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
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
** 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A Local Habitation is different, and for the good. It ties in with Rosemary, but it isn't entirel...more
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
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
Wow, was the book book depressing or what!
(view spoiler)[ All of these vital, seemingly immortal people dying. (hide 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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