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A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  7,223 ratings  ·  629 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

ebook, 400 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA)
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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...more
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...more
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,...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Sep 03, 2014 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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’...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
It was great to be back with Toby Daye and her fabulous Fae world in A LOCAL HABITATION. This time the plot was very much a whodunnit storyline that kept me guessing right until the end.

The opening scene features a very tipsy October, and a chance encounter with Tybalt, King of Cats, whose character I am quickly becoming fascinated with. I don't know if it's just me trying to see something that isn't there with those two, but I'm half way convinced he likes Toby a lot more than he lets on. To wh...more
All I really have to say about this book is “Oh, come on.” Which is what I most frequently said while reading it. Often followed by, “this woman can’t be a P.I. no matter how many times you tell me so – she’s too dumb to keep breathing,” and occasionally, “yes! Okay! And now we move on!”

Wait, crap, think of something nice to say.*


The bits of background faerie lore are pretty interesting and unique? Oh, and the things that are irritating about this book – repetitiveness, characterization done...more
Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup)
Dec 10, 2013 Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High Fantasy fans, UF fans, PNR fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
Shelves: 2013
A Local Habitation Review I was really pleased with this sequel. Continuing on with a writing style that I enjoy immensely the story flowed quickly. The chapters in this book were a little shorter than that of the first book, or so it seemed to me. It had been a while since I had read Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1), so I had to play catch-up with my memory library on remembering some of the supporting characters, such as Collin and Tibalt. I really have to give credit where it is due McGuir...more
Carolyn F.
I'm listening to the audiobook. I also have the paperback.

Wow, was the book book depressing or what!

(view spoiler) To me there was way too much focus on whether people were alone or not. The two people that were the bad guys, the author was trying to get to you sympathize with at least one if not the other but I just couldn't get beyond the fact that they were bad guys. In fact, the whole staff/residents at the fairy mound o...more
There is something I love so much about this series already. I do not know what it is. An underlying sadness, maybe. Something in the way it is written to be sure.
I really like Toby as a heroine. She may not kick as much as as some but, she is humble & a quick thinker. No one seems to listen to her in this book however. Which is probably why most of them wind up dead. 0_o
I am very interested in Tybalt. The name alone scores huge points.
Quentin is everything a young side kick should be.
I need to clarify my adding this book to the transhumanism bookshelf. It really ought to have it's own category of transfaeism, but the fae really act so much like humans that I just couldn't find the real difference.

In the end, I decided to let the characters climb their own trees.

The book was solid, if a bit difficult to pull off. The novel had less melodrama and a lot more plot this time, and really felt like a mystery for our intrepid fae private eye. There were a lot of interesting characte...more
I ended up enjoying this book a lot even with a few gripes. Like whether the author intended to hint about it or not, I knew who the killer was almost towards the beginning of the book. And in my opinion that was mean of the author to have Tybalt in the beginning and then he's gone until the end of the book. I wanted more Tybalt and less Connor. Meh. But anyways, this is definitely becoming and new favorite urban fantasy of mine. Both the characters and world building are excellent.
While I liked the author's writing style, her world-building, and intriguing characters, I only felt so-so with this particular book. The reason was that the culprit behind the murder mysteries was rather obvious and it took almost an entire book for the heroine, Toby, to really get it.

Man, it was frustrating! I thought that as a detective, she really didn't shine in this book.

However, apart from this, I really liked Toby as the protagonist. She suffered a miserable past whereby she literally "m...more
Laura Martinelli
I have a problem when I completely fall head over heels in love with a new author—my very first instinct is to run out to the closest bookstore and BUY ALL OF THE BOOKS. Even if I’m not planning on reading them all straight away or attempting to pace myself on one book at a time. It happened when I first discovered the Discworld books, and then with Robin McKinley, and last year it happened with Seanan McGuire. I read Rosemary & Rue last year on vacation, and the second I got home, I snapped...more
Shannon C.
Highly original world building and edge of your seat mystery/suspense. I like this book better than the first one. The first one was too depressing. I would have liked more interactions with Tybalt. I like his character and think that relationship could have been developed better.
Clare O'Beara
This urban fantasy can get a little dark, but it holds true to the notion that Faerie are still roaming in and out of our world and the Summerlands, causing occasional havoc.

October or Toby Daye is a half-faerie changeling who has a gift of tasting people's blood and recapping their memories. She also works as a PI in San Francisco. She's sent by her liege lord to see why his daughter isn't returning calls in her new Faerie fort, as we Irish call their habitations or knowes. This fort turns out...more
Even though Toby wasn't my favorite heroine back in Rosemary and Rue, this second installment definitely endeared her to me as a character.

Toby really managed to grow on me. Her interactions with certain people were a lot more developed & showed a different side of her as a person. Still, the girl is a mess - but I think that's what I like most about Toby. She's got A LOT of flaws and she isn't always right - well, she's never right actually. The girl can be pretty dense...

Case in point: Ty...more
Ugh. I wanted to like this, and I wanted to support this author b/c I like to support local talent, but this books was torturous. After the first book, which I enjoyed more, my wife and I were discussing how much we didn't like October Daye, the main character. She's got a bad attitude and a huge chip on her shoulder, for no apparent reason. Or for the reason that that seems to be the rule for paranormal directives, and no other. She was turned into a fish for 14 years prior to the events of the...more
Seanan McGuire is a new author to me, and has become one of my favorites with the 2nd October Daye novel.

I was really impressed with the first and just loved the 2nd; the books are urban fantasy and not romance, btw. I felt every bump, every success and every failure along with Toby, our heroine. Toby is always going bump. She's a changeling and doesn't have much magic - or luck (if you read the 1st one, you'll know about the fish and my vote for most unusual first chapter ever!). But she's loy...more
Mysteries have a fine line to walk between glaringly obvious and overly obscure. The who-done-it factor in A Local Habitation falls squarely on the glaringly obvious side of the line. Annoyingly so. There were times I wanted to yell at Toby because of her poor detecting skills. The saddest part is Toby is a private investigator. She gets paid to detect & she cannot do it! I have a few ideas that could help Toby improve on her detecting abilities; starting with avoiding some of the classic ho...more
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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.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and...more
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