Review: An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

an_artificial_night - CopyAn Artificial Night
by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye series, book 3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Daw, 2010
E-book, Purchased
368 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: October “Toby” Daye is a changeling-half human and half fae-and the only one who has earned knighthood. Now she must take on a nightmarish new challenge. Someone is stealing the children of the fae as well as mortal children, and all signs point to Blind Michael. Toby has no choice but to track the villain down-even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael’s realm, home of the Wild Hunt-and no road may be taken more than once. If Toby cannot escape with the children, she will fall prey to the Wild Hunt and Blind Michael’s inescapable power.

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I enjoy this series so much, but I’d kind of lost track of it. I read this book when it came out in 2010, but I want to restart this series so I reread it. It’s excellent.

What I liked about this book:

  • Toby doesn’t give up. Despite setbacks she keeps trying to save these children.
  • Blind Michael is a terrifying character…stealing children is horrendous. He steals both fae and human children. Even so, the fae have turned their heads away from this for hundreds of years. Toby doesn’t.
  • The Luidaeg is a great secondary character in this series. She features prominently in this book.
  • Characters change and sometimes we find out more about them. It isn’t always pretty.
  • May Daye shows up. She’s Toby’s fetch–meaning Toby is expected to die soon. This shakes Toby, but she continues on anyway.

What I didn’t like:

  • Even though Toby has many allies and friends she’s essentially very alone. She’s afraid the people she loves will be hurt because of her. Or that these people will hurt her. It’s understandable considering her life, but she needs to grow up and realize she can’t control everything.Chimes at Midnight

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I’m so glad I’m getting back into this series. I’ve read the next two…still behind, but catching up…lol. A new book Chimes at Midnight was published the first part of September.

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Have you read this series and/or this book? I know some people don’t like Toby very well. What do you think of her?