98 points/100 (5 stars/5!)
October’s little family is still broken. Sylvester doesn’t want to see her still, Tybalt is withdrawn, Toby is self-loathing, and Quentin and Raj are caught in the middle. Then, Toby’s daughter, Gillian, is taken, and her ex-boyfriend and his wife come to blame her. Too bad Toby thinks it could have been because of her Gillian was taken. It was last time, after all.
And now begins my year long wait for another October Daye book. I’d ask myself why I do this to myself, but I know the answer. It is because I have to know. I have to read it as soon as it comes out, and I can’t stop once I start. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself after October Daye ends, I’ve looked forward to a book every September since 2010.
The first time I read Rosemary and Rue, I cried for Toby. (Actually, it was probably the second, third, and fourth time, too.) I cried because of what she had lost, I cried because of her despair and heartbreak and her apathy towards life in the face of how her life had changed. She wasn’t in a good place when the series started. Over time, across the length of this series, and with a few false starts, that has changed. October has made a family for herself, even if it wasn’t the family she had before. Her family is even bigger now than it was before. Now she has friends and family who are able to help her when she calls. She has helped so many people over the course of the series that she runs into help all over the place.
Despite all this growth, Night and Silence happens. It tosses me back into that feeling I had back when I first read Rosemary and Rue. Despite there being all these people around Toby, I felt alone. I felt fear, I felt that things weren’t going to be okay, that we were going to end up all the way back at the bottom we were in and have to claw our way out again. It doesn’t help that Toby cries. My heart broke into a million pieces when it happened and it felt like the world was crashing down on top of me. But I couldn’t cry this time. Crying would mean giving up, that things wouldn’t change. And I just wouldn’t believe that things wouldn’t get better.
October isn’t the only one going through troubles in Night and Silence. Tybalt is stuck in his own head and having trouble getting over the events of The Brightest Fell. He isn’t there for Toby to lean on right now, he needs Toby more than she needs him. But that’s okay, because Toby is there for him as much as he has been there for her over the years. We mostly only hear about Jazz, and I wish we could have seen more of her with May. May and Jazz are always left out of most of the books, though, and I’ve grown used to it. I really liked some of the things May says this book. It is easy to forget that she has all of Toby’s memories until she became a Fetch. At least until something reminds us.
The hardest thing to deal with, is that I can feel the end of the series breathing down my neck. Between The Brightest Fell and Night and Silence, we can see the end of the series on the horizon. I’m sure it can go on, but it can also not go on, too. I don’t want it to end.
Suffer a Sea-Change
87 points/100 (4.5 stars/5)
Because of spoiler reasons, this is a novella from Gillian’s point of view that take place after the events of the book, and is included in with Night and Silence. I can’t really say more on the events in the novella.
I was really glad to read this. However, pretty much everything I can say about it is deep, deep into spoiler territory. Just know it is good, and it is worth reading, and once you get to the end of the book you’re going to want to read it anyway.