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  • A Local Habitation

  • An October Daye Novel (October Daye, Book 2)
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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A Local Habitation

By: Seanan McGuire
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Summary

October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood.

Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie, spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day, undertaking assignments for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills.

Now Sylvester has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning — otherwise known as Fremont, California — to make sure that all is well with his niece, Countess January O’Leary, whom he has not been able to contact. It seems like a simple enough assignment — but when dealing with the realm of Faerie, nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

January runs a company that produces computer fantasy games, and her domain is a buffer between Sylvester’s realm and a rival duchy whose ruler is looking for an opportunity to seize control. And that is the least of January’s problems. For Tamed Lightning has somehow been cut off from the other domains, and now someone has begun to murder January’s key people. If Toby can’t find and stop the killer soon, she may well become the next victim.

©2010 Seanan McGuire (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Yet another great story

....and the narrator's accents were better.
I'm still waiting for the obvious jokes, I'm sorry but a story about the fair folk set in San Fransico needs at least one obvious, awkward pun otherwise you may as well set in in Los Angeles.

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Narrator is the main problem with this title

I love the series of Toby Daye and was excited to get them on audiobook for my long commutes. However I perhaps should have chosen the 3rd title and not the 2nd. The 2nd is a misstep. Ms McGuire spent the first book setting the scene for our protagonist and then promptly moves her to somewhere we don't know with people we don't care about. I perhaps could have muscled through if the narration hadn't been sub-par. The narrator used weirdly child-like voice for Toby and at the beginning of the title got her characters mixed up and was using the wrong voices. She also mis-pronounces words which drives me absolutely nuts.

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Real struggle to finish

I found this book really boring and a struggle to finish. October is supposed to be more mature, but her personality and sleuthing skills are more akin to a 12 year old. She is the worst PI ever! And the romantic interactions are like a young teenager too. I don’t mean because there’s no sex, but rather the emotional maturity is completely absent. The narrator’s choice for voices for some of the characters were so incredibly annoying too. No idea why this book has such a high rating.

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