One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire readalong week No3

Posted On 17 September 2016

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Today is week three of our radalong for One Salt Sea.

The schedule is below with relevant links.

Week 1: Saturday 3rd September, Chapters 1-9, hosted at Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Saturday 10th September, Chapters 10-18, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 3: Saturday 17th September, Chapters 19-29, hosted at Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 4: Saturday 24th September, Chapters 30-End, hosted at On Starships and Dragonwings

Now to the questions with the customary warning regarding spoilers

Firstly, I’m curious as to why Rayseline would want a war – any thoughts on this at all – is there something else at stake?

i don’t really understand Rayseline to be honest and I don’t understand what she would want to provoke a war for. I don’t see what she stands to gain really.  I almost wonder if she’s being used by somebody else although that doesn’t seem to be immediately apparent.

We got another visit from the night haunts – they seemed almost incredibly helpful and didn’t seem to require anything from Toby – do you think they’d be that helpful to just everyone or is Toby getting special treatment?

I think this aspect of the story is really fascinating to be honest.  I’m just really intrigued.  I don’t particularly feel any fear for Toby during these visits and I can’t help wondering if Toby’s own genetic make up and her affinity with blood has something to do with that?

All sorts of strange prophecies from the Roane – any light to cast on what they all mean?

Unfortunately as I’m away from home I can’t include my quotes!  But the Roxane did quite a bit of prophesising and none of it gave me a good feeling, I can’t help but worry about Toby’s daughter in all of this.

Raj is playing more of a role – are we going to have two squires as oppose to one do you think?

I think there’s a possibility or maybe I’m just hoping so.  I like the way Quinten and Raj interact and I think it would be really cool for him to spend more time with Toby.

The Luidaeg – always seems to know more than she lets on and only helps when circumstances are dire – any thoughts about why that is? 

I really don’t understand it. It feels like her hands are tied. Like there’s some external force or other being that won’t allow her to interfere with Toby’s comings and goings unless  things become really dire. She is a great character and one of my favourites to be honest. Just very mysterious!

Apologies for the brevity and lack of images but I’m away at the moment so a bit constrained. Can’t wait to read the outcome of this now.

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4 Responses to “One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire readalong week No3”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Rayseline is one of the more chilling characters in this series, because her malevolence seems to have no real reason, as if she just enjoyed being evil and making people suffer: there is something so very craftily deranged to her that makes my blood turn cold…

    • @lynnsbooks

      She’s a great character really. You can’t fault McGuire for coming up with such a despicable baddie.

  2. Danya @ Fine Print

    Oooooh I love One Salt Sea! I thought it was the real turning point for the series, when it goes from really good to great. The Luidaeg is a mystery, indeed! Her backstory is so fascinating, and I love how she’s always at the center of everything.

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of this book when you’re done. 🙂

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