A Local Habitation (October Daye Series #2)

A Local Habitation (October Daye Series #2)

by Seanan McGuire

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756405960
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Series: October Daye Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 81,866
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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"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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Local Habitation 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun light read
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first book, but still enjoyable. My first problem with this story is that one of the important mysteries is so obvious that I had it figured out immediately, long before the protagonist. The second problem is that the main character's bossiness throughout the entire story gets pretty annoying. Other than those two flaws, the novel¿s action, surprises, and mysteries make it suspenseful and entertaining. I like that McGuire continues to craft a strange, interesting Faerie world and build up her supporting characters. While I¿m disappointed there was no progression in October¿s relationship with her daughter, deeper, more complex layers were added to other relationships, like her uncertain friendship with Tybalt. Even though this one wasn¿t perfect, I definitely plan to read the third book when it comes out.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the October Daye series. Last I heard there were eight books planned for this series; the 3rd book "An Artificial Night" is due to come out September 2010. I thought this book was much better than the first book in the series; I really enjoyed it.October (Toby) is back in with the fairy community. Her liege lord, Sylvester, has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning to check on his niece, January O'Leary. The political situation in Tamed Lightening is touchy; Toby brings along Quentin to help with the case. When they arrive they find out things are much stranger than they were originally lead to believe. January runs a computer company that is focused on bringing technology to the Summerlands. The computer company employs a number of interesting types of faerie as well as a dryad that is now housed in a network tree (her forest was destroyed). What Toby doesn't know right away is that faeries there have been dying and no one can figure out what's killing them. Toby's time to figure out what is happening is running out; and now her and Quentin may be the hunted ones.This was an excellent book. It is fast paced and the plot is well put together and never really wanders. Toby is a great character that shows admirable practicality, determination, and initiative. I am amazed at how many interesting types of magic she pulls off despite her supposed lack of magical power. Toby is very good at using what she has effectively. Many of the side characters are also very intriguing; McGuire does an excellent job with character development. I really enjoyed the King of Cats, Tybalt, and hope that he features in future books. I also enjoyed that the Night Haunts played some role in this book, they were fascinating to learn more about.I really loved the creativity of the plot. Having the faerie community merging with technology was an interesting concept that brought up a number of interesting questions. We get to meet a wide-variety of types of fairy in this book too. I enjoyed the creativity that went into developing these races and making them really fun to learn about. This book is definitely more of an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance; although Toby does have a potential love interest in Tybalt.I thought this book was much more well put together than the first one. The plot was more engaging and really propelled the reader forward; Toby develops into a much more likable heroine (she was not as whiny as in the first book). I also liked that Toby spent some time in another duchy. I hope in future books we are exposed to an even broader world of faerie that goes outside the coastal US area.I only have one major complaint about this book and that is that it was rather predictable. From the moment Toby and Quentin set foot in Tamed Lightning I new who was involved in the deaths. I was kind of hoping that I was wrong. I also have one minor quibble...that was that Toby spent more time than I would have liked having breakdowns. It was nice to see that Toby had a soft side; but towards the end of the book it seemed like she spent most of her time crying or passing out...Overall I liked this book much better than the first book. It would have been 5 stars, if not for the predictability of the conclusion to the mystery. I am excited to read the third book in the series and am happy I only have to wait six months for it to come out! This is developing into one of the better urban fantasy series out there right now.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"A Local Habitation" was phenomenal. Someone else said it first, but this book really does have a "Ten Little Indians" feel. Toby and her sidekick (at least for this book) Quentin are given the job of checking on the niece of her liege Sylvester. January has her own small fae county tucked between two others that are at crosshairs. Janaury runs her own computer business and the reader is quickly introduced to all the characters who work there. We soon find out that this is because one by one, many of these characters will die and the reader will constantly be wondering whodunit. The mystery of the killer is amazing well done and every scene is tense with action and suspense. I love that Toby isn't perfect and it takes quite awhile for her to put all the pieces together, and yet watching her go through what she does here is exciting. Toby obviously has more power than she thinks she does and its easy to tell that this is a humble character who is just trying to do right by others. She cares strongly for young Quentin and her liege and her loyalty to all her friends is endearing. She makes bad judgement calls and is occassionally emotional, which just makes her feel realistic. If you can't tell, I really like this character. The fae world she inhabits takes some getting used to. There is no predictability to how the creatures, and even the surroundings will react and that is actually quite fun. This world is always changing and I don't think it could ever be dull. In the first book, Toby was all over the city, tracking clues and interacting with various species of fae and their homes...in "A Local Habitation" we are pretty much confined to this one office building. A risky, but smart choice for McGuire as it allows us to really feel creeped out at times, while making us grow closert to Toby and Quentin. The story never gets over the top graphic, but I do want to note that the blood tasting makes me a little squirmy. This book was a real winner and one of the best urban fantasies I have read in awhile. It is a very strong and unique story in both characterization and plot.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not quite as good as Rosemary and Rue but still a good story. October Daye is sent by ylvester, duke of the Shadowed Hills, to see what's happened to his niece January O'Leary, who he can't get into contact with for a while. This should be a routine assignment, but it turns into a locked in mystery with magic.I like the character and world and must read more!
RPanther on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very drawn out story. If all these people are dying around you, why not leave? Uggh
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Changeling PI October Daye has been sent by her liege lord to find out why his niece has stopped calling. The niece, head of a fae computer company, insists that she has been calling, but her uncle has stopped responding. The company's offices are strangely empty, and something clearly is wrong. As Toby digs deeper, Wrong goes from bad to worse.This series keeps getting better; I look forward to the third one in September.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been a few months since I read the first book, but I didn't have too much trouble remembering who was who and the basics of the world. That said, I found this to be very slow to start. It takes 100 pages for someone to die, and at that point the pace and tension finally kicked in. I had already been told that this was a weaker book and the third book was better, so I was prepared to grit my teeth and work through it. The setting in this one feels too insulated. Even though there is magic and plenty of fae and changeling characters, I didn't get that wonderful sense of overlap between the real world and faerie that I enjoyed in Rosemary and Rue.I was also frustrated because many of the big twists at the end were easy to predict early on, and Toby isn't a very good detective. There were obvious questions that just plain weren't asked, just to drag the plot onward. However, the action was still done well, so I was still able to enjoy the book, though I'm more leery about the series now.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I quit reading it way back a year ago, because I thought the answer to the mystery was way too obvious - never been a machine-Dryad before, and never been bodies the night-haunts wouldn't take. Obvious. But that's not the answer at all - the answer is a lot more complicated than that. And the prices paid, by a lot of people, are very high. I did know that Alex and Terri were connected, not just siblings, but I'd never heard of what they actually turned out to be. What I thought was nasty enough, what they actually are is worse. And the reactions of the others are also purely nasty - and stupid, Toby is their best hope. It was a better story than I was thinking, but it's still heavily populated with truly unpleasant people. Good story, nasty place to be.
LeanneSF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
October Daye's return to being Sylvester's knight as she solves a complex mystery continues in this second book of the series. Engaging dialogue and action-packed scenes make this book appealing to those who have already read Rosemary and Rue, and to those who are fans of Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, and Kim Harrison.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found it hard to rate this book but I decided to be generous and go for four stars. What I appreciate about Toby is that she doesn't back away, she rarely falls prey to the self doubts that seem to cripple other heroines in other genres, she simply focuses on getting the job done. She doesn't rely on anyone to provide her support, or to come to her rescue, she just sucks it up and keep going, a trait I admire.Perhaps this single minded focus can be used as an explanation for the downside of the book - the clumsy mysteries that were easy to see through too early in the book. Far too early the main suspects were clear, though the motivations were well hidden. This was the downside for me as it lost the tension.There are some unique features to this novel, a blend of faerie and technology that is intriguing, a variety of fae and some interesting politics.Tybalt makes a few brief appearances, I'm looking forward to seeing how that goes. Connor's appearance seemed a little out of the blue, and then he faded away near the climax so I'm not exactly sure what point he served.I am looking forward to McGuire really finding her feet in this series.
bookaphile on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment of the October Daye books. I liked the first one better but the unusual setting and characters in this one are just as good as the first. She is sent by her leige to check on his niece January who is living in a county that sits between two opposing Fairie realms. Because of the political potential here October and her sidekick are sent quietly in to see if all is well and lands in the middle of a killing zone. January's people are dying and no one knows why. They are cut off to the outside by some interference and its up to October to find out who the killer is while trying to keep everyone alive. The only down fall to the story is it seems as if our heroine has failed miserably in her quest. What kind of ending is that?
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the first in the series, ROSEMARY AND RUE, but this one made me holler! It was like reading an Agatha Christie, like 10 LITTLE INDIANS, but on hellah steroids. The suspense was killer, the murders were intense, and October on the job was classic. Toby keeps it together somehow. I really don't know how she does it. She's had to deal with being a changeling and she could easily have a big ol' chip on her shoulder. She doesn't let it all get to her though. Or that's the appearance anyway. All I know, Toby kicks ass, takes care of her peeps and makes sure no one gets left behind if she can help it. Five intense beans....
andreablythe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 2 of the October Daye series, in which Toby Daye faces various political intrigues and baddies of the complex fairy realms that overlay the San Francisco Bay Area. In this book, her liege Duke Sylvester sends her on an errand to check in on his niece in Fresno, a land at the center of a sticky political situation. When she gets there, she finds a greater problem than an uncommunicative niece, however, as slew of bodies starts to pile up.McGuire's sense of plot and style has improved this time around and the mystery propels along at a good clip. As I remember I only felt that Toby was being dense at one moment, when she conveniently forgets a very important clue. But it's a good fun read and McGuires characters are fun and vivid. I'm looking forward to see what occurs in Book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining, I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holes in the plot that you could drive a truck through; dialogue that regularly makes no rationale sense; behavior and decision-making that's even more idiotically irrational; and a "private investigator" who seems to combine a severe case of ADD with plot-convenient memory lapses and absolutely zero actual investigative skills. If there weren't so many dead bodies, it would be comedy. Kind of an unintentional "Inspector Clouseau" of Faerie. The only redeeming feature from a narrative standpoint is Tybalt (competent, coherent and sarcastic), but I suspect the real unsung heroes of this book are the editor and proofreaders, who somehow turned this into a compulsively readable train wreck. The weird, compulsive readability (you want to look away, but you can't-- you keep wanting to believe it gets better) is why it gets two stars instead of one... and why there's a half decent chance I may still end up reading the next in the series. We'll see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By midway I was womdering why Alex ans Terri were.never seen together. When the real answer was revealed, I then realized why people were beening killed. The clues are throuthout the story. I just didnt know who was the killer. Im reading the next book. Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've purchased many of her books but this one bored me to distraction and was without the quirky personality in everything else I've read so far. I liked that her style is similiar to Jim Butcher's writing. This book, however, smacks of editor re-re-re-write which didn't honor the traditional style of the writer. The writer should have shelved this one as a lost cause.
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loved it!
Talekyn More than 1 year ago
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.
CheshireTheEngineer More than 1 year ago
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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