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Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #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 prob
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Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by DAW (first published January 1st 2013)
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Felicia
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Emma
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well the excitement and action really doesn't let up in this instalment. I loved the way all the characters from previous books are woven in to this story. The status quo changes for the Queen in the Mists and October is up against it and in a race against time. (Actually now That I think about it- that's probably true of every book in the series!) October is growing into her powers and really still learning about what she can do. We get a big reveal about Quentin's family too. It's satisfying t ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.75 It is a Wild Ride Stars

Read with my fellow UF fanatics at Buddies Books & Baubles

It is book 7 and you should know if you like this series or not….but if you were on the fence here are the top 5 reasons to read this one.

- TnT (Tybalt and Toby) and the growing relationship between them. I love their bantering moments, fighting moments, the flirting moment and everything inbetween. But I especially love those heart squeezing tender moments they share.
“Then I stay beside you for as long a
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Michelle
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Susana
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of solid world building


2nd re-read (27/09/15)
4.5 Stars

Since I practically didn't remember anything about it any more, this was almost like reading a new book :)
I'm taking half a star *snort* because Hell, this was one never stopping roller-coaster! Also, author Seanan Mcguire could do so much more with the romance between Toby and Tybalt: so frustrating!
You know what I am talking about it ;)
And now I'm left feeling a little like a perv. *cough*
Okay, now on to reading "The Winter Long".



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thatreevesgirl
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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.

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Christal
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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
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Veronica
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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Wanda
Shades of Lud-in-the-Mist! Replace Hope Mirrlees’ fairy fruit with goblin fruit, a very addictive substance for changelings and mortals, and you have one of October’s problems in Chimes at Midnight.

If I ever need to plan an insurrection, I would want Ms. Daye by my side. Even without her usual Fae powers, she is a force to be reckoned with. Mostly because of her awesome assortment of friends and acquaintances. Now including the Fae librarian, Mags!!! I knew there had to be a library stashed awa
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
You know, I’m pretty sure I’ve been underrating these for a while now, but it’s actually kind of hard to rate the Scary Place books because I care SO MUCH that I actually get kind of mad when my babies are in danger so it’s tough. Chimes at Midnight truly is a spectacular installment though.

I will say, though, that you definitely want to have read McGuire’s free short story “No Sooner Met” before you read Chimes at Midnight though, if you’re invested in Toby and Tybalt, which how could you not b
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Ranting Dragon
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: garrett
http://www.rantingdragon.com/review-o...

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
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Melliane
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mon avis en Français

My English review

If you know me, you know that I love this series, becoming one of my favorites. Also as soon as the seventh book was released, I threw myself in it as usually. And of course, Seanan McGuire has once again managed to take me completely away into her world. Moreover, if you do not know the series, you really miss something and you must rush to buy the first book (yes, it’s true!).

October continues her life as usual, educating Quentin and spinning the perfect lo
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Lauren
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
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Sunil
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2013
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
Shoshana
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
Danielle (Danniegurl)
Omg what a book. A lot of crap happens most of which surrounds The Queen of the Mists and how she treats Toby when she brings the goblin fruit problem to her.

The Queen doesn't listen because (view spoiler) This leads Toby in a merry chase to figure out a way out of that. Which invariably leads Toby down a path of almost death, lots of blood and becoming almost human. Wow. Lots and Tybalt is *dreamy sigh* yea
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Emma
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Ina
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"We have three problems. If the Queen of the Mists isn't supposed to be in charge, who is? How do we find them? And how do we depose a sitting monarch who has her very own private army?"
"Remember when our biggest problem was 'who turned the laundry pink'?"
It looks like Toby's life will never be peaceful. Not even for a second. And I'm sorry to say this, but this time, it was Toby's fault she got into trouble.

In Chimes at Midnight, Toby is dealing with the same problem she was trying to deal wi
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sj
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 th ...more
Kim
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: has-read
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
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Elizabeth
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
Ivy
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was nice to read more about the Luidaeg. Also it was nice to read about when she first met October and her interactions with her sister, Amy. Who is Eira?

Merged review:

Nice to learn more the characters and new species. It was nice to finally know who Quentin's parents are. Hope Arden will be better than the old queen. I wonder what the old queen's nam is and where she came from. Where did October's mom go to? Will they be able to find her? Who is Eira Rosynhwyr?

Can't wait to read The Winter
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Anna Serene
LIST OF FAVORITE QUOTES/PASSAGES TO PROCEED:

We found them sitting at the dining room table. May was cutting pictures out of a magazine. Jazz was armed with a hot glue gun, a plaster unicorn head, and a box of artificial gems in various colors and sizes. I stopped in the doorway. “Do I want to know?”
“It helps us stay calm,” said Jazz, hot gluing a bright purple teardrop to the unicorn’s cheek.
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Jazz yelped. I turned. She was sucking the side of her thumb. “Sorry,” she said, voice muffled by her
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Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie tales

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.

The Review:

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
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Marzie
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Arie ☂

"When you decide it's time to up the ante on getting into deep shit, you don't mess around, do you? You're just like, hey, what's the worst that can happen? That's the worst that can happen? Great. Let's do that."
4 stars. Getting into trouble with Toby and her gang is just so much fun. If I have one complaint it's (view spoiler) But minor quibbles are minor.
Pam
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.

Negine
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, audio
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.
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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 (www.miragrant.com), 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 13 books)
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  • A Local Habitation (October Daye, #2)
  • An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3)
  • Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4)
  • One Salt Sea (October Daye, #5)
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