The start of An Artificial Night is deceptively simple. Children are disappearing from their beds. Not just any children but children that Toby knows and loves. When her Fetch, the harbringer of her death, arrives, it doesn't stop Toby from finding those kids and bringing them home. Even when the trail leads to an ancient being who doesn't like to lose. How far will Toby be willing to go to save the innocent?
As a child and young adult, I loved fairy stories. Oh, at first, I liked the sweet, cutesy stories but as I matured, I discovered the real faery stories. Stories filled with trickery and beauty, monsters and magic. Then I discovered movies such as Legend, Labyrinth, and the like. But no book, no tale of fiction captured that wonder, that magic, and the fear of the unknown until An Artificial Night. I didn’t want to leave this book for a moment. I devoured it in slow bites like you would cheesecake. I didn’t want to miss a word, a nuance of Toby’s tale. While this is the third in the series, Toby has hit her stride and has come to accept that she is a hero and heroes never die of old age. She is working with her strengths instead of fighting them. She is such a wonderful character, so true to her nature doing everything and anything she can to help the missing children get home. When her Fetch arrived on her doorstep, I didn’t think I would like her since she is there to escort Toby to the Other Side and because May is so different from Toby but it works for her. She helps Toby out and while Toby has people in her life who do that, it doesn’t hurt to have one more. For all you Tybalt fans, of which I am one, he does have some page time in this one but not enough for me. Hopefully, one day we will get the scoop on what is going on between Toby and him. The language that Ms. McGuire uses is so evocative, so poetic that I would love to hear it read aloud. Anyone who loves urban fantasy should be reading this series as it is the ultimate in the genre. Ms. McGuire, please don’t ever stop writing amazing tales and sharing them with us.
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.