One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
Reviewed by Ginny!!
I also have reviews for Book 4 – Late Eclipses
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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
What I drank prior: beer and white wine.
Spoiler-free Overview: so this is the fifth book in the series. If you havent read the earlier books please read or look those up first otherwise youll be confused. Toby yet again has enough power to be in danger but not enough power to stay safe. Shes in chaege of pregenting a war between land and sea by finding the kidnapped children of the sea rulers. The are obviously some issues startong with insults to certain land creatures can become a death sentence and Toby doesnt quite understand sea politics (which is fait)
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this might be my davorite book in the series so far. Toby is finally emotionallh recovering from so much and also there’s and underwater society. Ive always loved thoze (if Incould have lived in the ovean world ffom Pendragon book 2 I would) but this booo broight in old favorites while continuing to add to thenuniverse.
Characters: toby is still a badadd. I loved the way certain vharacters keep getting built ul (the Luideag is kind of awesome and I do so enjoy learning more about her). The new characters were also great. One of the things I enjoy aboit Seanan Mcguire as an author is her way of describing people really quickly. There will be a line or two that perfectly encapsulate a character making all od their othsr actions make sense and its beautodul to read. Especially because the mkre you read the more yoh pick up on tose lines when they happen.
Plot: this book doesnt have the most inventice of the Toby Daye plots. She’s told to find the princes and she goes on an incestigation to do so. This book doesnt wxactly have some of the wild twists and turns that some of the previous books did but it was still an absolute blast. Soemthing doesnt need to be putelh original to have value. Besides how many books are gonna have the main characyer using a mermaid in a wheelchair to escape the baddies.
Writing Style: pretty cool.
World building: even in the beginning whem I wasnt sure I wanted to continue with this series, the world building was what kept me coming back. Every book in this series. Uulds upon whag came before. Characters and locations grow and get more depth and its stunning how much fun this place is to play in.
What to pair it with: a shot of tequila with salt on the rim.
Rating: 5/5 Shots