Top positive review
The series starts falling into place!
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
Trigger Warnings: pretty typical for Toby Daye books: murder, self-slicing of hands/arms and drinking of blood for rituals, description of car accident/explosion intended as murder, attempted rape/sexual harrassment via magic, using an innocent to commit murder, discussion of experimentation on animals, discussion of child abandonment.
Another reread review! I am curious to see when I'll hit the books in this series that I have reviewed as I know there have to be at least a few of the newer ones - we shall see! As always with this series, the audio was excellent. Mary Robinette Kowal does such a fantastic job, y'all - I definitely recommend checking out these versions if you've only ever read it via ebook or physical copy.
This one is where it felt like the series really started to fall into the world and pattern that the later books would have. Rosemary and Rue was a good book, but it almost feels like a prequel on a reread of the series. Local Habitation gets us into the groove of Toby as faerie knight errant, and puts us into the kind of mysteries she'll continue to solve for her liege and the rest of the Summerlands. Plus, she's really starting to embrace the abilities her heritage grants her here as opposed to doing so very VERY reluctantly as with Evening's death. We also get more of the Luidaeg and start to understand how that relationship (one of my absolute faves of the series) might grow. Plus Toby and Quentin for the win! She's slowly getting drawn back into making connections here, and I love that about this book. Plus the whole concept of the tech side of Faerie including April the cyberdryad just made me happy honestly. Off to the next book in the reread marathon!