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An Artificial Night Read Along {Week 1}

An Artificial Night Read Along

Week 1

It’s time for our next read along in the October Daye series :D. We’ve started book three, An Artificial Night, and there’s plenty of time still to join us if you’d like! Spoilers below for chapters 1-7.

1. The book opens with Toby at a birthday party for Mitch and Stacy’s youngest child, and follows with an early-morning meet-up with Connor. Both scenes serve to keep previously introduced characters in play and show us how life is progressing for Toby, but in very different ways. What do you make of these scenes after all that’s gone before?

I’m really happy that Toby is spending time with Mitch and Stacy again given how reticent she was to do so in previous books. The Connor situation is a bit awkward since I definitely understand them both needing a friend, but Ray is going to be a problem.

2. As we may have come to expect by now, things rapidly go downhill from there… What are your thoughts right now on this interpretation of the Wild Hunt?

Haha, so true! I’m kind of surprised that we got so much revealed so early. I assume there is more mystery in store besides just how Toby is going to win, but it’s funny going from Local Habitation where we knew absolutely nothing the whole time, to Luna giving us the whole story…. I was always told not to go out after dark between Halloween and Winter Solstice and to run if you hear bells, but it sounds like this is a different version of the Wild Hunt ;-).

3. And (because it wouldn’t be a Toby read along if I didn’t celebrate him) Tybalt is back! After what was apparently a lengthy absence… What do you suppose kept Tybalt away after the events in A Local Habitation…?

Something is definitely going on with him, though I have no idea what. I suspect he has his own politics issues or something happening, excited to find out!

4. Back to the real drama – Toby (eventually) gets some answers from Luna after a non-starter meeting with Lily. Everyone’s being mysterious, but Luna is acting especially strangely – as is Sylvester, who is openly unhappy with her about something… Any thoughts? Guesses? Suspicions?

It seems reasonable that this sort of situation has everyone on edge, but perhaps Luna has risked herself by telling Toby all this? I can see Sylvester being pissed about that, or perhaps Luna hasn’t told him everything she told Toby and that’s why she wanted to be alone with Toby…. Dunno!

How are you liking this book’s main plot?

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  1. You’re right – we’ve been thrown in head first! I cannot wait to see how it pans out but, like you, I expect events will get a lot darker and a lot more sinister!! The Wild Hunt is a fantastic theme and Blind Michael is somewhat terrifying!! He just seems completely unstoppable so I’m not sure how Toby will pull this one out of the bag. I expect everyone will leave it a little changed at least!

    I’m in the dark too with Sylvester and Luna…. all very suspicious indeed! Exciting though! :D
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  2. I too was surprised that we got so much of the mystery up front. So of course I wonder what more the author can have in store for us.

    I had not heard that about the Wild Hunt – no after dark rambles between Halloween and Winter Solstice and run if you hear bells. I expect that pranksters have the most fun in places with the strongest superstitions.
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    • This just means the book’s overall plot is going to be even more crazy isn’t it??? Haha definitely a correlation between pranks and superstitions

  3. I’m really liking it so far. Like you said it has a completely different set up doesn’t it – thrown straight in without the courtesy of a life jacket! It feels like there’s going to be some really deep and dark, sinister events and Blind Michael is going to be a very creepy character.
    I’m curious to find out what’s going on with Sylvester and Luna too and also about the mention that was made of Amandine.
    Lynn :D
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