Review – Rosemary and Rue

Posted June 6, 2016 by Nicky in Reviews / 4 Comments

Cover of Rosemary & Rue by Seanan McGuireRosemary and Rue, Seanan McGuire

I’ve been told to read this series over and over again, for so ridiculously long I think there were only two books the first time (and now there’s nine, with a tenth on the way). Trying to put together a review is difficult: on the surface of it, this is Just Another Urban Fantasy, albeit with a more faerie court type background than a pack of shapeshifters or a coven of witches or whatever (though there’s plenty of potential for all sorts of fairytale characters and mythological beings, and we do see some of them). The main character is tough, determined, a little disillusioned, stubborn, reluctant to seek help…

And yet she’s definitely not Mercy Thompson or Kate Daniels. By about halfway through this, I knew I’d want to pick up more books in the series and follow Toby more. I love all sorts of little things: the fact that she’s essentially a knight errant in the faerie courts, not a lady. The fact that it’s the stubborn detective estranged from their family after tragedy, except this detective’s a woman. The fact that she spent fourteen years as a fish. Her relationships with the people around her (even if she trusts people that pinged my ‘nope’ radar from the beginning, and doesn’t trust the people she should).

Rosemary and Rue is a solid beginning, I think; it introduces you to Toby, to the world, and lets you get to know the rules. I’m more interested with where it goes from here. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly why I instantly bought the next book: it just felt like something a bit different, maybe more of a direct answer to the urban fantasy of Jim Butcher than the likes of Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels (much as I enjoy those books too). In light of that, I’m wavering over what rating to give.

Rating: 3/5

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4 responses to “Review – Rosemary and Rue

  1. I find it more challenging to get a bead on UF these days, since there’s such much out there. I wasn’t entirely blown away by this book either, but I saw enough to hook me that I want to continue the series, but probably in no big rush.

  2. Mianaai

    As a complete fan of the Toby books, I’m so happy you’re reading them! SO HAPPY! The series definitely does build, and you get to see Seanan McGuire improve as a writer; books 1 and 2 are kind of shaky, but the series steadily and rapidly improves from there. If you want to discuss THEORIES once you finish the currently published books, let me know 😉

    There are also actually 4 more confirmed books on the way, at a rate of 1/year, with hopefully more after that as well; the first 8 books map out the first “act” of the overall story.

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