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Song of the Current Hardcover – June 6, 2017
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"This enticingly written tale will take readers on an adventure and leave them craving more. For fans of titles such as Heidi Heilig’s The Girl from Everywhere or Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch. Highly recommended for all YA collections." - starred review, School Library Journal
"Caro's description of her boat home, the Cormorant, will make even readers unfamiliar with sailing feel as though they belong on the water with her. Tolcser blends the right amount of epic fantasy, sea voyage, and romance for a rollicking, swashbuckling adventure." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews
"A fantastical tale of survival and finding one’s place in the world . . . perfect for fans of swashbuckling pirate tales and works by Victoria Aveyard and Leigh Bardugo." - VOYA
"First-time author Tolcser has created a hearty sea adventure, laced with romance and fantasy." - Booklist
"Kristin Cashore’s heroines find a worthy sister in Caro; readers will eagerly await her further adventures in the hinted-at sequel." - BCCB
"Adventurous and dangerous! Fate and fires, pirates and shadowmen, Song of the Current will carry you into a treacherous and fantastic world, which you will not want to leave." - Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL
About the Author
Sarah Tolcser lives in New Orleans, where she is an elementary technology teacher. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she double majored in writing and philosophy. She enjoys video games and NBA basketball. She is married, with two cats.
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I don't know how to start this review. I have written words and deleted words multiple times and looked up synonyms for "great." No matter what I say, it won't truly describe how much I loved this book. From the start, you could tell that Song of the Current was going to be a non-stop adventure. The plot is your basic political betrayal, but it pulled from a lot of other happenings in the Song of the Current world which I'm eagerly awaiting to learn more about in the sequel.
Characters: Be still my heart; Caro was everything and I wanted and more. Raised by her father, Caroline wasn't afraid to get down and dirty and would do anything to protect her home. She was headstrong, fearless, and unsure of her place in life. I loved her because she thought that she was destined for a quiet river life and saw herself as a "sidekick" in someone else's story.
Caro was also biracial and I found it really interesting how Tolcser handled race relations in this fantasy world. I recommend checking out this blog post the author wrote before reading Song of the Current, because it's great insight into Tolcser's intentions and hopes for Caro's portrayal.
Okay enough of that, can we talk about the kissing? Because the kissing, it killed me guys! The romance was my all-time favorite trope of "enemies-to-lovers" and those two were at each other's throats 90% of the time. The banter was witty and had me laughing out loud at times, and I absolutely adored how the author wrote their journey to each other and her subtle thoughts on love and attraction.
Worldbuilding: Sarah Tolcser wrote one of the most authentic fantasy worlds I've seen in a while. Tolcser clearly had a deep love for life on water and her passion for it spilled onto the pages. She incorporated regional dialects, traditions, and local mythologies. Song of the Current took place mostly on water but it never felt limiting. I grew to love wherryman life and easily fell into Caro's day to day motions on the river.
Short N Sweet: Song of the Current took my breath away with Caro's sass and the beauty of the river lands. This is a series I'll be talking about for a long time.
Caro is our heroine. And she doesn't need someone to save her, thankyouverymuch. She has everything figured out, while she's waiting to hear from the river god, like the rest of her ancestors. She takes on cargo to save her father, and soon finds herself in the middle of a great adventure. The cargo isn't just any old shipment - it is a courier with a vital message to be delivered. There's pirates, fights, and a love story with Tarquin ... who isn't quite what he seems. Caro learns to trust herself, trust others, and finally finds her destiny in the sea.
I highly recommend this - I can't wait for the next one - I want to know what happens next!
I had the opportunity to read SONG OF THE CURRENT before publication, and I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the writing. I've never really had any interest in sailing or boating, but this made Caro's wherry and the river itself seem like such an AWESOME place to be. I'm in awe of books where the atmosphere is so well written that you don't feel like you're being bowled over by setting, and Sarah is masterful at developing a sense of *place.* This book belongs on everyone's shelf.
It's truly a fun, funny read that has great heart. I was sad to finish it, but it's the kind of book that'd be even more enjoyable on a re-read. I look forward to revisiting the fantastic characters and setting.
The Greek names are also a nice change from the typical fantasy ones.
The themes of looking for your life adventures and not waiting for them to come to you and also the belief in a higher (even if found lower) being guiding our lives are grounding base elements often missing in today's crazy world.
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