An Artificial Night (October Daye Series #3)

An Artificial Night (October Daye Series #3)

by Seanan McGuire
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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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