One Salt Sea (October Daye #5)
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...more
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...more
And yeah, I have to say it - I adore Tybalt. Does anyone not adore Tybalt?
I loved how much Tybalt was involved throughout this story, just being there for Toby when she really needed his support. You can see her eyes gradually opening to what he is about. Connor I've never been to fussed on but he does have his moments in this story also. Reysel plays her part as the broken daughter of Sylvester and the Ludeiag is quite involved once again.
Actually this book felt...more
I love Toby as a character so much - I also love that McGuire is able to put her in constant peril without sacrificing characterization or making the whole book seem like an out-of-control...more
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...more
After the events of this book, I do look forward to the next installme...more
Another absolutely amazing and brilliant addition to this series. I had to stop at a few points near the end because the intensity was j...more
It opens with Sylvester taking advantage of her new, more fae abilities -- with some backfill on why (for short, Late Eclipses) -- to teach her more swordplay. And to ask Toby to formally take on Quentin as her squire. Even her objection that she's gotten Quentin shot can't keep him from persuading her to do it.
It's when she gets home with Quentin that things get interesting. Because the Luidaeg is there. To collect. Toby had said that she did...more
I didn't think McGuire could possibly up the stakes any more than she did in the last two books, but I guess WAR is pretty stake-upping! These books just escalate and escalate and they are SO GOOD!
(view spoiler)[OMG AND SO FREAKING DEVASTATING. I predicted Connor's death way at the beginning of the book, when I texted Katie something like, "I hope Connor doesn't have to die for her to get with Tybalt! I want them to just amicably go separate ways! I love Connor!" And I was SO RIGHT to be sc...more
Lot of respect for McGuire as an author for this one; I'm not sure, chronologically, if it was written between the Newsflesh books (her best works, IMHO), but I suspect so. The writing has jumped another notch here, both in terms of plot and characterisation. As I've mentioned in previous book reviews, I do get the sense that a lot of the backstory and plot has been worked out beforehand, and is...more
Toby is trying to find two missing fae children to prevent a war that puts her in opposite sides with one of her best friends. Things get worse when her own daughter is abducted and Toby realized that an old enemy is behind it.
By the time this adventure is over, Toby's life has changed more than she could have expected. (view spoiler)[I haven't really been a fan of Connor's but I wasn't expecting his death to be the way he left the picture, either. Gillie's decision, a...more
I feel as the author's strengths lie in the world that she has laid out for the reader--the n...more
Toby is trying to get used to being the Countess of Goldengreen. She has all of Lily's people living there. Her romantic life has changed too. She is with Connor (why, why why!!!). Her friends Danny, May, Raj are all there. Quentin is becoming her squire. She is surrounded by good friends who are becoming family.
But war is brewing between the land and the sea.
Someone has kidnapped the sons of the Undersea Duchess, Dianda.
The Queen of Mists doesn't care, she believes she...more
The children of the Duchess of Saltmist, an Undersea realm bordering the Kingdom of Mists, have been kidnapped. Worse, the suggestion is that the Kingdom of Mists is involved – war is very much in the air. But it’s a war the Kingdom of Mists will not be able to win – and even if they did, the cost in immortal fae lives would be far too high.
The only chance to stop a war is to find the children – u...more
Oh, and mostly because October is mostly silent. She is verbose in a flippant way, and that's a terrible combination, along with her attitude issue. She's...more
Toby’s life is so not boring… But at least One Salt Sea waits (almost) a few chapters before throwing her into chaos. Again.
She’s trying to re-learn her body, thanks to her mother’s actions in Late Eclipses (not that she’s complaining–at least she’s alive!). And figuring out what it can do by sword-training with Sylvester. If that’s not enough, she’s worrying about Tybalt. Spending time with Connor. Hanging with May. Settling Lily’s people in at Goldengreen… And it all comes to...more
Seanan is a brilliant writer and One Salt Sea is the best installment in the series to date. The. Best. It blew my mind on so many different levels. I wasn’t sure where Seanan could go after the dramatic events and revelations of Late Eclipses, which culminated in Tob...more
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...more
Toby (October) is taking a little break and trying to get her life together. She is the Countess of Goldengreen now and has subjects to manage there, Quentin is officially her squire, and her and Connor have started dating...not to...more
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...more