A Local Habitation is the second book in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.

Author's Description Edit


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 O'Leary

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.

A Local Habitation is the second book in the October Daye series, a modern urban fantasy set in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the Faerie Kingdom of the Mists which overlays Northern California. It was released in North America by DAW Books on March 2, 2010, and has been translated into German and French. ~ Seanan McGuire: A Local Habitation

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Characters, Fae Types, PlacesEdit

Characters Fae Types Places, Things, misc
October "Toby" Daye Changeling Daoine Sidhe Duchy of Shadowed Hills
Quentin Daoine Sidhe
Tybalt Cait Sidhe ALH Computing
Duke Sylvester Torquill Daoine Sidhe Duchy of Dreamer's Glass
Connor O'Dell Selkie Kingdom of the Mists
Rayseline Torquill Daoine Sidhe Blood Magic
Luidaeg Luidaeg Blind Fosterage
January O'Leary (ap Learianth) Mixed Daoine Sidhe Countess of Tamed Lightning
Elliott (a Bannick) Bannick County of Tamed Lightning
Gordan (part Coblynau) Coblynau County of Tamed Lightning
Colin (a selkie) Selkie County of Tamed Lightning
Peter (a pixie) Pixie County of Tamed Lightning
Alex Olsen (Gean-Cannah) Gean-Cannah Changeling County of Tamed Lightning
Terrie Olsen (Gean-Cannah) Gean-Cannah Changeling County of Tamed Lightning
Barbara (Queen of Cats) Cait Sidhe County of Tamed Lightning
Amandine Daoine Sidhe
Stacy Brown Changeling
Kerry Changeling
Dare Changeling Dead
Spike Rose Goblin
Cagney and Lacey Cats
Melly (Hob) Hob
Yui Kitsune Murder Victim, County of Tamed Lightning
April O'Leary Dryad Cyber dryad, County of Tamed Lightning


Back Cover TextEdit

October "Toby" Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood.

Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day, undertaking assignments for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of Shadowed Hills.

Now Sylvester has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning—otherwise known as Fremont, California—to make sure that all is well with his niece, January O'Leary, whom he has not been able to contact. It seems like a simple enough assignment—but when dealing with the realm of Faerie, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. January runs a company that produces computer fantasy games, and her domain is a buffer between Sylvester's lands and a rival duchy whose ruler is looking for an opportunity to seize control. And that's the least of January's problems. For Tamed Lightning has somehow been cut off from the other fiefdoms, and now someone has begun to murder January's key people. If Toby can't find and stop the killer soon, she may well become the next victim… ~ Seanan McGuire: A Local Habitation

External ReferencesEdit


October Daye Stories

Rosemary and RueA Local HabitationAn Artificial NightLate EclipsesOne Salt SeaAshes of HonorChimes at MidnightThe Winter LongA Red-Rose ChainOnce Broken FaithThe Brightest FellNight and Silence

Short stories

Rat-Catcher (#0.6)Through This House (#4.5)In Sea-Salt Tears (#5.1)No Sooner Met (#6.2)Never Shines the Sun (#7.1)Forbid the Sea (#7.2)Heaps of Pearl (#8.1)The Fixed Stars (#8.5)Full of Briars (#9.3)Dreams and Slumbers (#10.5)Of Things Unknown (#11.5)Suffer a Sea-Change (#12.1)

Patreon stories

In Little Stars (#0.5)Stage of Fools (#7.3)The Voice of Lions (#7.4)The Act of Hares (#7.5)Instruments of Darkness (#7.6)With Honest Trifles (#7.7)In Deepest Consequences (#7.8)Jealous in Honor (#7.9)Quick in Quarrel (#7.91)Shore to Shore (#8.2)Write in Water (#8.3)And Thrice Again (#8.32)Live in Brass (#8.4)The Ambitious Ocean (#8.5)These Antique Fables (#11.1)