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Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire (Review)

Title: Night and Silence
Author: Seanan McGuire
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: DAW
(Penguin Random House)
Published: September 4, 2018

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Note: This book is part of a series, so there may be spoilers for a previous book/books in the synopsis below.

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 Jazz can’t sleep, Sylvester doesn’t want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction.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. 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.

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(Please note that this is book 12 of the October Daye series and that if you haven’t read my spoiler-free reviews for books 1-11 you can do so here, here, here and here.) As you can probably tell from the cover of this book (*cough* the awesome bats), this book had some dark bits to it. I really like where the story went with this one and had a mix of emotions because I was loving the story and wanting to read quicker… while also knowing that this was the last book in the series that I could binge-read because book 13 isn’t out yet, haha.

I love how with each book, the story gets better and we get to know the characters better and better. And in typical Seanan McGuire style, she answers questions in this book… which then add to more questions! I absolutely love how she does this. It makes me want to hunt for historical tomes about October’s world and ingest everything. It’s so fascinating. Night and Silence ended in a way that made the wait for book 13 even more painful than it normally would have been, and I’m so glad that the publisher has sent said book to me in advance of its September 3 release, because I’ll likely dive into it as soon as I publish this review!


Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather. When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats. Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the “Velveteen vs.” superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now. Seanan’s favorite things include the X-Men, folklore, and the Black Death. No, seriously. She writes all biographies in the third person, because it’s easier that way.



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5 thoughts on “Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire (Review)

  1. I recently (finally) read book one, and really enjoyed it! (so didn’t read your review to avoid spoilers..) But I’m so excited to continue on!


    1. Yay! that makes me so happy 😀 Most people find book one a little bleh and weird haha. I’ll just say that the story gets better and better with each book 😉 And totally understandable about not reading the review lol I do the same thing!

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