A Local Habitation

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A Local Habitation

October Daye Series, #2

The events in A Local Habitation take place not long after Rosemary and Rue. I would advise reading these books in order. Toby Daye has gotten her PI license reinstated and is working cases in the human world as well as resuming active duty for her liege lord, Duke Torquill. The Duke comes to visit Toby with a task for her to complete. His niece, January O’Leary is the leader of a small County sandwiched between The Duke’s domain and a rival, Dreamer’s Glass. She cannot leave her county without leaving it open to a takeover. Nor can Duke Torquill visit her without it being seen as a collaborative effort to invade Dreamer’s Glass. Up until a few weeks ago, they communicated once a week by phone. Now the Duke can’t reach her by phone nor has he received any calls from her. He needs Toby to go and since it won’t be dangerous he sends Quentin along to broaden his education. It seems fairly straightforward until they arrive. January’s business is a computer company that specializes in fantasy games. Around the time that Torquill couldn’t get through to January and vice versa, an employee was killed. After another one is found dead, employees start to leave. When Toby arrives there are only a handful of employees left and they seem to be hiding something. As the case gets more involved, another employee dies. Will Toby be able to figure out what is stalking everyone in the building before anyone else dies, including her?

I chortled with glee when this arrived in the mail. I dropped everything to dive into Toby’s world. Ms. McGuire has written a complex, compelling mystery that left me guessing, which I delight in. This is an intricate world she has constructed, intriguing the reader, luring them further and further into the story well past bedtime. The language and imagery is a treat, a hidden delight that I lingered over. This book, this series, is such a banquet of darkness and depth, sorrow and regret. Toby is a wonderful character and as I spend more time with her I enjoy her more and more. Toby’s bafflement with modern technology is just one of the many things that make Toby so likeable. She takes her role as a knight very seriously, wanting to protect everyone in January’s company and bring the killer to justice. She doesn’t think twice about putting herself in danger, doing whatever it takes to try and solve this mystery. When another employee dies after she is on the case, she takes the loss very personally which just spurs her to investigate that much harder. When Tybalt and Conner arrive, it ups Toby’s protective instincts several more notches. I love Tybalt, the King of the Cats and look forward to every moment that he is on the page. Something changed in their relationship during the course of this book and I can’t wait to see what will come of that. The underlying feelings between Toby and Connor is quite intriguing but since he is married to Torquill's daughter who hates Toby's guts I cannot fathom how that could possibly play out. This book was a wonderful escape for me and I cannot recommend this series highly enough. Luckily, I will be able to feed my addiction to this series rather quickly. An Artificial Night, the third book, will be released in September of 2010.

Book Blurb for A Local Habitation

Now comes the second in the series-from a dynamic new fantasy talent!

Toby Daye-a half-human, half-fae changeling-has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world had other ideas...

Now her liege, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills, has asked Toby to go to the Country of Tamed Lightening to make sure all is well with his niece, Countess January O'Leary. It seems like a simple enough assignment-until Toby discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, and that if the killer isn't stopped, January may be the next victim. 

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 5.00