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One Salt Sea Mass Market Paperback – September 6, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Can't wait for the next one... and it's a year away!
One Salt Sea is one of those books.
I'm a huge fan of Seanan McGuire's October Daye series, and I think it's hands-down the best urban fantasy series out right now. It's funny and clever and exciting, and the characters are so rich and understandable, even the ones you're not supposed to sympathize with. One Salt Sea, the fifth book in the series, is even better than its four predecessors, something that's pretty rare in series. Usually things start to go downhill around book five, but McGuire keeps knocking them out of the park.
I'd like to say that I read One Salt Sea all in one sitting, and trust me, if I could have gotten away with it, I would have done so. Work forced me to pace myself, though, and so I got to savor it like a fine wine. And man, it is a delicious book.
The sons of the duchess of Saltmist, the oceanic duchy off the coast of San Francisco, have been kidnapped, and unless Toby can find them and quickly, Saltmist will go to war against The Kingdom of the Mists. As much as Toby dislikes the Queen of the Mists, she is willing to do anything to prevent the wholesale slaughter that will accompany a fae war. She's thrust once again into an increasingly dangerous mystery and must race against the clock to save the two innocents and stop the war.
While I think the world that McGuire has created is fantastic (I think I've praised it in my past reviews), the best part of this series is the wonderful cast of characters.Read more ›
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All that set up, all that drama. All that silly love triangle nonsense. Seriously. It was worth it for this book. Read morePublished 20 days ago by kris lim
One Salt Sea (book 5) is another will written novel with the usual interesting well developed characters. The story line contains lots more information about Toby Daye's world. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've enjoyed the series and this is no exception. I like seeing development in the regular cast of characters and interesting new ones. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Teheuti
If you like your Mercedes Thompson, you'll probably love October Daye. The characters are unique, memorable and end up feeling like your best friends. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JCole
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Fun series for a nice little jaunt into escapism. Really enjoyable brain candy!Published 6 months ago by Aibellmae
This is a world we haven't yet seen before and just adds to the creativity of series.Published 7 months ago by life's journey
Seanan McGuire is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are amazing, and I easily get caught up in what is going on. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer