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 Jazz can’t sleep, Sylvester doesn’t want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction.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

Title : Night and Silence
Author : Seanan McGuire
Series : October Daye (book twelve)
Format : eBook
Page Count : 364
Genre : urban fantasy
Publisher : DAW
Release Date : September 4, 2018

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ 

Hollis’ 2 star review

I knew better than to get excited after how good the last book was.

Seeing this installment be dedicated to Pamela Dean should’ve been a clue I was getting another Tam Lin story. And it sorta was. But seeing as I thought we’d already had our homage, I thought we had been there, done that.

I was wrong.

What I found interesting about the introduction of the actual Tam Lin myth was McGuire made it more about Janet than the self-named male. And offered a view from a different perspective where maybe the humans weren’t the heroes after all. And how that particular moment had started, and ended, so much. That was delightful.

Less delightful? How we have yet another new character introduced who is inconsistent, confusing, and additionally whose actions have had huge ramifications for Toby and changed so much of the course of her life. Beyond being turned into a fish for fourteen years. Someone who should’ve cared about her, someone who had taken what was hers, was actively working against her, actively malicious, right up until this book. Sure, she tries to explain it away, maybe there’s a smidge of understanding in her reasons, but the rest? The behaviour in this book, before and after the reveals? None of it makes sense.

I don’t attribute much to McGuire in the way of complicated characters in this world, at least none of the main ones are particularly complicated (exception as always goes to the Sea Witch), but they have grown over the course of the series, and even though they frustrate me, I sorta get them, understand them. I will never understand the way McGuire introduces new people, often in the role of “save my child/friend/lover or else and ps I’ll work against you or criticize you or suspect you throughout the course of me asking you for this help” and expects us to feel any sympathy for them whatsoever. So of course no one is surprised that the character in this story.. was, well, exactly that. Someone I didn’t sympathize with, didn’t forgive, didn’t understand, and overall thought her to be kind of.. skeezy. I mean, really.

Yes yes it’s all vague, you’re welcome for all this complain-y nothingness.

I’ll shift back to some of the good, though. I also liked that we got some casual perspective to things from early on in this series. Things that explained behaviours, sequences of events.. it answered a lot of questions. However, do I like that it took eleven books to answer stuff from book one? Fuck no. But the way McGuire eased that information in was natural. So.. half points?

One of this book’s villains was supposedly vaniquished like three times already. Supposedly it’s going to stick now. Who knows. This book was mostly a frustrating chore, with just enough good to make me exceptionally frustrated by how wasted it was, but the big point of it all was to reintroduce someone who had been lost to Toby, out of reach, and bring them back into play. I’m interested in that dynamic. Less interested in yet another warped and backwards mindset we’ll likely have to suffer through. Hoping that gets sorted pronto stat so we can move on and move forward. Lets not take bets on the likeliness of that happening, though. Leave me my delusions. It’s how I’ve made it so far into this series, after all.

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