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An Artificial Night: Book Three of Toby Daye (October Daye Series 3) [Kindle Edition]

Seanan McGuire
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"McGuire hits her stride with this fast-paced, sharply plotted, tense urban fantasy, the third featuring half-fae detective Toby Daye." Publisher's Weekly

Changeling knight in the court of the Duke of Shadowed Hills, October "Toby" Daye has survived numerous challenges that would destroy fae and mortal alike. Now Toby must take on a nightmarish new assignment. Someone is stealing both fae and mortal children—and all signs point to Blind Michael. When the young son of Toby's closest friends is snatched from their Northern California home, Toby has no choice but to track the villains down, even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael's realm—home of the legendary Wild Hunt—and no road may be taken more than once. If she cannot escape with all the children before the candle that guides and protects her burns away, Toby herself will fall prey to Blind Michael's inescapable power.

And it doesn't bode well for the success of her mission that her own personal Fetch, May Daye—the harbinger of Toby's own death—has suddenly turned up on her doorstep...

An Artificial Night is the third installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series.

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    From Publishers Weekly

    McGuire hits her stride with this fast-paced, sharply plotted, tense urban fantasy, the third featuring half-fae detective Toby Daye (after 2009's A Local Habitation). Toby is dismayed to encounter her frighteningly upbeat Fetch, May Daye, a magical doppelgänger heralding her imminent demise. Hot on its heels comes the discovery that Blind Michael, lord of the Wild Hunt, has kidnapped a number of fae and human children--including several whom Toby considers family--to replenish his riders. Determined to outfight or outwit Michael, Toby chases him down several increasingly dangerous Faerie Roads and through the streets of San Francisco, finding unexpected allies and new inner strength. McGuire adeptly plunders folklore, nursery rhymes, traditional ballads, and fairy tales for her framework, and fleshes it out with plenty of action and intrigue. With the addition of May, the cast finally clicks and the series really solidifies.
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    "[An Artificial Night] is wildly and beautifully descriptive, with scenes that will simply take your breath away...the third installment in the October Daye series is even better (if that could be believed) than the prior two. Author Seanan McGuire seems to have hit her stride and should enjoy a long career." —Sacramento Book Review

    "Book three of the October Daye series is the strongest to date as McGuire picks up the action and rolls an assortment of nursery rhymes, fairy tales and folklore into a taut urban fantasy that holds your interest to the last." —Monsters & Critics

    "I'm enamored of the world the author has created and continues to build on in each successive book. It’s vast and vivid and so very alive to me." —The Literate Kitty

    "An Artificial Night is a terrific entry in the series, showcasing McGuire's impressive skills with character and plot alike. She is quickly establishing herself as one of the major new talents in urban fantasy and horror." —SFRevu

    Product Details

    • File Size: 730 KB
    • Print Length: 368 pages
    • Publisher: DAW (September 7, 2010)
    • Publication Date: September 7, 2010
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003YL4AJE
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    32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars He Rides September 7, 2010
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Warning: Certain things in this review might be considered mild spoilers.

    You pretty much know the day's going to suck when the harbinger of your death knocks on your front door before dawn. But while October Daye is less than thrilled to meet her Fetch, readers are more likely to enjoy the experience. May is one of several intriguing and entertaining elements in An Artificial Night, the third book in Seanan McGuire's urban fantasy series. (Earlier books are Rosemary and Rue and A Local Habitation.)

    Transformation is a running theme in McGuire's books, and An Artificial Night is a transformative book in the series. Unlike the previous two books, there's no mystery to be solved. There's also a lot less urban and a lot more fantasy to be found here. Except for one adrenaline-pumping chase scene through San Francisco, all the significant action takes place in faerie lands, places you would never mistake for a human city.

    More important, this is the book in which we leave behind Toby, the reluctant private investigator and damaged person, and truly meet October Daye, knight of Shadowed Hills and hero. Here in full display is the moral determination, the unshakable loyalty to family and friends (that has in turn inspired the love and loyalty given her, which is key to the book both plotwise and thematically), and the near-pathological stubbornness that together form the core of Toby's character. Instead of being pushed into action, Toby chooses to oppose Blind Michael, leader of the Wild Hunt and a massively powerful Firstborn of the fae. Michael has stolen the children of friends, something Toby finds intolerable, so she takes on a seemingly suicidal quest to retrieve them.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Review from the book review blog, Book Faery September 25, 2010
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars

    AN ARTIFICIAL NIGHT has the most interesting storyline so far in the October Daye series. Instead of playing the role of a failed detective, we watch Toby's attempts at being a hero. And let me just say that I enjoyed this approach much more than the detective route, simply because there was more action and adventure as opposed to idly standing around, clueless.

    I thought that this book had a lot more humor in it, much to my delight. I also found that I was unable to willingly set the book down at any point--something that I was able to do with books 1 and 2.

    There's no cheerful Toby this time around. She's pessimistic and sarcastic, much like the Toby I have come to know and accept. Said pessimism grated on my nerves at some points, but I think it's more because she attempted to justify her actions a bit too much instead of just sucking it up and moving on. This does not happen often, just once or twice.

    In regards to Toby/Tybalt: well, their interactions were limited this time around. Instead of having our darling King of Cats playing a key role in the story, Tybalt steps back to let a few other characters shine. Though that's not to say he doesn't stop by. He does, quite a few times. And he's a bit more affectionate to boot.

    When I first initially heard that Tybalt wasn't around as much, I was distraught. Aside from the interesting world building (which I wasn't really feeling in A LOCAL HABITATION), Tybalt is the main reason I adore this series so much. Surprisingly enough, I did enjoy the book, even with the lack of Tybalt.

    I found that Toby's obliviousness to Tybalt's feelings wasn't driving me insane this time around.
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    36 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Well at least it was better than that last one... September 17, 2010
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    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Since it's already been done, I wont bother to summarize the plot, other than to say that some kids go missing and of course, it's up to Toby to find them. This book was a lot better plotted than the previous installment, nonetheless, I was pretty disappointed with it. In fact, I no longer plan to follow this series unless I happen to spot it at the library.

    I thought this series had a ton of potential, but I feel as though it's going nowhere. I also get the feeling that the author doesn't know where she's going with a lot of the things and plots she's introducing. Or rather, I feel as though she has the vague idea of where she wants to end up, but no real ideas or plans as to how she's going to get there. There is nothing wrong with that (it must be true of many authors), it's just that, as a reader, I don't like to be aware of it, you know?

    For instance, here we are introduced to Toby's "fetch," a fey-like doppleganger creature who supposedly heralds Toby's own death. An interesting concept I guess, yet it seems to mean absolutely nothing in this story. This was presented as being a huge deal--supposedly "fetches" are rare--yet pretty much everyone acts like it's business as usual. Technically it is, I mean Toby always has brushes with death, right? But this Fetch was apparently only here for some comic relief and occasionally lending a hand. I guess beyond that, the author hasn't really figured it out. I'm sure she has ideas, but as yet, none are forthcoming. This really annoyed me. I mean why make this "plotline" (really, it was more like an idea) such a big part of the story if she's not going to address it--or at the very least, advance it a little?
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Toby is the best!!...and so is Seanan!...neither, like me, take any crap from anyone!
    Published 26 days ago by Kara VanDerStraeten
    5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the 2nd book
    Stick with the series. Two was still interesting but with too many convenient things happened. This book was haunting, fast paced and well rounded. Loved it.
    Published 1 month ago by L Bradley
    5.0 out of 5 stars <3 October Daye
    Ilike the series a lot!
    Published 1 month ago by Jaydee
    4.0 out of 5 stars Third time is the charm
    This is the book that I decided would make or break the October Daye series for me. I was not impressed with book one, but I soldiered on to book two, which was better… but I was... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Jen (Red Hot Books)
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait
    I didn't enjoy the first two in the series very much, but I kept going because I'm a Mira Grant fan. This fantastic book was worth the wait! Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Tina Ku
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
    I have read a lot of authors but I really love Seanan McGuire, her characters are very well developed. Toby is one of my all time favorite fictional characters.
    Published 3 months ago by Tiff
    3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price of admission to the world but hope for more in the...
    This was the most impressive of the three books so far in terms of creating the world in which Toby Daye functions. Read more
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    3.0 out of 5 stars "...should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files..." ---or...
    "...should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files..." ---or not. Even without the tag line on the cover, I would have noticed the jarring similarities with the... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Skip
    5.0 out of 5 stars I like all the October Daye books I've read
    I like all the October Daye books I've read, but this is my favorite of the seven so far released!
    Published 5 months ago by James
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet
    Before I even get started on this I just want to make a few comments about the series in general. I was reading some reviews of the other books and I was honestly surprised by a... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Becky
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    Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather. When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats.

    Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the "Velveteen vs." superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now.

    Seanan's favorite things include the X-Men, folklore, and the Black Death. No, seriously. She writes all biographies in the third person, because it's easier that way.

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    Anyone else have trouble understanding some parts in this series?
    nah. not just you. i pretend i know and just keep reading, hoping that along the way everything will crystallize. now the ludeig (whatever. i think there's an 'a' in there somewhere). i think she got upset about the fetch because she's actually fond of toby. she admitted to toby and to may that... Read More
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