One Salt Sea (October Daye Series #5)

One Salt Sea (October Daye Series #5)

by Seanan McGuire

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New York Times-bestselling October Daye series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day

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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101547601
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: October Daye Series , #5
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 36,948
File size: 930 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

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"One Salt Sea is the best October Daye book to date; everything that’s great about the series comes together in one book...McGuire’s usual beautiful writing and dark humor are present and accounted for. This has become one of my favorite urban fantasy series, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next." —

"Fans of the series will be completely swept up with this fifth book, hooked to the very end where they get some answers and finally enjoy that satisfied feeling that not many books deliver this well." —BookBanter

"...a strong installment in a reliably entertaining series." —Locus

"This author is consistently impressive, no matter what she writes, and I would urge you to pick up any of her novels and prepare to be entertained with a smart, witty and heartfelt tale." —Owlcat Mountain

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One Salt Sea 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
The fifth book in the October Daye series was not a disappointment. This is one of the best series I have read.
BookLover824 More than 1 year ago
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.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every time I read a new October Daye book I am shocked by how much I love them and remember back to when I read the first book in the series "Rosemary and Rue". I didn't care for that book at all. I thought it dragged on and was very confusing. I don't even know why I bought the second book "A Local Habitation" at all. But I did and I loved it. I have adored each book since. "One Salt Sea" may well be my new favorite. I will keep this review short and sweet because I went into it without having any idea what it was about and I loved each little revelation. Generally, Toby is given the task of finding the kidnapped sons of the Dutchess of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. Not only is this important because Toby wants the innocent children to be safe but also a war between the land and sea can be prevented only by finding the boys. I was super pleased to find out there was a lot of page time for one of my favorite characters, King of the Cats, Tybalt. But actually I love most of this cast of characters...Toby, Tybalt, Raj, Quentin, the Luidaeg and Sylvester. Even May was better this time around. And it looks like two of my least favorite characters may be out of the picture for awhile! This story was just about perfect. The journey Toby goes on to find the boys was action packed and unique in every way. I love how Toby can be funny, caring, tough and still be very emotionally fragile. She is the epitome of a fantastic Urban Fantasy heroine. When plots take big twists and turns in this series, they are believable. Its not like they come out of nowhere as can happen so often in similar stories. If you have never read this series I strongly suggest you pick it up right now. It has to be one of the best executed available right now. "One Salt Sea" doesn't disappoint in any way and is probably my personal favorite of the bunch...but then again I've always loved "Little Mermaid" too.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One Salt Sea is the latest adventure in Seanan McGuire's October Daye series. Continuing right where Late Eclipses left off, Toby now finds herself as the new Countess of Goldengreen, has taken on Quentin as her squire, and taken some serious steps to get her life back into control -like dating. Of course, it's never that easy for Toby, someone has been kidnapping the sons of the regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist, and to prevent a serious fae war, Toby must find the missing boys and uncover the true culprit behind the kidnappings. With her Fetch, April, in tow, Toby finds herself pulled into her old life -the life that was ripped away from her years ago -a life that included her part-fae daughter.As always, McGuire's heroine Toby shines. For me, Toby's honest, down-to-earth issues and realistic character flaws have always been the centerpiece of this series for me. Toby is hardly perfect, and always manages to keep readers intrigued with what she's going to do next. I seriously love Toby, and always look forward to her next adventure -if I had my way, Toby's story would keep going for many, many years.Then, there's the setting. McGuire's unique world of faerie has always been one of my favorite parts of the October Daye series. Mcguire paints a vivid, unique world of complex fae politics and fascinating fae characters that seems like it could jump off the page at any moment. While the plot does seem a little bit recycled from previous October Daye novels, the setting and characters completely make up for it.If you enjoyed the previous books in series, One Salt Sea doesn't disappoint. And if you haven't had the chance to read Toby's adventures yet, start off with Rosemary and Rue -it's worth it.
damsel58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
McGuire's storytelling gets better with each book, building on the previous stories and adding new twists to an obviously well-constructed Faerie mythos. In One Salt Sea, Toby deals with the complications of her powers, deepens friendships and encounters new losses. This book manages to answer lingering questions from previous books and set the stage more fully for future story lines.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another excellent installment in the Toby Daye series. As usual, the worldbuilding rocks my socks off. Just when I was starting to feel comfortable with the world of Faerie, McGuire takes readers on an exploration of Undersea - yes, you guessed it, an entire Faerie kingdom in the ocean. The sheer creativity of McGuire¿s worldbuilding never ceases to amaze me!The plot is unpredictable, and there¿s never a dull moment for Toby & co. as they race to avert one crisis after another. I¿ve grown so fond of these characters, especially the Luidaeg. In this book, we get to learn more about her past and see a more caring side of her, which only makes me love her more. Toby also gets more layers of character development as she struggles to deal with her new abilities and self-identity. But what¿s even more interesting is Toby¿s interactions with Cliff and Gillian, who we meet for the first time in this book. This area of Toby¿s life is painful and complicated and messy, but I was pleased to finally get answers to many of the nagging questions that I¿ve had since book one.As for the romantic subplot, Toby is still caught between two love interests (Tybalt still has my vote), but it¿s clear that this conflict isn¿t going to drag on forever. One way or another, the romantic angle is going to be taking a new direction in subsequent books. Regardless of what happens, I¿m extremely grateful for this - the which-guy-should-I-choose subplot can become stale very quickly.My one disappointment is that two of the story¿s major conflicts come to a close much faster than I expected them to. I wanted Toby to be the one to make certain decisions, but it ended up being other people who did the choosing for her, resulting in an abrupt resolution to a couple of Toby¿s problems. This isn¿t really a criticism. Toby had to let these people take control of their own lives, and their actions make sense in a satisfying, realistic way. But, in both cases, I had hoped for something more. I¿m trying really hard not spoil anything here, so I¿ll just say that if it weren¿t for the incredibly painful aftermath of these resolutions, I might have felt like McGuire took the easy way out.All in all, One Salt Sea is just as dark, depressing, and emotionally intense as its predecessors. I loved it. With great plots, characters, and worldbuilding, the Toby Daye books have climbed the ranks to become one of my favorite urban fantasy series. I am already awaiting the next installment with much anticipation.
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the fifth October Daye book, the story moves around a simple idea, children should not be pawns in any conflict. The main conflict at the heart of the book is between the Kingdom of the Mists and the Undersea as the two sons of the Undersea have been kidnapped. October Daye is brought in to try and broker a peace as she is still learning her new place within the nobility of the Fae. Taken children, lost children and hurting children are constantly coming up and the choices that come with being a parent and the scars as well. As always with the October Daye books, the plot is gripping and the characters three-dimensional and amazing. I look forward to the next one.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book in the October Daye series. I pretty much adore this series and this book just sealed the deal for me. The world-building, the plot, the characters...all of it was just spot on. If you are a fan of this series you will absolutely love this book.Toby (October) is taking a little break and trying to get her life together. She is the Countess of Goldengreen now and has subjects to manage there, Quentin is officially her squire, and her and Connor have started dating...not to mention the fact that having her blood tipped more to the fairy side has changed how things work for her. Then Toby is called in on a case, a case that has the two realms of fairy (land and sea) on the brink of war. Someone has stolen the two sons of the Saltmist Queen and King. If they aren't found Seamist will declare war on the Land. Toby has three days to solve the case, but someone is determined to stop her from making any progress. While previous books have been almost too fast-paced this book is perfectly paced. I had trouble putting it down, but never felt rushed through the story. All of the gaps that I felt were missing in Late Eclipses were filled here. We learn about how Toby is managing Goldengreen. We also get to see a ton more of both Connor and Tybalt and there is a lot of resolution about Toby's relationships with those two.The characters are fantastic. Even side characters are incredibly interesting. Tybalt is amazing and continues to be one of my favorites; as the King of Cats he does such a good job helping Toby while balancing all of his other responsibilities...and he is incredibly fun. Toby has grown so much, when you think back to the downtroden changeling she was in Rosemary and Rue it is hard to believe that she has grown into such a beuatiful, wonderful, and powerful lead.The best part was getting introduced to a whole new fairy world with the introduction of Saltmist. Toby gets to travel and meet fairy creatures that she has never seen and is introduced to a beautiful and haunting world. It was fascinating and really expanded the world built in this series. The sea witch is present a lot in this book as well and we get to learn more both about her and the history of fairy through her involvement.Once again I love how mythology, fairy tale, and nursery rhymes are mixed together to create a rich and wonderful world. I should mention the Night Haunts are back in this book too, I love the mystery behind those Night Haunts!Overall the best book in the series. This is a series where each book keeps getting better and better. I love this series. There is mystery, intrigue, romance, action, wonder, excellent characters, a fast-paced plot and all of it is perfectly balanced. McGuire (who also writes the Newsflesh Trilogy as Mira Grant) is an excellent writer and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. The sixth book will be titled, Ashes of Honor, and is planned for a Septemer 2012 release. If you love urban fantasy and faerie check this series out. If you love a good mystery with some magic thrown in check this series out. Heck just read this series, the first book is a bit rough, but the rest of the series has been awesome!
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The kidnapping of two noble children from Undersea threatens to start a war between the sea and land fae. October has two days to find the missing kids and avert the war.The best of the series so far.
ufreview on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The more of this series that I read the better I like it, as I read each book they get harder to put down. It's hard to review this book without giving away spoilers. One Salt Sea is the fifth installment in the Toby Daye series and this book rocked! Toby has 3 days to find the kidnapped children of the Undersea Duchy, to prevent a war between land and sea. There is so much action packed into this book and the world building Seanan McGuire does is amazing especially with the intro of another fey Kingdom.There is a lot of action in this book and some really heart wrenching moments for Toby. The usual cast of characters are there to support her and with each book you get a little more back story. Raysel features prominently and you get to see just how broken she really is. Tybalt is also with Toby throughout most of this book and I'm a huge Tybalt fan and I am really hoping that relationship develops in future books. All in all this was a book I couldn't put down and I read it pretty much in a single setting. This has become on of my favorite series along with Cassie Palmer, Harry Dresden and Rachel Morgan and I gotta say it's gonna be a really long year waiting for the next one.¿ ¿ ¿ ¿ ¿ 5/5 Couldn't put it down!
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again - I forget, between times, just how good a writer Seanan McGuire is. More plots and twists, and again Toby has to save the day - from a war between the land and the sea, this time. More stolen children, too, and again Toby gets hit close to home. Her position as Countess of Goldengreen becomes both a burden and a great help, here, and she learns a lot of secrets - things she didn't know she wanted to know, and things she knew she didn't want to know. Her assumption about Rayseline and the rocks is wrong, though, if one was collected that long ago. And there are some more permanent losses, including one that...well, it hurt her like hell but all I could think was that it greatly simplified matters. I've been reading slowly - reading for a little and then moving on to something else - through several books recently, but these two - Late Eclipses and this one - I started and couldn't put down, not even long enough to wipe my eyes and blow my nose, until I was done with them. Magnificent. And there are hints of the next story - one year away (in Toby's time, not real-world), Raysel, probably some more loose ends. Apparently two more books scheduled - yay!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the originality, the pacing, the characters and the mystery. The writer's sense of humor permeates the entire story, but reality always wins. This was a real page turner. I'd recommend it highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books just get better and better ! I love this series, and I can't wait to read more.
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Endureil More than 1 year ago
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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This must be a record, a 2 page sample. The book may be great, but I'll never know.
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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.
NoClueRN More than 1 year ago
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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