Saturday, April 7, 2018

Review: A Local Habitation (October Daye #2) by Seanan McGuire

3 stars for A Local Habitation (October Daye book 2) by Seanan McGuire.

Oak and ash.
Root and branch.

A Local Habitation is definitely a better story as compared to book 1 Rosemary and Rue. There is an air of mystery and suspense as well as some light-hearted humour as Toby, half-Daoine Sidhe, half-human self, gets sent to Fremont, a city near San Jose on a diplomatic mission.

Well, the fae are territorial by nature. And something of a political nature seems to be brewing in the self-declared Tamed Lightning County sandwiched between the two Duchies, Shadowed Hills and Dreamer’s Glass. So when duty calls, Toby answers. But in a faerie knowe where logic does not always apply, things spiral out of hand pretty quickly, and that is when the excitement starts.

With the above said, I still feel that there is much room for improvement. For one, the pace of the story is on the slow side; after a while, the story tends to stagnant and strings the characters along. And then, there is the issue of this all too familiar phrase "here, kitty, kitty" which is a killjoy. Perhaps fans of a certain other series will agree with me.

All in all, this book gives me the hope that the best is yet to be. And it, in turn, translates to keeping Toby on my reading list. At least for now.

Publisher: Corsair
Publication date: 1 Jan 2012


After spending fourteen years lost to both the fae and mortal worlds, only to be dragged back into Faerie by the murder of someone close to her, October "Toby" Daye really just wants to spend a little time getting her footing. She's putting her life back together. Unfortunately, this means going back to work for Duke Sylvester Torquill of Shadowed Hills, doing her duty as a knight errant. That isn't the sort of thing that exactly lends itself to a quiet existence, and before she knows it, Toby's back on the road, heading for the County of Tamed Lightning in Fremont, California to check on Sylvester's niece, January.

Things in Tamed Lightning turn out to be a lot stranger than they seemed at first glance, and Toby's talent for finding trouble isn't doing her any favors. With Quentin—a young foster from Sylvester's Court—in tow, and the stakes getting higher all the time, it's up to Toby to solve the mystery of Tamed Lightning, or face a failure whose cost will be too high for anyone to pay.

*Blurb from author's website*

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