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.
Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie, spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. 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, California — 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.
January runs a company that produces computer fantasy games, and her domain is a buffer between Sylvester’s realm and a rival duchy whose ruler is looking for an opportunity to seize control. And that is the least of January’s problems. For Tamed Lightning has somehow been cut off from the other domains, and now someone has begun to murder January’s key people. If Toby can’t find and stop the killer soon, she may well become the next victim.
©2010 Seanan McGuire (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a great read! Fantastic addition to the genre--October Daye is a different kind of protagonist and her world is quite unique! I'm looking forward to reading more from this series. The only thing I am disappointed with is finding out this is the SECOND book in the series and audible only has this one so far.
A Local Habitation is the second installment of this series (which should definitely be read in order). Another amazing story with narration that is well-done and consistent with the first book. I can't recommend this series enough! I am already anticipating the the third book that is releasing in September.
As my title says, this one was not even close to being as good as the first in this series. The first was well written. This one seemed formulaic. I won't be listening to more, I suspect.
I found this book interesting and though I like book 1 a little better I will continue with the series. Once I find an author that I like I tend to stay true and read all their books. Very few exceptions. This book was full of mystery, action, and secrets. So I would recommend.
Seanan really hits her stride here, and the series gets moving.
OK, Look. Seanan ENJOYS torturing her characters. Toby gets run ragged from the first minute to the last. When it looks like something good is about to happen to her - It's not.
And I LOVE it.
It's a good mystery, with enjoyable characters and my favorite narrator on Audible (sorry Evil Wil Wheaton). I really enjoy this series.
rambunctiously soft spoken.
The second in the series and not my favorite but on that note we find our heroin doing a job for her liege ,she and Quinton are of to solve a murder mystery at his niece's work ALH a computer company in a shalowing ,an great cast of characters which again the fantastic narrator keeps up with( hat's off) I love all of these books and cant wait for the next one to come out ,if you want a good heroin you cant go wrong with Toby.
Karen L. Syed, Reader/Author/Publisher
One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is because of the tones and accents the narrator used when telling the story. It didn't sound like someone simply reading a book.
One of my favorite things about this, and all of McGuire's books are her characters. Each one is unique and the author makes certain to accentuate each of their traits.
When listening to the October Daye novels, I truly am mesmerized by Tybalt. I'm not sure if it has more to do with the narrators voice, or his personality. More than likely it is a combination of both. I find him irresistable.
I can't say my reaction to this book was extreme, but I will admit to being more than a little obsessed with continuing on as I listened. I dreaded having to stop and getting to the end.
This is one of the best paranormal series I have run across in many years.
If you like urban fantasy noir, you can do no better than Seanan McGuire's "October Daye" series. If you like good audio reading, Mary Robinette Kowal is your lady. Her voice characterizations are spot on. You never have to wonder who is actually speaking now.
Start with "Rosemary and Rue" and continue on from there.
I really like this series. Seanan McGuire is an excellent author and this book is no different. I liked all the characters in this story and I can???t wait until her new book comes to Audible!
I found the character development a little light and the fey terms a bit much in the beginning, but it grew on me and I really got into it after the beginning.
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