For the last several books in the Toby Daye series, it’s been clear that we are building up to something. One Salt Sea took several large steps in answering some questions and showing us the direction (maybe) for Toby. We still have much more to learn but I feel that we are starting to see what and who Toby is meant to be.
The children of the Duchess of the Undersea have been kidnapped and the Queen of the Mists is suspected. There will be a war between the land and the sea if Toby can’t find the boys and bring them home.
There is so much more to OSS than a kidnapping mystery. Toby has to face many of her fears. Some are more serious (like the water – she can’t quite get over being turned into a fish for so many years). Others are kind of humorous (taking Quentin as a squire; I don’t think Toby ever imagined herself being tasked with training a pureblood Daoine Sidhe.)
It’s also becoming clear to Toby that she needs to get to the bottom of her relationship with Tybalt. While the reader could see his feelings as far back as book one, it’s taken her much longer to start to open her eyes to their friendship and potential for even more. Complicating matters is the fact that one of her first loves, Connor, is now a free man since Rayseline is on the run and he’s been granted an annulment of sorts. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a love triangle in the traditional sense. Both of these men have a lot of love and respect for Toby and she loves them both as well. But, let’s be honest, Tybalt has never really expressed his feelings outright and Connor has made it clear he wants Toby.
Toby is also learning more about her enhanced powers and the heritage she received from her mother. As we would expect, she struggles with this. Toby’s always considered herself an outsider Changeling. So, having blood sing to her through walls is going to take some getting used to.
With almost every series, it can take a few books before it hits its’ stride. For me, the Toby Daye series not only hit but pounded on its’ stride with One Salt Sea. It’s not perfect and there are a couple of things (related to Connor especially) that I kind of questioned but WOW. I sat on the edge of my seat, laughed and cried while reading. As I’m typing all I want to do is go pick up the next one to find out what’s going to happen.
I loved it. 5/5 stars. I loved it!