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One Salt Sea (October Daye #5)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  8,769 ratings  ·  514 reviews

October "Toby" Daye is settling into her new role as Countess of Goldengreen. She's actually dating again, and she's taken on Quentin as her squire. So, of course, it's time for things to take a turn for the worse.

Someone has kidnapped the sons of the regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must find the missing boys and prove

ebook, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Penguin Group
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Wow. I can't discuss this without giving too much away. But I really like the way Seanan McGuire has introduced new elements that will be pertinent to the long arc, and will keep us engaged in the story from one book to the next, without needing to resort to some low-rent, wanna-be cliff-hanger tactic. Seriously, this is the way to keep someone musing about what's to come.

And yeah, I have to say it - I adore Tybalt. Does anyone not adore Tybalt?
One Salt Sea is, without surprise, the strongest installment of the October Daye series to date. Toby is drawn into a desperate effort to stop an impending war from taking place between land and sea when the children of the Duchess of Saltmist go missing and the Mists appear to be of blame. Her debts to the Luidaeg have been called in, and it doesn’t take long to realize that if the battle occurs, the land will be at the greatest loss. As a new Countess, Toby must work to protect her own subject ...more
So I reviewed the first in this series and enjoyed it pretty much, even though there were some uneven parts. For some reason I didn't feel compelled to pick up the second in the series immediately and just forgot about it, but people kept recommending it to me so I went and ordered the second on kindle, or so I thought. I actually accidentally purchased this one, #5, and I have to say I regret not keeping up with the series, it was QUITE enjoyable! It's done well and the Faerie world is very int ...more
Everything changes... And this was a transitional book in the Toby series. A book about love and loss, honor and infamy, motherhood (from at least four different perspectives), letting go when you have to and saving what you can. (Note to Author: I see what you did there, making me love The Luidaeg and Tybalt and Toby and May even more. It makes me patient enough to wait a whole year for the next Toby book while trembling slightly at the thought of just what '*Ashes* of Honor' might entail.)

Angela James
So far my least favorite of the series. I think this is due, in part, to the larger role of Connor, a character I have never cared for. I think he's a weak character, and I've always felt that October's infatuation with him makes her seem like a weaker character. It doesn't feel like adult feelings, so much as lingering feelings from another lifetime, when she was a different person, while he, meanwhile, has been always weak.

After the events of this book, I do look forward to the next installme
Sigh. I keep waiting for these books to get better and they really don't. The whole series has so much potential but it just never develops. In theory, a changeling knight with a hero complex who spent 14 years as a fish would be an awesome main character. Instead, it takes us ages to learn what's so awesome about Toby (the first changeling knight ever! You'd think the whole thing was part of her identity or something) and how she changed from delinquent changeling to knight in shining armor. Oh ...more
Ranting Dragon

The fifth book in New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series, One Salt Sea picks up one month after the events of book four, Late Eclipses. A changeling (part fae, part human) knight turned Countess, October “Toby” Daye’s life is finally beginning to take on some semblance of “normal”—she’s becoming more comfortable with her role as nobility, actually dating again, and her life is starting to look up. That is, until war is threa
It’s been a month since the defeat of Oleander de Merelands, since the Duke’s mad daughter Rayseline went on the lam, and since October Daye was brought back from the brink of death and restored to the power level she should have had all along.

This is a lot to deal with, and now there’s a new problem in Faerie. The two sons of a mermaid Duchess have been kidnapped. Unless they can be found, the sea fae will declare war upon those of the land, with disastrous casualties for both sides. If anyone
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
The fifth book in October Daye series, One Salt Sea, picks up one month after the events of book four, Late Eclipses. Someone has kidnapped the children of the Duchess of the undersea courts of Saltmist. Toby only has three days to find the kids, and in doing so, clear her Queen’s name and stave off a war between the land and sea Fae.

One of the things I love about this series is the incredibly detailed worldbuilding. I've read many series involving the Fae but this one seems particularly vivid a
When a kidnapping threatens to spark a war between the land fae and their dangerous cousins from the sea, everyone that October Daye cares about is in the line of fire.

We get to explore a new area of faerie this time, one that Toby doesn’t know much about. A couple of the established characters have connections to the Undersea, though, which brings up some interesting complications. There are plenty of twists that involve purely land-based drama as well, including several major shocks to both To
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If you haven’t read any of the October Daye series, you are seriously missing out, as Toby Daye is my all-time favorite Urban Fantasy heroine! I don’t say that lightly, as I like a lot of Urban Fantasy. But McGuire’s books set in San Francisco and the world of Faerie stand out among the UF crowd because of her taut writing, fascinating characters, and complex plots. Toby is one of the most compelling heroines I’ve read, mainly becaus
The Flooze
Ah, Toby. Your world wasn’t difficult to get into, but I’ve still traveled a hard road to get where we are today. You used to frustrate the hell out of me, yet we’ve come to an understanding. So much so that I’ve even chosen to remove you from my Glutton For Punishment shelf. Kudos! I hope you stay off it.

One Salt Sea finds Toby a tad more adept at researching clues - if only because she’s now willing to call in people with real expertise. That mitigates her fumbling, round-about methods. She’s
In one of her relatively recent blog posts, Seanan McGuire mentioned that One Salt Sea was the book that would have to keep people interested enough in Toby's story to come back to it after an entire year, as opposed to the about-six months we've had been each of the first five installments.

Dear Seanan: I do not think you have to worry. o_O
Best of the series so far. Action packed and all the Tybalt moments! I feel like we've hit a sweet spot in Toby's story and I like it.
Got an ARC of this and man was it good.
For three quarters of this book, I had it marked down at three stars, because I had a bit of trouble connecting with it. Toby seemed initially to be just sliding across the top of things, rather than being fully involved, and the sequesnce of events seemed to me to be a bit pedestrian.

I've put some of that down to Toby being relatively "happy" compared to how we have seen her to date, and consequently, the book lacked a certain amount of conflict, which for me, keeps things lively, and which we
RIP Conner. Poor October. Glad Dean got Goldengreen. What bill is the Luidaeg talking about? It was interesting to find out why the Luidaeg hates and loves the Selkies. Can't wait to read Ashes of Honor.
Seanan McGuire's fifth October Daye novel takes the best of what we've seen before and combines it into a strong and painful new challenge. Again, Toby rides (or limps) out on a personal crusade to save lost children, this time with the goal of stopping a war between the land Fae of the Kingdom of the Mists and the Fae of, well, the Pacific Ocean (Dutchy of Saltmists). The full cast of characters is out in force with her.

Conflict among allies has receded to a few witty exchanges, and much of th
3.5 stars- This review is for this book only and not the series. What this book brings to the series ...


* Another fast paced read.

* We are introduced to the Undersea. Toby travels underwater to investigate kidnappings. 5 books in and we are still getting introduced to a new world. Way to keep the series fresh!

* A new world comes with new characters to enjoy.

* I was worried we wouldn't get enough Tybalt. But I was happy with the time we get with him. Once again he comes to her aid.

* The
This book has a very unique "voice". I found the first one "Rosemary and rue" somewhat bitter and tragic. The second very claustrophobic. The third an amazing adventure, a dark tale, impossible to let go. The fourth the beggining of changes. And this one, a landmark, in a way, that some paths are closed forever, and others are just waiting for a new story to unfold.
To say that i like this series is a understatement. There are things one instinctively likes. Or not. To me it was the first case. I
Wow!!! Again!!! These books have all been amazing and this one is no different. I actually cried a few times through this, heartbreaking at times!

October's adventures this time see her trying to prevent a war between the land and the sea, this, in turn, see's her travelling underwater, something we all know at this point she won't enjoy!

Rayseline, still the bitch, Dugan, still the git, and both cause so much hurt in this book, it just makes me want to strangle them! Quentin, adorable as always,
I said this when I wrote the review for the last book, but this series just kept getting better, so it was worth to say it again!!!

October Daye, or Toby in short, had an interesting life - it was never boring. In fact, it could be downright frightening, because she was only involved in situations that were life-threatening, dire, and this time, it had to do with an impending fae war between the land and the sea!!

I would not give a synopsis of the book here, but rather I'd just like to quickly wr
Dramatic. I wish I had not read a spoiler.
Ok, so - this is one of the better books in the series but by far my least favorite. I think this is due to the role of Connor.

I have never cared for Conner. As a character I think he's weak... and I've always felt that Toby's infatuation with him made her seem weak as well. Their entire romance was weak!
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I just never bought into them as a couple. Conner was slimy (& it had nothing to do with him being one of the Water fae!) I mean... check his record! He wasn't exactly a model husband, ya
This is my favorite book yet in the series, threads from many previous books weave into this one, no surprise, after reading the wonderful quote from which the title is taken:

As many arrows, loosed several ways, come to one mark;
As many ways meet in one town;
As many streams meet in one Salt sea;
So may a thousand actions, once afoot, end in one purpose.
-William Shakespeare, King Henry V

Toby, as always, is caught up in righting a wrong, a terrible deed which will lead to war if not resolved. Once
This book is by far my favorite so far in this series. October is thrown into investigating and finding the missing sons of the ruler of the UnderSea after a request from the Sea Witch. What follows is discovery and heartbreak over and over.

I could not put this book down because I kept waiting to see what was going to happen next. Toby is much more grown up in this book having moved past the 'I don't care if I live or die stage' from the last few books. She's finally dating (even though I wish i
These books keep getting better and better.

That is not to say that the previous books sucked. On the contrary, they keep building upon one another, expanding the mythology and world-building and character development. This book would not be as excellent as it is without four previous books to build upon. But, as the latest installment in a series I run out to buy the day it comes out, it just keeps getting better.

This book has Toby trying to stop a war between Undersea and the not-all-there Quee
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the October Daye urban fantasy series based in San Francisco and revolving around Toby Daye, a private detective for humans and the fae.

The Story
Life is good. Well, as good as it's gonna get when Sylvester insists on teaching Toby how to use a sword and saddling Toby with a squire. Even worse, Quentin wants to be her squire! Still, life is good. All the changelings who used to live in Lily's Court in Golden Gate Park have all moved to Toby's knowe, Goldengreen. May has settled in as her
I rather enjoyed the last book prior to this one. Quite a bit, actually. This storyline less so. A lot more characters were introduced, a war was announced, and an important person to Toby dies. Not to mention the use of children to further the story in this particular book that kind of grated on my nerves.

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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and
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October Daye (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1)
  • A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)
  • An Artificial Night (October Daye #3)
  • Late Eclipses (October Daye #4)
  • Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)
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