October Daye Mini-Reviews [#2, #3, #4]

Series: October Daye
Author: Seanan McGuire

A Local Habitation [#2]
An Artificial Night [#3]
Late Eclipses [#4]

 

A Local Habitation [#2]

a local habitation.pngOctober “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day, undertaking assignments for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills.

Now Sylvester has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning—otherwise known as Fremont, CA—to make sure that all is well with his niece, Countess January O’Leary, whom he has not been able to contact. It seems like a simple enough assignment—but when dealing with the realm of Faerie nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Toby soon discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, whose domain is a buffer between Sylvester’s realm and a scheming rival duchy. If Toby can’t find the killer soon, she may well become the next victim.

★★★☆

I liked it just a tad less than the first book in the series. I really enjoyed the setting and getting to know the recurring characters in more depth, but the string of deaths was a little drawn out for me. It could have been trimmed down a touch.

I suspected something was up with Alex and Terrie from the start! I guessed the succubus angle but the dual-personalities totally surprised me. The scene with Alex and Toby made me really uncomfortable (as it was meant to).I really liked that McGuire didn’t turn it into some so-wrong-but-so-right sex scene.An d I loved seeing Toby and Tybalt’s reactions to the Alex reveal.

I thought the new technological aspects were really interesting, although I wouldn’t want the series to go too far into a Sci-Fi route: I’m more interested in the fantasy and faerie courts side of things. I did really like the cyber-dryad idea though. It was pretty original!

I love her but I’m not sure at this point I’d hire Toby as a PI. Her mistakes in the R&R prologue aside, she seemed far less… focused (?) here. It was almost like a 90’s slasher flick the way the employees were picked off. I felt Toby ran from murder scene to murder scene.

 

 

An Artificial Night [#3]

an artificial night.pngChangeling knight in the court of the Duke of Shadowed Hills, October “Toby” Daye has survived numerous challenges that would destroy fae and mortal alike. Now Toby must take on a nightmarish new assignment.

Someone is stealing both fae and mortal children—and all signs point to Blind Michael. When the young son of Toby’s closest friends is snatched from their Northern California home, Toby has no choice but to track the villains down, even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael’s realm—home of the legendary Wild Hunt—and no road may be taken more than once. If she cannot escape with all the children before the candle that guides and protects her burns away, Toby herself will fall prey to Blind Michael’s inescapable power.

And it doesn’t bode well for the success of her mission that her own personal Fetch, May Daye—the harbinger of Toby’s own death—has suddenly turned up on her doorstep…

★★★★☆

My favourite so far! It felt like a big jump forward, moving Toby further towards the ‘hero’ role rather than just being the ‘detective’. really loved Toby sort of being forced to see herself as a hero this time, since she’s always sort of denied it before. I’ve never been wowed by Toby as a detective so to be honest this one worked a lot better for me.

My favourite scene was the rescuing of Toby from the Hunt. It was awesome! I loved the Tam Lin aspects (you know I love me a retelling) and seeing Toby’s allies come together to save her was really cool.

I really liked the introduction of May. I really like her. It’s nice to see a different version of Toby? She’s sort of simpler or less damaged, I guess. I know she’s basically a copy of Toby but I see them having a sort of big/ little sister relationship as May reads younger to me.

Blind Michael himself and the Hunt as a whole didn’t impress me too much, but the idea of BECOMING PART of the Hunt? The body-horror aspect and the loss of your self? That was pretty terrifying. Bodyshocker horror really squicks me.

 

 

Late Eclipses [#4]

Late EclipsesOctober “Toby” Daye, changeling knight in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, finds the delicate balance of her life shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended. Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past as an enemy she thought was gone forever raises her head once more: Oleander de Merelands, one of the two people responsible for her fourteen-year exile.

Time is growing short and the stakes are getting higher, for the Queen of the Mists has her own agenda. With everything on the line, Toby will have to take the ultimate risk to save herself and the people she loves most—because if she can’t find the missing pieces of the puzzle in time, Toby will be forced to make the one choice she never thought she’d have to face again…

★★★★

A [minor] step backwards for me. 

Toby’s back in detective-mode and, for me, I think I struggle to see here in that role. At least in this one Oleander and her poisons made Toby’s actions easier to excuse when they seemed a little unfocused. I also really liked that she’s building up a little forensics team around her.

That said, I thought this book had some really wonderful and thrilling moments. I absolutely loved the rescue scene, where Connor, Tybalt and Quentin all come together to rescue Toby from certain death. It was great to see the allies she’d made along the way come together on her behalf (a bit like in An Artificial Night) despite their differences. I also really loved the look we got at the Court of Cats [Oh my gosh Raj. Oh my gosh Tybalt.]

For once I’m not hating a love-triangle. It probably helps that I know my team comes out on top (XD) but I really thought this one fleshed out both potential partners. Tybalt shows more genuine affection and good-heartedness under all his theatrics and snark, while Connor really stepped up to the plate as a strong heroic character (and less of a whiner) and I could see why Toby finds him attractive.

Finally, I liked that characters and questions from Rosemary and Rue came back around in this one. It’s really nice to see in a long-running series when seeds you might have missed were dropped and deliver a pay off later on. It really gives a depth and makes the world-building all the more believable.

 

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3 thoughts on “October Daye Mini-Reviews [#2, #3, #4]

  1. Ooh, nice aesthetics! 😀

    Some of my favourite books, otherwise known as Jacket Sharing, Lioness Toby and First Kiss. 🙂

    I was pretty sure Alex and Terrie were the same person, so I kept shouting at Toby for being stupid, especially because she actually knows that is possible in Faerie 😀 And yep, Tybalt being 100% ready to murder Alex was Something Else.

    Rescuing Toby was definitely the best part (the Luidaeg being badass!!), but I loved all the children’s rhymes and children’s rules. And May is technically a newborn – but also so much older than Toby… so it’s an interesting dynamic 😀

    Poor Raj, seriously. The kid deserves better. 😦

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    1. Thanks! Mostly they’re I just a recap of what I thought during the discussion threads but having it written down is a nice reminder at the start of each new book.

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