… changeling private investigator, October Daye? In Seanan McGuire’s One Salt Sea*, Toby discovers the lengths that people will reach to start a war. Someone in the fae community is trying to start a war between the land and the sea by kidnapping the Undersea Duchess of Saltmist’s two sons and implicating the Queen of the Mists in the crime. The fae will do a lot to one another, but children are rare and precious. Someone who is willing to kidnap and harm them is desperate and even more dangerous than usual. Toby only has three days to find and stop them. She would do the job anyway, to prevent the war and save the children, but her foes will make the job much more personal before everything is done.
The October Daye novels are an excellent urban fantasy series set in the San Francisco area. They feature non-stop action, with a little romance for spice. A wide variety of fae (both pure- and mixed-blood) inhabit these books, from Daoine Sidhe and Pixies to Merrow and Naiads. Most of them are of Celtic or European origin, but not all. Both different races and specific individuals are well developed, with their own traits and quirks.
Reading the earlier books in the series will help you understand the characters and their history together, but enough background is worked into this novel to let you dive right into the story. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Fran (staff)