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

Posted On 28 January 2017

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chimesToday is the final 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.  Be aware that spoilers will be lurking below so be careful!

This week I will be providing the questions so lets get a boogie on:

So, Armandine – obviously the Luidaeg has gone mysteriously quiet whilst searching for her sister. How do you think that scenario is playing out? Has the Luidaeg found Armandine in her tower?

I really keep hoping that Armindine will turn up at some point and help Toby when she most desperately needs it but so far that doesn’t seem to be the case.  I did wonder if the Luidaeg was going in search of Armandine to beg for her help but I’m not sure about that – it feels like maybe a confrontation will be taking place between the two.  I’m very puzzled over Armandine.

When this all first started I thought Armandine was maybe slightly crazy at best and a neglectful mother at worst. It seems that I was wrong. Clearly something dreadful has happened in her past – any speculation as to why she would behave as she has?

Well, unfortunately, I didn’t take notes this time around and I’m sure I read something in here about Armandine and some sort of a relationship – damn, why didn’t I bookmark that!  Anyway, I wonder whether she was in love and either something went wrong or the person died?  To be honest, I really don’t know.  I’m guessing that she’s been used in some sort of awful way and that’s why she’s so determined that Toby doesn’t follow her path.

May – omg – I was so scared with the scene at the Knowe – literally, I cannot believe that she came through it. What exactly is May now. I know what she came from, I know what she then was, but I have no idea what she now is. Is she invincible? (I mean, I hope so because I love her)

I cannot believe that scene!  I really thought that May couldn’t survive that attack and I was so sad thinking that she would no longer be part of the stories.  And, yeah, I’m sort of puzzled about what exactly May is now.  She’s was previously a Haunt and then a Fetch – but she isn’t either any longer.  What is she and is she indestructible?

Toby – her blood magic. Well, I think we’ve seen maybe a touch of why Armandine was trying to protect her. How far and how powerful do you predict Toby will really become?

Well, to be honest, this blood magic really does make Toby just about as powerful as any fae around – providing of course she can chomp on a bit of blood.  We saw here that she could teleport after tasting someone’s blood so really her abilities would be endless wouldn’t they?  Or am I just over simplifying.  Probably.  Although if I am right – it makes it a bit clearer just why Armandine was trying to push Toby towards being human.

So many alliances were made even stronger here which is great – and we also learned of Quentin’s origins and in fact met his parents – what for Quentin now. Can a prince continue as a squire?

I love the sea realm and seriously hope for more in that respect.  In terms of Quentin – I’d like to believe that he could go back to being Toby’s squire but part of me wonders if Toby would be able to treat him as naturally as she did before she knew he was a prince.  I can’t help wondering if he couldn’t stick around and help Arden learn the ropes a little.  After all, he seems to know the court formalities.

I forgot to ask anything about the Queen and the ending – where she managed to slope off – obviously we’re going to see her some more, no doubt causing a massive nuisance of herself.  I must say that siren song was some pretty strong stuff!  Quick thinking on Toby’s part though with the tree sap ear plugs.  I was pleased that Toby got to bring the Queen down a peg or two although that attack from Tybalt – wow!  It was really touching how sheepish he was after (but you would be really wouldn’t you) – even though it wasn’t his fault.

Anyway, that brings this book and readalong to a conclusion.  I love this series and can’t wait to dive into No.8.




2 Responses to “Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire, readalong final week”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Amandine is indeed a puzzle, hidden inside a mystery shrouded in contradictory information… I have this strong conviction that we will not learn anything solid about her until McGuire reaches the end of this series!
    As for Quentin… trust Toby to know how to deal with him 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I’m convinced that you’re part fae yourself – a changeling!
      Lynn 😀

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