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One Salt Sea (October Daye #5)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  12,170 Ratings  ·  679 Reviews
11 Compact Discs / 13 hours

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

Audio CD, Unabridged, 13 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published September 6th 2011)
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5.5 The feels!

The other books deserve 5 stars too but this one!!! OMG!
When everyone told me the series only gets better I admit, I was a bit doubtful. I mean, I already loved it, what more could I get?!
Oh, how wrong I was!

Yes, boys and girls, this series is really as good as they say. I haven't cried so much at a book in a long time and I admit, I love it!
I fell in love with all the characters, even the bad ones, and I hate to see some of them go. But that is life, I guess.

Anyway, it's the kind
Mar 27, 2011 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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?
Oct 15, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-favorites
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
Another fabulous fae book from Seanan McGuire. I was finishing it up in the lunch room at the museum where I work and was dismayed to find myself weeping uncontrollably. The military guys already have their misgivings about me and I really didn’t need to get all emotional over black squiggles on a slice of dead tree to prove to them that I’m a little different than they are. Fortunately, I had chosen an odd time to go for lunch and I got to cry surreptitiously. I went home and re-read the last f ...more
Nov 25, 2011 Lia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 06, 2011 Marzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.)

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
Jan 29, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
And I thought the last book was rough! *wipes tears*
Ranting Dragon
Sep 06, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: garrett

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
This book is like rolling your emotions in peanut butter, coating them in fire ants, jamming them in your pants, and then charging a hungry grizzly bear so it consumes you whole.

All in all, pretty great. Reading the next one immediately.

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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
Jun 22, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
One Salt Sea
4 Stars

When the Duchess of Satlmist's sons are abducted and she accuses the Queen of the Mists of the crime, October "Toby" Daye has her hands full trying to prevent a war between the land and the sea. As Toby follows the clues, she soon realizes that they lead in a disturbing direction and the culprit is someone not averse to striking closer to home than Toby expects.

This series is gaining in momentum and there are some significant developments in this installment that will obviousl
May 09, 2011 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-fiction
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
Jan 25, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf
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.
Apr 26, 2011 Glennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got an ARC of this and man was it good.
May 18, 2011 Ainslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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I will continue to buy anything and everything this woman writes. She makes me proud to be a human.
Oct 22, 2014 Sunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dramatic. I wish I had not read a spoiler.
Maria Dimitrova
Weekly buddy read with the UF lovers at BB&B

Another awesome novel in the OD series! It's both my favourite book in it so far and the least favourite one. Yeah, Seanan McGuire is good like that. That kind of conflict is rare these days.

The reasons why I hated the book are all connected to Connor O'Dell - Toby's childhood sweetheart. I had problems with his involvement with Toby from the beginning. He's just too... weak is not the right word, more like too soft for her. she rolls right over

06/04/2016 Yay, it's our weekly October Daye Buddy Read!!!!

“Everything has a cost, October; remember that. It may be a long time before the bill comes due, but everything has a cost.”

With this instalment, Toby is needed to stop a war. Someone has kidnapped the sons of the Duchess Dianda Lorden, the regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist, and the Luidaeg has requested Toby’s skills in finding the missing children. And she also needs to prove that the Queen of the Mists was not behind the

Oct 04, 2016 Duso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english
Damn, it's seriously good.
Lynn Williams
Oct 02, 2016 Lynn Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 of 5 stars
Another winner and an emotional ride!
The Toby Daye series has fast turned into a must read series for me and one where I’ve become very attached to the characters and One Salt Sea is another instalment that just ladles on the love. Yet again McGuire builds on the world, telling us more of the rules that bind the land of Faerie and introducing us to yet more characters whilst strengthening the relationships of those that we already know. One S
Danielle (Danniegurl)
This one was for sure an emotional ride. So buckle up and be prepared.

The Undersea leader's children have been kidnapped and all evidence points suddenly to (view spoiler). The sea is going to declare war with Saltmist's Queen because they believe she may be behind it. October's job is to help prevent war, the sea witches bill comes to call and this is what Toby needs to do for her. Things though take a turn for the worst when (view spoiler)
Jun 08, 2011 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fantasy
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
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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)
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