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Preview — One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
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
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And yeah, I have to say it - I adore Tybalt. Does anyone not adore Tybalt?
After the events of this book, I do look forward to the next installme ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Dear Seanan: I do not think you have to worry. o_O
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
Conflict among allies has receded to a few witty exchanges, and much of th ...more
* 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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 is investigating the disappearance of the two sons of the undersea Duchy of Saltmist. Their regents believe the ...more
No, really, it was amazing! To the point where all I want to do is flap my hands and squee over it. Because Toby was awesome and kicked ass and had to make hard life choices without flinching. And she didn't suck at being a detective! And she didn't get beat within an inch of her life! And she didn't have to rely on some stupid loophole to get the baddie! She was just her sorta-fail self and that rocked hard core.
And, yes, I said sorta-fail self. Because, come on, it's Tob ...more
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 ...more
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
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