Review: Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight
Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In her quest to rid the streets of San Francisco of the addictive and deadly Goblin Fruit, Changeling PI Toby Daye finds herself at loggerheads with the Queen of the Mists, who finally has the reason she needs to exile the troublesome hero. This forces Toby to take extreme measures as the Queen’s claim to the throne is less than valid. Can Toby locate the rightful heir before she falls victim to the Queen’s machinations?

After initially reading the blurb, the idea of Toby’s exile had me concerned about the direction of the series. Thankfully, my worries were for naught as this turned out to be an exceedingly satisfying story with some exciting revelations and interesting new questions to ponder.

More details on the nature and extent of Toby’s magic are revealed, and it is becoming abundantly clear that with her ability to (view spoiler), she is one dangerous enemy to have.

Tybalt and Toby’s romance is going from strength to strength. His unconditional love and acceptance have gained him pride of place in my Hottie Harem and she has finally realized just how much he means to her.

The insurrection plot is intriguing as readers learn more about the political history of the North American fae and we are introduced to the Library of Stars (very cool!). The climax and resolution are action packed as some open issues are resolved, such as who Quentin’s parents are (although that one was a bit obvious), and new secrets emerge ((view spoiler).

In sum, an exciting installment with one or two truly scary moments, but all’s well that end’s well.
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