Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire


Chimes at Midnight
by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW, 2013
E-book, purchased
346 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: 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 Queens 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.

Faerie: where it’s only a little weird to realize that my boyfriend is older than the internal combustion engine.


“You know, I did not sign up for a crazy fairy tale scavenger hunt this week.”

“Yes, you did,” said Tybalt, pacing me. I shot him a sharp look. He shrugged. “You got out of bed. The universe does seem to take that as a personal affront.”


  • This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. And though this isn’t my favorite book in the series it’s still very good.
  • I like the relationship between Toby and Tybalt. I like that Tybalt doesn’t try to restrict Toby’s actions. They often talk or argue about each other’s actions, but they do listen to each other. They respect and like each other as well as love each other.
  • There are so many likeable characters in these books. I’m always happy to read a new book and catch up with them. Many of these characters have become Toby’s family. In the early books she was very solitary–now she’s surrounded by a group who have her back.
  • We find out a few new things about some of the characters and I like that.
  • I think the whole goblin fruit addiction is interesting–how it affect humans, changelings and Fae. It shows how little most Fae care about either humans or changelings.


  • I never saw an explanation about how the Queen  discovered some of the conspirators. Toby wondered about it, but nothing more was explained. I thought the Queen must have someone on the inside who leaked the information.
  • The book ended abruptly.
  • This felt like a book where lots of things happen which will be important later.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m looking forward to the next book which came out this week. I’ve already bought the book and I’m hoping some more stuff gets explained!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

12 thoughts on “Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire”

  1. I am hoping to start this series soon (gosh, yet another UF series to start!) because of all the good things I’ve heard. I’ve only read her horror-type books published under her name Mira Grant, and while I wasn’t blown away by them, I was told she’s a flexible writer and the books she publishes under her different pen names all have their own unique styles and tones. So I’m willing to give it a shot.


  2. I’ve been debating this series for a while… but the humor in those two quotes just sealed the deal. Darn it, I’ve already got way too much on my TBR list — but I’m bumping these up.


  3. This looks like an entertaining series and I like that it looks like the characters communicate. Acting like grown ups can smooth over a lot of other negatives for me! I’ll have to look for the first in the series. I’m wanting to expand my reading a bit and this looks like a fun place to start.


    1. It’s a good series with good characters. I like some of the books in the series more than others, but that’s probably true of most series. I hope you enjoy it if you start reading it!


  4. My favourite thing about long-running UF series is the inevitable transition from loner to part of a supernatural crew of buddies. It happens with Mercy Thompson, Kate Daniels, and Harry Dresden as well! I love the quotes that you selected, Jan – they showcase McGuire’s wicked sense of humour, which was the best part of Discount Armageddon!


    1. Be sure to start with book one if you read this series since lots happens which affects the later books. This is a fun series to read.


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