, because there are so many (not that I'm complaining!!!). McGuire manages to pull me along, make me love new characters, and somehow surprise me in every single book. I knew what had to happen in this one, to some degree - but there were still unanticipated plot twists. I also love that McGuire doesn't fall into the trap of other crime-type series that follow the same character for a ton of books - Toby grows when it's time for her to, a ...more
So, the new October Daye (Chimes at Midnight) book dropped yesterday, and while I've kind of been on the fence about the series as a whole (see here and here, as well as here for more of my thoughts on Seanan McGuire's writing) I had to read it immediately...because I just did, okay? It's the kind of series where I don't want to run into spoilers and [sigh] McGuire's San Francisco Under the Hill is in my Top Ten Fantasy Worlds of All Time. Even if I don't think the stories always live up to thei ...more
It’s funny that I came to this realization while reading a story about addiction, but the Toby Daye books are basically my reading crack. There’s nothing to not love, and they remain disturbingly consistent is their high caliber. Seriously, we’re six book in and by now the series ought to have stumbled at least once. The only possibly negative thing I can say about these is that none of the subsequent volumes have knocked Book 3 from its position as my favorite. And that says a lot more about An ...more
Ranting Dragon

In this seventh installment of Seanan McGuire's bestselling urban fantasy series, October "Toby" Daye is finally getting her life in gear. She's doing her job, her squire's training is progressing, and she has a boyfriend in the local King of Cats, Tybalt. However, it's not all green fields and rosebuds in Toby's life. When the local changeling population begins to drop dead of goblin fruit overdose, Toby investigates and takes the problem to the Queen of
This book was exceptional. Not only is Tybalt by Toby's side through the whole book, but the story line is moved along nicely.

Let's be honest, Toby knows how to get herself in trouble. Hell trouble and Toby goes hand in hand, so when Toby decides that she should appeal to the Queen in the Mists for help with the Goblin Fruit problem on the streets, well lets just say shit goes terribly wrong.

Toby ends up pissing off the Queen, so much so that she is banished. She has three days to pack up and m

As readers, no matter how good of a literary taste (whatever it might be!) one claims to have (dubious at times), there will always be times when one will be faced with:
1) Boring plot or simply an nonexistent one;
2) Boring characters (which you secretly wish would just fall down a cliff...)
3) Love triangles/rectangles or any other kind of geometric figure created to disguise the lack of an actual plot;
4) Writing that leaves you with a headache ..since you are unable to gouge your eyes out....

Just to be clear, I love the Toby Daye series, and I think I've given every other one 4 or 5 stars. But this one was... phoned in. No new world-building, races, or significant characters; lots of flat dialogue and same-old same-old action sequences; and overmuch cat-snogging, honestly. It was, I hate to say, boring. And apparently somehow Toby has slightly vampiric tendencies? And honestly, an evil pie? That's not funny, at least not enough to make it the main gag of the book. Yes, this book sol ...more
We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow....

As Toby seems propelled forward to some harrowing encounter, I can continue to marvel at an author of "Urban Fantasy" who gives me a fully developed, likable, mature, loving but never maudlin, thoughtful, capable heroine; a lover who supports her without ever trying to dominate her or tell her how to be, even though he's much older than she is; male and female friends who loyally are there for her, in spite of trying times; extended family
I'm supposed to be reading a book for book club right now, so I had started Chimes at Midnight thinking, "I'll read it slowly, intersperse it with my other book, then it will last longer."

So I finished this in three sittings (not a record, but pretty good for me, as I don't read that fast) and, like...

I only have one more of these to go before I've read all of them that are published so far. What the hell am I going to do? What will I do when I have to start waiting for new books?? If I start to
Absolutely awesome! This series does not disappoint, the characters continue to grow..and develop (heh) in intriguing ways. It has just enough romance, just enough suspense, lots of humor and Shakespeare, too. It also contains a short story that portends well for future books. Truly, one of my all time favorite series.

You guys, we have a cover for CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT! Toby surrounded by books! So so pretty and sorta ominous with the knives.

I think this just might be my favorite Chris McGrath cover for Toby yet.

Review forthcoming. Aaaaaaaaaaaaa I loved it though!
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Fangs for the Fantasy
October Daye has a mission – to get Goblin Fruit off the streets. It’s a powerful narcotic, loved by Pureblood Fae – but it’s lethally addictive to humans and Changelings. Emphasis on the “lethally”, it will kill them. Unfortunately, the Queen doesn’t care – what do Changelings dying matter to her, even if dozens of children have died? And she doesn’t like October either – so she can have a banishment.

That leaves only one choice. The Queen has to go.

In three days

That’s quite tall order for depos
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Chimes at Midnight once again proves that Seanan McGuire should write all of the books. Whenever I've had a slew of sub-par books and I'm able to come back to one of her works, it feels like you've thrown a starving person into the best bakery in the world and I can't help but devour everything. (For me this is the world's best gluten free bakery which makes it even more important).

"When you decide its time to up the ante on getting into deep shit, you don't mess around, do you? You're just like
If you haven't read any of the October Daye series, stop reading here now. Just go directly to Rosemary and Rue and click on through to "complete purchase." Oh, go ahead and splurge a little. Buy the whole damn lot. The series is just that good. Don't waste another minute reading here when you could be reading there. Seriously. Go. Shoo.

I found this series by mistake one night, bought Rosemary and Rue on a whim, and have never looked back. McGuire's worldbuilding is flawless, her characters have
Maybe it's because I loved the 6th Toby Daye book so much, but I was really disappointed with this one. And even found myself beginning to dislike Toby. I adore several other characters, though, so I'm sure I will keep reading.

Just a little tired of seeing Toby act without thinking - some character growth would be good here. There has to be a better way to get from action scene to action scene without writing your protagonist as an irrational mess who refuses to learn from her mistakes.

And did
I finished CAM at 1:30 PM last night, because I just couldn't put it down once I got to the last quarter or so, and I absolutely loved everything about it (the pace of events, the quest, the obstacles she encountered, the way she let others help her, the way it was resolved - oh, and last but not least, Tybalt, of course).

It's very refreshing to read a book in which the behavior of the characters actually makes sense.
None of the silly false modesty so often found in PNR, but a couple showing the
Blodeuedd Finland
This book brought up some things and yet again I am dying for some answers about Toby's origin and mostly regarding her mother. Yes there are still things there I need to know.

Book 7, not much to say. Toby is cool as always, and dating Tybalt. YAY! There is trouble brewing and she is in the middle of it.

We have goblin fruit, danger to changelings, a bad queen, and the search for answers. Also McGuire taunts the reader with more answers about Toby's mum, but still not enough. No, instead of all t
Steph Ann
It felt so good to dive back into Toby's world. As usual, the book is very fast paced, with Toby finding herself in deeper and deeper trouble, bringing Tybalt and Quentin along for the ride as they try to figure out a way to circumvent her abrupt banishment from the Queen's territory. May and the Luidaeg appear as well, although not as much as I would have liked (it's made up for by almost constant Tybalt, which is never a bad thing lol). We find out about Quentin's parentage and meet a new Libr ...more
3.5 stars

I liked the story when it was moving, but there were quite a few going-around-in-circles moments that had me wondering what the point was. Actually, it reminded me of the filler episode every anime series seems to have, where 3 episodes before the end we must: revisit all the past and present characters, rehash all the previous storylines (or in this case, watch Toby spend 1/3 of the book half dead again), and prepare for the grand finale.

Might have felt differently if the big reveal of
Janice • The Demon Librarian
5 stars just doesn't seem enough for this book. It was soooooooo good! This is one of those rare series that gets better with each book, and Chimes is no exception. Seanan McGuire has a rich imagination, and the things she is able to come up with to keep the series feeling fresh and Just, WOW. I gobbled up every word, highlighted and bookmarked like crazy, and swooned whenever Tybalt strolled across the page. It was AWESOME. Definitely one of my favorite reads of the year and so ...more
Gator Girl
Excellent book!
I love how Toby's abilities keep evolving and she's learning that she's not just any changeling. She's got some power.
Toby (and Seanan McGuire's writing style) has grown on me. One of the things I like most about Toby is that she makes the best of the situation. She's not a whiner...she very much has the attitude of "well this is what we've got to work with...let's go with it." And what's huge about that is now Toby's inner dialogue has that little word "we" in it. I love all of
Sep 17, 2013 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: uf
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and
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Other Books in the Series

October Daye (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1)
  • A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)
  • An Artificial Night (October Daye #3)
  • Late Eclipses (October Daye #4)
  • One Salt Sea (October Daye #5)
  • Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)
  • No Sooner Met (October Daye, #6.1)
  • The Winter Long (October Daye, #8)
  • A Red Rose Chain (October Daye, #9)
  • Once Broken Faith (October Daye, #10)
Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) Late Eclipses (October Daye #4) An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)

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