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One Salt Sea: An October Daye Novel (edition 2011)

by Seanan McGuire

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Title:One Salt Sea: An October Daye Novel
Authors:Seanan McGuire
Info:DAW (2011), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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One Salt Sea
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When the Duchess of Satlmist's sons are abducted and she accuses the Queen of the Mists of the crime, October "Toby" Daye has her hands full trying to prevent a war between the land and the sea. As Toby follows the clues, she soon realizes that they lead in a disturbing direction and the culprit is someone not averse to striking closer to home than Toby expects.

This series is gaining in momentum and there are some significant developments in this installment that will obviously take Toby into new and unexplored directions.

McGuire's world building is fantastic. It is not easy to imagine the undersea, which is a world so different from ours, but she manages to convey all of the nuances including a variety of creatures and even the floating hair. It is also becoming clear that the Fae are an exceedingly prejudiced species and their discriminatory policies may just be their downfall.

The love triangle between Toby, Tybalt and Connor thankfully comes to an end. I'm not a fan of this trope and this one has the added irritation of being weak and unbelievable as Connor cannot even come close to truly competing with Tybalt. It is as if his character is simply there to provide another obstacle to Toby and Tybalt realizing their feelings and being together. Totally unnecessary.

The villain of the piece is not wholly unexpected, but there are some compelling twists and turns. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

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  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Woah... Lots of bad. Bad, bad bad. But a wonderful book. Poor Toby... So much happens in this book that changes her life so irrevocably but she just keeps soldering on. The Luideag is getting even more important which I am all about as she is one of my fav characters. The set up for the next book is sooooo interesting. Glad it's out! ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
I’ll keep this review short and sweet, because if you’ve made it to book 5 in this series, you already know if the writing style works for you or not. So specifically, how did this particular plot work out?

This is the Toby Daye book I’ve liked least so far in the series. Part of that is probably for personal reasons, but part of it is for repetitive plot reasons. Toby just….seems to have to save children an awful lot. Now, I’m not saying that an urban fantasy that basically involves someone solving crimes in a world where there’s a huge taboo on murder of immortals won’t repeat some crimes. I am saying that I think doing abducted children again right after a book that did that theme so incredibly well (Blind Michael is the ultimate in creepy) is just too repetitive. There are actually some sly nods to the reader that the author knows abducted children plots are happening a lot. Toby comments something along the lines of gee she’s sure sick of saving children. If your main character is sick of saving kids, maybe the readers are tired of reading it. Just saying. Beyond that, there were two other things that made me meh about this plot.

First, we’re clearly supposed to sympathize with Toby in the whole “whyyy does everyone think I’m a terrible mother” plot, but honestly I don’t sympathize with her, and I do think she’s a terrible mother. So. There’s that. But I fully admit to having some of my own mom issues, so it might be harder for me to see this with a neutral viewpoint. Other readers may have a different experience. But be prepared to possibly like Toby less.

Second, you know how most romances have various love interests and you’re on a certain team? Well, I am 100% #TeamTybalt, and I was not pleased by all the Connor scenes. I just find him dull and drab and I am massively creeped out by the webs between his fingers that never go away. Plus…male selkies….eh. This book could easily be called the #TeamConnor book so readers who like him….enjoy. For the rest of us, you might find yourself rolling your eyes a bit.

I know that sounds like a lot of negatives but it is the book I’ve liked least in the series so far, in spite of really enjoying the series, so it seemed apt to discuss at length why it didn’t work so well for me. All of that said, I read it quickly, and I fairly soon picked up the next book in the series, so I certainly didn’t hate it. A lot about the series works really well for me, there are just certain aspects of this book and plot that I think might make it less enjoyable for certain readers compared to the rest of the series.

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I'm just getting tired of Toby having to save kids. Also, it's hard to empathize with her in this book. ( )
  gaialover | Jul 22, 2016 |
Connor dies, Gillian becomes human and Tobey loses Goldengreen and turns into a mermaid for awhile. Rayseline is sleeping for the next 100 years, possibly, if she doesn't die first. Things are definitely changing! Looking forward to the next book in this series!! ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
Seanan McGuire ripped poor Toby apart again. She just doesn't give her even a moment of respite. What an intense, gripping and fantastic read!

Toby nearly died in last book, and here she is again, thrown into an attempt to stop the war between Land fae and Undersea folks, because the sons of Duchess of Saltmist are kidnapped.

October and her friends have only three days to solve the case, and Toby works almost non-stop especially when her own daughter gets involved and the stakes in this dangerous game skyrocket...

Oh My God, people! My heart just couldn't bear the tension! Poor Toby, poor parents, unbelievably tough choices and tragic losses. Very dark, bitter ending of the book.

October Daye has come a very long way and evolved so much from a simple changeling detective in the beginning to a powerful, ruthless player. I can not wait to read Ashes of Honor and see what comes next.

Hugely recommend this series! First two books are a bit shaky, but from the 3rd onwards it's pure awesomeness. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
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October "Toby" Daye is now the Countess of Goldengreen. To prevent war between land and sea, Toby must find the kidnapped sons of the regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist within three days and prove that the Queen of the Mists was not responsible.… (more)

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