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
A LOCAL HABITATION is a disappointment after the promising start of ROSEMARY AND RUE. While Toby is a changed woman from both books - her acceptance of her role in Faerie a relief - the plot of this novel is its ultimate downfall. While ROSEMARY AND RUE could be slow, it kept me guessing till the end, quite unlike this installment. A LOCAL HABITATION is dragged out to the point where Toby simply looks stupid. Although she's a detective, she misses many obvious clues until the en...more
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...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
Her whole plot falls away in such a way that is almost magical. The authors villains are the worst I've read in a very, very long time. They verge on the days of 'trying to destroy the world' kind of ebil villain logic. If that wasn't enough, then she has the villains spill everything in one long monologue that's just ... boring and stupid.
Everyone who died after the fox was completely unneeded. Such a powerful being taken down without force? It sh...more
The positive aspects of A Local Habitation were:
Quentin. I thoroughly enjoyed the character devellopment of the page boy Quentin. The first book didn't really give me a chance to get to know...more
This is a wonderful example of an idiot plot. If the supporting characters would stop being needlessly secretive, or the heroine could keep her libido in check (and no, "it was magic" isn't an acceptable excuse), half the problems could have been avoided. On top of that, October completely misses a fairly obvious "twist." I don't care that she was turned into a fish for about...more
October gets sent to silicon valley to chase up her liege's niece, but when she gets there, she gets caught in a difficult mystery. I previously praised McGuire for introducing a main character who was somewhat less than hyper-competent, and while I still like October, in this book she skirts the edge from out of her depth but tenacious, to just not very good at her job. Add in a somewhat weak plot m...more
Okay, so now that I've got that self-depreciation out of the way, if you read my last review, you'll note that I didn't find the first October Daye book, Rosemary and Rue to be particularly impressive prose. The main character was wishy-washy and largely a victim of circumstance. A storyline that started out compelling devo...more
Toby, a half-Daoinan Sidhe, half-human woman, is a PI for both humans in the human world, and Fairies. While we haven't seen too much of the human side of her job, we've seen a few adventures concerning the Fairy side of things.
In "A Local Habitation," she's dropped into a weird situation by her Liege Lord, given incomplete information and saddled with a teen aged Fairy protege, and finds herself blocked and lied...more
(As noted in my review of Rosemary and Rue, the emotional tone is entirely plausible, fits the story well and it's impressive how well Ms. McGuire put it across. The only issue for me was that I found it a quite tense...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
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