Sep 242015
 
Review: One Salt SeaOne Salt Sea (October Daye #5) by Seanan McGuire
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Published by Brillance Audio on Nov 1, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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: such an apt title as it describes what each reader creates by the time they are done the book. I have seriously never had a series so constantly make me cry. Especially an urban fantasy series. This whole series is way more than just the standard kick butt action, and this latest installment is simply amazing.

Like previous books in the series, children play a very important role in the plot. I didn’t really notice how many children were in the story until after it was over, but I would estimate that at least half the important people are children, including Quentin and Raj and the missing princes. It’s quite admirable how much importance Toby places on the safety of “her” children, and she pretty much considers every child hers when she decides who needs protection.

Speaking of Toby, the last book really started developing a love triangle between Toby, Conner, and Tybalt, and I made it pretty clear that I disliked the triangle because I basically can’t stand Conner. I’m so happy that the triangle seems to be resolved, even if all the actions aren’t to my satisfaction. I won’t spoil any parts, but I was definitely surprised at how the resolution came about.

Actually, scratch that. I’m not entirely surprised because I’ve learned that I can’t predict what will happen next. It’s a great feature of a longer series, even if each new development seems to rip my heart out. I’m done crying for now, but only until I pick up the next book, which needs to happen soon because I can’t wait to see what the next adventure holds.

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