The fifth book in McGuire’s Toby Daye series is of a piece with the first four —fast paced and plot driven with complicated alliances and enmities that new readers may find challenging, so start at the beginning. Toby’s an engaging protagonist and this book is eminently readable with one major caveat — the ongoing equating of a character’s evil actions with their mental illness; to some this may be both troubling and offensive.

Someone’s kidnapped the sons of the Duchess of Saltmist, an Undersea duchy, and Toby Daye has been given three days to find the missing boys and prove that the Queen of the Mists wasn’t involved: otherwise, there’ll be war between land and sea. Accompanied by Quentin (her new squire), the Luidaeg and Tybalt, Toby’s investigation takes her all over the city while she tries to find the individuals involved in the kidnapping. The investigation is potentially explosive, but the prospect of war is even more frightening, as it’s one that the land is not in a position to win. (DAW, Sep., 368 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs