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An Artificial Night (October Daye) Mass Market Paperback – September 7, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
Book 3 of 10 in the October Daye Series

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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 (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

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Product Details

  • Series: October Daye (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; 1st Printing edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780756406264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406264
  • ASIN: 0756406269
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark L. Bernstein on 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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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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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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