Rosemary and Rue is the first book in the October Day October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.

Author's Description Edit


October "Toby" Day is a former street kid and half-breed Daoine Sidhe who's practically made a career out of running away from things. She was raised in the Summerlands, last of the true fae realms, only to flee to the mortal world when she was a teenager, looking for a life she could call her own. For a while, it looked like she might even succeed. She found a place in the service of a local Duke, earned her position as a knight errant, fell in love, and thought the running was over.

She was wrong.

All too soon, all she wanted was the opportunity to run away from everything and fade into obscurity. Unfortunately for Toby, life is rarely simple for changelings, and her own talent for complicating things makes it impossible for her to disappear into the shadows. It probably doesn't help that she attracts trouble the way that candles attract moths, or that she's somehow managed to catch the eye of some of the most powerful people in the Kingdom of the Mists...

Rosemary and Rue is a modern urban fantasy set in both San Francisco and the Faerie Kingdom of the Mists which overlays Northern California.[1]

Back Cover Text Edit

The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie's survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October "Toby" Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas.

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby is forced to resume her old position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.


The Set UpEdit

When we first meet October Daye the year is 1995 and she is hot on the trail of a 500 year old Fae named, Simon Torquill—twin brother of Sylvester Torquill, Duke of the Shadowed Hills—the Duchy of Shadowed Hills being one of the Faerie kingdoms. Simon, who absolutely despises his brother, kidnaps the Duke's wife, Luna Torquill, and their daughter, Rayseline. As a loyal knight of the Duke and a private investigator of all things Fae and supernatural, October (Toby) has tracked Simon to a local restaurant. She thinks she has everything under control but she completely underestimates Simon. Toby follows him to the Japanese Tea Gardens, another Fae kingdom masquerading as a human tourist attraction, and straight into a trap.

Under the influence of Oleander de Merelands, a 900 year old Fae, who just so happens to also be his lover, Simon turns Toby into a Koi fish. The twist to this tale she is forced to live life as a fish for 14 years not knowing anything about the outside world other than when it's time to eat and when the sun sets and rises.

Fourteen years and two days later, the spell is lifted and Toby turns back into her human self, only to find out that everything so has worked so hard for is gone—including her husband, Cliff, and their daughter, Gillian. Skip forward to 2009 and Toby is working on rebuilding her life from the ground up. She's traded in a gun and her P.I. licence for a handheld scanner and a grocery store apron. She's done with faerie and that world, or so she thinks...

When Countess Evening Winterrose, a Fae who helped Toby on the day she was released into the human world, is murdered, her last dying curse binds Toby to finding her killer and setting foot into a place she wants to forget. ~ Book Review: Rosemary and Rue ~ The Reading List

Full Plot SummaryEdit

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Characters, Fae Types, PlacesEdit

Characters Fae Types Places, Objects, Magic
October "Toby" Day Daoine Sidhe Kingdom of the Mists
Evening Winterrose, Countess of Goldengreen Cait Sidhe Duchy of Shadowed Hills
Lily Rose Goblin Tea Gardens
Tybalt, King of Cats Night-haunts Home
Sylvester Torquill Changeling Goldengreen
Luna Torquill Undine Court of Cats
Rayseline Torquill Tuatha de Dannan Hope Chest
Connor O'Dell Cait Sidhe Magic Signature
Devin Piskie Blood Magic
Julie Pixie Summerlands
Ross Hampton Redcap Duchy of Dreamer's Glass
Dare Selkie Summer Roads Key
Manuel Lorimer Kelpie Knowe
Simon Torquill Tylwyth Teg Sacred Woods
Oleander de Merelands Kitsune Rose Roads
Queen of the Mists
Cliff Peri
Gillian Marks Siren Kingdom of Angels
Danny Sea Wight Rosemary & Rue bouquet
Marcia Banshee Faerie
Mitch Brown Glastig
Stacy Brown Manticore
Luidaeg Candela
Amandine Coblynau
Cagney and Lacey Bannick
Jin Goblin
Bucer O’Malley Slamander
King Gilad Windermere Gremlin[2]
Duchess of Dreamer's Glass Silene[3]
Oberon, Maeve & Titania Will o’ Wisps[4]
Black Annis
Gentle Annie
Little Mike[6]
Paul Underwood[7]
Sea Witch

Quotes Edit


Book ReferencesEdit

  2. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 7
  3. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 7
  4. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 2
  5. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 7
  6. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 7
  7. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 2

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External References Edit

Reviews — Rosemary and Rue Edit

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)