Thursday, January 25, 2018

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire [Review]

 Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: April 29, 2017

October Daye
1. Rosemary and Rue - Paperback | Kindle
2. A Local Habitation
3. An Artificial Night
4. Late Eclipses
5. One Salt Sea
5.1. In Sea-Salt Tears
6. Ashes of Honor
6.1. Rat-Catcher
6.2. No Sooner Met
7. Chimes at Midnight
7.1. Never Shines the Sun
7.2. Forbid the Sea
8. The winter Long
8.1. Heaps of Pearl
8.2. Shore to Shore
8.5. Shattered Shields
9. A Red-Rose Chain
9.2. Stage of Fools
9.3. Full of Briars
9.4. In Little Stars
10. Once Broken Faith
10.1. Dreams and Slumbers
10.2. The Voice of Lions
10.3. The Act of Hares
11. The Brightest Fell
12. Night and Silence
13. When Sorrows Come

Seanan McGuire
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas...

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's killer.
Thoughts on Rosemary and Rue: Hoo, boy. I'm rubbing my hands together in glee because there are SO MANY books I get to dive into with this series. Toby is sort of messed up (through no fault of her own) and she's interesting on so many levels. Frankly, I wasn't sure how things were going to play out when she was introduced, but her, uhh, mishap in the beginning of the book opened up a world of possibilities for the illustrious Toby Daye.

She still has LOTS of things to work through after this first book, but she seems to be willing to take charge of her life again after the, err, thingy that happened to her. Frankly, she was a hot mess after she became human again and she was more drifting through life than making any attempt to fit back into the world. Wait. Maybe I'm being too harsh. She had a lot of things on her plate to deal with and she dealt by not dealing. Which, totally understandable. TOTALLY understandable.

Then she gets pulled back into the world of faerie against her will and things start to make sense. She finds that she still has friends and she's still pretty darn good at being a champion. Well, for the most part.

Anywho. Awesome worldbuilding. TONS of twisty background characters who I expect will tangle up Toby's life even more as she fits herself back into the faerie world. And one King of Cats. 'Nuff said.

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