30 December 2009

ROSEMARY & RUE: An October Daye Novel - Seanan McGuire

From the back of the book: 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. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie 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, which binds her to investigate, Toby is forced to resume her old position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving he mystery...before the curse catches up with her.
I read this a few weeks ago, but wasn't sure how I would write a review that would do this justice. I honestly still don't think I will do the book justice, but I want to write the review before the new year.
This is one of my favorite books of the year. This is an amazing, intelligent, action packed story that I could not put down once I started it. Well, I had to put it down to sleep at some point, but I didn't want to.
Toby gets sucked back into the fae world and she really is just trying to fit in where she can in the human world. She's half of both worlds and wanted by neither. There is a changeling world that she can belong, but she'd rather not.
The whole book exhausted me and I can't imagine how Toby kept going after each ass kicking she got and gave. She has friends where she least expects them and enemies everywhere. I loved seeing the ways of the Faerie world, scary as it had a tendency to be.
I really look forward to the rest of the series as it comes out and anything else Seanan McGuire writes. It looks like she has a whole bunch of books out in the new year. YAY!
Five fantabulous changeling beans.....


Becky LeJeune said...

Argh! I had this book in my hands today and told myself I was only buying one book -- I ended up getting Caitlin Kittredge's Street Magic to round out the Washington crew (Cherie Priest, Mark Henry, and Richelle Mead are in Seattle and Kittredge is in Olympia).

And I just realized that McGuire is Mira Grant, who's book Feed is coming out in May -- I want it so bad!

Vickie said...

Becky: I saw an interview with her not long ago and she said how excited she was about all of the books she had coming out in 2010, both as Seanan McGuire and as Mira Grant. I look forward to reading them all. This one was amazing!
You definitely won't go wrong with STREET MAGIC, that one was absolutely amazing, too. I have DEMON BOUND on the WWBL for my next shopping trip.
All good choices you made today.

Imzadi Dragonfly said...

Vickie ~ I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this book. I'm looking forward to reading it too.

Becky ~ Have you read any of Kat Richardson's Greywalker series? She's part of the Seattle crew too. You just can't leave her out of the collection. :)

Mickie said...

Ohhh, I'm going to have to check this author out with that kind of review... one of the best of the adding it to my wish list! Thanks Vickie!

Vickie said...

Jenna: It's on its way this week if I can get it in a box and to the post office. Or did you say you had it already?

Mickie: I can send it to you if Jenna already has it.

Imzadi Dragonfly said...

Jenna already has it. :o)