Title: An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: September 7, 2010
What starts off as a sweet children’s birthday party ends in a very disturbing way…children are missing – both fae and mortal. There is only one magical being that will take children all in one night – Blind Micheal.
By the light of a candle, it is up to Toby to recover the lost children before Blind Michael makes them go on a Wild Hunt and ride…well, some will ride and some will be ridden. Problem is, her fetch (a death omen) has just arrived around the same time…
Third book in the October Daye series! I was super jazzed to read it and was not left disappointed!
Let’s start by saying that since this is the third of a fifteen (so far) book series, I think we can all guess how Toby will fare at the end of this book. With that being said, knowing this fact did not deter from my enjoyment of An Artificial Night in the slightest! I fully enjoyed being immersed in Seanan McGuire fae world and following Toby’s next perilous adventure!
The characters in this series continue to get better and better! Toby remains to be a character that I feel comfortable and intrigued with to be in her mind space. She has the hero bug, so she does feel like she needs to save everyone no matter what and tossing consequences out the window, but that’s what makes her great to follow. This is the book that she finally comes to accept that she is a hero and not just a person who does heroic things, which I’m sure will only make her more likable in the other books in the series. Tybalt, the King of Cats, continues to be my absolute favorite character in this series! He is strong, fair, not be reckoned with, loyal, and gentle/sensitive at times, especially toward Toby. He makes my heart soar with just a few words and his actions. He is the one that I look forward to reading about the most and wish there were more scenes with him!
With every chapter, Seanan McGuire does a wonderful job making her stories flow and keeping me wanting more. The readers get a better glimpse of Toby’s fae world and the darkness that fills it. At the same time, the author provides some lightness throughout. Learning about fetches, disturbing old traditions, specific parentage, magic that can be done, and even how Toby grows in the relationships she has with others keeps the plot moving along.
Themes of bravery, friendship, trust, determination, perseverance, acceptance, (magical) abuse, and loyalty are amongst some that can be found here.
If there was one thing that I think could have been improved is the couple of times Toby rambles in her head. As I mentioned I love being in this heroine’s head. However, specifically in this book, I found that Toby was a bit repetitive when she first enters Blind Michael’s land. She comments a lot about her clothing and repeats what she already has thought of multiple times. This could easily have been because she was nervous, by herself, and needed to distract herself. However, it does become a bit tedious to read. Luckily, this repetition does not last and we are in the full effect of what’s happening quickly afterward.
Overall, I loved this book! It was one that I was disappointed in having to put down multiple times to do chores, take of other responsibilities…or even sleep (sigh). At least I was able to savor it! I simply cannot wait to read the next one in the series!
For those who enjoyed the first two books in the October Daye series, I would highly recommend reading this one! I would say it’s geared toward young adult to adult.
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