October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the offspring of a human father and Faerie mother. Changelings are not well-respected in the land of the fae, so Toby has had a very long, uphill struggle to be accepted. In the process, not only did she gain the respect of many of the inhabitants, but was knighted, and named a Hero (which means something to the faerie folk) because she fights for those who are repressed or otherwise held captive by the First-Born…of which her mother was one.
The stories take place in San Francisco, which McGuire does a fine job of creating her world of the fae in deeply believable ways, and maneuvers in and out with skill and ease. She constantly puts all her characters in dire peril, and one is never sure who is going to die by the end of each book.
The synopsis for book number eight:
Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.
She was wrong.
It was time to learn the truth.
In this installment, one of Toby’s formerly deceased friends, Evening Winterrose, returns from the dead. Or was she ever dead in the first place? It will take every scrap of reserve Toby has, every bit of knowledge in magic she possesses, to survive.
McGuire deftly handles every situation and manages to thread together several plotlines without making them confusing or overwrought. I am a tremendous fan of both McGuire’s and Toby Daye. If you’re looking a great urban fantasy to immerse yourself in, the October Daye series is well worth your time.