You might be asking how I got a copy of the unreleased book? It was a prize for a treasure hunt where I called every Toys R' Us in the greater Seattle area. And then it took some hefty bargaining with lunargypsie to get her stamp of approval.
Oh well, the things you do for love and good books. And I am glad I did!
Where do I begin? First, it's a fast and engaging read and I was hooked pretty much near the beginning of the story. As the story progressed, there were lots of "Oh crap" moments where things just went from bad to worse for Toby. I'd even say that there was an "oh fuck" moment in the third act. There were moments, especially in the third act where I cried, turning the pages one after another.
Here's what the product page on Amazon says...
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.And really, this doesn't even cover half of what's going on. Which is good in my opinion.
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...
I was very happy to see more of my favorite character in the series, the Luidaeg, and learn more about her and her line. Color me very, very happy.
Hands down, this is my favorite October Daye novel to date, knocking An Artificial Night out of that position. Further more, Deadline and One Salt Sea are currently brawling for which is my favorite book by Seanan.
I'd write more, but I need to get ready for a concert tonight so I'll leave you with this: If you've read any of the Toby books pre-order this book now. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Seriously, I'm not kidding.