Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire, readalong week 2

chimesToday is the second week of a four week readalong of Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire.    How I’m loving this series and it feels as though each book just keeps adding more depth to the world created by McGuire.  Feel free to join us.  A Goodreads page is set up here or simply jump in with the comments.  Also, be aware that spoilers will be lurking below so be careful!

This week I’m providing the questions so lets get a budge on:

Well, as ever I’m curious about the Luidaeg.  I used to feel as though she’d simply withdrawn from the world of the fae but the more I read the more it feels like she really is very restricted.  Any guesses why the Luidaeg is so restricted in what she can say and do?
I’m so all over the place with the Luidaeg.  What a fantastic character she is and how cunning of Ms McGuire to make us like her so much and hanker after more of her in these stories.  I can’t help feeling that I’m all over the place with this story line.  Or maybe I’m just too close to it – maybe it’s right in front of my eyes but I just can’t see it.  Everything about the Luidaeg involves water.  The water people are on Toby’s side at the moment, the Luidaeg is on Toby’s side.  Toby was turned into a fish – was that really as simple as it seems or was the choice of a fish meant to be something a little bit nasty, like a joke at somebody else’s expense!  Has there been some sort of war and the Luidaeg was banished to her own area and restricted from talking about virtually anything?  Did she accept these terms to save somebody else?  It’s so intriguing that I might actually pop.
Is it suspicious that there was an earthquake the night that Arden and Nolan’s parents were killed – was that part of something bigger or was it just pure chance.  Was somebody helping the Queen in the Mist to gain the throne that isn’t hers.
Frankly, and I’m probably barking up the wrong oak and ash here, but, I don’t particularly think the Queen of the Mists was smart enough to pull off a coup of this sort – yeah, I’m probably wrong, but she just doesn’t seem too savvy.  First of all, she’s sent Toby off with a flea in her ear and hasn’t even thought about the fact that she will start uncovering things.  Secondly, she just doesn’t come across as somebody with all the smarts.  She seems almost childish.  I can only assume that somebody was pulling the strings??
Marianne, the nurse who whisked Arden and Nolan away from danger, provided them with protective illusions and then left –  do you think she’ll turn up again?  Do you think this nurse could be known to us – or maybe in hiding somewhere?
Who is Marianne.  Come out come out wherever you are.  This whole storyline intrigues me.  From the king and the way that nobody ever saw him with his children or his partner. I understand the desire for separating your private life out from your public life but he really did take this to extremes.  Why?  I mean, did he have massive paranoia or was he just incredibly good at foreseeing the future because clearly he was right in terms of his family being under threat.  I need all the answers.
There was one particular comment in these chapters about no other Fetch having lived as long as May – I’m curious about that and worried in equal measure.  Why do you think May has lasted so long and does this bode ill?
Well, I’m hopeful that Fetch’s don’t usually last this long because the person that they have come for usually dies.  So, therefore, Toby is still alive (barely at the moment) so May is still alive.  I’m sticking with this theory because otherwise it means that there is doom and gloom on May’s horizon.
So, we’re searching for a Hope Chest – any ideas about firstborns that might be holding one??  Interesting too that the Hope Chest name was Goldengreen – any other guesses about names?
I’m rubbish this week, I really have no theories.  The only thing I can come up with is that maybe some of the other more recent knowes might also be named for hope chests?
A pie in the face – very slapstick and quite horrific how easy it is to become addicted!  We seem to be onto something with Toby’s blood helping to stave off the hunger, do you think this might be the key to a cure somehow?
Well, that was certainly a slapstick way to try and kill somebody wasn’t it!  And how awful.  It is strange because Toby’s blood seems to have brought her out of her sleep, it distracts her from her hunger and now that she has her very own blood M&Ms it seems she might be able to hold on for a little longer.We know that her blood abilities are strong, drugs travel in the blood stream – I don’t actually know what I’m talking about right now but maybe there is a cure just right in front of us – even if I can’t put my finger on it.  Yet.
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4 Responses to “Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire, readalong week 2”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Toby’s addiction to goblin fruit was one of the most difficult story-threads to witness for me, because despite her inner strength and her powers of resistance you still feel the terrible struggle she’s going through. In each of these books Toby does suffer: she’s always hurt, she’s often bleeding – and she bleeds a LOT! – but they are *physical* hurts, and she can handle them almost easily. The addiction feels more like a psychological hurt, despite the very physical cravings, and for this reason it looks to me like something far more painful than a “simple” flesh wound…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – this is almost awful to read! I need to read on and see what is going to happen.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Danya

    I had totally forgotten about the goblin fruit pie to the face scene, that was horrific. Thank goodness for Toby’s weird blood, hahaha. I know what you mean about the Queen in the Mists is: I think she’s become a little nutty, so much so that it’s hard to take her seriously as an evil mastermind. But those kinds of people are unpredictable…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, unpredictability eh! I’m hoping that Toby is going to give the Queen a slap!
      Lynn 😀

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