SF/F Read Alongs: A Local Habitation, By Seanan McGuire. (Week 1)

This read along of A Local Habitation was organized by the SF/F Read Along group on Goodreads, and has been broken down into four parts and participants are asked some questions on what they think so far.

There WILL be spoilers beyond this point – and Squeeing, lots and lots of squeeing!

As I’ve already mentioned, here is the breakdown of chapters listed here.

Week 1: Saturday 5th March, Chapters 1-8 hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow.
Week 2: Saturday 12th March, Chapters 9-16 – hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog.
Week 3: Saturday 19th March, Chapters 17-25 – hosted by Books By Proxy.
Week 4: Saturday 26th March, Chapters 26-end – hosted by The Bibliosanctum.

The fantastic banner was yet again put together by Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings, based on the original cover art by Christian McGrath.


The Book.

A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire.

A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)

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.

A Local Habitation is the second book in the “October Daye” Urban Fantasy series. There are currently at time of writing this post, 9 full length novels in the series plus almost countless short stories and novellas.


Just like the read along for Rosemary and Rue, I’m collecting all of the questions asked each week, along with MY answers and thoughts. For me this was again a re-read, which is why sometimes I’m going to be referring to my “initial thought” that I remembered having on my first ever read of this book.

Anyway, here goes my post for week one!…

Week 1: Covering Chapters 1-8, hosted by Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow.

1. Some familiar faces are back for book 2 (hi Tybalt!), but we don’t waste much time getting to meet some new people, most notably Sylvester Torquill’s niece, January, who is … less than upfront with Toby at first meeting. What do you think of January so far?

She comes across as a bit of a hippie, a bit of a recluse and a major computer geek! I like her a lot. She is… different! 😀

2. Another new face is April, who’s got a rather unique back story according to Alex. What do you make of her so far, and what do you think of the merging of magic and technology that seems set to be the underlying theme in this book?

She’s a Dryad, but one who was successfully transferred into a computer server – because Root Directory, Branch folder, Trunk line etc… the parallels between a Tree and Computer architecture/Database structures are quite obvious once someone has smacked you in the face with their obviousness! 😀

I think she’s troubled though, she is in effect – one of a kind. There are no other Dryads like her (that we know about) and from the little we have seen of her interacting with other characters so far – more computer/machine than Fae now. That’s got to have an effect on her character/psyche? It’s interesting to see  (oops, remember I’ve already read this before) It’s going to be interesting to see how she comes across and acts further along in the book!

3. Do any of the rest of the new faces stand out to you here? If so, who and why?

Alex and Terrie. Just, NOPE! I didn’t like them at all from the get go! As for Colin, Colin we hardly had a chance to get to know you! Poor Colin! Elliot… not sure how I feel about the guy, but he’ll certainly be a handy guy to know to save on laundry & dry cleaning bills! Then there’s Gordon. Gotta love anyone willing and able to swear in both Klingon AND Elvish! 😀
4. We get some explanation of the political situation where Tamed Lightning is concerned, and by the end of this section we’ve got a body on the ground at ALH Computing… Got any initial thoughts/suspicions/things you still want to know?

Cats. There’s going to be some kind of cat based mayhem. Otherwise WHY all the cats inside and out of the knowe? It’s only a matter of time before our favourite Cait Sidhe King comes a calling and the Tybalt/Toby shipping can resume again! 😉

I like how we’re finally starting to see more of Quentin too, this time as a character who isn’t just ornamental to the background! We also got to see The Luidaeg briefly in conversation with Toby. Clearly that relationship is evolving from the “I’m going to kill you – die, die DIE!” stage to a “I’m beginning to like you, maybe i’ll kill you tomorrow instead!” kind of relationship. I love any conversation with The Luidaeg!

Also, This book has one of my all time favourite Tybalt quotes ever. Let’s just take a moment to appreciate it! 😀

October: “I don’t understand why you’re doing this.”

Tybalt: “I’m a cat. We aren’t required to make sense.”

~ Chapter One, A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire.



6 thoughts on “SF/F Read Alongs: A Local Habitation, By Seanan McGuire. (Week 1)

  1. I’m so glad to be reading this! Rosemary and Rue was so much fun.

    Oh great points about all the cats at Tamed Lightning! I’d forgotten about that and it was highly suspicious indeed!And the Luidaeg – I loved her introduction in Rosemary and Rue and I am SO happy her and Toby are hanging out. Awesome.

    Alex and Terrie a very suspicious pair! I am also in the firm dislike camp!

  2. LOL at Cat Based Mayhem. That probably isn’t far from the truth. Cats are very, very sneaky.

  3. At this point in the story, I wondered how being one of a kind might affect April as time went on. She’s obviously still learning how to interact with folks. It’s an interesting addition to this urban fantasy.

    Hooray for the Klingon language!

    I’m glad the Luidaeg is back in another dose as the role of wisdom and potential death.

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