Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire Review: Intriguing world of the fae

December 30, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire Review: Intriguing world of the faeRosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #1
Published by Penguin Australia on September 1, 2009
Source: Purchased
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.

My first October Daye book was awesome! Being a huge fan of the author when she wrote the FEED trilogy, I knew I would love anything else that she’s written. October Daye was no different, there’s just the right amount of description, world building, and character development while moving the plot forward.

Rosemary and Rue starts off introducing us to a kickass changeling called October Daye, who has been knighted by Sylvester, the Duke of Shadowed Halls. She’s a really fascinating character that shows her vulnerabilities and her doubts, her strong beliefs being the bottom of the herd as a half fae/half human instead of a pure blood, but still manages to be totally kick ass despite her “weak” powers.

As the only knighted changeling who has actually earned her place, Toby commands a certain amount of respect in the fae world, even though she’s not a pure blooded fae. She is half Daoine Sidhe, the only fae who can taste other’s blood and read their memories and the first nobility of the Faerie. In this book, she slowly uncovers the companions from her past, including Devin, her magnetic first love who has created a cult-like Home for orphans, Tybalt, the King of the Cats, and Connor, the pure blood fling who is now married to the crazy successor of the Shadowed Halls.

One of the coolest things about October is that she’s a PI, and the book has her centered on solving a mystery that she’s binded to solve til the very end. The book has her looking for clues from her connections in the past, but it does reach a stall when she gets injured. She does get thrown around a lot in this book, getting injured by iron bullets, facing assassins and nearing death, and it sort of gets bogged down in her injuries in the middle.

I’ve read a lot of urban fantasies as one of my favourite genres, and this was probably one of the strongest debuts I’ve read in a long time. It had a strong, likable character voice and isn’t bogged down on heavy world building – even though there was a lot of it.

I’m keen to check out the rest of the series to explore this rich, magical world that Seanan McGuire has created and accompany Toby on her PI adventures as she navigates the strange lands of the Fae.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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10 responses to “Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire Review: Intriguing world of the fae

  1. Oh I love it so much Wendy, and I haven't even read the last 2 books yet. I just love the first one with so much of a passion, I hope you do read this Toby book when you get the chance Wendy!

  2. Wow, great review! I loved Parasite by Seanan aka Mira, so I think some Urban Fantasy from her would be a great idea! Adding it to the TBR list!

  3. I didn't know you were a fellow Newsflesh fan/survivor, Jeann! I love that series so flipping much. I still haven't gotten around to reading the Toby books, but so many people love them that I really have to find time next year. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it, even though they're obviously so different from her other series.

    Cheers to a bookish 2014, too!
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