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An Artificial Night (October Daye, Book 3) (edition 2010)

by Seanan McGuire

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Title:An Artificial Night (October Daye, Book 3)
Authors:Seanan McGuire
Info:DAW (2010), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:series, fae

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An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire



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Third in the Toby daye series, starting to settle down now, world and characters are well developed with a good balance between the humans and the faerie. There are encouraging signs that the author has a long term goal for the series, rather than just a set of encounters one after another.

In short succession a number of people contact Toby regarding missing children. But even she's not prepared for when her Fetch appears, signalling that she's in imminent danger of dying, the Fetch is there to guide her to the afterlife. When it turns out that a neat version of the Wild Hunt has been stealing the children, it's pretty apparent she's not going to need a Fetch to let her know she's in deadly peril. Again.

Well plotted with some neat twists. I'm unconvinced about the apparent power of the Firstborn though, one minute they're a fraction of a step away from godhood, the next they're friends and easily fooled through simple tricks.

Enjoyable and worth reading further into the series. ( )
  reading_fox | Feb 10, 2017 |
An Artificial Night
3.5 Stars

Knight Errant for the Duke of Shadowed Hills, Toby Daye is taking a well-earned break after her last case when she learns that several fae as well as mortal children have been taken right from under their parents’ noses. Upon learning that the culprit is none other than Blind Michael, leader of the Wild Hunt, Toby makes it her mission in life to rescue the children and teach the malicious fiend a lesson he won’t soon forget. That is unless she first falls prey to inexorable power …

This book has left me feeling somewhat ambivalent. On the one hand, there are numerous appealing elements such as the compelling world building, the intriguing hints at something developing between Toby and the enigmatic Tybalt and the insights into the various secondary characters.
Unfortunately, these are undermined by the problematic aspects of the story, i.e., Toby’s innate martyr complex, her pathetic investigative skills, and her annoying connection to Connor.

McGuire’s world building goes from strength to strength. As in the previous installments, there is a great deal of focus on the pure-blood/changeling distinction as well as the divisions between Oberon, Maeve and Titania’s children. It can get a little confusing at times, but it is entertaining nonetheless. Moreover, the Blind Michael storyline is intense and suspenseful as he is definitely one of the more evil villains in this genre and his powers and abilities are enough to make anyone’s skin crawl.

Toby is a likable heroine and it is interesting to learn more about her relationships with Luna, Sylvester, Quentin and the Luidaeg. That said, her tendency toward self-destructive behavior and the fact that she never seems to actually use her brain even though the clues are right in front of her gets tiresome after a while.

Furthermore, her love life leaves a lot to be desired. Tybalt is the obvious choice, but this doesn’t seem to be going anywhere yet, and Connor is a poor substitute if one can even call him that. While one cannot help sympathizing with his marital predicament, it is one of his own making and it is selfish of him to expect Toby to feel responsible for his happiness. Moreover, he is far too beta for my tastes and definitely not hero material.

Despite its problems, this is an entertaining series and I’ve heard that it improves with each installment so I'm willing to continue to tough it out if only to find out more about Tybalt and some of the other unanswered questions. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Loved the writing as usual. Interesting new Fae for us to see in action. The whole idea of Blind Michael and his Hunt was extremely ick. It just got even more so as we started to see what the Riders and the Ridden actually went through. And Quintin! Poor thing... One of my favorite characters in this series, hands down. Toby was still her spastic self when it came to getting anything done, but the ending made me feel like she is getting more comfortable with her identity. ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
:-) ( )
  mystic506 | Sep 3, 2016 |
This was better than the first two books. The series is hitting it's stride, you understand some of the rules and are attached to many of the characters. This also has, about 1/3rd of the way in, the best, funniest, most tense chase scene I have ever read. I highly recommend it. ( )
  acf151 | Jun 18, 2016 |
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October "Toby" Daye tries to rescue the mortal and fae children who have been kidnapped by Blind Michael, lord of the Wild Hunt, forcing her to make a choice that could save them all or cause her to fall prey to the Wild Hunt.

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