THE UNKINDEST TIDE by Seanan McGuire

Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong.

When the Luidaeg—October “Toby” Daye’s oldest and most dangerous ally—tells her the time has come for the Selkies to fulfill their side of the bargain, and that Toby must be a part of the process, Toby can’t refuse. Literally. The Selkies aren’t the only ones in debt to the Luidaeg, and Toby has to pay what she owes like anyone else. They will travel to the fabled Duchy of Ships and call a convocation of the Selkies, telling them to come and meet the Luidaeg’s price…or face the consequences.

Of course, nothing is that simple. When Dianda Lorden’s brother appears to arrest Dianda for treason against the Undersea, when a Selkie woman is stripped of her skin and then murdered, when everything is falling apart, that’s when Toby will have to answer the real question of the hour.

Is she going to sink? Or is she going to swim? 


Title : The Unkindest Tide
Author : Seanan McGuire
Series : October Daye (book thirteen)
Format : eBook (overdrive)
Page Count : 366
Genre : urban fantasy
Publisher : DAW
Release Date : September 3, 2019

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★


Hollis’ 2 star review

We’re here. We did it. Thirteen books, plus a bunch of novellas, and it’s over (for now). 

I started this journey on April sixteenth. It’s currently May fifth. This is probably one of my worst binges as far as ability to read a series quickly or consistently but I’m sure, based on my feelings of said books, no one is particularly surprised. Plus it’s pandemic season so the reading it ebbs and flows.

Which is a great segue for this particular installment which is set amongst water and the merpeople of faerie. Except I’m not particularly inclined to talk about the plot (I rarely am) so it’s a poor segue but a segue nonetheless.

I don’t really have much to say about this one, to be honest. We had a lot of Sea Witch action, which is never a bad thing, and I loved that things were made to be a little happily ever after-ish in the sense that she could right a wrong without causing more harm (sadly, thanks to Toby, and not her own cleverness). Maybe for the first time since.. I forget, it’s been a long ride, but the first time since forever, we got a newly introduced character who I actually loved. I’m not counting the ones we won’t see ever again but Pete? Oh man. I loved her. Fabulous.

I’m disappointed, but not surprised, that Gillian has done a total wishy washy (haha the water jokes) aboutface in regards to her dealings, and feelings, about Toby but.. yeah, unsurprised. Probably going to drag that resolution out for a while, I imagine.

I have nothing more to say. Many will wonder why I read this far into a series I didn’t like, many more still might wonder why I intend to read on past this point. I have no good answers for you. I wanted to love this because my friends did. And I think buried under all the hope I thought I lost along the way (I would say that I fully lost said hope around book five ish) I still did want to find some joy. And I did! Book eleven was really good. It seems a meager win in the scope of the series, I guess. But what else did I have to do? Put it aside to read things I might actually like? Hahaha.

Ahem. I’ll try that next.

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