An Artificial Night (October Daye Series #3)

An Artificial Night (October Daye Series #3)

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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756406264
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Series: October Daye Series , #3
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 80,966
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

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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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An Artificial Night (October Daye Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 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 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.
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third book in the October Daye series is the strongest yet as it goes deep into the world of Faery, where Toby must face her own mortality. McGuire has created a world that is familiar in terms of the emotions and characters, while still being new as she revisits classic tales and ballads. To any reader of urban fiction especially fans of Charles De Lint and Simon R. Green, this series will be a joy.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the October Daye series by Seanan Mcguire. The 4th book, Late Eclipses, will be out in March of 2011. Right now there are seven books contracted for this series. This was a great installment in this series. The book was different from the previous books in that most of it takes place in the Summerlands and it is more of a questing/adventure type of story. I loved it.October is contacted when a variety of children go missing. It's not just fairy children either. Tybalt wants her to find some of his missing cats, her friend's half-fairy children have disappeared, and Quentin's teenage human girlfriend is also gone. October ends up having to venture deep into the heart of the world of Blind Michael, one of the First Born Fairies. The hard part isn't going to be saving the children, it's going to be saving herself.This book was a bit different from the previous books in that it has October going through more of a quest through the fairy lands. She spends a lot of time dealing with heavy hitters, mainly First Born fairies. We get to learn a lot more about where Luna, her kind of foster mother, came from and Luna's history. It was fun to have some of that mystery dispelled. This book also gives you a lot more insight into how the fairylands work and the history behind them.October, Toby, takes a lot of damage in this book...physically, mentally, and emotionally. The nice part about that is you see how much the people in Toby's life care about her. Tybalt and Connor are both vying for her attention somewhat. Tybalt is in the story some and teases the reader with some interesting comments and problems; again I hope that a future book really features on him. It seems like there is a lot to learn about Tybalt. All our favorites are in this story as well Connor, Quentin, Spike (the rose goblin) etc. The newest characters that join the cast are May, Toby's Fetch, and Luna's mother (whose name I won't say in order to avoid spoilers).All in all, despite the wonderful cast of characters this book is about Toby. It is about Toby deciding how she wants to live her life and whether she will be a Hero or not. The story is dark, the pace is breakneck and the book is hard to put down. I also think McGuire's writing style has vastly improved from the first book. The dialogue sounds natural and the book is very easy to read. I love how McGuire mingles urban fantasy, mystery, folklore, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes in a cohesive way.There are a couple things I didn't like about the book, and these prevented me from giving it a 5 star rating. I thought Toby was too passive. She gets pushed around a lot of the book and spends a lot of time passed out. This was true for the end of the second book also. Maybe Toby just needs to be tougher. Hopefully we will see her do more to drive her own destiny in future books. Also I thought Toby returning to Blind Michael's lands multiple times started to get a little repetitive. By the final time Toby returns to his lands, I was thinking "Really, we have to go back there AGAIN!?"Overall this was a great installment in this series. You learn a lot more about the characters and about the Summerlands in general. I wish Toby had been a bit more assertive and spent less time unconscious; but aside from that I have been really impressed with this series. It is quickly becoming one of my favorites! I eagerly await Late Eclipses.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This third book in the October Daye series is darker, bleaker, and even better than the first two installments. Once I started it, I could barely put it down; the action never let up. It was extremely emotional, making me tear up at times. While the first two books were both dark and somewhat depressing, this book was even more so. But what makes the story enjoyable is the fact that Toby becomes a real hero in this book. Though not everything turns out all right in the end, she¿s no longer defined by her failures. This book also added depth to the supporting characters, especially Luna and the Luidaeg. I didn¿t think I was going to like the new character, May, but she grew on me, and a couple times made me laugh out loud. I¿m still in love with Toby¿s world of Faerie. It¿s interesting, unique, and fun to explore. The one thing I didn¿t like was the dialogue at certain points. It sometimes struck me as unrealistic or there was so much text between statements that it was difficult to follow the entire conversation. Besides that, I loved this book. I can¿t wait to find out what happens next - the teaser for the next book, Late Eclipses, is awesome! And I¿m definitely hoping for Toby and Tybalt to get together. Overall, An Artificial Night is a definite improvement on an already great urban fantasy series.
teckelvik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the October Daye series. I felt that it wasn't as strong as the first two books, but it did have a lot going for it, and I will continue to read this series.The strongest part of this book, as of the previous ones, is the world building. McGuire has created a very well-realized fairy world in San Francisco. The parts hang together, and make sense.There are some major revelations in this book, and they have a sense of being planned before hand. There isn't a feeling of "well, I have to do something, why not?" On the other hand, the ending didn't do it for me. Toby goes after a Firstborn who is stealing children, and has to be rescued by her friends. It wasn't clear that this was set up in advance. I would have liked it if she had sat down and plotted Plan B, even if it wasn't revealed until the end. I would also have preferred the rescuers to be the barghests she helped to rescue, for symetry. (I see someone else mentioned that as well.)I also thought that should have been the ending. The next section felt tacked on and pointless. "Ooh, Toby is tired, overworked, underfed, stressed, and going toe-to-toe with a Big Bad." It wasn't needed. (Having started the next book, I see why the Big Bad had to die, but that could have been during the scuffle with her friends/rescuers.)
andreablythe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the third book of the October Daye series, both faery and human children are going missing. Set to find and save the children, Toby finds herself on several dark and dangerous roads that lead to Blind Michael and his wild hunt. Toby also unfolds and grows along her journey, and we learn some surprising things about why she flings herself so savagely into danger. Her relationships with all the various infuriating, strange, humorous, and lovable characters surrounding her also grow. Seanan McGuire's writing is getting better with each book, and she has a knack for keeping the action and tension high, making An Artificial Night supremely readable, the very definition of a page turner.
Aerrin99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alright, that's it - I'm thoroughly hooked on McGuire's Toby Daye, and I'll be pre-ordering her next book pretty much now. There's a shift here from the in-and-out world of fae and humans that has filled the previous two books to a story that takes place almost entirely in the faerie Summerlands, and because of that, the creepy is seriously cranked up several notches. Blind Michael is an excellent villain, the Luidaeg's magic is fantastically wonderful and strange, and the haunting refrains of children's songs made parts of this book feel like a tale right out of your childhood nightmares. Once again, McGuire shows up as the author who is absolutely the best at making the world of faerie the richest, most complex, most /dangerous/. I've read a number of other series that dabble in this world, but nothing comes close to McGuire's vision. It's a literary joy with references to mythology and Shakespeare and everything else sprinkled in, but it's also dark and full of mystery and, consequently, packed chock-full of tension and good story.The characters get better with every book. Toby in particular shines here - I loved exploring her heroic side and touching on the dark places from which that aspect of her is born. I also adored the Luidaeg here, as well as the usual cast - Simon, Luna, Quentin, Lily, Tybalt. McGuire is amazingly deft at growing characters with a light touch, a detail here and there, until they are rich and wonderful. There are growing hints about the importance of Toby's mother, Amadine, and I can't wait to see how they pan out. One of my favorite things about McGuire is her ability to plant seeds and wait for them to grow properly, as well as to call back to earlier events. Her continuity is lovely - we see that strongly in this book in a scene where those who care about Toby, for one reason or another, all end up in the same place, and it's a bit overwhelming to see the lives she's touched in just two previous volumes. If you like urban fantasy, faeries, or just kick-ass heroines, I can't recommend these books enough.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book bothered me on several levels. Honestly, if I didn't already own the third book, I might not have continued the series. In this case, I'm glad I did. An Artificial Night is taut, dark, and brilliant in execution. The suspense is there right from the start, and it had a Dresden Files-like feel where Toby's situation felt downright impossible more than once yet she somewhere managed to scrape through. She sure does bleed a lot, though.The supporting case is very strong as well. In particular, I love the way her relationship with the Luidaeg has developed from book to book. I'm less thrilled with the other male leads, as sometimes the series feels like "every adult male must be in love with Toby," and I've seen too many other urban fantasies do that same thing. That said, Tybalt is awesome.
MyBookishWays on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Better than the first two, and I thought they were amazing! Can't wait for the next!!
MargK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third installment in the October Daye series and, in my opinion, the best. In fact, it has now propelled this series to almost the very top of my Absolute Must Read list, coming in second to the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. From book one, I was a fan, but now I'm also an addict, itching to get my next fix.I think what really made this book rise above the previous two installments is its plot. The stories Seanan McGuire crafts are always exciting and fascinating. This time, the action was virtually nonstop and there were unexpected twists & developments starting in chapter two and continuing through to the very end. I never knew what was going to happen next; I was on the edge of my seat the whole entire time. Toby was taken to hell and back with multiple return trips. Despite the tense roller coaster ride, the plot never seemed convoluted. On the contrary, it was tightly & deftly woven without obstructive loose threads or questionable plot devices. The story made sense and was brimming with suspense, danger, and full-bodied emotions.Another aspect that I can't help rave about is the rich assortment of characters and their development. Toby is of course the standout. She is funny, smart, brave, and completely devoted to the people she cares about. No matter how great the trouble, she will not stand idly on the sidelines while innocent people (human or faerie) are threatened. She has values and principles that she holds steadfast to no matter what. And despite being totally kick-ass, she has a vulnerable side. Toby isn't too proud to admit to being scared and tired of constantly having to fight. She knows that others look at her as a hero, and she acknowledges and partially resents the weight of that responsibility. There were several moments in the book that made my heart break a little for Toby and made her that much more real to me. One such moment was when she asked where her hero was. I seriously wanted to jump into the book and tell her, "You're not alone; I've totally got your back, girl."The other characters are also well fleshed out with very distinct and entertaining personalities. What's really great (and something you don't always see in other books) is how, in addition to the protagonist, some of the supporting characters grow and change throughout the series. Take for example the Luidaeg. She was introduced in the previous installment as a scary sea witch that didn't care about anything or anyone besides herself. She was mean, kinda crazy, and didn't seem to have much of a conscience. Now, she has developed an unlikely friendship with Toby that has notably chipped away at the ice that has surrounded her heart for countless years. She's still foulmouthed and intimidating, but she is starting to care and actually take action to help Toby in her endeavors to protect others. This also brings up the point of the wonderfully complex relationships that are further explored in this book. Despite trying to keep everyone at arm's length for fear of getting them hurt, Toby is surrounded by people that care about her. The relationships she has with each one of these people are unique and deep. The one relationship that I'm particularly fascinated by is the hate-love dynamic between Toby and Tybalt, the sexy king of cats. It's both entertaining and frustrating how dense she is about the obvious fact that she holds a very special place in his heart. I have a feeling that when Seanan McGuire decides to finally give this relationship more story time, some serious sparks are gonna fly.Finally, I have to mention the writing. It is beautiful and witty. Seanan McGuire truly knows how to bring Toby's world to life. The environments are vividly described¿some breathtaking and others gritty. There is lots of rich mythology that plays an intricate and profound role in the story development. And Toby's voice is wonderfully expressive and emotive.Bottom Line:This is a must read. If you want an action-packed, sus
GirlMisanthrope on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent addition to the series. Fae children are being taken in the night. October appoints herself their savior and begins a tireless mission to find them. Even when her Fetch, a portent of her imminent death shows up at her door, she perseveres. Blind Michael, one of the First Born and therefore very powerful, is stealing children and mutating them into monsters. The action is nonstop. There are some sparks between Toby and Connor and between Toby and Tibalt, something the author is (smartly) spooling out slowly throughout the series. I enjoyed it, only curious about why Toby carries the mantle of saving everyone around her with or without help.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very rich. It gave me some odd echoes, because I already have stories in my head with Babylon and Tam Lin, but this one has a good deal of power to it. Toby's dealing with serious power here - and she finally admits both that she's a hero and that she has real friends. And that she has a death wish... The immediate story is impressive enough, the hints for the future are fascinating. And Toby's dealing with a lot of Firstborn and more-powerful-than-she-knew people. Secrets and lies, truth and mysteries. Very very rich. I need the next (last?) book now, please.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this third installment in the October Daye series, author Seanan McGuire delivers another exciting fast-paced urban fantasy set in a lush vivid, yet dark world that draws readers in and won't let them leave. With characters that are just as fascinating as the plot and the world, An Artificial Night is so mesmerizing that you'll desperately be looking for the next installment as soon as you finish the last page -I know I was.Wise-talking, multi-faceted half-fae detective Toby Day is back, but isn't too happy to encounter May Day, a creature known as her "Fetch" -an ominous omen that pointed to the end for Toby. Soon after, Toby gets word that Blind Michael, the lord of the Wild Hunt, is kidnapping fae and human children to replenish his riders. Toby goes after Michael to bring the children back while discovering some fascinating inner strengths and truths about herself.Spinning another spellbinding tale, An Artificial Night is a great addition to any paranormal fan's library that will satsify fans of the previous novels while still converting new fans. Be warned though, if you haven't read the two other books in the series, Rosemary and Rue and A Local Habitation, you'll be pretty lost, so I'd suggest starting with Rosemary and Rue. But let me warn you now -once you start, you'll get addicted.Can't wait for Late Eclipses to drop in March 2011.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children have gone missing--changeling, fae, and human--and Toby sets out to find and return them, putting herself in deadly peril.McGuire's faeryland is not a safe place, and there is always a price to be paid. The question is whether it will be too high.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was lukewarm with "Rosemary and Rue". I thought the world was over-complicated and confusing. I never warmed up to the characters. Then I really enjoyed the second book, which reminded me of an Agatha Christie whodunit. "An Artificial Night" is the best of the trio. There is everything to like about this book. The characters have finally been fleshed out. Toby is likeable (except one quirk which I will get to in a second), Tybalt, the king of the cats, is amazing and I am half in love with Spike the rosebush gnome. Quinton is here again, and I have to say he is one of my favorite tagalongs in literature. The world is still vast and intricate and it takes some dedication to work your way through these books. The bad guy in this book is a truly horrifying bad guy. He prey upon young children turning them into other...things. Things aren't easy for Toby and she suffers a lot along the way. Her friends are one of my favorite things about this book. They rally together and help her over and again. She needs them and part of her recognizes she can't do it alone, although she does try. The reader truly is made to feel for Toby and the others, including Quinton, who have to deal with the horrors of the happenings of this story. Everything that happens has a consequence and not everyone always gets a happily ever after. Thats part of what makes this 'fantasy' novel so realistic. A couple of pet peeves, that still couldn't manage to detract from my enjoyment of this novel. Toby has a quirk that I can't stand. She has a hero complex. If I read the word hero once in this book, I read it 500 times. It was all "When did I become a Hero?", "I don't want to be a Hero", and then "Oh gosh darn, I AM a HERO". It was annoying and distracting. Toby needs to learn to like herself. I am hoping she has already started to. The other thing is the introduction of a new character who seems to have no purpose. Maybe she will somewhere down the road, but I can't decide if I am supposed to like her or not. If she doesn't serve some purpose in the next book I will be completely confused. Still if you haven't visited this series, do so now. It is truly one of the most unique and enjoyable out there.
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.