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One Salt Sea Mass Market Paperback – September 6, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
Book 5 of 10 in the October Daye Series

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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." —Fantasyliterature.com

"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 anyplace capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren’t). Early exposure to a vast number of books left her with a lifelong affection for the written word, and led, perhaps inevitably, to her writing books of her own, starting somewhere around the age of eleven. The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both published by DAW and bother of which 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; Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the October Daye series, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at www.seananmcguire.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: October Daye
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Original edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406837
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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There's a point where I love a book so much that it becomes difficult to write a review. Instead of a thoughtful look at why I loved that book, I want to flail and squee incoherently about how awesome it is.

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.
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