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One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire

One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
Book Name: One Salt Sea
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publisher(s): DAW
Formatt: Paperback / Audio Book / eBook
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 6, 2011

This entire escapade was breaking several rules of life in the mortal world, chief among them the injunction to never, ever go out in public without wearing a human disguise. I was still wearing my illusions. Dianda and the Goblins, on the other hand, were totally exposed. There wasn’t time to worry about it. Hopefully, anyone who saw a woman riding a screaming mermaid in a wheelchair down Leavenworth at a quarter to five in the morning would just think they’d had too much to drink.

I’ve said it, and said it. I’m not sure that I need to say it again, but please forgive me for doing so.

Seanan McGuire just keeps getting better and better, and One Salt Sea is the best of the October Daye books so far. It has everything that I have enjoyed about the rest of the series; mystery, romance, and sarcasm, all bundled up into one nice, neat package. This book also included something that hadn’t really been addressed in the other installments, which was the undersea fae.

It was interesting to read about the fae that call the sea their home and see the differences between them and the land-dwellers. We also learn about Toby’s human family, and the lack of relationship between Toby and her daughter, Gillian.

The plot in this story was thick; while I was always sure I knew who the bad guy was, at times I wasn’t completely sure that was who it would turn out to be. Additionally, since this book wraps up the loose ends with Toby’s family and one of the major baddies of the series, I’m not sure where the next book (due out in September, 2012) will be going. Granted, there is still (at least) one more enemy on the loose for Toby to find, so I imagine that will be part of it.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The October Daye series has swiftly become one of my favorites; another one to read when I want to go back and visit with an old friend. Toby and her companions are quite realistic, and I can’t wait for the next book to find out what is going to happen next.


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