Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie, spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day, undertaking assignments for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills.
Now Sylvester has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning — otherwise known as Fremont, California — to make sure that all is well with his niece, Countess January O’Leary, whom he has not been able to contact. It seems like a simple enough assignment — but when dealing with the realm of Faerie, nothing is ever as simple as it seems.
January runs a company that produces computer fantasy games, and her domain is a buffer between Sylvester’s realm and a rival duchy whose ruler is looking for an opportunity to seize control. And that is the least of January’s problems. For Tamed Lightning has somehow been cut off from the other domains, and now someone has begun to murder January’s key people. If Toby can’t find and stop the killer soon, she may well become the next victim.
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By susan on 23-03-15
Yet another great story
....and the narrator's accents were better.
I'm still waiting for the obvious jokes, I'm sorry but a story about the fair folk set in San Fransico needs at least one obvious, awkward pun otherwise you may as well set in in Los Angeles.
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By Book addict on 06-05-18
Real struggle to finish
I found this book really boring and a struggle to finish. October is supposed to be more mature, but her personality and sleuthing skills are more akin to a 12 year old. She is the worst PI ever! And the romantic interactions are like a young teenager too. I don’t mean because there’s no sex, but rather the emotional maturity is completely absent. The narrator’s choice for voices for some of the characters were so incredibly annoying too. No idea why this book has such a high rating.
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By Marci on 10-04-10
What a fantastic book!
This is a great read! Fantastic addition to the genre--October Daye is a different kind of protagonist and her world is quite unique! I'm looking forward to reading more from this series. The only thing I am disappointed with is finding out this is the SECOND book in the series and audible only has this one so far.
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By Ylluria on 11-12-13
Great Story, Ehh Narration
This is my second October Daye book, and frankly, upon finishing the first, I was hoping that the second and following books would have a different narrator. Unfortunately, where other books have okay text and a under-expressive narration, this one has great text, and a hugely overacting narrator. It'd be great if she pulled it back by about... oh.. 25-50%. I love the stories, but it's hard to concentrate on the text itself when -every- -single- word is so overly emphasized. Thankfully, it doesn't ruin the whole experience of the book per sé, but it is off enough that (to me at least), it takes away from the actual writing a good bit.
Overall, love the characters, love the quality of the writing, love the atmosphere, everything. And if she could just pull it back a bit, I'd love the narrator too. But as it is, I'd love somebody different. The ever-brilliant John Glover, perhaps..? :D
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