A Local Habitation (October Daye #2) by Seanan McGuire

Released: March 2, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 377
Publisher: DAW
ISBN-13: 978-0-7564-0596-0

Once again, Seanan McGuire has delivered an awesome read. A Local Habitation is fantastic.

This time around, Toby finds herself on a road trip to the nearby fiefdom of Tamed Lightning (also known as Fremont) at the behest of her liege lord, Duke Sylvester, even though she’s still reeling from her return to fae society. Sylvester needs Toby to check on his niece, January, who has stopped checking in. Taking Quentin, a teenage Daoine Sidhe courtier from Sylvester’s court, Toby heads off on what’s supposed to be a brief babysitting mission. Instead, it turns out to be an incredibly dangerous one, with fae turning up dead.

Seanan McGuire has done another great job with this novel. Since A Local Habitation takes place mostly off Toby’s home turf, there are a lot of new characters and few familiar faces. Despite (or because of?) this, her characters are vibrant and the plot moves along quickly; you never get lost, even though the novel is full of details, and twists and turns. And although the bulk of the story revolves around the mystery of who or what is killing the fae, there are also some nice moments in Toby’s love life, though the author doesn’t take it very far. Presumably, we’ll get more advancement of this aspect of Toby’s life in the next book. (At least I hope so!)

I’d also like to mention how much I like this cover. It’s just great. I wasn’t partial to the cover of Rosemary and Rue but I think this one is much nicer, even with the creepy red eyes. And the cover of the third book, which you can preview online, looks even more amazing. (If you’ve been reading this blog for long enough, you know that cover art is something of a recurring theme.)

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