October “Toby” Daye is finally doing all right. She’s settling into her new role as the Countess of Goldengreen; she’s actually dating again; she’s even agreed to take on Quentin as her official squire. Life is looking up all around - and that inevitably means it’s time for things to take a turn for the worse.
Someone has kidnapped the sons of 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 all 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, and her deadline is firm: she must find the boys in three days’ time, or all of the Mists will pay the price. 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.
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Funny glorious and tragic, Seanan Mcguire is improving with every book (and they didn't start out too bad either).
Toby is a hero in every sense of the word and her friends are wonderful characters with a great deal of depth.
As usual, Seanan McGuire has come through once again. Wonderful story line, great narration, which to me will make or break a book, and really glad to think that the King of Cats is gonna have a chance with Toby...
I would have given this book a 5 star rating, but felt that Toby's character needs a bit of censoring in this one. I had always enjoyed how the author conveyed the thoughts of her characters without going through the gammet of the usual foul language. This was the only downside in the story. Instead of the inventive way she had always used before, I was not well pleased to have to listen to the 'F' word so often.
Fans of the paranormal genre will enjoy this new installment to the Toby Daye series. As always, Mary Robinette Kowal does a wonderful job bringing the characters and story to life!
My personal rating for this book: PG
My favorite character for this book: the Luidaeg (pronounced Lushack by the narrator)
This has been one of my favorites so far. We are finally finding out just what Toby can do and just who she is. We find out more about May. Tybalt is still a major force (really liking Tybalt), and Toby's relationship with Quentin is even better.
She's still ticking off the queen, but it's more intentional now. Her friends are her strength, and she's finally willing to face that. Some parts of the book are so funny (the Luidaeg) that I laughed out loud, but the plot scheme is a dark one [*** SPOILER! *** kidnapping *** UNSPOILER! ***].
The ending is bitter sweet, and while I won't spoil it, I will say that tissues are warranted this time.
If you've read my reviews for the previous books, you know that I have been gradually warming to the narrator (and the narrator has been gradually improving). I have no real complaints for this book, other than the slight (though very common) mispronunciation of certain words, like "fermiliar" instead of familiar. She has definitely grown into the part, and as before, I do have not have complaints about her reading for Toby... She sounds natural and brings Toby's voice forward strongly.
This novel and narration have finally reached the point where I intend to re-listen to this series (something I rarely do, mainly due to time constraints), and I will also look for new series from Seanan McGure. I may even look for other series read by this narrator, now that I'm accustomed to her style.
Love the series! Love the performance! It's one of those great series you go back and relisten to every few years or after a new book in the series is released.
One Salt Sea is book 5 in the October Daye series.
In this book, someone has kidnapped the Sea King and Queens two sons. Only bringing home the two sea princes home alive can prevent land and sea Faye from going to war, and October is given the task to make it happen.
I love watching the story line grow and mature with May, October, and Tibult (The King of Cats), they are definitely my favorite characters. Tibult especially, grows on me more and more through the series.
I recommend this series to anyone interested in a fairytale on more of a Grimms brothers level rather than Disney's version. I would also caution that even though the books get far better as they go, not to start in the middle. This is a story best told from the beginning
Seanan LOVES to torture characters. Oh god it's fun to read. Listen to. Thing.
Toby's never going to get a break. Ever. Get used to it. Learn to love it, as much as she herself hates it.
Every book in this series is better than the one before.
When I have to listen to a series more or twice for that matter it's impressive. McGuire is great at giving you just enough of information to send your imagination running wild. She creates characters like the sea witch actually likable, there are no flat or one-dimensional characters waiting here. Toby has grown and we were on the journey with her, she has finally gotten the point that she better find out her legacy, and learn how to use it to protect herself and those she loves. Give it a try but start at the beginning.
"Great ideas sometimes the writing gets in the way"
I enjoyed listening to this story. The stakes are high for Toby here - she is trying to stop a war and save children (again) and she is pushing herself beyond her limitations (again).
I find the first person narration irritating at times as the constant jokey/ ironically detached tone is often at odds with the emotional rollercoaster Toby Daye is on in this book. Perhaps that is in keeping with her personality and her position as neither fully Fae or truly human. But the constant reminders that as readers/ listeners we are meant to find this or that scenario hilarious because it is being underlined as such by the character narrating the story is unnecessary. Write the scene and if it is funny/ tragic/ ironic trust us to work that out. It is like those people who say "I am mad me!' If they have to tell you then they are boring and sane.
The narration was clear and appropriate though I find some of the voices a little odd Quentin sounds about 13 but he is a hulking great lad I am sure his voice has broken by now! Anyway worth listening to and great fun and sad and exciting. All the elements of a good fantasy.
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