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One Salt Sea: Book Five of Toby Daye (October Daye Series 5) Kindle Edition

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"One Salt Sea is the best October Daye book to date; everything that’s great about the series comes together in one book...McGuire’s usual beautiful writing and dark humor are present and accounted for. This has become one of my favorite urban fantasy series, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next." —

"Fans of the series will be completely swept up with this fifth book, hooked to the very end where they get some answers and finally enjoy that satisfied feeling that not many books deliver this well." —BookBanter

"...a strong installment in a reliably entertaining series." —Locus

"This author is consistently impressive, no matter what she writes, and I would urge you to pick up any of her novels and prepare to be entertained with a smart, witty and heartfelt tale." —Owlcat Mountain

About the Author

Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about any place capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren't). The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both have put her in the New York Times bestseller list. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She also writes under the name Mira Grant. She is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at

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  • File Size: 948 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Original edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054TVW3Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather. When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the "Velveteen vs." superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now.

Seanan's favorite things include the X-Men, folklore, and the Black Death. No, seriously. She writes all biographies in the third person, because it's easier that way.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on September 6, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 can find the boys before it's too late, it's Toby, though it'll mean facing her fear of the water. In a reversal of the fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," Toby goes to the sea witch (a.k.a. the Luideag) for a spell that will enable her to survive underwater. She investigates both land and sea in her search for the boys... and then the case takes a turn for the very, very personal.

In One Salt Sea, Seanan McGuire deepens her exploration of most of the major characters. In one of the book's most haunting scenes, she shows us just how broken Rayseline really is, making me pity her as much as I hated her. Another character, whom I'd found boring, won a bittersweet sort of admiration from me here. We learn more about Toby's Fetch, May: why she attached herself to Toby in the first place, and why she's still in existence. We see Toby's human ex and daughter again. We get tantalizing moments of Tybalt goodness. And Toby herself is compelling as always -- maybe even more so than usual, since this case strikes so close to home -- and as an added bonus, she's on the ball this time and there aren't any moments of wondering why she's missing the obvious.

One Salt Sea is the best October Daye book to date; everything that's great about the series comes together in one book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Jones on September 7, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 threatened when someone kidnaps the children of the Duchess of the undersea courts of Saltmist. Toby only has three days to find the kids, clear her Queen's name, and stave off a war, a feat made even more difficult by the fact that someone is determined stop her--someone who isn't afraid to break the rules. And the stakes are much higher than usual--as the back cover blurb states, "When Faerie goes to war, not everyone will walk away."

In previous novels, the storyline has seemed rushed, like McGuire simply couldn't take the time needed to fully express the story. However, in book four, McGuire seemed to find a good pacing for the narrative, and I'm happy to say that she settles into that pacing in One Salt Sea. The suspense of working on a deadline is there, but the plot and story do not seem rushed. It's a relatively steady pace which works phenomenally well for Toby's story, and I am very pleased with the results, as One Salt Sea quickly became my favorite of Toby's (mis)adventures.

The worldbuilding in One Salt Sea is more expansive than in most of the previous novels, largely due to the new realm Toby encounters--the Saltmist, home of the undersea Fae. McGuire's research shines through again, and she brings a feeling of correctness to this world that is so different from anything we've seen in Toby's story thus far.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gypsy Reader on September 6, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This series got off to a bit of an awkward start for me. The first book had problems but also promise. I'm so glad I stuck with it though. So much happens in this book, wow. A bit of an emotional rollercoaster. I'm not one for long reviews but I loved LOVED getting to know Luidwaeg better and loved seeing Toby's character grow and mature more. Finally we get some closure on her relationship with her daughter Gillian and there's definitely some romance. Over all, great book and a wonderful read.

Can't wait for the next one... and it's a year away!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juaimee on October 7, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love the October Daye series of books. I just have very mixed feelings about this one. I am not going to rehash the premise of the book since that has been done repeatedly in the reviews.

Some of the reviews state they see no growth in Toby. I would challenge that statement. Toby seems to be going through a transformation period in this book. The lesson is on loss and letting people go. The next step for me is wondering how she has grown and changed due to these lessons.

The Good:
* The book kept my attention. In fact, I didn't want to put it down. There were so many storylines and ideas floating around. Kudos to the author for keeping it all understandable and interesting. I didn't get confused once.
* The book gave clarity and further fleshed out existing characters. There were a couple heart-breaking scenes in this book, letting me see into the hearts of previously hard characters. Additionally, there were introductions of new characters that I suspect will play roles in further stories.
* This book opens the door to a multitude of other books. Usually a series is winding down by this time, however, there are so many different roads the story could follow in the future. I get exciting thinking about the various story arches in Toby's future.

Mixed (may contain small spoilers):
* The Connor/Toby interactions really did not work for me. I understand she "loves" him but does the love come from the rememberance of their Romeo/Juliet romance or how she feels about him as an adult? Any time they were together, I just didn't feel the connection or chemistry. And how it ended was so jarring and didn't force Toby face up to her feelings, whatever they truly were.
* Are you kidding me? She gave up her title? Why?
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