Title: Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
October (Toby) Daye has been out of the fae world ever since her fourteen year imprisonment as a fish. However, when Countess Evening Winterrose binds Toby into solving Evening’s murder, she has no choice but to follow through with this dying curse. Toby is thrown back into the world of investigation and is risking her own life to solve this mystery. Will she be able to find the murderer?
This is the first time I’ve given the October Daye series a try. Since I’ve been reading Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, I was curious about this one. I’m beginning this series as an online read-a-long with two other book lovers.
Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book! I don’t think I’ve ever read a fae story before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Luckily, my interest started right from the beginning. After the Prologue, I was ready to learn more about Toby’s life. I found there to be a great balance of world building, suspense, and character development throughout the book.
It was so easy to like Toby. She is a determined, reliable, and courageous woman. Though she stumbles through love (or the idea of love), which did get a little frustrating, it’s a realistic flaw and one that I can understand why it would be challenging for her to manage. She still put others before herself and wasn’t afraid to show some vulnerability, which made her character even more likable. Most of the secondary characters weren’t as developed, but were still interesting enough to made me want to continue reading. I found myself really liking certain characters, despising others, and unsure about other ones. Having a mix of characters and emotions while reading added nicely to the story.
If there is a flaw, it would the magical vocabulary included in the text. Some were confusing at first and some were hard to keep track of. I believe it was challenging for me because Toby knew her world and I’m just learning it, so when she speaks nonchalantly about something and just mentions a new word here and there, I can get a little lost and/or forget what those specific words mean. That’s not to say everyone would have this problem, I just did. Perhaps as I continue reading the series, I will become more used to these words and it will lessen my confusion. Regardless, this aspect of the story did not take away from my enjoyment of the story as a whole.
Overall, this was such a fun and exciting read. I simply cannot wait to continue onto the second in the series!
I would highly recommend this book to those who would enjoy a fae-based urban fantasy featuring a woman who trying to solve a murder case.