The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October “Toby” Daye, rejecting it completely.
After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas. The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby is forced to resume her old position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.
©2010 Seanan McGuire (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Well researched, sharply told, highly atmospheric and as brutal as any pulp detective tale, this promising start to a new urban fantasy series is sure to appeal to fans of Jim Butcher or Kim Harrison." (Publishers Weekly)
I am really glad I ignored the reviews on this site. The book was fantastic and I thought the narration was good.
the first part of this book was reeeally slow and didnt make much sense but if you can hang in there thoough, it gets quite good about half way in.
At first, I really didn't like the narrator, but grew accustomed to her voice. It helps that the story was so well done. This is a re-read for me, I did the series on my Kindle and have switched to audio for this re-read.
My only complaint is that I don't care for the vocalization of Tybalt. I hope the narrator changes the voice as the series (and his character) develops.
I have to say I absolutely loved this story, and immediately got the 2nd, 34d, and then the 4th book. I have fallen in love with some of the characters, and I think there are some great world building in this book. the narrator is really good as well, because she sounds like she enjoys reading the books.
I got half way through the digital version before I looked to see if it was on audible. I d/l it and listened to the last half. It was good. I liked the world, I liked the characters but it was a bit grim at times but maybe that's what it takes to get parts of your life back. Hopefully now that the character has decided she wants her life to work some things will work out better for her. I hope so. That grimness is the only thing that could keep me from this series if it turns out to be long term.
I do like the narrator. She did a fine job.
The author creates an interesting world full of a myriad of fairie kind making the book an interesting listen. The plotline is well crafted. I agree with others that the narration doesn't fit the character. The narrator orates like a victim rather than a strong protaganist. I liked the book anyway.
Excellent series introduction.
Meeting Lilly. There is something very appealing about that character. Someone I'd want to be friends with.
Great way to get to know the world of October Daye... the descriptions sometimes drag, but for the most part the story moves forward. Some of the voices didn't seem quite right for the character, but I appreciated how clearly you could tell who was speaking by the way MRK changed the tones and speech.
I enjoy mysteries, wrapped with violence and sprinkled with romance.
Like with all new series, books 2-4 are better than #1, but 1 is still good. I do not care for the slow pace of narration and many of the character voices are annoying. I enjoyed reading the book more.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
I think the problem with this book is too much introspective talk by the main character. There was no strong bond formed with any of the characters in the story. At first I thought maybe with Dare, that Toby would form a bond but no. Toby was a very boring self centered character, all she bought to the table was CATS!! At the beginning of the story there was a boyfriend and child. But I must have missed something, next thing I knew 14 years had passed. There were a host of characters introduced but I could never figure out their importance in the story or what their vested interest was in her supposed quest to avenge her friend.
The narrator had several voices, but she didn't elicit any excitement when any action happened. Narrators need to remember they aren't doing a reading but a performance. They are suppose to bring the book alive and this narrator fell really short of that expectation.
Not sure if I will continue with the series, the premise is good however, too much character talk about herself and San Francisco was definitely boring.
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
It's hard to even know what to say with the awful, plodding narration getting in the way. Mary Robinette Kowal's reading of the book is lifeless, populated with one horrible accent after another, and littered with awkward pauses and inflections. Despite the narration, there was some real potential in the characters and mythology. Once we get past October's lengthy backstory and into the current mystery, events are paced well, and the characters are interesting. I can only hope that the publisher finds a more competant narrator for future installments.
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