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Book Review: One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) by Seanan McGuire

Title: One Salt Sea (October Daye, #5)
Author: Seanan McGuire

Pages: 354

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Publication Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: DAW


The leaders’ of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist sons were kidnapped. Now it’s up to Toby to find the missing boys in order to prevent a war between the sea and the land.

As she and her band of friends begin to unravel the sinister plot, something else happens, something personal towards Toby. When they are taken to a place outside San Francisco, they discover that consequences of both good and bad await them.

my review

Fifth book in the October Daye series, and I wasn’t sure how the book was going to be. The beginning was so-so, but it actually picked up and ended up being another great read from Seanan McGuire!

This book circles back to children being abducted from a couple of books ago. Granted, the amount of children taken and the outcome was completely different, but still it’s a case that Toby needs to solve by finding the kids.

Toby continues to be a likable character and one that is easy to follow. Sometimes, I find that I don’t even see the ways she thinks, so when she makes a conclusion or sees a connection, I am caught by surprise. It’s actually something that I really like and appreciate from this author. It keeps me on my toes and helps the story to stay interesting. Not 100% sure how I feel about her and Connor’s relationship, but I guess since they didn’t end it on their own accord last time, they still have feelings for each other.

Tybalt is just amazing as usual. The way he always has Toby’s back and is always so kind and grateful. We learn a sweet and funny fact about this King of Cats, and I couldn’t help but smile. It’s amazing how Seanan McGuire can make you care about a secondary character that a silly fact makes you even care about him more. Kudos on her writing skills in that respect!

Pacing again was better toward the end versus the beginning. The author more-or-less repeated the same beats from the last book within the first few chapters of this book. For instance, there was a party, the need to wear something fancy, something terrible happens, and it’s up to Toby to save the day. As the story progressed, these points didn’t mean much. However, it did make reading a bit hard toward the beginning the book. Luckily, the pacing picked up and the story became more interesting during the second half of the book.

On a more positive note, Seanan McGuire has a great way to write stories that are both easy to follow, but also interesting to continue reading. Again, she finds a way to integrate new aspects of the Fae world slowly with each book. We learn more about the Selkies and what the Undersea looks like. I wish we could’ve spent more time there! Then there was a plot point that was mentioned in previous books, but in this one we actually got to experience it. It was shocking and interesting, but also sad. Speaking of the end, oh boy! Did not see that coming at all! Man, the author sure does know how pull the rug right under your feet with her writing.

Overall, One Salt Sea ended up being a good book to read with the exception of some beginning points. She also ended it with quite a bang. Because of that, I do plan on continuing the series.

My Rating
4 out of 5 stars


For those who enjoyed the first four books of the October Daye series, you may enjoy this one as well, especially if you like a strong heroine as the lead who lives in a Fae world and is need to solve a mystery/crime.

Other Books in the Series

(click on the image to read review)

October Daye, #0.5
October Daye, #1
October Daye, #2
October Daye, #3
Late Eclipses, #4

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