Title: A Local Habitation (October Daye, #2)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
Recently, October (Toby) Daye has been asked to see if her liege’s niece, January O’Leary, is safe in Country of Tamed Lightening, where January resides. What Toby finds is hidden murders and potentially untrustworthy people surrounding January. Who is the murderer? Can Toby find the culprit before it’s late?
The second October Daye book was quick and fun to read! It was one that I always looked forward to picking up and enjoyed.
The storytelling in this book was great! The author had me guessing and changing my mind multiple times on who the murderer was. I actually kept guessing until almost the very end when it was officially revealed, which I think is great! Especially, in a murder mystery situation, for me, there’s nothing worse than already knowing who’s the murderer and then having to wait until the characters catch up. I would much rather not know (and have the characters unsure, as well), so I’m glad that is what the author did here. Great job, Seanan!
I also enjoyed the creativity the author portrays in this novel. For instance, there are these mysterious creatures called the night-haunts who take care of the bodies of the Fae and Changelings whenever someone dies. No one has ever interacted with them or have actually seen them, but everyone knows who they are and their job. We learn more about them in this book. They are both creepy and fascinating at the same time, and I can’t wait to learn more about them!
Character development is done fairly well here, too. I enjoy learning more and more about Toby’s character, and I appreciate how the author takes the time to share some background information for most of the characters presented. Secondary characters aren’t given as much, but that is to be expected.
As many positives this book has, there is one aspect that I found a bit tedious to read. That was some of the dialogue the characters had with each other. Sometimes I found the back-and-forth conversations a bit winded and left my head slightly spinning. This was especially true when Toby was telling everyone what she needed from them while she performed some magic. The spinning-type dialogue wasn’t the whole book or even the majority, but enough that I hope it isn’t a regular occurrence in her subsequent books.
Overall, this was a book that makes me excited to continue right to the next one in the series! Thank you, Seanan McGuire for another fun read!
I would recommend this book to those who enjoyed the first in the series and who would enjoy reading about a strong woman solving a murder mystery.