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)
The story was pretty good, but the narrator is quite limited with her character variations. Has she ever even heard a Hispanic accent before? Otherwise, the story has me intrigued enough to download the next one in the series.
Set in the modern-day San Francisco Bay area, October ‘Toby’ Daye is a PI who investigates the normal, but also the supernatural. Being half-fae herself, she has quite a few tricks up her sleeves when it comes to detecting the truth. Toby Daye is also a mother and a fiancé. But then a case goes tits up and Toby is turned into a fish in Lily’s garden for the next 12 or 14 years. Afterward, she doesn’t want to live a fae life and she’s doing her best to cut all her fae connections away. The death of a friend pulls her back into the world with a binding curse.
Toby is awesome, for a lot of reasons. She has this whole backstory that we only get pieces of in this book and that past definitely affects the choices she makes. She isn’t perfect and sometimes she willingly lies to herself in an attempt to capture a few moments of happiness. She’s flawed and interesting, courageous and humble, clever and distrusting. All this makes her a great lead character.
When Countess Evening Winterose is murdered, a curse is set upon Toby to find her killer. She also has to keep an unusual and powerful item safe. In attempting to do both these things without being killed herself, she has to reconnect with her old fae life. She once swore fealty to the Duke of Shadowed Hills, who has tried to welcome her back since her fishy experience ended, only to be politely rebuffed by Toby. Then there is her old flame Devin of Home, who has a variety of unwanted half fae kids hanging around running odd jobs for him. Tybalt of the Court of Cats has stayed in her life, whether she likes it our not. Lily only has sway in her garden but has made it clear Toby is always welcome there. With this curse upon her, Toby must reconnect with all these fae characters and more to solve the case.
Toby isn’t the only one with an interesting past. The Duke’s wife and daughter also underwent an ordeal about the same time Toby was gone. It obviously changed them but we only find out enough to entice us to learn more. I loved Luna’s rose garden because it’s beautiful and a bit eerie. I love the amount of mythology pulled into the tale. It’s a great mix of the San Francisco that exists today and these bits of mythology. The story has a solid murder mystery feel to it also, taking itself seriously. There is definitely a price to be paid to find the answers Toby seeks. The story has a great mix of fae magic and detective seriousness. I’m looking forward to reading Book 2.
The Narration: Mary Robinette Kowal did a pretty good job, and was spot on for Toby herself. She had distinct voices for all the characters, though her Spanish accent was a bit forced. It became smoother as the story went on. I loved her gruff voice for the taxi driver and Tybalt’s pissed off voice.
Reading and listening to books is a way of life for me I love to get out of my world and immerse myself in something new
Good start to a series that definitely made me want more. At first I wanted to tell October to wake up and stop being a wimp but once she got going the book was great.
Very real emotions, fantasy and crime mix was interesting!
Characters were clearly different. Good portrayal of emotions.
The death of Tobys' friend and how she felt when she heard the phone message.
Getting fatter, older, and uglier every day.
I bought another book already, so I will likely listen to it, but I seriously doubt I'll ever buy another one.
The story was a bit pretentious and boring. I was hoping for an exciting ride and the story is more of a bland female fantasy without any real drive. I wouldn't have finished it except for the fact that I can listen while working, so there's no time loss for me.
I don't know whether it was the reader's fault or just the story itself, but the voice sounded overly pretentious to the point of annoyance.
Frustration that the story wasn't any better than it was.
Simply .. a GOOD story. No great magics, swordfights any of that .. but a great story from start to finish. It just happened to take place with the fae
I recently read the first two books about Alexis Carew by J.A. Sutherland. Nothing similar in the subject as they are science-fiction military .. but I had the same pleasure, enjoying the book and immediately ready to purchase the next one. That is always a delight.
I caught myself laughing at times
When I finish a book and immediately want to start reading the next one .. I think that is the greatest compliment to the author and the best suggestion to other readers.
I would not recommend this book. The protagonist had such potential, but a few glaring instances of never gonna happen, break the suspension of disbelief. How about taking a few bullets (poisonous iron) and then getting laid after getting patched up. Really? The other thing I just cannot get over is the interaction with supposedly terrifying and ruthless creatures of Faire; she mouths off and gets away with it.
Nope, for the above reasons.
Good range of voices and emotions, it is not the performers fault that the material was sub par.
maybe if the principle is more concrete.
do not knw
the narrator was okay.
it was very disjointed and the format was confusing.
I would like to know what purpose did the little girl's death at the end serve????
Fairytales, mystery, danger, adventure, and a snarky heroine, what more could a girl ever ask?
The book did go in circles just a little bit but I understand this is the authors first book and so a few bumps are to be expected. From what I read in other peoples reviews, with each book the series gets better and better.
October is a Changeling (half Faye/half human) trying to live a "normal human" life until a phone call from an old friend turns her whole world upside down and brings her full force back into the world of the Faye.
I adored the world that Seanan McGuire creates in this book. I have always enjoyed anything related to fairy's, Faye, fairytales, etc. and I loved the settings and characters here!
There are so many characters worth writing about on their own accord, I could see books popping up out of those as well.
I listened to the audiobook narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal.
Mary had a clear crisp voice and voiced Octobers emotions well, I would definitely chose to listen to her again.
I'm starting the second book right now, if that's not a recommendation I don't know what is!
It started slow and stayed that way through most of the book. Lack of description of the types of Fae referenced. It had good potential.
She was ok.
No not really. Seemed to be a good enough ending. I never did understand the book's title as I never heard mention of Rosemary or Rue.
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