Never shines the sun

Cover of Never Shines the Sun

"Never Shines the Sun" was commissioned for the print edition of Chimes at Midnight. It is a print exclusive, and is not included with any other editions at this time.

Author's SummaryEdit

In 1959, Faerie came for a little changeling girl named October Daye and presented her with the Choice that her mother had been struggling to prevent her from ever needing to make. But how did Faerie find her? Where did the channel of October's destiny diverge? To know the answer, you must look to the water, and to the woman who many refer to as "the sea witch."

It can be hard to deal with betrayal. Betrayal by family is so very much worse.

Suggested Reading OrderEdit

Chronologially before Rosemary and Rue, but spoilers up through Ashes of Honor.


The Luidaeg had waited seven years to get in touch with her youngest sister Amandine, who had a changeling daughter - October. The Luidaeg had met October, hoping to see her at least once, but when she noticed something off about October's hair, she offered her hand to Toby and introduced herself as "Annie". The minute October took her hand, the Luidaeg realised what Amandine was actively and slowly doing to her and had to intervene, asking Sylvester to give Toby the Changeling's Choice.

Amandine, furious beyond reasoning, confronted the Luidaeg, saying that she was saving October from the role of the Dochas Sidhe, but the Luidaeg finally snapped and forced her to see that she was killing October by rewriting her blood, reminding her that she can't be saved from Faerie, even comparing her to Eira Rosynhwyr. Even though the Luidaeg accepted that it was partly her fault for not being there for Amandine or October, she acknowledges that October was the one who chose to be Faerie.

Amandine smugly rubs in the Roane's slaughter to the Luidaeg, and she almost snaps again. Amandine childishly tells the Luidaeg that she had no right to intervene, and the Luidaeg remarks that that October deserved better than what Amandine was doing to her and reminded her that she's not human. Amandine finally gives up and tells her older sister that she hates her, though the Luidaeg predictably tells her that "she doesn't give a shit", reminding her that Amandine had a job to do. She warns Amandine what would happen if she harmed October again and Last of the Firstborn leaves her home. Though the Luidaeg hoped that Amandine would come crawling back and ask her how to fix the mess she made, she doesn't, and the Luidaeg laments that Eira would win. Her last words are directed to October, hoping that she would survive.


See alsoEdit

October Daye Stories

Rosemary and RueA Local HabitationAn Artificial NightLate EclipsesOne Salt SeaAshes of HonorChimes at MidnightThe Winter LongA Red-Rose ChainOnce Broken FaithThe Brightest FellNight and Silence

Short stories

Rat-Catcher (#0.6)Through This House (#4.5)In Sea-Salt Tears (#5.1)No Sooner Met (#6.2)Never Shines the Sun (#7.1)Forbid the Sea (#7.2)Heaps of Pearl (#8.1)The Fixed Stars (#8.5)Full of Briars (#9.3)Dreams and Slumbers (#10.5)Of Things Unknown (#11.5)Suffer a Sea-Change (#12.1)

Patreon stories

In Little Stars (#0.5)Stage of Fools (#7.3)The Voice of Lions (#7.4)The Act of Hares (#7.5)Instruments of Darkness (#7.6)With Honest Trifles (#7.7)In Deepest Consequences (#7.8)Jealous in Honor (#7.9)Quick in Quarrel (#7.91)Shore to Shore (#8.2)Write in Water (#8.3)Live in Brass (#8.4)The Ambitious Ocean (#8.5)These Antique Fables (#11.1)