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)
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.
I was always a sci-fi fan and nerd as a young person. Currently I read more urban fantasy, now plentiful and popular, than I do true sci-fi.
It was quite heavy, I thought. The writing is wonderfully done with a new world, which she fills out creatively and without excessive descriptions that sometimes break the flow of a story. The plot is well defined. All in all it was a great book and an excellent narrator. My only problem was that I could only listen in small amounts because the subject and protagonist were ripping out my heart! From the first event to the last, my heart hurt at every cruel development of the story. With an amazing performance and a fascinating world, I recommend this book. However, be certain you turn down your identification with the protagonist!
I really like this author and the characters she creates, so the book was well worth listening to. I will not read another in this series, however. One book where nothing good ever happens to the main character is enough for me.
The main character is well drawn and likeable. The world is well thought out and interesting. Not sure if I would recommend it. One catastrophe after another, with one major injury after another, with one major loss or death after another, isn't for everyone. I prefer that my hero gain something along the way.
Her voice is easy to listen to and she did a very good job with the narration,
Not a book for people who want a happy or even a hopeful ending.
The voice actor has a pleasant voice, but anything besides "normal" is somewhat unpleasant. For example all of her accented voices are too slow while her male voice are somewhat rough and unpleasant.
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