One of my issues with past October Daye
that Toby's investigations did not often make much sense. They felt
loose, with Toby wandering from place to place, action to action,
without any significant plot thread connecting each sequence or scene.
Toby often acted completely on impulse or instinct, or was simply
reacting to events around her, rather than following her own course of
action. So while the stories were still fun to read, her decisions and
the plots often left me frustrated as a reader. This is why they often
received only 3 or 4 stars: fun and interesting, but frustrating.
Not so with One Salt Sea
. This is the first
book in the series where I felt the plot was rock solid and Toby's
investigation into the two boys' disappearances made total sense. Toby
wasn't just reacting to the events around her, she was actively
controlling them and following the leads that she found as she
investigated. Toby's special abilities also factored into the search in
significant ways. Overall, it was a much more satisfying read as both
urban fantasy and mystery than any of the previous books.
In fact, the overall writing was excellent. Not just the plot was
rock solid, but the characters and their development as well. It was
smooth reading and great flow all the way through. While I enjoyed
Seanan's previous books in this series, I walked away from this book
I'm certainly looking forward to the sixth book in this series now,
and have even moved it up higher in my short TBR stack near my bed (as
opposed to the huge TBR stack that's relegated to a separate room). I'd
definitely recommend this book to any urban fantasy enthusiast.