Night and Silence (October Daye Series #12)

Night and Silence (October Daye Series #12)

by Seanan McGuire


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Now in hardcover, 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 Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest.

What she doesn't need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn't need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There's no question of whether she'll take the case. The only question is whether she's emotionally prepared to survive it.

Signs of Faerie's involvement are everywhere, and it's going to take all Toby's nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can't find Gillian before time runs out, her own child will pay the price.

Two questions remain: Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain?

No matter how this ends, Toby's life will never be the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756414764
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: October Daye Series , #12
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 204,313
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Seanan McGuire lives and works in Washington State, where she shares her somewhat idiosyncratic home with her collection of books, creepy dolls, and enormous blue cats.  When not writing—which is fairly rare—she enjoys travel, and can regularly be found any place where there are cornfields, haunted houses, or frogs.  A Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula Award-winning author, Seanan's first book (Rosemary and Rue, the beginning of the October Daye series) was released in 2009, with more than twenty books across various series following since.  Seanan doesn't sleep much.  

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Night and Silence 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These stories just keep getting better and better! I really enjoyed all the little twists you never saw coming. Now I'm eagerly awaiting the next chapter in Toby's story!
Evampire9 5 months ago
October ‘Toby’ Daye’s fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams and Toby is floundering unable to help the people she loves the most heal. She needs a distraction, but what she doesn’t need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. There’s no question of whether she’ll take the case, the only question is whether she’s emotionally prepared to survive it. With signs of Faerie’s involvement, it’s going to take all Toby’s nerve and all her allies to get her through the web of old secrets, older hatreds and new deceits because if she doesn’t find Gillian before time runs out, her daughter will the pay the price. This ‘October Daye’ story is engaging with non-stop excitement that has readers bouncing in their seats barely able to contain their delight as the suspense builds. Toby and Tybalt’s romance has hit a road block due to past events and this has readers wondering if their relationship will survive this latest trouble. Meanwhile, other characters are also at stumbling blocks which adds to the emotions that flow from the pages, so readers experience a whole range of feelings throughout this story. This story is fast paced with lots of twisty turns that keep readers guessing as to who the bad guys are this time right along with Toby and some stunning twists that has readers and characters’ jaws dropping in stunned amazement. This series is full of fascinating characters in an intriguing world with lots of wonderful elements which means that readers want to return time and again to see what else can be discovered and this installment of the urban fantasy series is quite the discovery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Non stop adventure from start finish. Quirky as is usual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seanan McGuire is one of my favorite authors; the October Daye series is one of my favorite series. This book is a terrific read, almost impossible to put down from the moment I started it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seanan Maguire is an author goddess. This is a series I read and reread frequently. I hope it never ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book explained wonderfully the dynamic between Toby, her daughter and her ex and his wife. With great twists and turns. A wild ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seanan McGuire created a new world in ours that's always a joy to dream ones self into when reading her books. I have enjoyed each and every one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will not disappoint Toby fans
Robin_Snyder More than 1 year ago
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. “As Sir Daye’s squire, I must apologize, again, for her having the manners of a kelpie.” “Don’t be silly, Quentin,” said Danny. “Kelpies are politer.” “Kelpies are aquatic murder horses that want to rip you apart and eat everything but your liver,” I protested. Danny smirked. “As I was sayin’.” 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. ***Arguing with the Luidaeg is like arguing with a mountain: in the end, all you wind up with is a sore throat and an implacable landmark. Only in the case of the Luidaeg, she might wind up turning you into a toad for your impertinence. *** 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. ***"You lost a great deal of blood.” “I didn’t lose it,” I said. “I know exactly where it is.” *** 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. Overall: 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.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
After the ending of The Brightest Fell I wasn't sure were McGuire was going to go with October Daye but I'm happy to say at Night and Silence 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.
MarziesReads More than 1 year ago
In Night and Silence we see a Toby who is still reeling from what her mother did to force Toby to find her sister August. Her relationship with Tybalt feels like it is hanging by a thread and Toby is in despair about how to fix things. Toby's friend Danny ineptly tries to encourage Toby to rectify a relationship she fears is irretrievably damaged by talking to Tybalt, who doesn't want to talk to her at all because he has such terrible PTSD. (Ironically, Toby's never been the sort of person to feel very hopeful. Also ironically, when you look a lot like your cruel mother, your mistreated loved one may have issues with you.) May, Toby's Fetch sister, is also trying to hold things together for Jazz, who has recovered a bit better than has Tybalt, but remains deeply shaken. Raj, Tybalt's nephew and heir, treads lightly and often furtively, to avoid too many questions from Toby. Quentin, Toby's squire, ponders whether there is anything he can do other than just be there for all of them. It is into this messy well of sadness that a new crisis falls- Toby's now-human daughter Gillian is, once again, kidnapped. In the process of solving the kidnapping and rescuing Gillian, a question long held by readers of the series will be answered and lives will be forever changed. It's obvious that the events of this novel have been long-planned by McGuire, over the arc of twelve novels. The payoff is huge. In some ways even bigger than in The Winter Long. I was caught off-guard by the events of the book, which were so very different from what I had expected. On the one hand, the revelations, the outcomes, were rather stunning. On the other hand, part of me was uneasy with Gillian being kidnapped again (she was first kidnapped back in One Salt Sea), and the fact that yet again, we have the revelation that someone wasn't who they seemed to be. Plus, another round of demands we've heard before. Yet there are major developments built upon this platform. Even the revelations come with their own revelations in this book. Night and Silence left me with so many new questions. One of the most stunning outcomes was disquieting to me because of the looming settlement of Toby's debt with the Luidaeg, who called in the debt of the Selkies a year ago. What's going to happen? (Readers will see what I mean when they read the novella Suffer a Sea Change included at the end of the book and think about the Selkies and the Roane.) While things with Tybalt are better resolved by the novel's end, the means by which this is achieved still seemed precarious to me. Is that truly safe, given the way the Cait Sidhe work? One thing I was glad of is that Toby finally realizes the changelings of the Mists need more attention. And hey, the seneschal of Goldengreen could use a changeling hero's help with her present project. Finally, the other thing, that big reveal... Seriously, what is wrong with some of these fae and human people? The level of their racist hypocrisy is simply stunning. What does it all mean? Decide for yourself, Reader. This is one installment that will leave you thinking until The Unkindest Tide rolls in. "The world had changed. The world wasn't changing back." ~ Night and Silence
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taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Seanan McGuire's latest installment in the October Daye series is a game changer. Since it's the twelfth book in the series, I was slightly nervous about whether or not the story would continue to feel as fresh and enchanting as previous installments. There was absolutely no cause for me to worry. While the plot line may sound similar to one of the past books, Night and Silence delved into entirely new territory and revealed a few more hints about McGuire's ultimate end game with the series. I'll try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, however there will necessarily be some spoilers for previous books in the series. First of all, I really appreciated the "this is what happened in previous books" section at the beginning of the book. Even though I've read all of the books in the last two years, it's still hard to keep everything straight in my head. The reminder really helped me get back up to speed. The contrast with Gillian's first kidnapping made me truly realize how much Toby has grown and developed as a character. Toby's dealings with her human family as a whole also reflected this, particularly toward the end of the book. Additionally, I thought that McGuire did an incredible job in her portrayal of Tybalt's PTSD. It was wonderful to see how that was developed throughout the book, particularly because there aren't a lot of male characters in literature with mental health problems who ultimately deal with them in a healthy way. McGuire's characters have always been vibrant and realistic but Night and Silence takes them to an entirely new level. As usual, the plot kept me glued to the pages. Just be prepared to carve out a chunk of time to read this book because you won't want to put it down, particularly once the reveals start happening. There were moments that made me gasp, moments that made me cry, and moments that made me laugh out loud. McGuire also does an excellent job of revealing some things that indicate where the current/next story arc is going to go. And I am so excited to see what's going to happen next. Night and Silence was a wonderful addition to one of my favorite series. Also, the short story included in this one was actually one of my favorites. It was so interesting to see things from Gillian's point of view. Plus it provided a few answers to long-standing questions. But absolutely do not read it before you read the book because it contains some major plot spoilers! *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great tale in October's life. I really am enjoyong this series.
SevenAcreBooks More than 1 year ago
When October “Toby” Daye, knight errant in service to the Court of Shadowed HIlls finds her ex-husband and his new wife on her doorstep, she knows it can only mean trouble. Toby’s mortal daughter Gillian has been taken and not only is she in danger, but it could also bring to light secrets that Toby needs to stay hidden. Along with her closest friends and fiancé, Toby sets out to discover who in faery knows of Gillian’s existence and why they would dare to threaten her. But as more clues unfold, the mystery only becomes deeper and the list of who and what Toby can trust becomes smaller. An amazing story full of fae politics, lore, and magic that keeps the pages turning from beginning to end. Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. All opinions are my own
S_White_1218 More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is great, like the others before it. New details and flesh that makes the reader crave the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another outstanding installment in the Toby Daye saga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this one. Some answers to long time questions, some resolutions I've been dying to see since the start. AND plenty of room for more to follow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wonderful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the novella too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live this series and this was another great story!
Linda Baker More than 1 year ago
Toby Daye's life is unsettled as usual, but more so after the events of The Brightest Fell. Toby's lover and fiance, Tybalt, King of Cats, and roommate, Jazz, were kidnapped and tortured by Toby's mother, Amandine the Liar. Jazz sleeps most of the time, and Tybalt has almost completely withdrawn from her life. Her problems explode when her mortal daughter, Gillian, is kidnapped by someone in Fairie-again. Toby must find who, and why to save Gillian, this time without the support of some of her most important allies. Along the way, there are significant surprises for Toby, old enemies, and new beginnings. I am continually surprised by the imagination and solid grounding in Celtic Mythology that Seanan McGuire employs in the October Daye Series, only one of the series she writes. She weaves Shakespeare references and mythology seamlessly into a fascinating whole. Toby's world is fantastic but believably built. Night and Silence is one of the better books in the series, and I am eagerly waiting for the next in the series. It is critical to begin at the beginning with October Daye and understand the changes she has gone through. Thanks to DAW and NetGalley for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own.
469480 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for a review! Toby Daye cannot catch a break. This story takes place a short time after the events in, "The Brightest Fell." Everyone involved in that last adventure remains emotionally damaged. And then, Toby finds out that her daughter, Gillian, has been kidnapped, again. Immediately, Toby has to get her emotions under control in order to find her before any harm can be done to her, again. The search for Gilly turns into a game of cat-and-mouse. Toby pushes herself to her limits to protect herself, her family, her allies, and her (many and newfound) secrets. And, the story continues on in, "Suffer a Sea-Change," so fans don't have to wait for answers to certain questions. If anyone has ever read any or all of the books in the "October Daye" series, must read, "Night and Silence," because we learn more about Toby and Faerie through McGuire's worldbuiling and characters, both are well-developed and (too) realistic. McGuire does an amazing job in reminding her readers that Faerie is NOT the same as Fairy! Sooner or later secrets are revealed, debts are paid, bargains end, and emotions are (somewhat) managed. Fans of the series will pick up on subtle clues of what will happen based on the foreshadowing from previous books. New readers will be able to jump into the action due to the author's clever storytelling method of her characters recalling past events from previous stories. I found "Night and Silence" to be an enjoyable read containing everything one could want in an urban fantasy story. Please follow me at either, or at Misty306@aquavenatus (Twitter).
PenKay More than 1 year ago
We only get one of these books about once a year, and I’m always worried about several things: I won’t remember what’s going on in the story, the book will be terrible, the series will go off the rails, or the author won’t do a good job. I am so happy to report none of these things happened. The one thing I am most worried about, that I won’t remember what’s going on, is definitely taken care of as the author did a great job in filling the reader in as we go along. As such, I was immersed in the story in no time at all, but I must confess that also probably has something to do with the author’s tremendous writing talent. This far in the series, I can’t really say much as I don’t want to spoil anything, but Toby and Tybalt are still very much dealing with the fallout from the previous book, Toby’s daughter is kidnapped but for very interesting reasons (which we don’t find out until the end), and at the end, things are forever changed. If you are a fan of this series, this is a wonderful, wonderful addition!! And, you must read the novella at the end because certain events are shown from another character’s point of view which is very important. If you haven’t read this series before, you must start from the beginning, and it is worth every page! One of my favorite series!! Highly recommend! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.