New York Times-bestselling October Daye series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day
The world of Faerie never disappeared; it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie's survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born.
Outsiders from birth, these half-human, half-fae children spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October "Toby" Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas...
The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.
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This book's first, world-building act was interesting and sucked me in. However toward the end I reluctantly admitted to myself I was bored and the plot was so full of holes, inconsistent/unbelievable details and dangling subplots that it destroyed the enjoyable immersion I had at the beginning. A couple of examples. When Evening is killed by iron, the fact that iron was used is solemnly repeated in the same way we would talk about chemical weapons, but Toby takes two iron bullets and recovers fine with some help. Why was she knighted? Why did the Queen react the way she did? What about Connor's wife? What did she owe Tybalt at the end? What about her mother? No follow up with husband/daughter, simple as that? What happened to Luna and daughter when they were kidnapped? What happened to the guy who turned her into a fish -- I thought this thread would reappear at some point. Is it true that Devin could edit Evening's blood memories, which Toby...
At first blush I thought this book was going to be like the Mercy Thompson series, where a relatively low-powered heroine unravels her murder mysteries with skill and cleverness, rather than Supernatural muscle like Jane Yellowrock or Harry Dresden. Nope! What we actually have is someone the book refers to as a detective, who seems incapable of detecting anything.
It's not that hard; to be a detective you make observations, and draw conclusions. You hypothesize motive, and investigate people who have it. You ask questions, and compare their answers against what you already know. You use the tools available to you to establish the facts, try to make sense of them, and act. Toby Daye doesn't do *any* of that. At the start of the book she's investigating a kidnapping, and winds up caught by the bad guys and trapped for 14 years as a fish. This is kind of traumatic! So upon escape, does she ask what happened to the bad guys? No. Does she ask what happened to the...
Rosemary and Rue was a real disappointment. The main character was not well fleshed out, and the minor characters were hardly more than cardboard cutouts. McGuire loves listing all of the different kinds of fairy folk she's heard of, though. And, eye colors! She's mad for them. Be prepared to extensive descriptions of the eye color, hair color, and unusual skin tones of every fay you come across.
The plot--a mystery, though barely--seems mostly a frame on which the author hangs her attempt at world building. The prose is fine, sentence by sentence. It's just that McGuire doesn't have much of interest to say.
I know McGuire has fans, so all I can guess is that this was a sophomore effort and that she has improved as a writer in the intervening years. Give Rosemary and Rue a miss.
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