by Seanan McGuire
Sixty pages in, and I\’m done reading this one. Too bad, it was pretty good so far. It\’s an urban fantasy where fae (many kinds) inhabit our world, hiding their activites from humans. The main character, October, is half fae/half human, so she doesn\’t really fit into either side. After being trapped as a fish in a public pond for fourteen years when she crossed someone, she is shunning the fae and making her way best she can in the human world. But then she gets a horrific message from her old friend and mentor- in the moments of her death. Her friend lays a curse on October forcing her to investigate the murder. So she gets drawn back into the tangle of fae politics whether she likes it or not.
Well- I liked the voice of October. She\’s got spunk, and some wry humor. And I really liked the setting- McGuire depicts San Francisco very well. But- crime mysteries really aren\’t my thing, no matter how wrapped up in fantasy they are. And in spite of the main character\’s frequent asides to quickly explain things, the details of how things worked in this world of magic mixed with reality was a bit much for me to keep track of. I would have liked to read more about her imprisonment as a fish, haha! But of course that was just barely mentioned in the story.
This one had been on my older TBR for a long time- don\’t remember where I first saw it menitoned. Borrowed from the public library. Moving on now.
Abandoned 358 pages, 2009