cover image Night and Silence

Night and Silence

Seanan McGuire. DAW, $26 (368p) ISBN 978-0-7564-1476-4

The intricate 12th urban fantasy featuring October Daye, a changeling private investigator who handles cases related to the land of Faerie, sees Toby and her friends recovering from the traumatic events of 2017’s The Brightest Fell, which has damaged her relationship with her fiancé, Tybalt, King of Cats. Things take a darkly personal turn when Toby’s mortal ex reveals that their daughter, Gillian, has been kidnapped. As Toby and her allies track Gillian’s trail across San Francisco, they discover long-hidden secrets and carefully laid traps, all of which suggest an old enemy has it out for her like never before. To make things even more complicated, Toby stumbles across a centuries-old mystery tied to Faerie’s darkest hour. McGuire continues to put her heroes through harrowing emotional and physical dangers while peeling back more layers in an increasingly complicated mythos. There are significant payoffs for longtime readers as she calls back to numerous elements from previous books. Toby’s combination of pragmatic heroism and relentless self-destruction makes her a compelling heroine in a secret folklore-filled world that still feels fresh and dangerous after all this time. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary. (Sept.)