by Seanan McGuire

March 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7564-0596-0
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Mass Market Paperback

Author Seanan McGuire must lead a rich imaginative life. How else could she have constructed the elaborate world for her October Daye series? After reading her second novel, A Local Habitation, I am no closer to the answer.

Toby has been given a mission by her liege lord. She must venture into the heart of another fae territory and determine if Duke Sylvester's niece is alive and well. As the leader of the County of Tamed Lightening, Countess January O'Leary is his favorite niece and her lands border two warring factions. When he cannot reach January by normal means, he sends Toby to investigate.

Toby finds the Countess and her staff in an uproar. Someone is killing them off one by one. Since they all work for the only Fae-powered software company, they are more like family than employees. That makes the murders even more disturbing. Toby soon finds herself in the midst of murder and mayhem.

This is Fae unlike any Sidhe readers have ever encountered. The rules are different, and some have embraced the brave new world while others retreat into their insular culture. As a Changeling, Toby walks a fine line between them both. A Local Habitation does not hit readers with a jackhammer, rather a sly insinuation of plot until you are hopelessly enchanted. Setting the book aside proves difficult and when the final page is turned, you will be left wanting more.

Reviewed in April 2010 by Paula.

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