Saturday, November 8, 2014

SUNNY - BOOK REVIEW: "An Artificial Night" by Seanan McGuire

An Artificial Night 
by Seanan McGuire
Book 3 in the October Daye Series

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.

I'm learning to really like these characters. The beauty of a long-running series is the time and ability to really explore characters. The drawback? I'm a little frustrated that it is taking longer than I normally like to see the relationships develop. I already love Quentin. I enjoyed learning more about Luna. I want to know more about Sylvester, Luidaeg, and of course, the elusive and mysterious Tybalt. With all the mysteries and adventures Toby is involved in, I think by this point, she could use more than a hint of a love interest.

The thing I like most about October's character is that despite the fact that she is half fae, she is still so vulnerable on so many levels. Physically, this girl gets hurt ALOT! Emotionally, she both needs and dreads connection with people. Having had her heart shattered, she is terribly gun-shy. Who can blame the girl? As a heroine, she's gutsy but not necessarily kick-ass. She survives on her moxy, snarkiness, courage and a lot of luck. 

This is the type of series that is best savored and not rushed through and devoured. So then ok, when can I start the next book? 


  1. Take time to explore the series gradually, duly noted. I've got book #1 ! I love strong heroins, not necessarily kickass, but strong inside, thanks for sharing :)

    1. Definitely. This series is one to be savored, but don't wait too long in between books because there are a LOT of secondary characters.