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A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,125 Ratings  ·  820 Reviews

October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood.
Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal re

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Published March 2nd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

3.5 stars

When we left October at the end of ROSEMARY AND RUE, she had resumed her life as a changeling, existing to varying degrees in both the human and fae worlds. She'd gotten her PI license renewed, and things were altogether looking up for her, b/c she'd finally stopped ostriching.

A LOCAL HABITATION begins with a somewhat drunken October and a couple of her changeling friends wrapping up a girls night out.

It's an October we haven't seen before, I bloody love it:

Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 You Are Growing on Me Stars

Buddy Read with the UF cravers at Buddies Books and Baubles

I didn’t initially fall head over heels in love with this series. And I’m still not totally in love….but I feel like the first book was our first date and while it wasn’t the best first date I’ve ever been on it also wasn’t the worst. On our first date Toby was dark and moody and most everything in the book seemed to take on a shade of that.

But Toby also didn’t break any of my huge no, no rules on our first
The Holy Terror
I really wanted to like this one. I did. But it was bloated and Toby was a terrible detective. Let me explain...

Toby gets a visit from Sylvester, her liege, just as she's starting to pick up the pieces of her life from the last book. He wants her to check on his niece, January, over in another kingdom because she hasn't check in for a few weeks. January's county is situated in between his and another Duchess's lands so if he goes to help her there would be political conflict. So he asks Toby to
Holy crap, this book was SO FRUSTRATING.

Okay, so Toby is clearly the worst detective in the entire world. Every single mystery was easily solved a quarter of the way through the book, but she spends the entire book meandering around, refusing to suspect THE MOST OBVIOUS SUSPECT, and ultimately triumphing through the process of elimination after almost everyone she came there to save has been murdered.

Uh...good job?!?!

But the thing that I find most frustrating is that Toby is supposed to be so cy
Mar 17, 2016 Choko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
*** 3.65 ***

A buddy read with the UF addicts at BB&B!

The second of an Urban Fantasy series about a half Fae, Half human PI who solves mysteries for a Fae ruler. Since it is the second in a running series, it was easier to get into, because we already had October's background, knew some parts of the world, and most of all, got to love some of the characters. Toby was much more comfortable in her skin and the whole story felt much more three dimensional than the previous one, which cemented m
The Flooze
ETA: I've continued reading this series and want to point out I gave books four and five considerably higher ratings. Four stars each.

** Almost a 3 **

Seanan McGuire is talented. She’s just useless at crafting mysteries.

Unlike the first book, A Local Habitation resulted in me liking Toby. She is strong-minded and determined. She’s also quite amusing in her interactions, particularly when conversing with Quentin or Tybalt. She’s fiercely loyal, holds duty in high regard,
Maybe 2.5 more then 3 I don't know. I was just about to give up on the series after this book. It was so boring! Not only does it stay in the same place pretty much the whole time, but not that much interested me. It was hard to keep myself from checking constantly to see how much time I had left until it was over.

Toby is sent by Sylvester to check on his niece January who he can’t get in contact with and sends a teenage boy named Quentin along with her. I like Quentin he puts up with her shit

16/03/2016 Buddy read with my fellow UF addicts over at BB&B, because this series is really good!

"My mother was so strong she could taste the death of plants. She could never stomach maple syrup; she said it tasted like trees screaming.”

Toby is half-human, half-Daoine Sidhe. The Daoine Sidhe is known as the blood-workers of the Fae. Because she is the daughter of the greatest blood-worker alive, Amandine, she’s now slouch when it comes to blood magic. She’s able to ride the blood, gaini

Sep 03, 2014 Carol. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folklore fans, fans of UF, those wanting a light read

The second installment of the urban fantasy October Daye series, A Local Habitation was initially an improvement on Rosemary and Rue, especially due to the integration of unusual beings from folklore–the Bannick cleaning scene was a fun interpretation of cleaning fairies, and the hippocampi fish tank was clever. (Aside-I would dearly love a little Spike of my own). The opening scene with an inebriated October escorting her almost equally inebriated friends to the train was fun, and dialogue with
Nov 05, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Friends! I’ve finally done it, I’ve found another Urban Fantasy series I think I’m going to love. There were concerns as I ventured past the world of Ilona Andrews. I tried a couple of new starts, and came away disappointed and worried that all other UF had a lackluster sheen to it. Toby Daye and I got off to an okay start, enough to make me interested in checking out A Local Habitation, and I’m so glad I did. In book two of the October Daye series Seanan McGuire really finds her stride, and I’m ...more
I stayed up far too late on a work night to finish this book—not because it was tremendously tension-producing, but because I just love the world that McGuire has created for Toby to inhabit. Once I start one of these books, I just can’t seem to convince myself to set it down.

Despite that, I realize that the plot had shortcomings. Toby is often too oblivious for words and she is really not much as a private detective. And yet somehow, I love her anyway and I’m happy just to follow along as she m
Jun 18, 2012 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one
Well, that was terrible.

Firstly, the pacing. McGuire could have had a book a quarter the size of this novel if she had cut out the repetitions. I cannot believe how many times the characters explained to themselves, explained to each other, or explained to us what was going on. Honestly, this was a novel written for adults, not chimps.

Secondly, the characters. Initially, in Rosemary and Rue, I didn't fully enjoy October as the main character. She doesn't really have much going for her; she isn't
I reread this in a day, in anticipation of the release of A Red-Rose Chain next month. I'm leaving my original three star rating as is. Toby took a few too many missteps, there was not enough Tybalt, and Connor's inclusion felt wholly contrived. If it was too politically sensitive to send the Duke of Shadowed Hills, then sending his heir's husband (basically the Crown Duke) should've also been off the table. Plus, he's a moron.
A Local Habitation
3.5 Stars

Half-fae private investigator, October “Toby” Daye, is sent by her liege lord, Sylvester Duke of Shadowed Hills, to look into why his niece, January O’Leary, the countess of Tamed Lightening, has suddenly stopped communicating with him. Upon her arrival, Toby learns that several of January’s subjects have been murdered and all evidence points to someone on the inside. Can Toby uncover the truth before she becomes the next victim?

Intriguing world building, an appealing
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the UF lovers from BB&B

The second installment of teh October Daye series takes us deeper into the Fae world when Toby is sent to invetigate the sudden lack of communication from the neighbooring County - Tamed Lightning under the regency of Sylvester's niece - January. So with this book we got two more month named characters - January (Jan) and April. We've got 9 more free names for new characters ;p Seriously the Fae seem obssessed with months :D Bact to the plot, Toby is
I had placed a hold on this at the same time as Rosemary and Rue, and forgot about it. So I was surprised when I got it from the library, and not enthusiastic as I had not been impressed with book 1. My trepidations were well-founded.

First the good: McGuire pays attention to world-building, and obviously delights in introducing new flavors of changeling and fae. There are cool ideas in A Local Habitation, perhaps the coolest being the idea of a dryad living in a data tree. (That is so cool, trul
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I really loved this story. I read almost the entire book in one very-long sitting. After ridding myself of distractions and settling down to read it, I figured I'd read until the halfway point (or thereabouts) and then pause for some sleep. Instead, I stayed up all night and into the morning to finish it. (I finished it at about 6:30 in the morning; just an hour and change past dawn.) :-)

I suspected who was doing the killing, but I wasn't wholly right. I figured (view spoiler)
Jul 08, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, kindle
yes, Toby is a shit detective, I think anyone who reads this series (at least through this book) can agree on that. I just don't really care. I mean, I do -- I really need her to wake the fuck up, especially where Tybalt is concerned -- but for the purposes of these novels, her being so oblivious just made me like the books more. don't get me wrong, I wanted to slap some sense into her nearly every other chapter, but it was entertaining to watch her stumble around, knowing she was trying so damn ...more
**2.5 stars**

After reading the second book in the series, I figured my problem with these books: I really like the world but the mystery part sucks. You see, I'm a mystery reader so I'm used to main characters that accomplish something. Not Toby. By the time she figures out what's going on, it's too late. It would have been better if she hadn't gone because all she did was getting her and her friends hurt - I cannot even say that she took care of the villain because when push came to shove, some
Valerie ~ Val Hall ~
I liked book 2 better than the first one. It is my understanding that the series improves greatly after book 3.

Sylvester hands over to Toby an easy babysitting job. Once again nothing is what it seems, from a simple murder investigation springs into a frantic chase to keep people alive. I loved that the one gift Toby has in her arsenal did not help her. I normally can find out who the killer is but the author pulled some pretty convincing read herding.

I am pretty wary of teenager sidekick but
Mar 27, 2014 Dorian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-ebooks
Book two in the series, and yes, I did pick it up pretty much as soon as I finished book one.

This time Toby gets sent off to another Faerie fiefdom: her liege lord is worried by the fact that his niece has suddenly gone incommunicado and he wants her to make sure everything's all right. It isn't, of course.

The first problem that becomes apparent is that said niece has been trying to contact uncle dearest, but he never returns her calls...yes, the ones he hasn't been getting. Matters take a turn
Mar 31, 2015 Ivy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book. I would have to say that the October Daye books are starting to become one of my favorite series. It was interesting to find out that Faerie is dying. Hope April does well as a Countess. Can't wait to read An Artificial Night!!
Mar 06, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a little disappointed in Rosemary and Rue, the first October Daye novel, but I could see tons of potential there and looked forward to the rest of the series. A Local Habitation blows it out of the water, and blows most of the urban fantasy on the shelves out of the water while it’s at it.

In this installment, Duke Sylvester Torquill asks Toby to check up on his niece, January, who hasn’t been returning Sylvester’s calls. Jan is the countess of a small territory that lies between Sylvester’
May 16, 2010 Hallie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Apparently I got this on Audible *very* shortly after it was released - of course they didn't have Rosemary and Rue, the first October Daye novel. It was easy enough to follow for the most part, though I did want to understand the details of Toby's past better than I did.

But this story was fairly well the urban fantasy equivalent of a detective series, and the 'case' was complete in and of itself. It was a pretty good one in many ways, though I did get a bit frustrated with Toby by the time it
Oct 01, 2013 L-D rated it liked it
Most people liked this story better than the first, but I have to say that I did not. I wavered between 2 and 3 stars. The reason I didn't' like it because it stressed the fact that Toby is kind of a crappy PI. Things that happened in the book were so obvious to me and it was like she had to get hit with a brick to actually learn anything. It took her FOREVER to figure anything out and in the end, the mystery kind of finally fell into her lap. I wasn't really that impressed. In fact, when she is ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I have to say I was pretty ambivalent about whether to continue with this series after my issues with Rosemary and Rue. This book was an improvement over that one. It was definitely less boring. The pacing was better and the main character is better defined. But there were still some significant issues; the worst being the predictability of the story developments. (I’ll get back to that in a minute.)

This book picks up a few months after the events of the last one. Toby is a private investigator
3.5 stars

When I need a break from all the heavy reading at school, knowing that an October Daye audiobook is waiting at home perks me right up. Even though I've only read about two instalments in the series so far, I already know that I'm in it for the long haul...even though A Local Habitation didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Toby’s liege lord Duke Sylvester Torquil has tasked her with checking in on his niece, the Countess January O’Leary of Tamed Lightning. Should be no problem, except
The jump into the plot in the second October Daye novel is smoother than the first, mainly because most of the world building was laid out in the first book (so the nitty gritty already done), and things are fairly smooth sailing from here (or supposed to be, anyway).

Toby is sent by her liege-lord to go to the County of Tamed Lightning in order to check up on his niece, January, who is leader of said County. She hasn't been calling him, and so Toby and a page, Quentin, are sent on what seems to
Mar 25, 2010 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first October Daye book was okay. Not awful, not amazing, but good enough for me to buy a copy and lend it around as my friends and I waited impatiently for the next Dresden Files book (2 more weeks!)... Rosemary and Rue was a noirish mystery with maybe a little too much going on in it. I approved of the lack of massive expository infodumps, but it made it a little bit harder to follow, all told.

A Local Habitation is different, and for the good. It ties in with Rosemary, but it isn't entirel
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

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October Daye (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3)
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