Title: A Local Habitation
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: October “Toby” Daye (Book #2)
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback, 377 Pages
ISBN-10: 0756405963 (DAW/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0756405960 (DAW/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Roxanne
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. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day, undertaking assignments for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills.
Now Sylvester has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning—otherwise known as Fremont, CA—to make sure that all is well with his niece, Countess January O’Leary, whom he has not been able to contact. It seems like a simple enough assignment—but when dealing with the realm of Faerie nothing is ever as simple as it seems.
Toby soon discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, whose domain is a buffer between Sylvester’s realm and a scheming rival duchy. If Toby can’t find the killer soon, she may well become the next victim.
Quick & Dirty: When Sylvester loses contact with his niece, he asks Toby to go in and what starts off as a simple mission soon turns into something else entirely…
Opening Sentence: “The last train out of San Francisco leaves at midnight; miss it and you’re stuck until morning.”
First, if you haven’t read Rosemary & Rue stop here and go read it first. This is a series where you need to read each book in order. A Local Habitation picks up shortly after the end of the first book. Sylvester contacts Toby and asks her to take Quentin and go to the knowe of Tamed Lighting and check on his niece the countess. When Toby arrives she finds January and wonders what is going on. However, before the second day ends Colin is found dead and Toby knows something more is going on. When she asks January she finds out that Colin is the 3rd person to die and that the night haunts aren’t taking the bodies.
When Toby tries to taste Colin’s blood she finds it empty and the situation turns even more confusing. Toby realizes that the situation is spiraling out of control. Inside the knowe she can’t reach Sylvester, but seems to have no problems from the outside. When she tries to leave, her car ends up exploding. When Sylvester sends Conner to get Quentin out, Toby knows that everyone is in danger. Soon it is a race against time to find out who is killing the members of January’s court before Toby and Quentin end up dead.
I love, love, love this entire series and I am thrilled to be reviewing these books. Each one builds on top of the other building a world so full of magic, danger, love and wonderful characters. I can’t avoid spoilers as this is a second book, but I did keep the majority of the spoilers pertaining to this book out of my review. Toby has spent 14 years as a fish and slowly getting back into being a private investigator. I love how flawed Toby is in the first couple of books, it’s one thing I love about this series to see her grow and change over the course of the series. I will acknowledge that it seems like a couple of things go over Toby’s head and she doesn’t put them together and realize what is going on until much later in the book. However, for me that isn’t something I dislike about the book.
I think it just adds to who October is, and the realization that sometimes something small happens and it doesn’t seem to be a big deal, but later when the pieces click together you realize how much that small piece of information helps you solve what is going on. Seanan is a master of feeding you small pieces of information, she drops little hints here and there, but if you aren’t paying too much attention you miss it. But it all adds up and she really reveals a lot of things over the course of this series about October and just what and who she is. If you haven’t read this series, seriously start now and start with book 1.
That’s the thing about cats: they remember at time when there were true faerie kings for them to look at, not just Kings and Queens of Cats and the imitations we have today. Cats watch from corners and hearths, and they see history happening, and they never forget a minute.
Some people say cats are the memory of Faerie, and that as long as there is one cat that remembers us, Faerie will never die. People say some wierd things, but sometimes there is truth there that we can’t see.
October “Toby” Daye Series:
5. One Salt Sea
11. The Brightest Fell (September 2017)
12. Night and Silence (September 2018)
13. The Unkindest Tide (September 2019)
FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of A Local Habitation. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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