Title: One Salt Sea
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: October “Toby” Daye Series (Book #5)
Publication Date: September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback, 354 Pages
ISBN-10: 0756406838 (DAW/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-075640837 (DAW/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Kristie
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 make it through this in one piece.
Toby’s search will take her from the streets of San Francisco to the lands beneath the waves. But someone is determined to stop her—and whoever it is isn’t playing by Oberon’s Laws. As the battle grows more and more personal, one thing is chillingly clear. When Faerie goes to war, not everyone will walk away.
Quick & Dirty: War is coming and Toby only has three days to stop it. Action packed and another heartbreaking story that will have you craving the next book in the series.
Opening Sentence: The sword swung fast and hard toward my face, leaving me with barely enough time to raise my own sword into position to parry.
The October “Toby” Daye series continues with the fifth novel One Salt Sea. I have really enjoyed how the books so far in this series have titles based off of Shakespeare quotes. One Salt Sea draws Toby into another heartbreaking journey with implications that will change her life forever. I want to warn you that this novel does rely heavily on past events so I would recommend not starting here, having knowledge of everything that Toby has gone through and the entire cast of characters that we have gotten to know will make the story that much more emotional. Seanan does do a good job supplying a recap but I feel like having prior knowledge of the story will make for a better reading experience.
At the beginning of One Salt Sea, Toby has finally settled down and has gotten more comfortable with her life. Even more importantly, she’s begun dating Connor again now that his marriage has been dissolved. I’m not really a huge Connor fan but it is nice to see that Toby is finally having a relationship again with someone. But you know that you can’t get too comfortable with life and neither can Toby as the Luidaeg shows up at Toby’s door with news of imminent war. Someone has kidnapped the children of the nearby Sea Queen and if her children are not found, she will declare war. Toby has only three days to accomplish this mission.
Toby uses all her resources/friends in order to track down the kidnapped children and stop a war that she knows will devastate the faery kingdom in which she lives. What she never anticipated was how the kidnapped children would lead back to the life she left behind years ago.
There is so much happening in this novel that I was hooked from the beginning. I didn’t want the war to happen either and I really wanted to know how everything was going to happen. I had every faith that Toby would find the children but would it be enough to stop a potentially catastrophic war? Plus, I love Tybalt and his wishy washyness so much that I can’t wait to read the pages with him a Toby together and they worked together quite a bit in this novel.
I would say that Toby is working the toughest case so far in the series because of the timeline, the consequences of the war and how personal the outcome ended up being. Toby’s character and power continue to grow. She is becoming more adult in her decisions and actions especially now that she has acquired Quentin as her squire.
Something else that amazes me is how this world continues to grow exponentially while still seeming extremely small. Adding in ocean/water type fae, plus the incredible world that they live in. The writing is incredibly detailed. The only thing I can really complain about is the ending. I had a feeling that was coming for a while now but I still didn’t like reading about it.
Book five answered some of my questions that I’ve had for a while now, closing some of those doors, but there is still so much undiscovered and I can’t wait to see what Seanan has up her sleeve for the rest of the series so far.
The rest of the sentence died on my tongue as I saw the haggard, almost haunted look on Tybalt’s face. For a moment, we both stood frozen. Then he grabbed my wrist, jerking me forward. “We have to go.”
“What the hell are you talking about?” I demanded, trying to pull my arm away. He didn’t let go. “What are you doing here? Did the cats tell you something?”
“For once in your life, be quiet and come on.”
“Tybalt?” May walked up behind me, sounding bemused. “What’s going on?”
Tybalt’s eyes stayed focused on me. “I’ve had Gabriel watching your daughter’s house. You didn’t ask for it, but it seemed like the best idea, given the circumstances. He just contacted me. Something’s happened. They’ve called the police.”
I’d considered of a lot of horrible scenarios for this war. None of them included my almost-human daughter. I went cold. “Gillian?”
“She’s gone, October. She’s missing. Now please. Come.”
October “Toby” Daye Series:
5. One Salt Sea
11. The Brightest Fell (September 2017)
12. Night and Silence (September 2018)
13. The Unkindest Tide (September 2019)
FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of One Salt Sea. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.