New York Times-bestselling October Daye series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day
October "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.
McGuire follows 2009 s Rosemary and Rue\n with a fast-paced cross between a murder mystery and a slasher film, liberally spiked with magic and technology. Half-faerie PI October Toby Daye leaves San Francisco for the nearby County of Tamed Lightning to check up on her patron s niece, January, who s uncharacteristically fallen out of contact. Toby soon realizes that ALH Computing, the county s secret seat of power, has big problems. Someone doesn t want outsiders snooping around, and as the body count rises, Toby will risk life, limb, and soul to find out what s really going on. While most of the deaths could have been prevented with a little less plot-mandated stupidity, the world-building is solid, the storytelling energetic, and the atmosphere sinister as mythological creatures face off against mad scientists. \n
I’m neutral on this story. I like October Daye and I liked the antics and plot, but I was really hoping for more love interest between her and Tybalt and multiple simultaneous events but received a single storyline and Tybalt’s likely disgust of her abilities. We’ll see how book 3 goes.