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Tue Mar-16-10 10:56 AMby anavicenteferreira

Rosemary and Rue
Seanan McGuire
Daw

Urban Fantasy
358 pages

October Daye had enough problems as it was: not only is she a changeling (her mother is a Daoine Sidhe), which makes her a second-class citizen in the Faerie world and forces her to all sort of concealments in the human world, but her ex-husband and her daughter refuse any kind of contact with her (that will happen when you can't explain to your loved one taht you were missing for 14 years because someone turned you into a koi). When her friend Eve is murdered and curses her to find her killers under penance of death, Toby is forced to put on her investigator's shoes and to reenter a world she had sworn off when her enchantment had been broken. She will come upon such an elaborate web of intrigue, secret agendas and lies that the only people she seems able to trust are old oponents.

I loved this book. I was a little hesitant at first. From the blurbs I read, I knew the book must be a mixture of fantasy and hard-boiled, two genres I enjoy a lot but that seemed to have the potential to make a big mess when put together. I couldn't be more wrong. The narrative is consistent and concise, the characters are well-rounded and believable and the story is intriguing.

I was especially fascinated by the excellent job the author did of building a realistic main character. Let's face it, the woman's name is October Daye, she's half-fairy, she has a certain air of Legolas about her and she behaves like Humphrey Bogart minus the Y chromosome; it's a cocktail that you'd expect to turn out strange at least, or most likely awful. But McGuire shows such skill in handling her ingredients that the result is someone so believable you wouldn't be surprised to find her on the street.

That said, the next two books in the series are already on my shopping list.

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Ana's 2010 readings [View all] , anavicenteferreira, Sat Jan-02-10 07:53 AM
  1. Hearts West - Chris Enss, anavicenteferreira, Jan 06th 2010, #1
2. They Do It With Mirrors - Agatha Christie, anavicenteferreira, Feb 07th 2010, #2
3. Messiah - Boris Starling, anavicenteferreira, Feb 17th 2010, #3
4. Rosemary and Rue - Seanan McGuire, anavicenteferreira, Feb 20th 2010 #4
5. Soulless - Gail Carriger, anavicenteferreira, Mar 02nd 2010, #5
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6. Self-Editing For Fiction Writers - Renni Browne, Dav..., anavicenteferreira, Mar 04th 2010, #6
7. The Doctor Wore Petticoats - Chris Enss, anavicenteferreira, Apr 03rd 2010, #7
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