A local habitation

Seanan McGuire

Book - 2010

Urban fantasy. Toby Daye, half fae and half human, is the only changeling who has ever earned knighthood in the Faerie world. Her current mission: to visit the County of Tamed Lightning (Fremont, California) and check on Countess January O'Leary, who has been out of contact. This simple assignment becomes deadly when people close to January start turning up dead, and it's up to Toby to find and stop the killer.

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Series
McGuire, Seanan. October Daye novels ; v. 2.
October Daye novels.
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Published
New York : DAW 2010.
Language
English
Physical Description
x, 387 p. 18 cm
ISBN
9780756405960
0756405963
Main Author
Seanan McGuire (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Second efforts following strong debuts often disappoint, but that's not the case with the latest Toby Daye mystery (after Rosemary and Rue, 2009). Half human and half fae, Toby, now working full time as a PI, is contracted for what seems an easy job—checking in on her liege lord's daughter, January, who hasn't been returning his phone calls. But January's home (and computer company) is a tiny free duchy located between larger fae countries, each of whom would like to take over her land and wealth. Undismayed, Toby sets off with Quentin, a fairy knight in training, only to find that far more is going on than unreturned phone calls: three of the computer company's employees are dead, and January is missing. The action takes place only over a few days, and the setting is limited to January's duchy, allowing McGuire to evoke the country-house-murder plot of traditional mysteries while at the same time writing an excellent urban fantasy. This unusual but enthralling combination will draw in both mystery and fantasy readers. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

October Daye works as a PI in San Francisco where her Faerie blood makes her part of the supernatural community. When Sylvester, Duke of Torquill, sends her to check up on his niece, ruler of the County of Tamed Lightning (Fremont, CA), she finds that Faerie folk in the Countess's employ have been mysteriously dying in a manner that contradicts the known rules of the Fae. VERDICT Second in an urban fantasy detective series featuring a resourceful female detective, this sequel to Rosemary and Rue should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files as well as the novels of Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, and similar authors. [Page 88]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

McGuire follows 2009's Rosemary and Rue with a fast-paced cross between a murder mystery and a slasher film, liberally spiked with magic and technology. Half-faerie PI October "Toby" Daye leaves San Francisco for the nearby County of Tamed Lightning to check up on her patron's niece, January, who's uncharacteristically fallen out of contact. Toby soon realizes that ALH Computing, the county's secret seat of power, has big problems. Someone doesn't want outsiders snooping around, and as the body count rises, Toby will risk life, limb, and soul to find out what's really going on. While most of the deaths could have been prevented with a little less plot-mandated stupidity, the world-building is solid, the storytelling energetic, and the atmosphere sinister as mythological creatures face off against mad scientists. (Mar.) [Page 103]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Gifted in blood magic, changeling October "Toby" Daye must journey to Fremont, California, to make sure that all is well with her liege's niece--a seemingly simple mission that draws Toby into a world of computer fantasy games that are a buffer between her liege's realm and a rival duchy. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Changeling October "Toby" Daye goes to Fremont, California, to make sure that that her liege's niece is all right and gets drawn into a world of computer fantasy games that is a buffer between her liege's realm and a rival duchy.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

New York Times-bestselling October Daye series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

New York Times-bestselling October Daye series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day 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.