Review: An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

artificial nightReviewed by Jen

This is the book that I decided would make or break the October Daye series for me. I was not impressed with book one, but I soldiered on to book two, which was better… but I was still on the fence. Well, I’m glad I stuck with it, because the third time was definitely the charm. Reading this installment, I can see why there are so many fans of the series, and I know I will definitely keep reading.

More than anything, this book solidifies Toby’s identity as a hero. One of my complaints about Rosemary and Rue was that compulsion motivated the character’s actions. But now, she makes her choices and her sacrifices willingly, accepting the possible repercussions.  It really has changed her into a character I want to follow from one story to another… a character whose happiness I care about.

In this story, Toby is called to action when two of her friends’ children go missing, along with 5 of Tybalt’s young cats, and Quentin’s girlfriend.  We learn quickly that they have been snatched by Luidaeg‘s Firstborn brother, Blind Michael, to become part of the Wild Hunt. Toby must travel into his lands at great risk to herself to try and rescue the children.  Along the way, she must turn to the Luidaeg for help; she learns some of Luna’s secrets; and things get even more complicated with Tybalt… and that’s just the beginning.

This book felt different than the first two…. better. I think a big part of that is that Toby’s character is much clearer to me.  The danger/ action part of the plot is interesting and easy to understand, plus, its pacing is good.  Toby is put through the wringer, taking one hit after another, never giving me an opportunity to take a break or put the book down. I felt her real investment in the outcome of her mission and it gave her actions weight and meaning.

Of course, the best parts of the book were in the relationships and interactions with the secondary characters. Quentin has become so pivotal to the books. He is such a great protege for Toby. It is awesome watching how she is shaping him. Luidaeg is one of the best characters in the series. She is so complex, but it’s also so simple how much Toby has come to mean to her. And then there is Tybalt.  Something needs to happen with Tybalt soon. Yes, I’m ok with this maybe-thing with Connor, but anyone with eyes can tell that Tybalt is the main course here. LET’S GET TO THAT, shall we?

I’m eager to see where Toby’s story will go next.  Now that she accepts her true nature, I have a feeling that the ride will only speed up from here.

Rating: B/B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

An Artificial Night
by Seanan McGuire
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Publisher: DAW


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