Chimes at Midnight is the seventh book in the October Day Series, I do not recommend starting the series with this installment. It can be done, Ms McGuire does an amazing job of reminding us of the things we need to remember while reading, but this is one of those series that only gets better with each book. So please do yourself a favor and start Rosemary and Rue right now if you haven’t already.
In this installment October (Toby) is dealt so much, yet she just keeps pushing her way through. This is one of the many reasons why she is one of my all time favorite characters. Every time I pick up the latest October Daye novel, I wonder how things could possibly be worse for Toby in the next book and somehow Ms McGuire finds a way to put Toby in more danger, to give her tougher choices, and generally make her life more miserable than should be possible.
The character development and world building is top notch throughout the entire series, and only gets better in Chimes at Midnight. There were some pleasant surprises with some of my favorite characters (I won’t say who because I don’t want to ruin it for you), but HOLY WOW! Even if you saw it coming, you didn’t want to believe it. We also get some foreshadowing regarding Toby’s very distant past and her relationship with her mom. I can’t wait to see where that goes!
You can’t read an October Daye novel and not talk about the King of Cats, Tybalt! Toby and Tybalt’s relationship has been a long time coming, and they aren’t given any slack during this journey. They don’t have much alone time, but what they share during those few stolen moments would make even the most jaded heart believe in love again.
I don’t want to give away any of the good stuff that happens, so I encourage you to stop whatever you are doing and start Chimes at Midnight right now!!