Image of A Local Habitation (October Daye)


Image of A Local Habitation (October Daye)

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. The plot is solid and moves along at a not-quite-breakneck pace. McGuire has more than a few surprises up her sleeve for the reader.

October Daye -- private investigator and changeling fae -- has been asked by her liege lord, Duke Sylvester Torquill, to check in on his niece, the Countess of Tamed Lighting, who has dropped out of contact with her family. What seems like a routine visit turns into something much more, once Toby realizes that there's something seriously wrong in the county.

The Countess January O'Leary runs a small computer firm staffed by both pureblooded and changeling fae, and someone has started killing them, one by one. It falls to Toby to track down the killer before everyone ends up dead. (DAW, Mar., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs