Review – Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire

chimes at midnightSomewhere along the way, October Daye became a can’t miss series for me.  Chimes at Midnight further solidified that status.

Toby and her friends are fighting the growing Goblin Fruit addiction which is killing changelings in San Francisco. When Toby approaches the Queen of the Mists (aka “The Beyotch” – my words) she is given a banishment rather than any help.  They have three days to find a way to keep Toby around and to stop the changeling deaths.

I came close to giving this one 4-stars.  The story wasn’t quite at the same level as the last couple in the series.  And, I want Toby to open her eyes to a few people around her that might not be as trustworthy as they seem.  Two are on my radar right now.  One, I am sure about and the other is suspicious.

But, that trust that Toby is showing?  That’s part of what I’ve grown to love about her.  In book one she was a loner who trusted almost no one. Since then she’s developed real friendships, a solid love life (more about that later) and built a family for herself.  I can understand why, now that she trusts someone, she does it almost unconditionally.  I’m afraid that’s going to burn her very soon but that’s what trust is about.  Right?  You get hurt sometimes.

Toby and Tybalt.  I’m not sure there is a better partnership in Urban Fantasy.  Other couples might be hotter or more passionate.  But these two are equals.  Tybalt is the leading man who should be everyone’s book boyfriend.  He loves Toby deeply and unconditionally.  As a Cait Sidhe he wants to protect her but as a man he knows that she needs space to protect herself.  He is the perfect blend of old-fashioned (he’s hundreds of years old, duh) and modern man.  I’ve liked Seanan McGuire’s writing since I discovered her.  But, she has gained a lifelong reader and much respect as the creator of Tybalt.  She got it right, friends.

There were a few twists and turns in CAM.  One I suspected for a while but the other was very surprising and changed this world.  We’ll see what both things mean for Toby when we get to the next book, The Winter Long.

5/5 stars.  (READ THIS SERIES NOW!)

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