Title: The Unkindest Tide
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #13
Publisher: DAW
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Pages: 366
Book Source: NetGalley

“Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong.

When the Luidaeg–October “Toby” Daye’s oldest and most dangerous ally–tells her the time has come for the Selkies to fulfill their side of the bargain, and that Toby must be a part of the process, Toby can’t refuse. Literally. The Selkies aren’t the only ones in debt to the Luidaeg, and Toby has to pay what she owes like anyone else. They will travel to the fabled Duchy of Ships and call a convocation of the Selkies, telling them to come and meet the Luidaeg’s price…or face the consequences.

Of course, nothing is that simple. When Dianda Lorden’s brother appears to arrest Dianda for treason against the Undersea, when a Selkie woman is stripped of her skin and then murdered, when everything is falling apart, that’s when Toby will have to answer the real question of the hour.

Is she going to sink? Or is she going to swim?” – Amazon

Kim’s Review

I’ve been reading the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire since the first book, Rosemary and Rue. If I have a conversation with you and we start talking about books, I will for sure mention McGuire and one of her excellent series, such as the InCryptid series, the Wayward Children series, or this one. She is one of the few authors that I actively search for as to when her next book is coming out.

So it makes me sad to not give The Unkindest Tide five stars or even four. I wasn’t completely let down by the reading experience. Toby finally has to pay for all the favors the Luidaeg has granted her over the years. But the payment felt light. Just like this book felt light. But I expect a lot more from McGuire because I know she has the writing talent to be able to deliver.

One of the things that I enjoy so much with the October Daye series is the details in the story. The Fae and all the other mythical people and creatures have very complex lineages, customs, and rules. McGuire’s books need to be written in depth to encompass all of these details. To me, this book was a shadow of previous books. The story was still there but the depth of The Unkindest Tide was light and airy.

Will I still recommend the Toby Daye series? Of course. Will I read the next book in this series? Yes. Do I think you should read this one. Yes, especially if you’ve been reading the rest of the series. I would love to hear what you’ve thought of The Unkindest Tide if you decide to read it.

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