One Salt Sea (October Daye Series #5)

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"...a Perfect 10."Romance Reviews Today

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 ...

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Overview

"...a Perfect 10."Romance Reviews Today

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. One Salt Sea is the fifth installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series.
 

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The fifth outing for half-Faerie PI October Daye (Late Eclipses) sees her on the trail of the kidnapped sons of Duchess Dianda Lorden, regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist, and ensnares her in the midst of a war in Faerie. [McGuire also writes modern horror and zombie fiction as Mira Grant; see zombie fiction roundup on p. 73.—Ed.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756406837
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Series: October Daye Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 366,289
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about anyplace capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren’t). Early exposure to a vast number of books left her with a lifelong affection for the written word, and led, perhaps inevitably, to her writing books of her own, starting somewhere around the age of eleven. The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both published by DAW and bother of which have put her in the New York Times bestseller list. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the October Daye series, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at www.seananmcguire.com.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    Loved it

    The fifth book in the October Daye series was not a disappointment. This is one of the best series I have read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

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    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.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    Great read

    If you liked the 4 books before it then you will like it. Its yet another fast paced who done it in Faerie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Stupid bn sample bs

    This must be a record, a 2 page sample. The book may be great, but I'll never know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Sooo good can't wait for the next one

    I just finished this one. It was the best one so far, the author is one of my favorites now, can't wait for the next one.

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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Love this series

    This is my favorite series, what can I say I love it. Anxiously waiting for the next one.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Awesome Read

    Love this book. Just enough conflict to keep me on my toes. With enough Moxie to add the spice. Can't wait for more!!!!

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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.

    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.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

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    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Great series

    If you like the Dresden Files you will like these

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Cant wait for the next book!

    Thrilling page turner that employed folklore stratigically and unqully generating a very appealing tale

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Excellent!!!

    I loved this story!!!! The only thing I hate about it is how long I'll have to wait for the next installment!!!

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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.

    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.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Love!

    The best one yet! LOVE LOVE LOVE

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

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    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.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Great Series

    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.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    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.

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