Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books on June 6, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 373 Format: ARC Source: Library
This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.
Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.
Lured in by the promise of pirates and sailing, I jumped at the chance to read Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer. Thankfully this tale delivered an exciting journey as Caroline Oresteia, Caro for short, takes on a task to help her father. It’s a decision that throws her life into chaos and presents danger at every turn, but certainly makes for a compelling story.
As a confident, tenacious lady sailor, Caroline makes for one hell of a cool main character. She’s struggling to find her place in terms of sailing and her future, but still manages to get the job done. Making the task more difficult is a mysterious, pain in the butt boy who grows on you as the story unfolds. Personally I also really enjoyed Caro’s cousin Kente who adds a certain panache to the pages.
The worldbuilding in this one was so understated and yet absolutely perfect. The mythos of the river and wherry community gave life to the water and inspired this setting as a character in itself. Plus the political undertones fueling the journey made the consequences of actions so much more real. Even the bits of fantasy were woven in brilliantly to the point where I could believe frogmen helped on every boat I’ve been on.
This title pulls the reader in right from the start, taking them on a roller coaster of events and emotions. It’s definitely action packed but the narrative felt weighed down in places. The lulls between fights were abrupt and prevented the tale from flowing smoothly. Other nitpicks were the romantic elements feeling a bit forced and that some of the revelations were predictable.
Overall I really enjoyed Sarah Tolscer’s Song of the Current. It was fast paced with intriguing elements and I loved the banter between the main characters. Plus I love all things sailing, seas, and ships. Despite my small issues throughout the book, I just could not put it down. I would definitely recommend this to loads of people especially those who share my pirate love.
So are you excited for Song of the Current? Interested in the sailing mythos? Ready to captain your own pirate crew?
Let me know in the comments below!