ONE SALT SEA by Seanan McGuire

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.


Title : One Salt Sea
Author : Seanan McGuire
Series : October Daye (book five)
Format : eBook
Page Count : 368
Genre : urban fantasy
Publisher : DAW
Release Date : September 6, 2011

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ .5


Hollis’ 2.5 star review

What I find interesting about this installment is that while I was still mostly bored in the lead-up to the climax, I wasn’t annoyed about as many things as I usually am. Either I’m being innoculated to this world or it really wasn’t as frustrating as the books that came before or a bit of a break did a world of good. Also, what I was warned would annoy me.. didn’t. At least not much. Mostly because I was resigned to it but, also, all the spouting off of randomness and foreshadowing.. well, foreshadowed the end.

How’s that for vague?

It’s going to be harder and harder to review these books the further I go into this series, this being five of a current thirteen (twenty, fifty, who knows how many in the end). So, suffice it to say I wasn’t delighted by the romance because it wasn’t what I know to be endgame and therefore wasn’t my preference. However, that said, my choice of pairing is going to have a lot of explaining to do as there’s been some build-up that implies certain things and I have questions. But it seems I’m the only one who does because once again with all this new information and hinting floating around, October makes a token effort to look confused, complain about the vaguery, like one time, then move on. Also, again, I have to wonder at the attitudes of so many of the characters in this world. Pretty much everyone outside of the main circle sucks and even those within sometimes just.. choose poorly? Expect so much? It’s constantly confusing and annoying and exhausting.

All that to say it’s the same stuff I’ve been bitching about the entire time I’ve been reading these books.

I think I’m definitely getting a little fae’d out, this world is very one note, however that did get a bit of a mixup in this installment as we visited a different kind of fae scenery. But still. There’s definitely something to be said for a not-just-one-kind-of-paranormal in an urban fantasy series; particularly one of this length. 

I have a little more enthusiasm going into book six, doubly so as I’ve been told I might get me some feels, though overall I wouldn’t say I’m excited, but I do still have a bit of hope that I’ll come out the other side of all this loving these books. Maybe it’s just one hell of a slow burn. Maybe I’m just a stubborn delusional idiot. Only time will tell.

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