[Review] An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

Fry's Reviews, Reviews 1 Comment 2nd July, 2014

[Review] An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuireAn Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #3
Published by DAW on September 7th, 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 354
Source: Purchase
Experience the thrill of the hunt in the third October Daye urban fantasy novel.

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.

This book took me almost a year to read. Not because it was bad– in fact, it’s probably my favorite October Daye book yet. And, yes, I’m fully aware that there are five more novels currently published. I will have to get to those eventually, because Seanan’s novels always completely mess with me.

No, the issue with this book was that it kept stressing me out. Toby is on a mission to find a bunch of missing children and has to confront one of the oldest and strongest of the fae. Every time I think she’d rescued everyone and everything is going to be hunky dory, she had to go back to Blind Michael’s lands. Every time this happened, I would stop reading for awhile because every time she would escape by the skin of her teeth. Yet, she kept going back because honor demanded it. And while I appreciate that in a character, you have to wonder a bit about her self preservation.

Anyway, I got through it. I’m a bit pensive about picking up another October book, but I’m also totally in love with the character and the fairy world painted. I will be revisiting this series soon.

Written by Fry


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