Rosemary and rue

Seanan McGuire

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Urban fantasy.

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Series
McGuire, Seanan. October Daye novels ; v. 1.
October Daye novels.
Subjects
Published
New York : DAW 2009.
Language
English
Physical Description
358 p. ; 18 cm
ISBN
9780756405717
0756405718
Main Author
Seanan McGuire (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* October Daye is half human and half Fae and a licensed PI. It was her last case for the local duke (and her liege lord) that caused her to end up as a carp in the Japanese Tea Gardens for 14 years. Alone and still recovering (it's not easy being a carp), Toby resists taking up any more PI work and avoids everything Fae. But what she can't resist is a death-fueled charm wielded by one of San Francisco's oldest faeries, which requires her to discover Countess Winterrose's killer. Toby's investigation gets off to a dramatic start as she dodges hired hit men and silver bullets, continuing at a frenetic pace as it becomes clear that the supreme powers in the local faerie world are all involved in the case. The brisk pacing, the effective mixing of human and magical characters, and the PI ambience all make this an excellent choice for fans of Butcher's Harry Dresden series. Toby is nearly as troubled and lonely as Harry, equally fond of her cats, and just as likely to sacrifice herself to save someone else. Toby's unusual heritage and her uneasy relationships with her mother's family will remind readers of Briggs' Mercy Thompson series, and Thompson fans will appreciate Toby's tough and self-reliant character. This outstanding first novel is a must for fans of genre-bending blends of crime and fantasy. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Having narrowly survived a job gone awry—one that led to a nearly 15-year stint as a pond carp in San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden—former private investigator and changeling October "Toby" Daye wants nothing further to do with the world of Faerie. Unfortunately, passing for human isn't an option, especially after a dying woman's curse compels Toby to investigate the murder of a fae countess. VERDICT Like Dreams and Shadows, this dark, gritty, and richly detailed urban fantasy introduces characters who awkwardly straddle the boundary between the mortal and supernatural worlds, presenting an inventive contemporary take on classic fairy tale lore. [Page 101]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Singer-songwriter McGuire adeptly infuses her debut with hardboiled sensibilities and a wide array of mythological influences, set against a moody San Francisco backdrop. October "Toby" Daye is half-human, half-faerie, a changeling PI with a foot in both worlds. After spending 14 years as a fish following a botched assignment, she's desperate to avoid magic, but the dying curse of a murdered elven lady forces her to investigate the killing, with the price of failure being Toby's own painful death. Toby struggles with court intrigue, magical mayhem, would-be assassins and her own past, always driven by the need to succeed and survive. Well researched, sharply told, highly atmospheric and as brutal as any pulp detective tale, this promising start to a new urban fantasy series is sure to appeal to fans of Jim Butcher or Kim Harrison. (Sept.) [Page 40]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Retreating into the human world after being rejected by her Faerie family, half-fae changeling Toby finds her anonymity compromised by the murder of a high-profile countess who binds her to investigate, a situation that forces Toby to resume her fae position among dubious companions. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Half-fae Toby retreats to the human world after being rejected by her Faerie family, but finds her anonymity compromised by the murder of an important countess who binds her to investigate, forcing Toby to resume her fae position.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

New York Times-bestselling October Daye faerie series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day The world of Faerie never disappeared; it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie's survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Outsiders from birth, these half-human, half-fae children spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October "Toby" Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas... The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

New York Times-bestselling October Daye faerie series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day The world of Faerie never disappeared; it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie's survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Outsiders from birth, these half-human, half-fae children spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October "Toby" Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas... The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.