A Local Habitation (October Daye Series #2)

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"Well researched, sharply told, highly atmospheric and as brutal as any pulp detective tale..."Publishers Weekly

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 ...

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Overview

"Well researched, sharply told, highly atmospheric and as brutal as any pulp detective tale..."Publishers Weekly

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.

Local Habitation is the second installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series.

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"McGuire's second October Daye novel is a gripping, well-paced read. Toby continues to be an enjoyable, if complex and strong-willed protagonist who recognizes no authority but her own...McGuire has more than a few surprises up her sleeve for the reader." —Romantic Times Book Review

"...for those of you who have read Rosemary and Rue, I have to say: A Local Habitation is even better. All the things that made Rosemary and Rue such a strong debut are still there: the wonderfully damaged heroine, the melancholy story, the gritty details, the perfect rendering of San Francisco, [and] unique and varied fantastic creatures..." —Book Love Affair

"At last, urban fantasy done right!...Seanan McGuire's October Daye series gives us that perfect melding of "real world" and magic, with just a dash of romantic subplot, enhancing the main story rather than derailing it." —Collectortimes.com (for October Daye series)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756405960
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Series: October Daye Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 195,785
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about anyplace capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren’t). Early exposure to a vast number of books left her with a lifelong affection for the written word, and led, perhaps inevitably, to her writing books of her own, starting somewhere around the age of eleven. The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both published by DAW and bother of which have put her in the New York Times bestseller list. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the October Daye series, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at www.seananmcguire.com.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

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    The second October Daye (Rosemary and Rue) private investigative urban fantasy is a wonderful one sitting read

    Half Fae changeling October "Toby" Daye has become a private investigator in the world of mortals as she distrusts her Faerie heritage more than that of the sneaky humans. However, though her preference is to say no, Toby knows better than to refuse a request from her Fairie liege The Shadowed Hills Duke Sylvester Torquill. Coming to her abode in San Francisco, he asks her to insure that his niece, the Countess of Tamed Lightening, is okay as she has ceased all contact with her family.

    The Countess January O'Leary runs an information management company in which she employs purebred and changeling fae. A serial killer is murdering the staff. Toby investigates trying to prevent more homicides from occurring; not expecting her inquiries to intertwine.

    The second October Daye (Rosemary and Rue) private investigative urban fantasy is a wonderful one sitting read that hooks the audience from the first visitation to the last. Toby terrific is tough and spunky as she holds the dual investigations together with her Noir like scrutiny. Fans will enjoy the heroine's tours of San Francisco and the land of Fairie as she works a deadly whodunit case while wondering if October will survive long enough to see November.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Loved it!

    loved it!

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    Second books in urban fantasy series can be tricky, IMHO. The fi

    Second books in urban fantasy series can be tricky, IMHO. The first book is about introducing the main character and setting some parameters for what they are capable of, with just enough world-building to satisfy the reader as to how different/similar the setting is to our real world. The urge with an open-ended series that may or may not continue depending on sales is, I think, to throw a ton of world-building into the second book, to prove to the reader that there is so much more to explore. And I think this urge is often to the detriment of telling a solid story, especially if the second book (or movie) ends in a cliffhanger.

    Thankfully, this is not the case with the second October Daye book. The characters and the central mystery come first, and every world-building revelation (about Faerie court politics, the way the boundaries of Counties and Knowes are set up, the way each Faerie race has a "job," etc) is in service to the story. Even when you're aware of a scene being a large info-dump (here I'm thinking specifically of the background on the Night Haunts), it is woven so well into the narrative, comes at such an appropriate place in the story, that you don't notice ... because it doesn't break the pace of the story at all.

    The central mystery: what exactly IS going on in the county of Tamed Lightning (located near Fremont, California and stuck between Shadowed Hills, aka San Francisco, the county ruled by Toby's liege Duke Sylvester, and Dreamer's Glass, ruled by the Duchess Riordan) and why do residents keep turning up dead, is a very tight little "locked room" mystery. Or locked building, if you will, since the action ranges over most of the "county" of Tamed Lightning via a building in the mortal world. McGuire gives us, and Toby, a roomful of likely suspects, each with a secret of their own that Toby and her sidekick Quentin must ferret out if they're going to solve the bigger mystery. As with any classic mystery story, the people Toby meets are not always as forthcoming as you would hope one would be in the midst of a murder spree. But that's what makes stories like this work: the reader knows XX character is hiding something from the detective ... but because these books are narrated in first person by Toby, we don't find out any quicker than she does what those little secrets are. Still, the astute reader can pick up on details that Toby isn't consciously noticing at the moment but that McGuire clearly wants us to notice. (At one point in the book, I wondered aloud why we hadn't seen a particular character for quite a while, and why Toby hadn't seemed to notice that character had gone missing ... and a couple of chapters later, Toby puts that piece together with other information to reach a conclusion I won't spoil here.)

    There is also a great deal of character development for Toby and especially for Quentin, the teenage squire (for lack of a better term) Sylvester sends with Toby on what at first blush is a mission to just check on Sylvester's niece and report back. There is a great bond developing between Toby and Quentin that I assume future books (there are 7 books in the series so far) will further enhance. McGuire really captures the "sullen but adoring teenager" character well in Quentin; the Toby-Quentin relationship, right now at least, reminds me of mine with my nephew Jared. Toby's voice, as the narrator, is of course the strongest in the book ... but Toby is perceptive, a reliable narrator, and I don't suspect that her interpretations of the behavior of the people she loves (Sylvester, Luna, Quentin, Connor, even the Luidaeg) are very off-base as some narrators can be.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Worth a read

    Good start and end. The middle takes a bit since it seems the involved characters have lost most of their marbles for awhile. A bit of a slog reading about the folks dying for what appears to be no real reason. I look forward to #3 anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Disappointing

    I enjoyed the first book in this series, but I am a little over a hundred pages into this book and I am bored stiff. I read two to four books a week and almost never give up on a book, but I am about to stop reading this book. Boring, repetitive and uninteresting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    So good

    So good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Great book

    I really like this series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Awesome!

    I love this author and the Ocober Daye series! Well thought out,action packed and well written.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Rollercoaster Read

    Talk about action packed, this plot went a mile a minute. You never knew what was going to happen or who to trust, the twists kept coming. Toby has a new job and a young charge to take along on the assignment. That isn't foreboding is it? From bad to worse, trapped in a strange knowe and a killer on the lose. One unlike any anyone's ever seen. Old characters and new, I loved the pace and feel of this one. Read it straight through. This series is fast becoming one of my favorites. The fantasy genre is done proud by McGuire.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Classy, witty, techy-filled with obscure and sometimes totally creepy denizens of the Summerlands. Our heroine, Toby, a half-fae, changeling Private Investigator, assigned by her king to solve crimes using her unique talent to read memories in blood

    I ENJOYED every scary, magical minute of this fresh new take on the sci-fi/murder mystery. McGuire's main character's are gutsy, heroic, modest to the point of insecurity (come on, Toby! can you really not tell who has the hots for you?) The scene is set in San Francisco, which is really fun for those of us who agree the moon bridge in the tea garden seems the perfect place to cross over into the land of fairy! The author chose fabulous partners to work with October; the king of cats is acerbic and charmingly capable, yet thoroughly cat-like, even in his human guise. Connor, the sexy selky from her past (makes me regret I started to read these delightful books in the middle of the series. Not to worry, I've already cracked the spine on #1-Rosemary and Rue-metaphorically, since it is an e-book). That's tonight's read! I even went ahead and prepurchased her next installment due out in March 2011. This series is edgie, gritty, dark, but not so dark it pulls you under like some of the Jim Butcher works can do. Toby has a special gift inside her--a light she doesn't believe in. She knows some fae make fun of changeling and she expects the do the same of her. What she can't see is how well respected, loved and admired she is; Gee, she is favored by the king and the king of cats, too! Also the head healer is one of her best friends and she collects strays wherever she goes-yet she recognizes none of this-- Quite typical of a girl who has lost her mother. I can't wait to see where this series goes! !

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Great 2nd novel in a paranormal mystery series

    A Local Habitation is the second book in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.

    Once again Toby has found her self at the service of her Leige Sylvester Torquill. This time she is asked to go to another county, the County of Tamed Lightening, that is not a part of her Leige's territory. This territory is under the rule of Sylvester's neice Jan. Upon arriving, Toby finds that things are not what they seem. For one, people keep being murdered and for two messages to Sylvester do not seem to be getting through. Toby races against time trying to solve this mystery and get herself out alive. With the aid of Page Quenton she must determine the source of the message blocking and find the murderer.

    I enjoyed this addition to the series and am looking forward to more books coming out. This book was no less interesting than the first one, and the plot twists kept coming out. The list of characters did not entirely change, most of those from the first book were there as well as some new additions. I did enjoy and hope to see more interactions with Toby and Tybalt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2010

    A Local Habitation

    Seanan McGuire returns to the Fae of California with the second installment in her October Daye series, A Local Habitation.

    I really enjoyed the continuing development of Toby's relationship with Tybald & Sylvester's Court. Looking forward to the third book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2010

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    A local habitation

    I saw this book on a bookshelf and the cover didnt look too interesting. I pick it up anyway and it was a good read. Good mystery and kept me interested couldn't put the book down. I also recommended the first book to this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    good followup to Rosemary and Rue

    I liked the first book better (Rosemary and Rue)but still look forward to the next installment.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

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    Somewhat Disappointed

    I don't find it necessary to have read the previous book in the series, Rosemary & Rue, in order to follow along with this second installment. However, it would be beneficial, especially to avoid spoilers and have some knowledge of the history with some of the issues in the story.

    I enjoyed this installment but not as much as the first book. Toby's character had some disappointing flaws. One major flaw that really irked me was her frequent weepings. Toby is supposedly a good PI but at times Toby seemed completely incompetent; like if she were in a tiny box she wouldn't be capable of following the trail of a skunk much less finding a killer. I found myself wondering why her Liege, Sylvester, would trust her to do anything at all.

    I second another reviewer who mentioned how annoyed they were at how Toby continued to miss the obvious. It annoyed me at how obvious it was that the bro/sis duo Alex and Terrie, were clearly having an odd effect on others. Tybalt is another obvious issue Toby continues to keep her head in the sand over. Hopefully Tybalt's character will take more of a front seat. He's rough around the edges and would provide even greater excitement to the series.

    I was very conflicted with rating this book. On one hand, the story entertained me and I was never bored. However, I had a steady disappointment in Toby throughout the story. For some reason I was under the impression that she was a stronger person. I understand she don't have as much power as a full blooded fae, but she seems as weak as a babe.

    Regardless of my irritation with Toby's character, I still do recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers. I will still read the next book in the series An Artificial Light due out 9/2/1010. I read books mostly for entertainment, if Toby's character doesn't get it together in An Artificial Light, I may consider not continuing with the series. In addition, I also look forward to the first book in the Newsflesh Trilogy, Feed due out 4/27/2010, under the authors pseudonym name Mira Grant.

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