Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Song of the Current, Book One
by Sarah Tolcser
Bloomsbury Children's Book
YA Fantasy
373 pages

JUNE 6th, 2017!!!

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.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.


This book sets sails into fast-paced adventure with a girl, who no man should ever dare to take on. . .or offend her ship.

Caro's content sailing with her father over the rivers and delivering cargo. She dreams of taking over the small trading ship herself someday. But fate has other plans. When her father is captured and locked away, she must deliver a secret cargo or never see him again. This cargo, however, isn't what it appears to be and soon, the entire world seems to be after her.

There's something magical about pirate ships and open seas full of unknown danger, and this story has tons of both and more. Caro is a spunky character, who is daring, brave, and more capable than anyone gives her credit for. But these skills aren't inborn. She's spent years learning the trade and makes her fair share of mistakes. This is what makes her so endearing. 

The cast surrounding her adds all the right spice and life. Caro's best ship mate, Fee, is frog folk and although she only speaks one word at a time, by far the wisest and most interesting crew member in the book. Caro's parents add a constant push and pull, while putting in a sense of family and the support only blood bonds can give. There's a hero too--arrogant, snippy, but with a warm heart. He comes across a bit ridiculous at times and wasn't always easy to sympathize with. But the romance, with all of it's sharp back and forth, creates an air of fun without overwhelming the main, action-packed plot. There is an intimate scene, but this is by no means explicit and demonstrates definite mutual consent.

My favorite part of this tale is the world building. The author sets up a magical world, which is easy to get submerged in and feel at home. The play of 'gods' and supernatural abilities is delivered with a subtle tone and never overpowers the importance of sweat, clever thought and hard work and experience. 

There were a few stumbles in some of the background information--the opposing political desires and plots were a bit mumble-jumbled. And the ending, although wrapping up the loose ends, didn't hold the power it might have, smoothing down with too much ease and grace.

Fans of high-sea adventures, kick-butt heroines, snarky romances and action pure will surely enjoy this book. Especially since there are so many possibilities still unexplored, which promise an exciting series in the future.

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