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An Artificial Night (October Daye Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Praise for the October Daye series:
"The top of my urban-paranormal series list! I am so invested in the worldbuilding and the characters.... The romance is real and awesome, but doesn't overshadow the adventure." —Felicia Day
"I can't believe McGuire can come up with another adventure as riveting as this one. But then I say that after every book in this series." —SFRevu
"McGuire has never lacked for courage in her writing.... The phenomenally inventive October Daye series showcases her narrative daring and ingenuity beautifully." —RT Reviews
"Prepare to be dazzled.... Like the best of urban fantasy, with each reveal and mystery solved, Toby's world grows ever more enticing. As seductive as faerie itself, this is one series I could never give up." —All Things Urban Fantasy
"These books are like watching half a season of your favorite television series all at once.... More than anything else, it's the fun of it all that's kept me returning to McGuire's books and to this series." —SF Signal
"The plot is strong, the characterization is terrific, the tragedies hurt...and McGuire's usual beautiful writing and dark humor are present and accounted for. This has become one of my favorite urban fantasy series." —Fantasy Literature
"With Ashes of Honor, McGuire has crafted a deeply personal and intense storythat will keep you on the edge, hoping to be pushed over. In my opinion, it is, hands down, the best Toby to date." —The Ranting Dragon
"An urban fantasy detective series featuring a resourceful female detective.... [October Daye] should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files as well as the novels of Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, and similar authors." —Library Journal
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- File size : 815 KB
- Print length : 353 pages
- Publisher : DAW (September 7, 2010)
- ASIN : B003YL4AJE
- Publication date : September 7, 2010
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #43,977 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the third book in the October Daye series. There is probably enough context to follow without having read the previous books, but significant depth and nuance would be lost. Best to start with Rosemary and Rue (book 1).
An Artifical Night is fantastic. It revs up quick and hardly ever slows, keeping a constant sense of dread forefront. The skill with which the theme of children’s tales and the nebulous rules of farie are interwoven is masterful. McGuire drops new concepts on reader’s head constantly and abruptly, but she keeps it manageable somehow and does such wonderful things with them all is forgiven. Toby continues to be an excellent protagonist, being smart and largely self aware yet still susceptible to emotional responses and bad decisions.
In addition to compelling characters, interesting world, and strong plot, it’s the writing that shines and draws the reader in. The style is excellent, particularly in distinct, natural sounded dialogue and speech patterns rising from characters’ personalities and individual situations. I enjoyed the continued focus on a couple of my favorite supporting cast members, plus a PHENOMENAL new addition, and how they all interact with Toby.
The last third of the story loses just a touch of what made the first two-thirds so compelling somewhere, but it’s a minor criticism. There are getting to be a few too many building questions and ongoing story threads though, and while they’re all interesting at least a couple need to start being addressed next book.
Easily my favorite book in the series thus far. Highly recommended.
Oof this one is darkkkkkkkkkkk y'all. I always remember it as exceptionally creepy - I mean it's about the Wild Hunt which is NEVER kind - but listening to it via audio somehow made it more so. Blind Michael is a monster determined to create more monsters literally out of stolen children, and it is horrible. The implied sense that most of the powerful of fae (other than the Luidaeg's last attempt) have just sort of considered it the cost of doing business is just awful, and hits especially close to home lately considering the current awfulness at the borders. It's just a really gorgeous and yet terrifying addition to this series. It's the one that honestly reads the closest to a horror novel (not surprising considering the author's horror pen name), and the one that I simultaneously enjoy the least but am super satisfied by the conclusion of.
October Daye has a difficult life; she is estranged from her daughter, spent 14 years as a fish due to a curse - during which time her boyfriend married someone else - and she has to deal daily with the Fae, who are difficult and confusing at the best of times.
In this story, one of the Firstborn Fae has kidnapped children to add to the Wild Hunt. October lost kids who call her an Aunt, so she is determined to get them back not matter what it costs her to do so.
⭐️⭐️ World building: I would potentially give this book two stars for the building this time. I loved the structure of the book, I loved the rules and the games of how to travel to Blind Michael, I also love the rhymes. There were a few inconsistencies with the Rose Road, but that is negligible.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ease of read: Freebie.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot twist: Plenty. Just when you think Toby is safe and she will be fine..... She runs right back into danger, and almost dies...again.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lasting impression: horrified
So far I think this book was my favorite of the October Daye series. though I am not a huge fan of horror, and this book to me seems on that line. The author did a marvelous job keeping me excited and scared. One moment I was worried half the time for Toby, and couldn't wait for it to end, then the next, Toby was be okay (not safe... okay) and I could't wait for the next part of the book to reveal something else interesting and horrifying. As I was chatting with my friend, I was given the insight (forced, slightly) so now I finally understand where the titles of the book come from. It did not hit me that the titles of the books were coming from the Shakespeare quotes at the beginning of the book, I was not really reading them.
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Toby's determined to get the children back, but doing so means travelling to his lands, which can only be accessed by three roads. No road can be taken twice. Armed with a candle given to her by the Luidaeg that will protect her from Blind Michael's power, Toby has until it burns down to find the children and escape. But the odds are against her. Blind Michael is a firstborn fae whose power is like nothing she's encountered before plus her Fetch - a harbringer of her death - has shown up, suggesting that success isn't an option ...
The third in Seanan McGuire's October Daye Series is an okay story about the cost of standing up to tyranny and personal sacrifice but despite some great visual imagery was let down by a two-dimensional villain and a back-and-forth plot that sapped pace.
Toby's determination to stand up for what's right really comes through no matter what the consequences is her best trait, but at times she falls into mawkish fatalism and it would have been more interesting had she challenged the fae on their deal with Blind Michael. I liked the exchanges with her Fetch, May and her friendship with the Luidaeg is nicely depicted. There's also more background on Luna, which gives depth to her relationship with Sylvester.
Unfortunately the moment Toby's told there are only 3 roads to Blind Michael's realm, you know she's going to have to take all three. As with A LOCAL HABITATION a ricochet effect takes place as she goes back and forth, which I found deadened the pace to the story and made for repetition. Additionally Blind Michael is a two-dimensional villain, evil for the sake of being evil without any exploration as to his motives. The effect of his power is psychologically fascinating but again, it never really gets explored.
Ultimately this is an okay read but the predictability and the lack of a great villain prevented me from really enjoying it. I'll read the next book in the series but am not sure I'll go further with it.
There is, perhaps, less focus on October's life in San Francisco, but the wide-ranging exploration of myth, and myths of myth, make up for that, and October and her friends are always grounded in present-day reality. The scenes at her friend's house, including the birthday party, ensure that we are continually aware of October's dual nature. Whilst the particular threat is dealt with by the end of the book, the reader is alerted to the idea that there might be things 'out there' that even the fairies have forgotten. And there will be permanent effects on some of the children, too, impinging on their life in modern America.
October's 'ordinary' ways of moving through magical and mundane places will not suffice and she must take older roads, fuelled by spells tied to traditional rhymes and universal fears. This echoes her 'usual' need to chant nursery rhymes to access magic. The story is a fairy tale within a fairy tale; the heroine is the hero who defeats the powers of darkness and rescues the innocent victims. She has help along the way from unexpected sources. In the course of her crusade she is changed both physically and mentally and some of the changes will last. Unlike many 'hero' tales, this one gives us the space to reflect on the effects of heroic actions on the hero.
This is thoughtful urban fantasy at its best.
We catch up with Sire October Daye as she finishes up a case of rogue barghests (canine/scorpion hybrid monsters) and then attends a birthday party that her best friend is throwing for one of her children. Toby is their de facto aunt whom they affectionately dub Aunt Birdie. She drags herself home with memories of her own lost daughter dancing circles in her mind.
That's only the beginning of the pain because soon she comes face to face with her Fetch (May Daye; death omen)then she receives a panicked call from her best friend Stacy telling her that two of her five children are missing and a third is in an enchanted sleep and wont wake up. As if that wasn't trouble enough Tybalt turns up. Children are missing from his court too and since Toby owes him a debt (Rosemary and Rue) she's on his case too. To find and reclaim the missing children Toby must face The Wild Hunt.
This is more of an adventure than an investigation and Toby does much better in this roll. Unlike the previous books this one takes place almost entirely in Faerie. This is not the twilight Summerlands where flowers turn into butterflies though. To get the kids back she must brave the land of the wild hunt where the shadows are not comfortable and not all innocents get saved.
The characters are still fascinating and not all characters are what they seem to be. Although I must admit that I am not really happy about the character May Daye. I don't really like her and don't see that she serves any purpose. I also had a small issue with the final show down.
Aside from those two small gripes I enjoyed the story immensely because the storytelling and loves characters by far out way any complaints I have. I defiantly recommend this book to friends and anyone else.
This tale is dark and scary and emotional and we get to meet Raj the Prince of Cats. Have you bought it yet?
Book arrived in good time, and in good condition. Will us them again.