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A Local Habitation, by Seanan McGuire Book Review | SFReader.com
A Local Habitation, by Seanan McGuire Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: DAW Published: 2010 Review Posted: 7/6/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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A Local Habitation, by Seanan McGuire
Book Review by Joshua Palmatier
Have you read this book?
A Local Habitation is Seanan McGuires' second book in her October Daye
series. I read the first one and enjoyed the writing and the
characters and the world building, but felt that there was some random
wandering around in the middle of the novel.
Not so here. This book was extremely focused and kept me riveted to the
story throughout the entire book. The basic idea of the world setting
is that the fairies haven't gone anywhere, they've just learned to live
alongside the rest of the humanity. So in San Francisco, you have the
human world and, hidden by gateways in places like Golden Gate Park, the
fairy realms alongside them. In A Local Habitation, the main
character October Daye is send to an adjacent fairy realm called Tamed
Lightning located "next to" Fremont, CA, sort of a buffer realm between
two much more powerful realms. This buffer realm is ruled over by
January O'Leary, the niece of October (call me Toby) Daye's leige. He's
sent her to check up on his niece, since he's lost contact with her and
he doesn't trust the other more powerful realm not to have taken over
the buffer realm.
Of course, what Toby finds when she gets there isn't what she expected.
When people begin to die, she has to use all of her powers to find out
who the killer is and what their motives are. This is a mystery in the
grand tradition, all mixed up with the urban fantasy setting that many
of us adore.
I have to admit that I'm not a huge urban fantasy fan. I haven't read
too many that I've actually enjoyed that much, ones where the world
sucked me in and held me there, but Seanan McGuire has done that for me.
I love the set-up of the world; I love the main character; and at
least for this novel in the series, I loved the story and the mystery
and the resolution.
The best thing about the story is that we get to see some rather cool
uses for Toby's blood magic and we get to learn more about the way the
fairy world works. There are two instances of her magic in here that
really pushed my WOW factor, but I can't explain them without spoiling
some of the plot. But very, very cool. My only qualm about the story
itself was that at one point I got incredibly frustrated with Toby
because a few of the characters kept not answering her questions and she
let the non-answers slide when it was obvious that the answer was a key
to the entire mystery. In one or two of the instances where this
occurred, I was OK with it, because Toby was nearly unconscious and
couldn't press the issue realistically, but there were still one or two
spots where I thought she should have been more forceful in getting an
answer immediately. However, this qualm didn't destroy my enjoyment of
the novel in the slightest.
So, in summary, A Local Habitation rocked and has put Seanan
McGuire on my must read list for future novels. Anyone who enjoys urban
fantasy--especially ones without vampires or werewolves as main
characters--MUST check these books out.
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