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A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  11,178 Ratings  ·  905 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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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
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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
If it weren't for trusted friends telling me this gets better, I think I'd dump this series.


Well, for starters, dumbassery abounds in book 2. If there's a cliche about what not to do when a serial killer is on the loose, then these idiots can't WAIT to do it!


Toby is called on by Sylvester to investigate why his niece isn't returning his phone calls. He can't go himself, because of Fairy politics (that I still don't entirely understand), which means she's basically on her own. Well, he sends
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
Jun 21, 2016 Alp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The first half : 4 stars
The second half : 2 stars

I enjoyed the first 50% of the book a lot and I thought it was really better than the first installment in this series. But then the rest of the book proved me otherwise. It didn't impress me as much as I expected. Toby still made numerous bad decisions, which totally ticked me off. I have to admit, I haven’t quite warmed up to her yet, but I trust my GR friends that she will gradually get better. Hopefully, it will happen real soon!

In this book,
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
Aug 30, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this more than the first. I think it can take a while to get familiar with a new world of faerie, it's politics and machinations. The author realises this very well and I love the different types of faerie and their 'skill sets'.
I like this MC Toby Daye because she is vulnerable yet feisty. I enjoyed the dynamic that seems to be unfolding very slowly between her and Tybalt.
There's no question about me continuing the series. (Yet another one!)
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,

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 14, 2016 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
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the UF lovers from BB&B

The second instalment of the October Daye series takes us deeper into the Fae world when Toby is sent to investigate the sudden lack of communication from the neighbouring 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 obsessed with months :D Back to the plot, Toby is s
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
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
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.
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)
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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**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
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
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 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’
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
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
Jun 02, 2010 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I enjoy this world. I like the sexual tension, but wouldn't mind if Toby moved on Mr Kitty Kat.

The book did a real good job of jumping right into action and interesting motion. Liked the whole cyber driud thing.

A few of the plot threads were easily guessed at by me but there was enough twisty-ness to overcome that. All in all a good read.
Erin (PT)
In the wobble between a 3 and 4 star rating, I'd give this a solid 3.5. It was an enjoyable read and the parts that made me yell at the pages were things that were entirely in character and with the flow of the story, so no points off from Gryffindor there.

That being said, it didn't make those things any less frustrating. Fewer people would've died and a lot would've been different and less traumatic if Toby had bothered to ask the obvious questions up front. (view spoiler)
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
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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
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