Book Talk: Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire

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Book Talk: Night and Silence by Seanan McGuireNight and Silence by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #12
Published by DAW on September 4, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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hings 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 Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction.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. One question remains:

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.

For those who have missed the eighty billion memos I’ve sent out to the internet about how fucking fantastic the October Daye series is, HI IT IS FUCKING FANTASTIC AND YOU SHOULD READ IT ASAP. McGuire’s one of my favorite authors. I’ve hated some of her stuff and been bored by others, but when she writes books that are up my alley (character-driven and bantery), they are absolute gold. She’s just so incredibly, ludicrously talented at all parts of writing: plotting, prose, characterization, world building, twists, tension, and literally any other word you can put here.

Night and Silence is not my favorite of the October Daye series, it but it’s a strong installment. Pretty much every single book after five is pretty close to flawless, and the favorites come down more to my personal taste rather than those books necessarily being less good than the other ones.

Speaking of personal preferences, the opening of Night and Silence is absolutely soul crushing. It’s honestly so sad that I had to take mental breaks before coming back to the book. Seanan McGuire is so good at constantly increasing the tension of the series, but sometimes it’s more through character arc than through the plot of the moment. This one’s very much centered on Tybalt’s emotional development, and it was very hard for me to take early on.

In Once Broken Faith, Tybalt was kidnapped and caged for quite a long time in his cat form. His release, however, did not make everything okay again. He’s freaked out by his cat form now and uncomfortable around Toby, who reminds him of the whole experience which honestly makes me want to sob a lot. Sometimes I have a love/hate relationship with how good Seanan McGuire is at writing because then she hurts me. Basically, though these characters can heal from most things at this point, McGuire does not forget about the emotional toll of the constant huge, scary shit October’s crew faces.

At the beginning of the book, Tybalt’s basically MIA. He and Toby aren’t fighting, mostly because he won’t really talk to her at all. She’s trying to focus on work, but she’s clearly hurting really badly, and literally everyone is super worried about both of them and, like, honestly I’m feeling a bit verklempt just recapping this. McGuire, you cruel genius. It’s a tough book to read in some ways, but I do love that this book is all about beginning the road to recovery, recognizing that it won’t be instant and that it will require trusting your friends and loved ones and being brave enough to ask for help.

The plot deals with October’s daughter, Gillian, who has been living her human life and not talking to October, at the behest of herself and her parents. She’s been kidnapped (again), and October’s on the case. Gillian plot lines have literally never been my favorite. I find her rather boring thus far tbh, and I am crawling through the subsequent novella from her point of view. Maybe in the future, she’ll be in the books more and I’ll learn to love her, but so far she’s basically been this huge brat to October who loves her so damn much. And obviously I love October so damn much, so I find Gillian’s attitude irritating.

In the scope of the series as a whole, it’s definitely a more laidback installment. The stakes are high but they’re not HIGHEST. If you’re here more for plot than emotional development, this may not be your favorite either. Though more minimal, the plot that there is does hang together amazingly well, despite being really surprising. Honestly, it makes me want to go back and reread some stuff because there are a couple of key elements I clearly do not remember well enough.


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One response to “Book Talk: Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire”

  1. Reese says:

    I cannot believe how little love this series gets, because it's soooo good! It ahs a little bit of everything, and like you say, Seanan McGuire is a very talented (and prolific!) writer.

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