Changeling knight in the court of the Duke of Shadowed Hills, October “Toby” Daye has survived numerous challenges that would destroy fae and mortal alike.
Now Toby must take on a nightmarish new assignment. Someone is stealing both fae and mortal children — and all signs point to Blind Michael. When the young son of Toby’s closest friends is snatched from their Northern California home and his sister falls into a coma-like state, the situation becomes way too personal. Toby has no choice but to track the villains down, even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael’s realm — home of the legendary Wild Hunt — and no road may be taken more than once. If she cannot escape with all the children before the candle that guides and protects her burns away, Toby herself will fall prey to the Wild Hunt and Blind Michael’s inescapable power.
And it doesn’t bode well for the success of her mission that her own personal Fetch, May Daye - the harbinger of Toby’s own death — has suddenly turned up on her doorstep….
©2010 Seanan McGuire (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I thought I had this book already, because the description noted was for Book 2, A Local Habitation, in which Toby investigates January's problems in the Country of Tamed Lightening. This is Book 3, An Artificial Night. Correct description: Toby is dismayed to encounter her frighteningly upbeat Fetch, May Daye, a magical doppelgänger heralding her imminent demise. Hot on its heels comes the discovery that Blind Michael, lord of the Wild Hunt, has kidnapped a number of fae and human children--including several whom Toby considers family--to replenish his riders. Enjoyable addition to the series.
I purchased "An Artificial Night" after listening to the first two books on my iPod. I loved this book! The characters were well developed and the plot was excellent! The book has strong sequencing and the arc of the story was wonderful. I've read many, many SF-F books from all the highly acclaimed authors and this ranks right up with the best of them.
Purchase this title. You'll be glad you did.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
By the time I'm writing this the October Daye series has reached at least 7 books so I'm a bit behind, or I've been reading them out of order, which is entirely possible. Except for some references that I had to look up, the book stands alone pretty well. I generally like Seanan McGuire's writing though and I thought this story about children, Fae and human being stolen from their beds is fresh and interesting.
The story opens with October meeting her fetch-- the look alike who appears to someone before her death. The fetch is named May Daye which is painful given the fact that May is the opposite month from October and the use of May Day as code for a distress signal. Then the children of friends of her is stolen and Toby sets out to rescue them.
While it's not the greatest Urban Fantasy I have ever read it is quite good and entertaining.
Mary Robinette Kowal also does a good job with the narration. I found this an engrossing experience.
I fell in love with the Seanan McGuire / Mary Robinette Kowal pairing from the first book I listened to. Late Eclipses is a continuation of that awesome pairing. Mary's voice characterizations are just fabulous. I hope she reads my books some day.
I didn't care for the way this story was written. The story had a lot of promise, but I was distracted with Seanan McGuire's need to repeat everything a million times. It also seemed like the readers were not expected to be able to connect any dots at all. The written version of the book might be more tolerable. The reader could then skim over the many, many repeated facts, descriptions, and phrases that fill up the pages.
Great series. Sent my sister a gift of full set and she enoys it too
This is the one. This is the book that makes the series. If a series can't get you hooked by the third book, it won't. This book had me at the second, but this is the one where it really, really pulled me in.
If you have any interest at all in supernatural mysteries, buy this book, even if the first one didn't hook you.
Toby gets run near to death this time, and with good reason. She's got to pull out all the stops to save stolen children, and eventually, herself.
rambunctiously soft spoken.
We find our heroin in the dark and scary lands of Blind Michale ,one of the first born who has a thing for stealing children from there beds in the dead of night ,when he takes Toby's friends Mitch and Stacy kids she is on a mission to rescue them, but the price is a high one.
Seanan get's a little dark in this one and I don't scare easily but this was a little unnerving I love these books and I would recommend every single one I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did .
This is a VERY enjoyable series. It's a wonderful additional to the paranormal genre. If you're looking for a new series in this genre - you owe it to yourself to give this a try! Mary Robinette Kowal brings the characters of Toby Daye's world to life - highly recommended!
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