by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye,
October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas... The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's killer.
October Daye (Toby) is a changling- half Fae and half human. Fourteen years ago she was a PI, with a human boyfriend and a child. Tasked to search for a missing mother and daughter, she is trapped as the job goes horrible wrong. When she returns she is rejected by her boyfriend and child. Angered she turns from the Fae and tries to live among the humans. When a phone call binds her to solve a murder she must return to the Fae and thus the story begins. This is beautifully written. I loved the world McGuire created, where the Fae live in areas of our world with spells that prevent us from seeing them. The protagonist, October Daye is very believable. She is strong, yet fragile, flawed but good. I felt compassion for her, got angry for her and cheered her on. She was very genuine and there were several other notable characters. The storyline was entertaining and kept me turning the pages, late into the night. I am looking forward to reading all the books in this series. McGuire is a truly talented writer, be sure and check out her other books written under her pen name Mira Grant(Feed, Deadline)