Image of Rosemary and Rue (October Daye)


Image of Rosemary and Rue (October Daye)

This is a wonderful debut. McGuire's story uses familiar tropes, but she turns them into something new and interesting. The city of San Francisco is as much a character as Toby, with kelpies and the King of Cats lurking in dark alleyways. Toby is a prickly protagonist with a compelling story that readers absolutely should not miss.

October Daye, Toby to her friends, is a changeling. Caught between worlds, she's a former street kid who turned her back on Faerie, only to have it turn on her in the worst possible way. Now, due to a misplaced sense of obligation, she must investigate the vicious murder of one of the immortal Daoine Sidhe. Toby's investigation takes her through all her old haunts -- and into the homes and offices of people she can't quite trust. (DAW, Sep., 368 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs