A LOCAL HABITATION
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.
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)