Review: One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) by Seanan McGuire

One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) by Seanan McGuire
Source: From publisher for review
Urban Fantasy
October Daye Series
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October “Toby” Daye is settling into her new role as Countess of Goldengreen. She’s actually dating again, and she’s taken on Quentin as her squire. So, of course, it’s time for things to take a turn for the worse.

Someone has kidnapped the sons of the regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must find the missing boys and prove the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction. Toby’s search will take her from the streets of San Francisco to the lands beneath the waves, and her deadline is firm: she must find the boys in three days’ time, or all of the Mists will pay the price. But someone is determined to stop her-and whoever it is isn’t playing by Oberon’s Laws…

Finally, Toby is getting a break. The events of Late Eclipses nearly killed her, and as a result, she’s much stronger and more powerful. She and Connor are finally able to date since the annulment of his marriage to Rayseline Torquill, and happiness actually seems like something that’s in reach. We all know, however, that Toby really can’t stay out of trouble,or in this case, trouble finds her. She’s contacted by the Luidaeg, her aunt and sea witch (she’s a pretty big deal) with the news that someone has kidnapped the sons of the Duchess Dianda Lorden, of the Saltmist (Undersea). This is alarming to Toby in a few ways. First, if she doesn’t find her sons, there will be war, and eventually she might have to go underwater. If you recall, Toby was turned into a fish for 14 years so water is not her friend. When the kidnapper makes things personal, Toby is more determined than ever to find out the truth.

I always love going back into Toby’s world, and One Salt Sea was no exception. However, I didn’t get as emotionally tied up in this one as the rest, and I can’t quite pinpoint why, but I did enjoy it. My favorite King of the Cats, Tybalt, helps Toby on her mission, and I can’t get enough of Tybalt, with his sexy cat swagger, so that was a good thing. I’ve always had hope for Toby and Tybalt. I mean, Connor’s nice and all, but he ain’t Tybalt! The girl you love to hate, Raysel Torquill (Sylvester and Luna’s daughter), is back and reeking havoc, yet she’s presented as a much more sympathetic villain in this one. As heinous as her actions are, you can’t help but pity her, considering what she’s been through and how much her mind has been damaged. Toby is still getting used to her new powers since her mother changed her blood, and I really enjoyed the scenes underwater in the Saltmist kingdom. As always, the author uses rich mythology and charming characters to wonderful effect in her fae universe, and I’ll certainly be there for Toby’s next adventure.

**GIVEAWAY DETAILS (please read carefully)**

      • Giveaway is for 1 copy of One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire to one winner.

**Giveaway is now CLOSED and winner has been announced. Thanks to everyone that entered!


  1. Please leave me out of the contest. I just have a question, can I jump right into book five? I have this on my shelf, but was wondering if I would be lost if I started it. Thanks for the review.

    • I would definitely suggest starting with book 1. You’d lose a ton of history and meaning if you started with One Salt Sea. It just wouldn’t be as rich of an experience:)

  2. I love this series! Thank you for the opportunity to try and win. =^-^=

    RainMaidenJen, I would suggest starting with book one and working your way up from there. There are references made in the newer books to events that occurred in book 1 and so on. Plus, you get the opportunity to watch the characters evolve. That’s my view on it, but I’m sure someone else would say differently. Hope it helps.

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  3. It’s on my Christmas list, but I wouldn’t mind winning a free copy (just in case.)

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  4. I like fae stories that is rich in myth so am definitely interested in this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. This book sounds great please enter me


  6. ohhh i love this series! havent gotten to this one yet, would love to win it, thanks for the chance!
    i follow!

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  7. Thank you for the awesome chance to win! I love this series, great review! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  8. That cover is incredibly intriguing… definitely something I would pick in a bookstore while browsing. It’s a series and author I’ve never heard of. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Been following this excellent series from the beginning and would love to please win the latest volume. Thanks so much!
    Amy – performing artist and life long lover of SF & F in NYC.

  10. I don’t know how I’ve missed this series-it sounds awesome. Definitely putting it on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. I love Toby! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. HI
    I don’t know this author or the book but this sounds great! Love your review! Thanks for the giveaway too!


  13. This is already on my “to read” list! I’ve loved all the October Daye books!! Please!!!
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  14. is me!

    This books sounds fantastic! 🙂

  15. I would love to win and read this book. ALL books won are donated to Franklin High schools teacher book swap. Thanks for the chance

  16. Looking forward to winning. 😉

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