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An Artificial Night (October Daye Series #3)
     

An Artificial Night (October Daye Series #3)

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by Seanan McGuire
 

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New York Times-bestselling October Daye series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day

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

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New York Times-bestselling October Daye series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day

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...

Editorial Reviews

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. (Sept.) H C Tom McCarthy Knopf, .95 (312p) ISBN 978-0-307-59333-7 Remainder established McCarthy as a contemporary champion of the experimental novel and heir to the postmodern stylists of the late 20th century, but it's difficult to come up with a suitable thematic or stylistic precursor to his unclassifiably brilliant latest. The enigmatic title signifies (for starters) Serge Carrefax, who grows up in early 1900s England on the grounds of the Versoie House, where his inventor-father Simeon runs a school for the deaf, using his pupils to test the copper-wire telegraphs and radio gizmos that are his obsession. There, Serge and his ill-fated sister, Sophie, enact strange experiments in chemistry and star in a school pageant depicting Ceres's journey to the underworld. More C-words follow, as an older, haunted Serge travels to a Bavarian sanitarium in search of the healing chemical cysteine and, following his enrollment in the 104th Airborne Squadron, enjoys flying reconnaissance while high on cocaine. The young century unfurls, bringing with it spiritualists, Egyptian espionage, and a fateful tryst in an ancient tomb, where Serge will at last discover the delicate wavelengths that connect him to the historical signals for which he is an ideal receiver. Each chapter of McCarthy's tour de force is a cryptic, ornate puzzle box, rich with correspondences and emphatically detailed digressions. Ambitious readers will be eager to revisit this endlessly interpretive world, while more casual readers will marvel at the high-flying picaresque perched at the crossroads of science and the stuff dreams are made of. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756406264
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Series:
October Daye Series , #3
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
75,011
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"[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

Meet the Author

Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about anyplace capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren’t). Early exposure to a vast number of books left her with a lifelong affection for the written word, and led, perhaps inevitably, to her writing books of her own, starting somewhere around the age of eleven. The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both published by DAW and bother of which have put her in the New York Times bestseller list. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the October Daye series, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at www.seananmcguire.com.

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An Artificial Night (October Daye Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this series, but each book is worse than the previous. It gets old really fast that October gets her ass kicked repeatedly.it was time to get self-defence classes and weapons after the first time she got shot. Her suicidal thoughts 'this is it, i'll die now' are boring. You can only tolerate stupidity so long. Then, you stop respecting the main character, and you're done with the series. Pity, it could' ve been so much better if the author took her time to think about her heroine' development... and let her grow and learn from her mistakes... but no... the same crap happens over and over again...
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This third installment pits the half-fae protagonist investigator October (Toby) Daye, against an insane and powerful 'first born' fae lord, named Blind Michael, who has stolen faerie and human children to replenish the ranks of his Wild Hunt. Written in Toby's first-person voice, the story features an evolving and surprisingly amusing protagonist, an intriguing cast of supporting characters, vividly fantastic descriptions and a masterful use of Celtic folklore intermingled with children's rhymes, faerie tales and children's games. The narrative is engrossing and increasingly desperate as Toby travels, via three 'Faerie' roads that become incrementally more dangerous, to the 'islet' faerie kingdom of Blind Michael to rescue children and, ultimately, to free herself. Unlike the earlier books, no solvable mystery is presented by the story. Instead, the narrative unwinds as a voluntary task undertaken by Toby to recover kids held in the faerie realm of Blind Michael, the master of the Wild Hunt. Consequently, the plot becomes somewhat predictable and a tad repetitive as it nears completion. The sacrifice of spontaneity and dynamism by the task-driven plot is more than offset by the imaginative, dense and gripping narrative as well as the gratifying development of Toby's self-awareness and sense of humor. Furthermore, the supporting characters are solidified into an engaging and intriguing cast. The narrative culminates in an inventive and violent showdown, and the book ends in a satisfying but somewhat sorrowful finish. Perhaps the only real flaw in the story is the unexplained appearance of Toby's 'fetch', a doppelgänger designed to replace Toby at death and considered by everyone to be a harbinger of Toby's imminent demise. This new character, named May Daye, is vacuous and largely superfluous to the story. Worse, May's appearance is infuriatingly unexplained in the story despite her interaction with various characters throughout the narrative. The only conceivable explanation for May's presence is that she must somehow tie-in with a future story-arc. But, in this book, May is an unexplained irritant and annoying diversion. Despite the introduction of this basically useless 'fetch' character, this book is engrossing and rich. It provides mesmerizing and mysterious settings, vivid and innovative descriptions and a gripping and immersive story. I recommend this installment as well as the first two books to anyone who appreciates intense, wonderfully imaginative fantasy stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting and suspense packed. I was hooked on the October Daye series before finishing the dirst chapter in book one of this series. Highly recommend this, especially if you like Jennifer Estep's elemental assassin's series featuring Gin Blanco, the Spider.
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can't wait for the next one
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Sooo good.
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Love this series! And this book was even better!
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DebM More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the entire October Daye series. When I started off with book 1, Rosemary and Rue, it took a few pages to really get into it, but since then, each book has gotten better and better. I can't wait for the next book in the series, Ashes of Honor, due out Sept 4, 2012-I have the date marked on my calendar:)
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This book kept me locked into this series. I do love the intricate plots. McGuire's characters are unique and have many facets. In this book we learn a little about Toby's mother. I was wishing for me about her mother. This book revolves around Blind Michael, his children and the Wild Ride.
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