One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire

May 16th, 2023 Kimberly Review 8 Comments

16th May

I am continuing my journey with the October Daye urban fantasy series on audio. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire is the fifth novel. Suspense, heartbreak, and the threat of war between land and sea await you in this action-packed, brilliant tale.

One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
One Salt Sea
by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #5
Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 12 hours and 39 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.5x

October "Toby" Daye is settling into her new role as Countess of Goldengreen. She's actually dating again, and she's taken on Quentin as her squire. So, of course, it's time for things to take a turn for the worse.

Someone has kidnapped the sons of the regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must find the missing boys and prove the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction. 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...


Someone has kidnapped the sons of the Duchess Dianda Lorden, regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. Toby is tasked with finding the sons and stopping whoever is behind it while clearing the Queen of the Mist of any wrongdoing. If she fails, war will begin between land and sea. To succeed, she will need the help of her allies and a lot of luck. Coffee would be good too.

I am having a blast with this series and with each audiobook I learn more about the world, characters and protagonists. Toby is a hero, not by choice but by her driving sense of duty and need to protect the innocent.

The tale will take us below the sea and into the woods as we face dangers in our hunt to unmask the villains. The story was well-paced with touching moments between Toby, Conner, Tybalt, and the Linberg. Quentin has a new role, and Danny comes to their aid. Everyone had a part to play and I enjoyed seeing them work together.

The story will tug at your heartstrings and is filled with love, loss, betrayal and incredible character growth. Before it’s all done, things will be changed and not all will be among us. One thing’s for sure, there is never a dull moment when your name is October Daye.

If you enjoy rich characters and well-developed worlds, you’ll want to begin the October Daye series. Mary Robinette Kowal does a splendid job giving voice to these characters and setting the tone for this well-written fantasy. I highly recommend listening.

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About Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather. When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats. Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the "Velveteen vs." superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now.

About Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Spare Man,The Glamourist Histories series, Ghost Talkers, and the Lady Astronaut Universe. She is part of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Uncanny, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary Robinette, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. She lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

8 Responses to “One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire”

  1. Ailyn Koay

    sounds like something i can binge on! I am assuming I have to read it in order.