Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire

Posted On 1 February 2016

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R&RJust finished reading Rosemary and Rue as part of a readalong with a great group of characters.  I’ve had my eye on this series for a while but as I’m so far behind I found it a bit daunting – this readalong was the perfect incentive and Rosemary and Rue is a great set up book for the series.  I very much look forward to seeing where Toby’s adventures take us next.

Toby Daye is a changeling.  Her mother was a member of the fae and her father a regular old mundane human.  Changelings are unfortunate in many respects because whilst you could argue that having a foot in both camps would be advantageous it actually leaves them being neither one thing or the other.  They have to cover up their outward appearance so that human eyes won’t see their differences, using magic that is quite weak and they’re not particularly welcome at most of the fae courts being looked down on as lesser creatures.  Toby has been gifted with a rare magic, she can use blood magic and she does so in order to become an investigator in the fae world.  Unfortunately, at the start of R&R Toby is taken away from the family she loves, in fact away from everything she knows.  I won’t elaborate other than to say this book certainly gets off to a dramatic start.

When Toby eventually returns to the world you could say she’s traumatised and left wanting nothing more to do with the fae underworld.  Everything she knows, loves and has worked hard to achieve has been taken from her and she basically goes into a self imposed seclusion to lick her wounds.  Unfortunately, the fae world have other ideas and in spite of her intentions Toby is pulled into an investigation of the brutal murder of a Countess and within less than an eye blink she’s sunk back into the twisty political world of the fae.

I really enjoyed Rosemary and Rue.  I think it has good pacing, the writing is very easy to get along with, in fact the narrative practically reads itself and the characters are a whole mixed bag of the fantastic.

It pretty soon becomes clear that Toby has more support than she lets on as friends and allies from her past start to seep out of the woodwork.  However, Toby also has a darker side to her past and it’s in this direction that she seeks aid making bargains with perhaps those that she ought best to avoid.

This was a great start to series.  I loved dipping my toes back into fae waters and there’s no shortage of Knowes/Courts/Politics/Seelies/magical artifacts and other creatures of myth with a murder mystery thrown in for good measure.

A very promising start to this series that I look forward to continuing.


10 Responses to “Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    You will see how the story gathers momentum as the books go by! Happy reading, indeed… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love series that just get better and better – this is going to be so good!

  2. jessicabookworm

    I like the sound of a crime solving heroine in a Fae world 🙂

  3. Danya @ Fine Print

    Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I agree with Maddalena – you’re going to be blown away by the rest of the series! Seanan McGuire is so creative; the Knowes are one of my favourite aspects of her Fae world. Plus the secondary characters are to die for 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love reading books with a fae setting and I was hoping for another SF series to get hooked on so this could be the one.
      Lynn 😀

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