Chimes at Midnight

An October Daye Novel, Book 7
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: October Daye, Book 7
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 problem to the Queen of the Mists are met with harsh reprisals, leaving her under sentence of exile from her home and everyone she loves. Now Toby must find a way to reverse the Queen's decree, get the goblin fruit off the streets - and, oh, yes, save her own life, since more than a few of her problems have once again followed her home. And then there's the question of the Queen herself, who seems increasingly unlikely to have a valid claim to the throne….

To find the answers, October and her friends will have to travel from the legendary Library of Stars into the hidden depths of the Kingdom of the Mists - and they'll have to do it fast, because time is running out. In Faerie, some fates are worse than death.

October Daye is about to find out what they are.

©2013 Seanan McGuire (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"The October Daye series has become one of my favorites, and it just keeps getting better and better." ( Fantasy Book Café)
"McGuire applies a hard-boiled mentality and a keen appreciation for mythology to a blend of politics, magic, and romance." ( Publishers Weekly)
"The October Daye series is one of those delicious worlds that becomes more and more beloved with each visit…. I couldn't be happier." ( All Things Urban Fantasy)

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Truly excellent !!!

What made the experience of listening to Chimes at Midnight the most enjoyable?

Being a big fan of Seanan McGuire, I waited none to patiently for this book to come out. I was not disappointed. The plot was excellent pulling you in immediately from the first chapter. The characters were well developed and elicited concern and compassion from the reader.

What about Mary Robinette Kowal’s performance did you like?

The narrator was excellent and greatly enhanced a very enjoyable read.

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Something new in the urban fatnasy genre.

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I love this series for it's incredible world building, great characters that are honest with who the are, and a story line that keeps you hungering for more.

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One of the best Urban Fantasies out there

This remains one of the best fantasy series out there--without any qualification on what type of fantasy. The integration of faery into our world is done flawlessly.

I am on my knees in gratitude to Seanan McGuire for not including cliffhangers (she seems to trust her writing enough to know we'll be back for more) and no stupid love-triangle. Thank you!

I look forward to more of anything this woman writes. You should as well.

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Good Dayes

She's back after the last book in this sires I was worried but I am very pleased to say apart from an abrupt ending this was one of my favorites.
Many secrets are answered in this book but then again that just made room for more questions.
The humor that was missing from the last book is back I laughed out load ,Danny the troll Taxi driver is in fine form as is Tibolt who is always in fine form , our heroin continues to push her body and her mind too and beyond the limits,but Toby is always up for the challenge that's why we love her.

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Book 7 is a hit!

This series is always a joy. This installment was no exception. Couldn't stop listening till it was done.

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Always a hero, not always the one expected

My only complaint about this book is how abruptly it ended. I don't mind the cliffhanger, but also, I felt like the first few novels had more of an "epilogue" so to speak. There was so much action toward the end, and I felt like it cut-scened into the future without really resolving what ended up happening.

I'm thrilled to find out more about Quentin, and I think I've guessed what's going to happen with him in the future, too. There are aspects to this series that I've found to be predictable, but they always play out in ways that I find satisfactory.

I'm enjoying learning more about the Luidaeg and her history. I'm hopeful for more broadening of Toby's powers as a Dochas Sidhe. I liked her clever use of power jumping with it. I feel like there were some good social commentaries regarding goblin fruit and the current state of affairs. I also felt like the Queen in the Mists and her poor political choices were a dead ringer for today's political climate. I won't be sad if we don't really hear from her again.

Another bit about this series I'm liking is the concept of family, and how especially for Toby, blood isn't necessarily the key (which is a little ironic, all considering.) I relate to her a lot in that aspect- feeling more kindship and love toward found family (especially after essentially being abandoned by her own and the fish incident). It's nice to see someone else who struggles with that in a way that seems tangible even within a magical realism context.

Looking forward to the next book, for sure!

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My favorite so far

So far this has been my favorite of the series.
Not too much action and some mystery to boot
I had already figured out thr big surprises but there still were some gotchas

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Goblin fruit... What will she think of next?

My personal rating: PG
My favorite character: The Luidaig (sp?) again, along with Walter

Who'da thunk it? Not only does Seanan McGuire come up with such a new twist on the fae/changeling relationship, but now she thinks of a new type of drug! I love the way a chemistry teacher plays alchemist, and the Luidaig keeps inserting into the plots of these novels. When the boogiemen/women are not villains, but heroes, and the nerds save the day, you have my attention.

The narrator gets better and seems to have either worked her way into endearing herself to me, or I have simply adjusted, but I can no longer think of anyone else who should be reading these novels. I am happily eating them up!

This one is fast paced, hard working, constantly twisting, and alive of its own accord. I think it's almost worth starting a series with a new author (if you haven't read Seanan McGuire before) just to get to this book. The ending is wonderful!

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A surprising cunundrum

I can't say that this is my favorite series but I do enjoy it and look forward to each new installment. This one is odd. I think the narrator (Mary Robinette Kowal) is quite good and has been consistent throughout the series. I like the author (Seanan McGuire) although she can be a bit repetitive, such repetition is often appropriate (at least for me). So the only thing that I can guess as to why this volume is off is the direction. I like the story and I enjoy the characters but for some reason, in this volume, Toby has taken to sounding like a young teenage girl who is convinced that she is quite cute and hilarious. It get's annoying. It is not worth NOT listening to this book but it does detract from it. It is a glaring contradiction for someone who takes on all possible guilt for anything that occurs and is quite aware that she is struggling to be in a world where she doesn't fit in as well as she would like to be sounding as if she is SURE that she is doing brilliant stand-up comedy every time she opens her mouth. My experience has been that people (most often women) who think everything out of their mouths is a brilliant quip tend to be the LEAST funny people around.

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Another great October Daye story!

These stories are just really fun reads / listens. Great narrators always help, thank you also for your continued reading of these nice books.

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  • Karlene in Nz
  • 08-04-17

Hurry up and record the rest of the series!

My only complaint is that this is the last thus far recorded. Simply brilliant books. Please get the rest on Audible soon.

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  • clare
  • 06-03-16

toby daye goes to new heights

this reveiw talks about events in preview books !


so toby is the most self centred and selfish hero ever. this books is the icing on the cake for toby daye day total jerk. she is the peta for changelling rights.. just to recap her top jerk moves she gave no thoughts to her husband and child when she stupidly went into the teagardens without any back up. she lets Connor die because she having a bad time (the bloke only took a arrow for her kid why spend 1 min making sure he is ok) she weasels put of being countess of goldern green because she is throwing a hissy fit the the cool kid picked on her as a kid instead of using her position to make a safe place for the changelings you know like home the place she destroyed when she killed devon.

and now gobblin fruit is on every streets corner and the changeling have no place to go and no one they can trust. Toby is of course out raged that others could let this happens but it never ever occurs to her that she causes it to happen.

another great story of Toby getting mad tbat everyone else is not doing there job while she her self avoids all responsibility and pat her self on the back that she treat her friends with the tinest bit of respect