Night and Silence

Night and Silence

The twelfth installment of the Hugo-nominated, New York Times-bestselling Toby Daye urban fantasy series!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 Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely...

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Night and Silence Reviews

  • Kira

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    OMG!!! I loved it! Best book in the series since

    . To be honest I wasn’t sure what to think going into this. The blurb didn’t excite me. Gillian being kidnapped

    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

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    OMG!!! I loved it! Best book in the series since

    . To be honest I wasn’t sure what to think going into this. The blurb didn’t excite me. Gillian being kidnapped

    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 has never been in doubt. I haven’t always agreed with the way she handled her relationship or lack thereof with Gillian. But I always understood why she made the choices she did; she thought she was doing the best she could to keep her daughter safe. Obviously Toby would have done things differently if she had known how things would work out. In hindsight she clearly should have realized anyone close to her, human or not, will always be a target. I am very curious to see where things go now that certain things have been brought to light.

    It really bothers me that Gillian and Cliff always viewed Toby’s disappearance as her abandoning them. Why would they have assumed she left rather than being taken? Toby usually acquiesced to Cliff on this. She couldn’t tell him the truth but could have expressed that she was held captive and didn’t go willingly. Toby finally did address the issue briefly with Cliff and I was thrilled! It was long overdue.

    Anyway onto bigger and better things. Halfway through there was a huge revelation. HUGE. My mind was blown. I never ever had a clue. It was a holy shit moment. It made perfect sense but it was hard to wrap my head around at first. It was twisted and has made and will continue to make things complicated. I’d love to say more but don’t want to give anything away.

    The Luideag was around a fair amount. She made plenty of cryptic comments that left me wondering exactly WTF they mean. Every time Toby learns something important it seems to unravel more things that need to be solved. This did not end the way I thought it would but in a good way. The best way to describe the ending is tragically happy.

    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Beth

    After the ending of

    I wasn't sure were McGuire was going to go with October Daye but I'm happy to say at

    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

    After the ending of

    I wasn't sure were McGuire was going to go with October Daye but I'm happy to say at

    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 Berkley Publishing Group - DAW. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication Sept. 4, 2018.

    My Rating: 5 stars

    Written by: Seanan McGuire

    Series: October Daye

    Sequence in Series: Book 12

    Hardcover: 368 pages

    Publisher: DAW

    Publication Date: September 4, 2018

    ISBN-10: 0756414768

    ISBN-13: 978-0756414764

    Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance

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  • Sarah

    Every time I'm convinced this series can't get any better

    writes a book like

    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

    Every time I'm convinced this series can't get any better

    writes a book like

    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 faith in her by now.

    Seeing how distant Tybalt is was pretty heartbreaking but after everything Amandine put him through his withdrawal was understandable. That doesn't make it any easier to read but there was no way he'd carry on as normal after everything he's experienced. The man always knows how to make an entrance though and there has never been a time when he has let Toby down when she really needs him so you don't need to worry that he'll be absent for the entire book.

    Things with Gillian are far more complicated. When Toby offered Gillian the Changeling's choice and reluctantly turned her human it broke her heart but she honestly believed it was what Gillian wanted and needed and she's kept her distance since then trying to respect Gillian's wishes. Toby mistakenly thought that leaving her alone would keep her safe but now she's missing Toby has no idea if the fae are involved. It's always been painful to see how much Toby has suffered because of her abduction, I've hated the way Cliff treats her for a long time now and I would really love to see her build some bridges with her daughter.

    The story was everything I'd hoped for and gave all the characters I love most a chance to shine, May has a bigger role than usual, the Luideag steals the show as always, Quentin never fails to make me smile and of course I still love Tybalt no matter how damaged he is right now. There is plenty of action as Toby tries to track down Gillian and encounters some interesting new fae along the way and a totally game changing revelation has given me a new character to loathe but I can't say more about that because SPOILER so you'll just have to read the book to find out more (I guarantee you'll know exactly who I'm talking about once you have!).

    Events in this book are going to have a huge impact as the series continues so I'm really looking forward to seeing how Toby copes with the latest developments in

    ! This series is definitely one of my favourites and it's still going strong 12 books in.

  • Steven

    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

    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 nuanced, and her plots are inviting and twisty and chock full of surprises.

    In this installment in one of the best series ever, Toby's family is front and center yet again - both the family she has built, and her blood relations - and yet again, those two things are at odds. Also, there are some surprising twists when it comes to villainy, one I wouldn't have expected (at least not yet!)...

    But mostly, there's a cast of characters that will draw you in, make you care, and truly cause you to wish to be part of their little ragtag bunch.

    Pick this one up if you're up to date in the October Daye series, but if you're not, start with book one - Rosemary and Rue. You've got plenty to binge - go on. :)

  • Sheyla ✎

    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 she

    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 she rather not think about it.

    Then, her ex-human boyfriend, Cliff comes knocking on her door. He's looking for their daughter, Gillian. She has gone missing (again!). Toby can't believe someone has taken her. She loved Gillian so much that when Gillian chose to be human and stay with Cliff, Toby walked away believing she would be safe in the human world. But, too many people remember that Toby had Gillian and she's sure a fae is involved in her disappearance.

    With the help of her squire and her fetch Mae, she will go looking for Gillian. The search takes her to places where as you can guess, Toby has to fight for her life and she will end up being covered in her own blood. Nothing new there, right? That's mostly why she wears black anyway. There are many close calls and at the same time, I could feel that time was running out for her.

    The ending is perfect is an imperfect way. It leaves you with so many open questions and without a way to know the answers.

    For all Tybalt fans, the man does make a good entrance. Perfect timing too. It broke my heart to see how hard everything is for him right now. I truly hate Amandine for what she did to him. Despite everything, every heartfelt spoken word by him is beautiful in its deliverance.

    I really can't wait to see what happens next. I truly hope to see more of Gillian in the next book.

    As always the Luidaeg is amazing in a terrifying way. One of my favorite characters in this series.

    Cliffhanger: No

    5/5 Fangs

    A complimentary copy was provided by DAW Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Wanda

    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

    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 would leave Gillian alone seems to have been wishful thinking and once again some difficult decisions need to be dealt with.

    At least Toby has her beloved Tybalt back at her side, although I didn’t find his sudden switch back to be the most believable plot point that McGuire has written! She’s going to need his support as her life becomes even more intertwined with The Luidaeg and she tries to re-establish family bonds with her genetic family, not just her chosen family.

    There are certainly plenty of loose threads, where McGuire can pick up the narrative and spin us more of the adventures of Toby. I, for one, will be waiting impatiently for the next volume.

  • 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

    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 characters that came before. But that's what I'd mention if I was looking for something to mention. That's negative. Enjoyed the story, actually.

    Right, so, book opens with the consequences of the previous book impacting stuff. One of the main characters was traumatized and is still suffering (

    ). The reader knows this because Toby is on a hunt for magical creatures who were/are running around San Francisco, and the people she’s with keep throwing questions her way regarding the situation (and she keeps thinking about it herself).

    Eventually, though, they find all of the flying pigs (‘they aren’t really pigs’), and the actual main story-line could get started: Toby is resting after a job well done when there’s a pounding on her door. And by resting, I mean sleeping in her bed. She rushes down and finds two people she never expected to find at her door: her ex-husband and the woman who came after her (her daughter’s step-mother). They inform Toby that Gillian has, yet again (it’s a reoccurring theme), been kidnapped by accusing her of ‘doing something’ with her. Toby sets them straight then immediately sets out, with her friends and underlings, to track down her missing daughter.

    There’s much ‘stuff’ going on in this book, but that’s the main plot line – Toby trying to track down her missing daughter.

    Quite good/quite interesting.

    Rating: 4.0

    September 10, 2018

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    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.

    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.

    One reason is October. She isn’t perfect and she needs the help of her friends all the time but she is a character who has grown so much from the first book of the series. In Night and Silence, we get to revisit October’s past as her child has gone missing again. You’d think that would make this plot similar to the other book where Gillian was kidnapped but you would be oh so wrong. This is different in so many ways as Toby goes in search of the daughter that decided to be all human and leave Toby’s world behind.

    I loved the banter and snark this series brings. Toby is irreverent as always in the presence of both danger or anyone with a Royal pedigree. She is who she is and she is the same to everyone no matter where your nobility lies. But cross Toby and you will have to remember she has some very powerful allies in the King of Cats, the Sea Witch, a death spirit and a future king of the realm. But you should be most wary of the Sea Witch, she is scary even if you are her friend.

    This delves even more into the fae lore and we finally get some answers into who Amadine’s mother is. I really love how SM spins this tale using folklore of the fae and twisting it into this story. Toby’s grandma was a surprise and a trip I never saw coming.

    Tybalt is one of my favorite leading men in fiction. Probably because even in a modern day setting of this story he sounds like a hero out of a historical romance. I love it and eat it up. Tybalt has been hurt deeply by the events of the prior book and has something akin to PTSD. I missed him for part of this book but loved how he showed up for Toby when she really needed him even though he is broken. The other plus is that he didn’t have to be perfect for October to love him, she realizes he needs to heal and I adored how their relationship is and the tender moments the two of them share.

    : Some interesting movement on the greater plot arc of the series, October possibly getting a second chance at being a mother to Gillian and the relationship with Tybalt made this book for me. Still the bill to the Sea Witch is pretty high and I’d hate to be Toby when she decides to collect.

  • Lindsay

    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

    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 family.

    Seanan McGuire is a prolific author of quality urban fantasy, science fiction and horror, and in my opinion, this series showcases her growth as a writer and her sheer talent at this stage in her career. There aren't too many authors that can go twelve books into a series and still be producing work of this quality. There's an interesting turn in the last few books in this series where there's a focus on the mental health consequences of the trauma that the protagonist and her friends routinely encounter. It's well done and makes a lot of sense. Just because the elements of the novel are fantastic, it doesn't mean the trauma is any less real.

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