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A Local Habitation (October Daye Novels) MP3 CD – Audiobook, 22 Mar 2010

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (22 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441859357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441859358
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,291,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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A Local Habitation is the second installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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It's 6 months after ROSEMARY AND RUE. Toby's settled into life in San Francisco, combining her duties for Duke Sylvester with work as a private investigator. When Sylvester asks her to check on his niece, January O'Leary because he hasn't heard from her, she thinks it will be easy an easy job. But nothing is ever easy in the world of Faerie. In Tamed Lightning she discovers that January's court is being plagued by a series of mysterious murders, murders that leave bodies not even the Night Haunts will take. When the court becomes cut off from the outside world, Toby and Quentin find themselves in a race against time to find and stop the killer before they're next ...

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.
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3.5 of 4 stars
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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)!
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A Local Habitation focuses on the story of October Daye, also known as 'Toby', private detective and a changeling half-breed; half human and half Daoine Sidhe. Due to her dual nature she's been an outsider all her life -- finding herself in both worlds but a part of neither. She seems to have recovered well from the clandestine events of the prior novel. We rejoin her as she gets in from a night out only to find her liege, Sylvester, wishes her to travel to the County of Tamed Lightning to check on his wayward niece. Thus off goes the grumbling knight errant along with Quentin; her new sidekick. She's not happy to say the least! What she finds when she reaches Tamed Lightning is a whole world of problems...

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).
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