Review: Late Eclipses & One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire


Late Eclipses
by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye series, Book 4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW, 2011
E-book, Purchased
372 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: October “Toby” Daye is half-human, half-fae-the only changeling who’s earned knighthood. But when someone begins targeting her nearest and dearest, it becomes clear that Toby is being set up to take the fall for everything that’s happening.


one-salt-seaOne Salt Sea
by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye series, Book 5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW, 2011
E-book, Purchased
354 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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…


Faerie may not always have been the kindest place to live, but it was still my home. I owed it to Gillian, To May, to Dare, and Tybalt and January, and all the others not to say that my life had been a mistake. Not when it had been so intertwined with theirs.

—from Late Eclipses


I just wasn’t anticipating Goblin assassins with crossbows pushing me into a situation where the only viable exit involved riding a mermaid’s wheelchair into the marina.
Sometimes I think my life is too complicated.

—from One Salt Sea

What worked for me:

  • I like so many characters in this series…Toby, May, Tybalt, Quentin, the Luidaeg. They’re well-rounded characters and we learn a little more about them with each book. I especially like the look into Tybalt’s world.
  • The world building is excellent. I like the San Francisco setting and the way Seanan McGuire uses the terrain around San Francisco.
  • Written in first person which works, because Toby is such an interesting character with a great inner voice.
  • The setting of much of One Salt Sea (in the ocean) is so different and imaginative.
  • The mysteries are good.
  • Some characters (Queen of the Mists, for example) aren’t very nice or predictable–but sometimes Toby has to interact with them and even work for them. That keeps the series interesting.
  •  I’ve always considered Connor a weak character, but we get to know him a little better in One Salt Sea.

What didn’t work:

  • It is heartbreaking when a character I like dies. I think this is also a strength of the series, but it’s also sad for me to see characters I like die.

My thoughts:

This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series and I’m not too many books behind now. 😉 I read both of these books last fall and then forgot to do the reviews. 😦 Writing the review of these two books has made me eager to start the next book. Ashes of Honor is the next book and Chimes at Midnight–book 7–was published last fall so I’m nearly caught up! I think I even bought those books last fall!


If you like urban fantasy this is a series I recommend. Have you read any of the books yet?