An Artifical Night by Seanan McGuire, Readalong No.3

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Today is week three of our readalong of An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) ) by Seanan McGuire) arranged by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow.  This week I am hosting the Q&A.  I have to say that this book is so good!  And I also have to say, who chose to end the chapters there exactly – oh the torture – we’re all looking at you Lisa!  Torture…..

The details are over here on Goodreads – the schedule is below.  If you want to join in or jump in with the comments then please do so.  Without further ado here are the questions and answers with a customary word of warning that spoilers will be lurking below:

Week 1: Saturday 9th April, Chapters 1-7, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Saturday 16th April, Chapters 8-17, hosted by Books By Proxy
Week 3: Saturday 23rd April, Chapters 18-24, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 4: Saturday 30th April, Chapters 25-End, hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow

1. We’ve seen a good deal more of May and her interactions with Toby – any speculation on how this might play out yet??

Well, I must confess that I’m liking May very much and in a strange and unexpected fashion I hope that she’s going to stick around.  Maybe she’ll be a permanent feature constantly reminding Toby of how close to death she becomes.  The fact is I’m not sure that she will stick around although I would like it if she did.  She seems to really be trying to help Toby which is so great because she’s absolutely working against her own objectives and that makes me think that maybe she’s going to take the fall here somehow because she’s started to care.  Somebody is going to have to pay Blind Michael somehow – unless he’s defeated, of course, so I’m thinking that maybe May will take Toby’s place at some point???  I hope not.  I’m hoping this will all work out.  But, at the end of the day she is Toby’s fetch and I definitely don’t want toby to die!

2. Tybalt – what did you make of his rather cryptic comment about what he found out and particularly that he now knows that Toby didn’t lie to him?

I am really puzzled by this and kind of hoping that somebody else can shed some light on it.  Tybalt is clearly looking into something and he obviously had a spell there where he suspected that Toby wasn’t being honest – or maybe he suspected everyone and has at least found out that Toby was being honest – but about what??  Chuck me a bone somebody???  Is it about Toby’s abilities or what she inherited from her mum??  He seemed really surprised in the last book when Toby resurrected somebody and I wonder if he thought this was something she was aware of already?

3. We finally discovered a little bit more about Luna. What are your thoughts on her now, why did she run away, thoughts about her character, why she sent Toby into Michael’s realm?

This is a very complicated situation.  She obviously ran away from home and she’s been hiding ever since – and quite successfully by the sounds of it.  It does make it a little bit clearer now as to why she always seems so sad and reflective.  I really don’t blame Luna for running away – things were obviously not okay.  As a result of course Michael now has the hunt and steals all these children to help him search for her (unless I’m reading it wrong) – she must feel so incredibly bad. If she wasn’t in hiding then surely Michael wouldn’t take these other children.  It’s a really awful situation and one that part of me thinks she needs to step up and do something – but then the other side of me completely understands why she’s staying in hiding!  It’s so incredibly conflicted.

4. What were your first impressions of the Court of Cats?

I loved paying a visit – I loved even more that they’re so selective who they let in – and yet even more I loved that Tybalt said that Toby is always welcome!  It kind of reminded me of the alleys and fight grounds in West Side Story.  I don’t know why and I can’t even describe it but that’s what it reminded me of!

5. And, finally, back to Tybalt – what on earth just happened!!

I don’t knowwwwwwww!  What just happened.  Is he just exhausted?  Has he travelled too far too fast.  Or has he taken Toby to somewhere that he can’t exist?  What happened.  I’m almost sure that Tybalt hasn’t died – almost!!!  However, there is still a tiny tremor of dread!  No, Ms Mcguire – just no.  No messing with the King of Cats!



5 Responses to “An Artifical Night by Seanan McGuire, Readalong No.3”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Ah May! Together with the Luidaeg she’s one of the best creations of this series – and I still manage a chuckle or two when I’m reminded of the in-joke about her full name being May Daye… 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really like May – I love the Luidaeg – she has to be my favourite character from the full series! Kind of weird to admit that given that she is supposed to be so nasty.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Danya @ Fine Print

    Tybalt can definitely be annoyingly cryptic but have no fear: you will eventually find out what he was on about! May is a great character, and so unique too. I can’t recall ever having read a UF book with a fetch character before!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh, I’m so pleased to discover we’ll find out what Tybalt is on about! I’m trying to think if I’ve ever read about a fetch charchter before now! Not sure though? Hey – are we reading the Brent Week’s book next month btw – if so, when do you want to start?

      • Danya

        Yeah, I’m still down! Hmm…maybe aim to start on the 5th and finish by the 9th? Is that too short s time? I will follow up on Twitter!

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