A Local Habitation (October Daye Novels) MP3 CD – Audiobook, 22 Mar 2010
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"A refreshingly original story told in a wry, confident voice." -- Kelley Armstrong
Rosemary and Rue is "A Treat to Read." -- Kelley Armstrong
"Will surely appeal to readers who enjoy my books, or those of Patricia Briggs." -- Charlaine Harris
"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
Praise for the series:
"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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A Local Habitation is the second installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The second in Seanan McGuire's October Daye Series contains some great ideas but this can't overcome a disappointing central mystery plot that lacks tension.
The mystery riffs on the idea of the remote country house where the guests are being murdered one by one. Unfortunately Toby's a lousy detective, running from one corpse to the next without ever asking key questions. The blurb is actually misleading because the purpose of January's company is central to the mystery but Toby never asks her what the company does despite January actually offering at one point. It really irritated me, not least because when she realises that there's a problem with the phones, she never just sends someone to go and get help in person. I found the murderer really easy to guess and their motive never convinced me.
It's a shame because there are some great ideas here, particularly the idea of a techno-dryad fused into the computer servers and a scene with the Night Haunts is chilling. McGuire also does well at weaving in more traditional faerie myth and Quentin's a fun foil.Read more ›
ALH is the second in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire. I’m really enjoying this series and have a strange feeling that it’s just going to get better and better. If you’re looking for a new Urban Fantasy series then you might want to give this a go. Also, beware of spoilers below as they will possibly be throwing a little party and I don’t want to spoil book No.1 for those of you who haven’t started the series yet!
In this second instalment we get off to a fairly immediate start. Following the events in Rosemary and Rue Toby seems to be settling down a little inasmuch as she’s started her detective agency work again – that is until Sylvester, her liege, gives her a special assignment. Sylvester is worried about his niece, Countess of Tamed Lightning, January O’Leary, who seems to have been out of contact for a while. Things may not be all they seem over at TL and Sylvester needs to check on his niece but also tread carefully so as not to start a potential incident with the neighbouring rival Duchy.
I must confess from the start that this book took me in a direction I never would have expected. Yes, I guess, the fact that Toby is an investigator and one with a special affinity to blood magic, is going to be a given, but what was unusual with ALH was the combination of new and old – and I won’t say much more than that for fear of spoilers.
What I can say is that there are murders aplenty, in fact I feared at one point that none of the inhabitants of Tamed Lightning would make it out alive, there is some great imagination and a lot of guesswork. I was like a maniac suspecting everyone at the drop of a hat (and usually quite firm in my own conviction until my latest suspect turned up dead)!Read more ›
This book absolutely fantastic! I really really enjoyed it. I'd been finding it hard to get into books lately, so it was gratifying to find something so alive and readable. The mystery in this book is very well handled, and McGuire has improved a great deal since writing her first novel Rosemary and Rue. Toby does some clever investigating and deducting -- there's no easy out for her this time. There's a surprising amount of tension and atmosphere to A Local Habitation as things happen within the small confines of Tamed Lightning. It's an eerie, claustrophobic place and I thought the author evoked this quality rather well.
I felt that McGuire absolutely pinpointed Toby's voice in this book: she came through loud and clear which made the story all the more absorbing. Toby is tough and in less of a dark place since we left her -- she's getting her life back on track, and has made some allies. She's not alone anymore. Instead of being completely resistant to investigating this time around, she's actively happy to do it (well, mostly).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the Toby daye series. Brilliant writing, great characters. Next book please.Published 12 months ago by jamsa
This urban fantasy can get a little dark, but it holds true to the notion that Faerie are still roaming in and out of our world and the Summerlands, causing occasional havoc. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Clare O'Beara
Good story. I could not put the book down. I loved the series and would encourage others to read it, if you like supernatural or shifters, fairies and other supernatural... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by SAT 18
The second book in Seanan McGuire's October Daye series, 'A Local Habitation', meets and raises the high bar that Rosemary and Rue set. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2012 by Houston
In this novel October, the changeling detective, investigates murder and mystery at a fae-owned IT company in Seattle. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2011 by E. Nicholson
It was great to be back with Toby Daye and her fabulous Fae world in A LOCAL HABITATION. This time the plot was very much a whodunnit storyline that kept me guessing right until... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2011 by The Demon Librarian
picked this up by chance whilst browsing. When I started to read this I found it was one of those books where you fall into the story and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2011 by Bookaholic
'Rosemary and Rue' was a good start and this book consolidates Toby Day's world where Faerie and the human world are uneasily co-existing. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2011 by JudeC