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Night and Silence

(October Daye #12)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  5,968 ratings  ·  596 reviews
Things are not okay.

In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unabl
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Daw
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Coral Yeah, definitely don't jump in here.

(I disagree with the person who said Toby wasn't a very good character in the first few books. Instead, I would sa…more
Yeah, definitely don't jump in here.

(I disagree with the person who said Toby wasn't a very good character in the first few books. Instead, I would say Toby was a very well written depressed person in the first few books, and that can be hard.)(less)
Thomas Yes, there will be an audiobook. according to Seanan McGuire's twitter, (I googled it. I'm not on twitter) The audiobook is delayed a bit and "will be…moreYes, there will be an audiobook. according to Seanan McGuire's twitter, (I googled it. I'm not on twitter) The audiobook is delayed a bit and "will be released after some final pick-up recording." Quality control is important.

I'm disappointed but grateful that it is coming.

That having been said, this totally sucks. This day was marked on my calendar and now I don't know what day to mark. I don't blame anyone, what a waste of time and energy that would be, but still, this sucks. I hate being forced to delay gratification. Sure I can just go ahead and keep listening to the audiobooks I have piled up on my to-read list but none of them is the latest October Daye book. This sucks!(less)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Night and Silence (October Daye #12), Seanan McGuire

Best book in the series since The Winter Long. In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She
Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

No idea how Seanan McGuire does it so often, but she knows how to step up the stakes, over and over and over. And she sure knows how to make her characters suffer for the sake of the story!

If you've not been keeping up (but really, why wouldn't you be following me at this point?), Seanan McGuire is one of my absolute favorite authors. Her worlds are gloriously fleshed out, her characters are deep and
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OMG!!! I loved it! Best book in the series since The Winter Long. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to think going into this. The blurb didn’t excite me. Gillian being kidnapped again and Tybalt taking off didn’t sound appealing. The plot tied things together and brought issues to light in such a good way despite the sadness of it all. This book is a game changer. Things will be really different from here on out.

Toby deeply loves her daughter. That h
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

The October Daye series has really grown on me and gotten better book by book. The characters are well thought out and complex, the plot lines all different and the dialogue is funny and smart. If you would have asked me at Rosemary and Rue (book 1), I wouldn’t have known if I’d make it to the third book in the series, let alone the twelfth book. October Daye became one of my favorite UF series to date.
“As Sir Daye’s squire, I must apo
Sheyla ✎

Going back to the world of our dear Toby is always a pleasure. I have come to love this series. How can I not when Tybalt makes me want to swoon when he says things from his heart. Le Sigh....

After the events which occurred in The Brightest Fell, Toby is trying to avoid discussing what is troubling her, her relationship with Tybalt. She loves the King of Cats and she's not sure how they're going to move forward after what Amandine did to him. Her friends are worried about her and Tybalt but
After the ending of The Brightest Fell I wasn't sure were McGuire was going to go with October Daye but I'm happy to say at Night and Silence met every expectation and more...and I loved it. There is just something about McGuire's writing that captivates and keeps me clinging to the pages. I say "something", but what I really mean is Seanan McGuire's ability to master that illusive character connection that makes you become a part a written word's world!

I received this ARC of Night Silence from
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy, ya
Damn. This one hit me pretty hard.

Tybalt's situation is already bad enough, but to learn that Toby's now 100% human daughter has been abducted under bad circumstances? It could have been just the start of a cool adventure. Off to the college campus, hunt down clues... but what we learn is something much more insidious. Toby's grandmother. The reveals. The NASTY reveals.

I got pretty emotional over this novel. It's not just the fact that Toby lost 12 years as a freaking fish, coming back to the w
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who’d a thunk it? When we first met Toby Daye, fresh from a loooong dip in a pond, how far she was going to come, how complex her history and bloodline would turn out to be, how she has gone from knowing almost no one,to knowing and loving and being loved by so many...who could have predicted all that?! It takes some skill to build layer upon layer with such a complex story, so seamlessly" I am in awe of Seanan MCGuire. There is an awful lot of blood in this story and most of it is on Toby! Tyba ...more
Every time I'm convinced this series can't get any better Seanan McGuire writes a book like Night and Silence and proves me wrong! I have to admit I was nervous after reading the blurb and saw that not only are Toby and Tybalt having problems but also that Gillian is abducted again, I was a little bit worried this would feel like a rinse and repeat of stories we've had in this world before but I'm such a huge fan of this author and she's never steered me wrong before so I really should have more ...more
h o l l i s
I knew better than to get excited after how good the last book was.

Seeing this installment be dedicated to Pamela Dean should've been a clue I was getting another Tam Lin story. And it sorta was. But seeing as I thought we'd already had our homage, I thought we had been there, done that.

I was wrong.

What I found interesting about the introduction of the actual Tam Lin myth was McGuire made it more about Janet than the self-named male. And offered a view from a different perspective where maybe th
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The previous book left Toby and her friends traumatized with both her fiancé Tybalt and her sister's girlfriend Jazz damaged. Things are not well, and when October's former human fiancé Cliff and his wife Miranda turn up at her apartment and with the news that October's daughter Gillian is missing, the situation does not approve. Toby is soon on the case and traveling all over the Kingdoms of the Westlands and with a chance to get to know her child again and learn much more about her and her fam ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Night and Silence is another well-written October Daye adventure, full of suspense and humor and derring-do, but when I finished it this morning I was left with a vague feeling of wishing there'd been a little more there. Gillian gets kidnapped again, October bleeds a lot again while running and rushing about with her loyal band of compatriots, Walther and Tybalt and "Annie" step up to save the day (Dayes?) again, the bad guys you thought were out of the way pop up to create evil mayhem... There ...more
Lexxi Kitty
I had been disappointed, in a way, with some of this author’s recent works, but I found this one enjoyable enough. If I was to look for and report on the negative I'd note something I noticed in the beginning that was irritating me - this is the 12th book in the series, a certain amount of 'remember, this is who this character is' backstory kind of goes with the book, but it seemed more irritating this time, like every three seconds we'd get this info dump to 'help us remember' story and charact ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

NIGHT AND SILENCE is a classic October Daye adventure, in that all such adventures have consequences. Despite coming late in the series, and showing still healing and struggling after prior attacks, this book felt fresh and interesting.

NIGHT AND SILENCE is particularly well set up to be a refresher for those who may have lost the threads of this series. Even new readers might find this an easy entry point for the series, though they would not get as mu
Lexxi Kitty
I can't say if this story is from the point of view of a character who hasn't had a voice before now, as I've rarely actually read the short stories. It is the first time I personally have witnessed a story from Toby's daughter Gillian's point of view, though.

I cannot really say much about what occurs in this story as the entirety of the story is based on what occurred in the previous full length book in the series. There were some 'bad stuff' that occurred and some 'compromises made' and part o
My family was so damn broken, and we were still holding on just as tightly as we could.
We were still holding on.
WARNING: Contains spoilers for the previous October Daye books!

How does McGuire keep coming up with this stuff? How does she intertwine all of these old ballads and fairytales and twists them into something new and interesting?

Some people don't understand why I love re-reading books so much. The thing is, when I read a book for the first time (such as this one now), I want to
Lisa Wolf
Seanan McGuire never fails to amaze me... and to wreak utter havoc with my emotions. Night and Silence is a strong addition to the October Daye series, with new twists and turns and some totally startling revelations and developments. How many series can get to book #12 with no signs of slowing or slumping? The October Daye series has always been excellent, and this new book lives up to all the rest.

Since this is a pre-release review, I'm going to be vague about just about everything. I know I'd
Jen Davis
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never felt completely ok with the resolution of Toby’s relationship with her daughter. A few books back, Gillian made the Changeling’s Choice and she opted to become fully human. Toby honored those wishes and stepped out of her child’s life. But now, Gillie has been kidnapped again, and human or not, she will never be someone who Toby could turn her back on. So our heroine must put past hurts aside to help her ex-fiance and his current wife find the girl they’d raised as their own.

Right away,
I guess the fact that I’ve read to book 12 in this series would be an indication that it’s a hit for me. I don’t know how much longer McGuire can continue to spin the faerie tales, but I am a willing victim.

This installment takes us back right to the beginning, as it once again involves Toby’s human daughter, Gillian. In an earlier book, Gillian had made the choice to become fully human (the changeling’s choice) and Toby honoured that wish, despite her own heartache. But thinking that the Fae wo
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-net-galley
4.5 Stars, rounded up because seriously DAW, we need more books in this series, okay?

"A little more than kin, and less than kind." ~ from Hamlet, Wm. Shakespeare

In late 2009 my friend Diana (The Literate Kitty) pressed me to read Rosemary and Rue, the debut novel by an author by the name of Seanan McGuire. It had everything she knew I loved- Shakespeare, Celtic fae, cats, and a contemplative tone. Oh, and lots of coffee. Twelve books later and if anyone asks what some of my favorite urban fantas
Blodeuedd Finland
I love these, but I also want them to end, I fear the day they will drag. I did like this one but at the same time it did feel like a filler for the next book. I fear fillers...

Toby's daughter is missing, they are on the case.
Tybalt is still suffering after the ordeals in the last books.

You know what, book 12. They save the day. There are consequences. There is a big secret coming out.

I liked it, I always do.
What do you know, the series remains very good. I really appreciated how the events of the previous book were handled.

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Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 of 5 stars

Short Summary: Toby is once again faced with the kidnapping of her mortal daughter, Gillian, terrified that she’s once again responsible for her daughter being in danger. During her investigation, she manages to uncover a few jaw-dropping mysteries that will no doubt play a role in Toby’s future.

Thoughts: I swear, just when I feel like I couldn’t love this series more, McGuire manages to sneak in a new facet to the story that opens up whole new avenues and makes the anticipation fo
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Seanan McGuire's Night and Silence is the Twelfth installment in the authors October Daye series. As the story opens, things are not going well for October "Toby" Daye and her adopted family. Owing to her mother's latest actions, Toby's family is cracking: her sister's girlfriend Jazz doesn't sleep, and her beloved Tybalt has withdrawn from her and refuses to reach out for help. In order to keep herself from breaking down, Toby, Dann
At the start of this one Toby is very unsettled. The events of the last book caused distance with
Tybalt, who has, among other things, become her touchstone. That along with the oddness at home due to things being weird with Jazz seems to be wearying on heavily on Toby. Things go from bad to worse when she is woken up by pounding on her door, her ex accusing Toby of taking their daughter. Understandably Toby is heartbroken to know the daughter she loves with all her heart, but had to walk away f
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy

I enjoyed this one but I found myself dragging my heels about getting through it mostly because I didn't want it to end. There were a lot of revelations and changes in this book.

I don't much like Gillian yet. I'm sure I will eventually but right now I think she's just a petulant, spoiled brat. And yeah, I did like the novella about her, I just didn't like her. Given who raised her I suppose some of that is to be expected.
Karina Webster
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent instalment. Can i read these forever?
Jeffe Kennedy
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, as I have the entire series, but it wasn't my favorite by any stretch - and not for the reasons I expected. I worried about the darkness of this book and was braced for an emotional ride, but it ended up being... kind of fine. I didn't love that previous villains returned and it felt like there wasn't much movement in the overall arc. But I'm also not a huge fan of Toby's daughter, Gillian, so that likely played in. ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Tell me if this sounds familiar in the scheme of October Daye books: someone close to Toby gets magically kidnapped. Toby runs around frantically trying to sort things out, encounters various blasts from her past, battles novel magical entities, and nearly bleeds out at least once in the process.

I's fine; I like Seanan McGuire's zippy one liners and pantheon of fantastic beings. I really enjoy the setting in NorCal in cities I've actually spent time in, and I can't complai
Jessica Rodrigues
How is it possible that this series grows stronger with every book? In a genre that tends to suffer from story lag over time, October Daye seems to be getting even more interesting. Clearly, the author has some sort of J.K. Rowling-level of long-game going on.

Having just survived the abduction of her fiance, October's world is again shaken when her estranged human daughter, Gillian, goes missing. All evidence points to Faerie's involvement, and Gillian's human father and stepmother are having d
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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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October Daye (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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