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One Salt Sea

(October Daye #5)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  17,650 ratings  ·  962 reviews
October "Toby" Daye is finally doing all right—and that inevitably means it's time for things to take a turn for the worse. Someone has kidnapped the sons of the Duchess Dianda Lorden, regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must not only find the missing boys, but also prove that the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abd ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by DAW
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Ahmad Sharabiani
One Salt Sea (October Daye #5), Seanan McGuire

October "Toby" Daye is finally doing all right—and that inevitably means it's time for things to take a turn for the worse.

Someone has kidnapped the sons of the Duchess Dianda Lorden, regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist.

To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must not only find the missing boys, but also prove that the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction.

She'll need all her tricks and the help of her allies if she wants to m
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
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Wow.. this was sad ( ಡ ﹏ ಡ)

October, Toby, Daye is back with her sharp wit and sassy personality. Honestly this girl is seriously bulking her resume, bitch is just doing everything getting it all done just what what


I really kinda struggled to write this review. Looking back, I had saved all these great quotes reflecting the fun characters, worldbuilding and great writing that first made me start this series.

But I remember how I felt while reading this. Disappointed.

This book... is fucking sad
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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?
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

These books . . . GAH.

Escalation is a hard thing to maintain in a series. Every new installment (hopefully) raises the bar higher, every foundation laid that comes to fruition, every sign of affection between love interests, etc.

An exceptional author maintains the slow burn of the myriad elements in such a way that her readers are captivated.

Seanan McGuire is one such author, and OCTOBER DAYE is one such series.

The setting:

I've always loved the idea of an entirely separat
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Toby and her motley crew save the day again. I like October. She keeps on truckin' whatever is thrown at her and picks up loyal followers as she goes. There is Danny the troll, May the fetch, Tybalt and Connor, Quinn and Raj and the Luidaeg. Her new home of GoldenGreen is typically Toby- there are bogeys and pixies colonising the place and they are allowed to stay. Toby's powers have improved since her blood has been changed. All good stuff. Without spoilers, I'll just say that I'm now hoping th ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Angela James
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2011
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
h o l l i s
What I find interesting about this installment is that while I was still mostly bored in the lead-up to the climax, I wasn't annoyed about as many things as I usually am. Either I'm being innoculated to this world or it really wasn't as frustrating as the books that came before or a bit of a break did a world of good. Also, what I was warned would annoy me.. didn't. At least not much. Mostly because I was resigned to it but, also, all the spouting off of randomness and foreshadowing.. well, fore ...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
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.)

Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
It's the weirdest thing, I was all for some of the things that happened and then I somehow got sad while they happened. Go figure 🤷
Oh, and there are honest to God mermaids. My eight year old self was doing cartwheels throughout the whole thing 🧜🤯

Over and out
And I thought the last book was rough! *wipes tears*
Just when Toby finally feels like she has her life pretty figured out someone kidnaps the sons of Duchess Lorden from Saltmist, an undersea duchy that happens to be the court of Mists closest neighbour. Duchess Lorden believes that the queen of mists is behind the kidnapping and she has promised all out war between the land and sea if her sons are not returned to her safely. Toby doesn't just need to find the boys, she also needs to prove her queen's innocence or they will all be forced into a w ...more
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Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
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.

More thoughts:
Robin (Bridge Four)
Another week another October Skye book with my UF friends at at Buddies Books & Baubles

4.75 Salty Tear Stars

Color me invested in this series, I’m pretty sure that is some sort of pink color reminiscent of a sunrise and it smells a little like a blend of pennyroyal and copper

Just so we are clear I AM IN….I think the last book was the one that pretty well sold me on the October Daye series but THIS is the book the put the last nail in that coffin and now I will ride this out until the very end
Missing children. Undersea Knowes. Fae wars.
Hopefully, anyone who saw a woman riding a screaming mermaid in a wheelchair down Leavenworth at a quarter to give in the morning would just think they'd had too much to drink.
Re-read: January 2019

In the fifth installment of October Daye, the shit is once again about to hit the fan. And if things go wrong this time, it won't just result in Toby's death, but in the war that could kill thousands. You can see how stakes are even higher now.

This is
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This time, October Daye, changeling faerie knight and countess must solve a kidnapping case in order to prevent a war between land and sea. If she failed to find the kidnapped victims and called the villains out within three days, her loved ones are going be in a world of trouble and bloodshed.

This fifth book of the series is still going strong, it's entertaining, eventful, has badass and interesting characters, and the story goes with an impressive ending plot twist. 4.9 stars.

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Ranting Dragon
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Got an ARC of this and man was it good.

I got to read this in one sitting and man was it great. I liked that the way the storyline can either be read in the sequence or as a stand alone with enough info sprinkled in so you are not totally lost. Toby deals with finding out more about herself and the changes her mother did to her in the last book. She also has 3 days to stop a war between land fey and the sea fey. Due to story constraints you don't get enough sea fey but it is certainly a rich enou
Rylee Richard
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Sigh. Such a somber end.

It feels like the theme is sacrifice, with a pinch of The Little Mermaid. Connor is a much bigger character, and I feel like this was his biggest role to date. Kinda thought it’d be like that since “sea” is mentioned in the title, so that’s not misleading. Tybalt is there more than I thought, given that Connor’s progression feels like a more important focus. More questions are answered — what happened to Rayseline after the last book, what Luidaeg was up to during the la
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading Romance

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 rated it it was amazing
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
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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

Other books in the series

October Daye (1 - 10 of 17 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)
  • Chimes at Midnight (October Daye, #7)
  • The Winter Long (October Daye, #8)
  • A Red-Rose Chain (October Daye, #9)
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