May 27, 2019

Hugo Reading 2019: Night and Silence

Night and Silence Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book follows on the heels of book #11, The Brightest Fell, and deals with the consequences and fallout of the events in that book. As a matter of fact, you could sum up the entire October Daye series with those two words: "consequences" and "fallout." It's rather refreshing to read a story that takes everything that has occurred previously into account, and demonstrates that these characters have to pay the piper. (It must be hellishly difficult for the author to keep everything straight, but I think Seanan McGuire is doing an admirable job.) There is a revelation in this book that upends pretty much everything that has gone before, and I presume the next book will deal with this. The extra side novella included, "Suffer a Sea-Change," tells the story of the climax of this book from another POV, and is a fascinating coda. I also appreciate that the characters are not recovering quickly from the events of the previous book, and in fact Toby's fiance Tybalt is suffering from a form of PTSD and has to take time away from his kingly duties to heal. To let a male character be vulnerable, and admit to needing help, just shows the author's increasing skill with her characters, and the depths of their characterization. "Suffer a Sea-Change" also gives us some nice insights into the Luidaeg. On the whole, this is a very satisfying story.

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