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Chimes at Midnight

(October Daye #7)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  13,815 ratings  ·  861 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.

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Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by DAW
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Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
“I guess it’s not every day you get invited to overthrow the ruler of the neighboring Kingdom and get away with it.”

Our girl Toby has been a lili busy... training her squire... dating the King of Cats... andd oh right, she’s been exiled by the goddamn Queen


This is one of those series that gets just better with each book cuz each book BUILDS off each other like there some PLOT TWISTS from the 1st book that will blow your everloving mind in this one!

Books #4 and #5 were an admittedly little st
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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7), Seanan McGuire

In Chimes at Midnight Toby back out on the mean streets of San Francisco to investigate an influx of addictive goblin fruit, deadly to changelings. October "Toby" Daye 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 frui
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.

① - 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 as
h o l l i s
Plot-wise, this has maybe been the best of the bunch in this series.. so far. In the sense that I am satisfied with the turn things took and the resulting direction we're now headed in. Does that mean I had a good time, had fun, am excited about this series again? No, nope, and maybe.

The usual suspects (aka the things that annoy me about this series) were very much still present. But with the magnitude and schemery (it's a word) going on, we had less time to dwell on them or even encourage them
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".

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
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
The further I'm into the series the more I love it. And the more I love Tobes. How can you not when a woman is planning to dethrone a sitting monarch like it's another Tuesday? ...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
"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'?"
Original review: February 2017

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 sa
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.

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
Ranting Dragon
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: garrett

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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
While not particularly exciting as a story, I have the feeling this is one of the most crucial novellas plot-wise. Definitely don't skip this one. I think these are the most clear hints of the overall series plot.

Merged review:

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
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
With Honest Trifles is a short story from Tybalt's point of view that can be purchased from Seanan McGuire's Patreon Page. She posts a short story there every month, some standalone but a lot linked to her October Daye series, and you can receive them for as little as $1 each (there are other perks available for higher amounts but $1 is the minimum). The great news is that signing up as a sponsor gives you access to all the previous short stories and we're up to 7 October Day stories now (5 from ...more
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
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 ...more
Danielle (Danniegurl)
Wow. Wow. Interesting. Interesting to see what happened and what is coming. I never knew that the sea witch would be the one to set everything in motion for Toby.

Merged review:

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 cha
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
It is a good installment yet I found myself bored every now and again, especially by Toby's reaction to her love life.
Somehow, I am starting to believe that she would be a more compelling and interesting character if she was flirting with Tybalt unlike the relationship she has currently. Considering that I was completely in favor of this relationship since the beginning (Connor was a poor patsy).

Hopefully the next installment will win me over again!
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
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Toby tries to do the right thing and gets more than she bargained for. The Queen banishes Toby upon hearing her request, which snowballs into a crazy string of events. Toby makes some huge discoveries on her quest to make the kingdom better.

My feelings on this book tend to be mixed. Sometimes I like it more than others, so I’m constantly wavering between 4 and 5 stars. Toby accomplishes something that is almost beyond belief considering she does it in such a short time span while not functioning
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
Sakina Carter
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great series.

I adore this series, I am seven books into this series and so far I have enjoyed every book. I am loving it more now that Toby and Tybalt are finally together.

This series is always surprising me, there are always twists and turns that I don't see coming. This book had more humor than the previous books, but the biggest surprise for me was about Quentin. I should have figured that he was someone of importance but I didn't see that one coming.

All in all another good installment
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 and a great edition to the series with a real game changer that is bound to please all fans.

October saves the day with (more than) several last minute, fly by the seat of your pants turns. I took the star off for this as it just ended up being too much for me, too many saves. Can't just one of her allies save the day? Ever? Yes, she gets picked up and saved by them but then she saves them all. Well this is a bunch better than her stumbling through the investigations she did at the beginn
Sharon L
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0ownhome
4.75 🌟

Here is the thing, this is the book I've been waiting for in the October Daye series.

No, it's not the big picture plotline I've been waiting for. But damn, finally, this series had it - plotwise, stakes wise, pacing wise, laughter wise, crying wise and world building wise.

This is it, I can say in all honesty that the series had been picking momentum since book three and Blind Michael's land. But finally, I've read something I really wanted to read since I began reading this series:
I want
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 has
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
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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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