A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)
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
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
** 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
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.
But the thing that I find most frustrating is that Toby is supposed to be so cy...more
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
Everyone is so DENSE in this series. Everything is so obvious from miles away, it's kind of tedious waiting for the characters to catch up. Toby, you are supposed to be a PI! Really! I was willing to cut you some slack in the first book b/c REASONS, but this was just ridiculous. (Especially on that whole Alex/Terrie thing. Who didn't realize what was going on there from almost the start?)
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
Toby gets a call from her lord Sylvester, who needs her PI skills. His niece January hasn't been answering his calls. All the more complicated in that his niece is a Countess, and her county lies between his duchy and a rival one. . . and the terrioritiality of the fae means he won't be able to get her help easily, without its being taken as an act of war.
She gets there, tracks down January, finds a small array of fae, of different races, and discovers that January thi...more
The tone is a fun mix of noir and classic fantasy magic, and combined with the creative examination of several facets of the magical rules of this world, make this a highly enjoyable read.
Unfortunately, we have an Idiot Plot (a plot that only works because everyone in it is an idiot) on our hands. This mystery could have been solved in a few pages had key characters no...more
I get frustrated by murders. Mainly because I'm not that interested in finding out who-done-it. Either you work it out for yourself long before the final exposition, or it's totally impossible to work out and the ending just makes you groan a...more
note: one regret is that in my copy there is a big ink spot thank make a page illisible
I did love this book….i admit I was a bit afraid at first since I was told it was becoming darker and darker but I enjoyed it and I didn’t feel it was that dark either. It’s not light yes but I’m starting to think that as long as fey are concerned it’s never light and all happy… however there is some humour too not too much but just the righ...more
Yes, this book telegraphed its twists from miles away. I figured out what was up with Alex and Terrie the moment Terrie showed up, and I was pretty sure I knew how the murders had happened, even though I didn't know why. But this book still kept me up way past my bedtime reading it. It's like a bottle episode/locked-room mystery/horror movie, where the characters are a...more
We begin this book with Toby getting drunk and guess who takes her home and puts her to bed...Yes, the King of Cats- Tybalt. Then, of course he disappears for chapters to come.
Sylverster, Toby's liege has asked her for help once again. He wants Toby to go and check on her niece Countess January O'Leary who resides int the County of Tamed Lightning.
Questin goes with her. When they get there, they discovered that several people have died inside the company January work...more
I don't find it necessary to have read the previous book in the series, Rosemary & Rue, in order to follow along with this second installment. However, it would be beneficial, especially to avoid spoilers and have some knowledge of the history with some of the issues in the story.
I enjoyed this installment but not as much as the first book. Toby's character had some disappointing flaws. One major flaw that really irked me was her frequent weepings. Toby is supposedly a g...more
The world building is more than nice. Obviously, the author is pretty well acquainted with fae world and has no qualm depicting gruesome details of its inhabitants. That's one nice change, an author with solid research and less obsession of making every characters humanly beautiful.
Beside that, the book gets pret...more
Setting off with Quentin, a young Page from the court looking for some experience, things rapidl...more
I must say, if there's a...more
Sylvester is worried when he isn't able to get hold of his niece, the Countess January O'Leary, so he sends Toby. Toby's allegiances are vague enough that it shouldn't stir up his enemy, the Duchess Riordan. But when Toby gets there, no one is cooperating. It takes forever to actually meet January and everyone is hostile. Well,...more
Having read A Local Habitation, I'm not exactly disappointed. I read it in one sitting, but this time I didn't close the book eager to find out what happen...more
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 tale feels curiously isolated. Whereas the first novel spanned the breadth of the Bay Area, this one is mostly isolated (as part of a and-then-there-were-none murder tale) at a hi-tech startup...more
This book amazed me even more than the first one did.
In the first book, Rosemary and Rue, we are introduced to Octo...more
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