Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Review: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
DAW Books, September 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy

From the Back of the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:
To start off, Seanan McGuire also writes under the name Mira Grant (Feed, and Deadline) so I was excited to see what she could do with the world of Faerie.  I was not disappointed.  She put her own spin on the internal workings and politics of Faerie and those differences drove the plot along well.
I loved the variety of characters and for that matter creatures, especially Tybalt the King of Cats.  It's nice when authors remember that the Faerie world doesn't just contain Elves but also Selkies, Kitsune, Trolls, and Undine.  I found the way Faerie dealt with changelings to be very intriguing and it added more tension between Toby and other members of Faerie.
I thought that the mystery aspect of Rosemary and Rue was well-handled and the twist came as a surprise to me.  I loved how all the details came together.
Rosemary and Rue was a fun read and I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series.  If you are looking to add more Urban Fantasy to your life, definitely give Rosemary and Rue a try.

Written as Part of the Speculative Fiction Challenge

Other September Reviews from the Speculative Fiction Challenge

More by this Author:
As Mira Grant:

No comments:

Post a Comment