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Review: A Local HabitationA Local Habitation (October Daye #2) by Seanan McGuire
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Published by Brillance Audio on Mar 22, 2010
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

After spending fourteen years lost to both the fae and mortal worlds, only to be dragged back into Faerie by the murder of someone close to her, October "Toby" Daye really just wants to spend a little time getting her footing. She's putting her life back together. Unfortunately, this means going back to work for Duke Sylvester Torquill of Shadowed Hills, doing her duty as a knight errant. That isn't the sort of thing that exactly lends itself to a quiet existence, and before she knows it, Toby's back on the road, heading for the County of Tamed Lightning in Fremont, California to check on Sylvester's niece, January.

Things in Tamed Lightning turn out to be a lot stranger than they seemed at first glance, and Toby's talent for finding trouble isn't doing her any favors. With Quentin—a young foster from Sylvester's Court—in tow, and the stakes getting higher all the time, it's up to Toby to solve the mystery of Tamed Lightning, or face a failure whose cost will be too high for anyone to pay.

This is a very unique urban fantasy series in that it had a much softer feel than most UF. Toby is more mature, and the focus is more on growth and plot than on mindless action or sex.

In this story, Toby is accompanied by Quentin, a teenaged foster child who becomes her apprentice. The addition of Quentin to the story is a large part of what makes this feel different from other series. Toby and Quentin get along great, and she treats him with a lot of respect. Their relationship is a great parent-child example, which is rare to find in a lot of books.

The story itself was intriguing and full of twists. Unlike the first book, I never felt lost or confused, partly because the focus was on the current situation, and not on Toby’s past. All of the various creatures and magic in the story were well explained and believable, in the scope of the world within the series.

I listened to the audiobook, and loved the experience. The narration fits the soft mature tone of the story. The accents and voices used for all the characters were great. Quentin sounded like a teenager, and the accents on Sylvester and Tybalt were simply amazing.

Overall, I really liked this book. It has a feel that is different from most urban fantasy, which helps it stand out in a very positive way. I can’t wait to see what adventures Toby gets up to next.

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