Review: Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #12)


Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire // VBC ReviewNight and Silence (October Daye #12)
Seanan McGuire
Published: Sept. 4, 2018 (DAW)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will contain references to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Rosemary and Rue.

After Toby found her half-sister August and freed Tybalt and Jazz after Amandine kidnapped and threatened their lives to ensure Toby’s cooperation, any kind of respite is not on the cards for our hero.

For one, things between Toby and Tybalt are strained to put it mildly. Being forced to stay in his feline form while imprisoned has given him some emotional trauma. Instead of talking to Toby, he’s shut himself away.

Then Toby’s very human daughter Gillian is kidnapped. Toby will do anything to make sure her daughter is found safe and sound, even if it means confronting some long-forgotten foes.

I feel like any long-running series is going to have a few bridge books in their midst, and at the end of the day, that’s exactly how Night and Silence read to me.

Seanan McGuire even goes so far as to have a few of the characters comment on how many times Toby’s daughter has been kidnapped (answer: previously in One Salt Sea). So, I feel like it’s a conscious decision to give readers some familiar territory so we’re left with enough room to continue processing the ramifications of Amandine’s actions—at least where Tybalt and Toby’s relationship is concerned.

I appreciated that this wasn’t overlooked or drawn out/put off until the next book. As I said we’ll be feeling the ramifications for books to come, as is standard in this series, but I feel like the ice has at least been broken.

Besides the relationship woes, Seanan McGuire continues to build and reinforce the bonds of family and what makes a family. You get to see the juxtaposition of the family life Toby had with her ex and daughter—how they seemingly replaced Toby after her disappearance and then cut all ties when she returned—to what she has built now—how Quentine and May are quick to jump into action to help find Gillian at a moment’s notice, no questions asked.

Of course this wouldn’t be an October Daye novel without some revelations, and Seanan McGuire does throw in some very interesting ones, but like the rest of the book, they’re more things where the importance or significance will play out over the course of the next book(s).

Still, Night and Silence was a fast-paced, deftly written, enjoyable installment in an already excellent series.

Sexual content: kissing

One Response to “Review: Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #12)”

  1. Danielle Cannady says:

    You know the moment where you’re putting off the inevitable? I feel like that’s me. Ever since the blurb on this one went live, I have been dreadly excited to read it. I love October Daye, but I’m TERRIFIED that the “change” you mentioned and has been mentioned about this book is her breaking up with Tybalt. Ugh-I need to put on my big girl panties and just read it!

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