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.
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