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Posted September 11, 2011
The best Toby Daye book yet...
Everything changes... And this was a transitional book in the Toby series. A book about love and loss, honor and infamy, motherhood (from at least four different perspectives), letting go when you have to and saving what you can. (Note to Author: I see what you did there, making me love The Luidaeg and Tybalt and Toby and May even more. It makes me patient enough to wait a whole year for the next Toby book while trembling slightly at the thought of just what '*Ashes* of Honor' might entail.)
Seanan McGuire continues to give us a strong female lead, men who love her by letting her be herself, friends who support her in ways she needs to be supported and an interesting examination of the surprisingly unlimited boundaries friendship, motherhood, madness, hatred and love in her Fae world.
The depth and complexity of the characters and imaginative worlds that McGuire creates are just a pleasure to read.
Readers should consider reading 'Through This House' in the Anthology Home Improvement: Undead Edition to enrich their sense of where Toby is at the start of 'One Salt Sea', although it's not necessary to the main theme of this book.
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Posted July 28, 2011
Fans of the series will relish Toby's latest escapades
An unknown adversary kidnapped the three sons of the Duchess of Saltmist Diandra. The ruler of the undersea duchy believes the Queen of the Mists abducted her children. Toby saves the life of the Diandra's spouse Patrick from an assassin. Still the Duchess gives the Countess of Goldengreen October "Toby" Daye and the latter's boyfriend Connor O'Dell three days to safely bring home her children and prove that the Queen did not take the lads by finding out who did or war at land and at sea will follow.
Toby, her newest squire Quentin, Connor, the Luidaeg and Tybalt investigate the abduction on the streets of San Francisco. However, the clues lead to the Pacific. Someone insanely ignores Oberon's Laws and ergo wants to prevent Toby and her team from succeeding in rescuing the abducted sons; that adversary uses any deadly means necessary.
The latest Toby Daye urban fantasy (see Late Eclipses) is an excellent entry that focuses on the convoluted untrustworthy agreements between the paranormal leaders. With a stunning late twist, the story line is a fast-paced exciting thriller. Fans of the series will relish Toby's latest escapades as the clues lead increasingly to a paranormal psychopath.
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Posted January 18, 2013
Excellent Urban Fantasy Series
Well written for teens to oldsters who enjoy urban fantasy. Kudos to Seanan McGuire who writes without that campy feel many scifi/urban fantasy writers fall into. Toby becomes more confident in each novel and she shows growth that most people can relate to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2012
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Posted March 8, 2012
It's still an October Daye, but the light's getting a bit dimmer
If you feel like October, May, and the King of the Cats are part of your family. If you still miss Lily. And if you can't get enough of the Sea Hag, then here's another Seanan McGuire yarn about your pals. It's fun. It (no spoiler here, I'd think) has a lot to do with what's going on in the sea-side of October's faerie world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Unfortunately, we seem to be hitting the classic mid-series slump that few authors are able to avoid (maybe THAT's why so many stop with trilogies). This isn't the least-engaging of October's tales (I think the 2nd book has the most pacing probems), but it is...well...leisurely. Until it kicks into McGuire top gear somewhere around page 250, then you're off to the races.
I think it has something to do with the Jacques Cousteau curse. Great man; beautiful scenery, but I bet I went to sleep more often watching that stuff than I did in my own bed (jeez, probably date myself there, don't I).
Anyway, I bought it. I'm glad I did. You'll like it. But I feel certain we'll see better stuff is coming down the faerie/otherworld pike in the future.
Posted February 17, 2012
Each book keeps getting better!
This is such a good series. These books just keep getting better. Toby's life has taken so many turns throughout the series. But One Salt Sea really touched me. I rarely cry about a book, but the ending this book had me crying. This is definitely a series to give as gifts and recommend to others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2012
Posted January 3, 2012
Seanan McGuire delivers another lively "October Daye" adventure
One Salt Sea continues to explore existing characters in the October Daye series providing background for all their motivations. A brisk read although the book could stand on it's own; a much more satisfying read if the reader is familiar with storyline and invested inthe players. Worth the wait. I'm looking forward to "Ashes of Honor" fall 2012.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2011
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Posted September 19, 2011
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Engrossing and Enjoyable
This fifth installment in the October Daye series features a sympathetic protagonist, engaging supporting characters, imaginative undersea fae/creatures, an urgent quest and an interesting tangential mystery. With intermittent help from the Luidaeg and others, October/Toby undertakes the task of recovering the kidnapped sons of the Dianda Lorden, the ruler of the largely underwater duchy named Saltmist which extends along the Pacific coast. Toby has three days to recover the two Lorden boys or war will ensue between the well-prepared Saltmist forces and the unprepared land fiefdoms owing allegiance to the Kingdom of the Mists.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
From beginning to end, the narrative flows naturally in this story. There's courtly politics, romantic interludes, surprise attacks, undersea investigation and unanticipated loss. The narrative accelerates throughout the book and reaches a desperate, action-packed climax. It all finishes in a sad but satisfying scene as Toby and the Luidaeg overlook a night darkened ocean.
The cast is composed of colorful new characters and interesting returning characters. The primary supporting characters include a surprisingly sympathetic Luidaeg, a personable but torn Connor, an intriguing Tyblat and an endearing Quentin. Toby's investigation involves a search of Saltmist in mermaid form, summoned Nighthaunts, blood magic and clever deductions based upon the clues.
I heartily recommend this series and book to all urban fantasy fans, all those who enjoy supernatural mysteries/thrillers and all readers who enjoy extremely well-executed stories of the fae.
Posted September 17, 2011
Posted September 16, 2011
It Just Keeps Getting Better
Seanan McGuire has managed another "on the edge of your seat" novel. Quirky, Sarcastic, Heartfelt, Thrilling, and Addictive. The tie in of multiple characters, story line and legends is more intricate and enthralling with each novel. I found every excuse I could to stop what I was doing and read a little more throughout the day, and then stayed up way too late into the night. Next thing I knew I had read it all and was looking through the back for mention of when the next one would be out! The October Daye series has rocketed it's way to the top of my "Favorite Books" list.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2011
I found this series by accident. This is a great series. I like October Daye. Throughout the series you watch her grow as a person and learn new things. I can't wait until the next book comes out. I hope she ends up with Tybalt. Her and Connor were not a good match. Connor was not strong enough for her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2011
Another good book in series
Another well written book in the series, but I'm a little weary of the "heart rending" situations. I wish one book wouldn't require the heroine having to deal with painful consequences and she would win, just once, straight up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.