There’s nothing like a good reread…
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a giant urban fantasy fan. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’ve read every drop of UF that’s out there (yet) but I’ve read a great deal. And, even though there are always new books (not enough UF, IMO), there’s always time for a favorite series reread.A Local Habitation Published by DAW on March 2, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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.
Okay, let’s talk about this world that McGuire’s created. While many of the inhabitants, rules and places are traditional (ie, taken from mainly Celtic lore and mythology), McGuire has twisted those traditions to work within the world she’s built.
Faerie is where the Fae, with the Summerlands being the closest to the human realm. There are Fae throughout the world but the October Daye series focuses on the fae in California, Oregon and parts of Canada. Within this world, there are also changelings — individuals with both fae and human blood (any amount of both), which is what our main character, Toby, is.
But my very favorite fae in this series are the Cait Sidhe. In Celtic mythology, the Cat Sith are said to be a fairy creature that resembles a large black cat with a white spot on its chest (so, probably just a Scottish wildcat that scared a drunken Scotsman headed home from the pub, who then turned it into a story once the wife started fussing at him for coming home so late).
The Cait Sidhe are their own people, ruled by their own Kings and Queens, who can travel the paths between realms…when they feel like it. Tybalt, King of Cats, is Toby’s friend, of sorts. He helps her out (when he feels like it). He’s very cat-like in his mannerisms and behaviors, a bit persnickety and a great source of amusement (for me).
A fantastic series all the way through. In fact, I need a full series reread after hanging out with Toby in book 2!
And don’t forget to check out the newest release in this series, Once Broken Faith (out Sept. 6, 2016):
Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.
Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.
Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.
As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.
Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.
Giveaway Time! Times Two!!
A copy of A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire for two lucky readers.
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All 10 October Daye novels signed by Seanan McGuire
A Seanan McGuire tote bag
A map of the Kingdom of the Westlands signed by Seanan McGuire and artist Priscilla Spencer.
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