Review: One Salt Sea

One Salt Sea
One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When the Duchess of Satlmist’s sons are abducted and she accuses the Queen of the Mists of the crime, October “Toby” Daye has her hands full trying to prevent a war between the land and the sea. As Toby follows the clues, she soon realizes that they lead in a disturbing direction and the culprit is someone not averse to striking closer to home than Toby expects.

This series is gaining in momentum and there are some significant developments in this installment that will obviously take Toby into new and unexplored directions.

McGuire’s world building is fantastic. It is not easy to imagine the undersea, which is a world so different from ours, but she manages to convey all of the nuances including a variety of creatures and even the floating hair. It is also becoming clear that the Fae are an exceedingly prejudiced species and their discriminatory policies may just be their downfall.

The love triangle between Toby, Tybalt and Connor thankfully comes to an end. I’m not a fan of this trope and this one has the added irritation of being weak and unbelievable as Connor cannot even come close to truly competing with Tybalt. It is as if his character is simply there to provide another obstacle to Toby and Tybalt realizing their feelings and being together. Totally unnecessary.

The villain of the piece is not wholly unexpected, but there are some compelling twists and turns. It will be interesting to see what happens next.
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