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A Local Habitation

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Local Habitation (2010) Seanan McGuire

Toby has gotten her PI license back, and has started taking cases in the mortal world, however, the big case that comes to her is from her liege, Sylvester: Go into the county of Tamed Lightening, and check on Sylvester’s niece. She gets to take one person with her–the fosterling Quentin.

Unfortunately for Toby, the situation turns out to be far more complicated–and dangerous–than either she or Sylvester expected.

As with the previous book in this series, the mystery was good, the story was interesting, and the majority of the characters were well done.

I did have a couple issues, however. First, some of the “twists” were extremely obvious to me. The other thing was that I thought the ironic foreshadowing at the beginning was a bit heavy.

One thing I particularly like about Simon Green’s Nightside series is that each book usually starts off with an easy case–something John Taylor solves that usually has nothing to do with the major story arc. However, when you don’t have a history of that, the main character talking about how easy the case is going to be is… annoying, and always strikes me as foolish. It’s not a big thing, but it is a peeve.

Regardless, I still highly recommend A Local Habitation and the prior book in the series, Rosemary and Rue.
Rating: 7/10

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