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.
–Seanan McGuire - Chimes at midnight - c. 2013
An October Daye novel ; # 7
Part of my RIP IX reading.
Goblin fruit is a pleasant drug for the fae, if they are pureblood that is. Changelings only need to taste it once and they are addicted. It always kills them in the end. And for humans it is pretty much instantly fatal. So Toby is not pleased to discover it on the streets of San Francisco. And she is even more upset when she learns that it has caused the death of many changelings in the city. No one knew because no one really cared.
But Toby is determined to stop the traffic. So she goes to the Queen. Who really doesn’t care. After all who cares about changelings, the Queen of the Mists certainly doesn’t, but it does give her an excuse to have Toby exiled.
Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire[/caption]I do love this series of book. The more I read them the more I love them. I think this is my favourite so far. And I’m so glad that I have book 8 on its way to me. Only problem is that then I’ll be all caught up and left waiting for McGuire to write another. Still she has other books and other series for me to try.
I think I’ve said pretty much the same thing about each of the October Daye novels when I review them. If you’ve read and enjoyed the first, then you’ll enjoy this. If you haven’t start with book one. Even if you don’t think you enjoy urban fantasy give this series a go, because it is about as far from the Anita Blake books as it gets, yet they seem to be what everyone thinks of when you mention urban fantasy.
Toby has come such long way from back then. She has learned so much and developed so much. And the whole world around her has developed as well, not only do we have Sylvester’s lands but the Undersea world, Goldengreen gets more time, and now the Muir Woods. It is really nice to be able to see the world develop and grow as we get more and more information about the wider world.
My copy also included a short story, Never SHines the Sun, which adds to the whole October has big fish to fry. It is also a nice look at the Luideag. Since we met her she’s been this “big power”, and she still is in the short story, but there is slightly more feelings on view than when she plays her role for October. Of course the Luideag herself has really grown as a character since her introduction. Its obvious that there is another thread of a story winding its way through all these novels, and we’ll probably only get to see it pay off in the final book. Lets hope that’s not for quite a while yet.