(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on June 6th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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.
Are you looking for a Fantasy YA with a pirate feel to it? If so, you should definitely check out Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser. The main character is Caro and she knows she is destined to live her life on the river but she is also worried as the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet and she wonders if he ever will.
I loved Caro. She knows what she wants and she is willing to do whatever she needs to in order to protect her friends and family. She definitely faces off with some tough situations but manages to find her way through and figure out what her fate truly is.
When her father is arrested, Caro takes on a task that she knows may create bigger issues for her than she might be prepared to handle. When she realizes what she has really agreed to, Caro finds herself in a situation where she has to decide what she really wants for herself and what she is willing to do for it.
I don’t want to give much away here but there happens to be a courier that Caro encounters and the banter these two have was fantastic. The way their relationship was developed was one of my favorite parts of the book and I need more of these two.
In addition to that, I thought Tolcser did a wonderful job of pulling me into the world Caro lives in. Despite spending a lot of time on the water/on a boat, the story never felt stuck or dragged. There was plenty of action, danger, and some swoony bits that kept me turning the pages and because I needed to see what was going to happen next.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series. If you don’t have this on your radar, definitely go add this to your TBR shelf right now. It has great characters and an interesting story and I don’t know how I’m going to wait until 2018 to see what happens in the next.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy!