Song Of The Current by Sarah TolcserSong Of The Current by Sarah Tolcser

Song Of The Current

bySarah Tolcser

Hardcover | June 6, 2017

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Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late.

So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport mysterious cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.

But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father's life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she could have never imagined.

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.
Title:Song Of The CurrentFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.4 × 5.76 × 1.37 inShipping dimensions:8.4 × 5.76 × 1.37 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1681192977

ISBN - 13:9781681192970


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fantasy novel about facing your fate This is a book that is characteristically, everything that I want in a fantasy book. There are gods and lore surrounding them, pirates and sailing, kingdoms and revolutionaries, strong characters and development, a pinch of swoon worthy romance, and of course some magic. This book is so so good. Caro grew up with her father, sailing on the river and has heard stories of the Oresteias her whole life. Oresteias are bold. Oresteias are favoured by the god beneath the river. She tries to embody this as much as she can as that is very much who she belives that she is and it is her fate to one day captain the wherry that she grew up on with her father. It unsettles her that she can't hear the god at the bottom of the river, as it confirms her own insecurites of being "not a real Oresteia" since she takes on her mother's bronze colouring and her father's red hair. And while hs is insecure about her standing as a "real Oresteia", she will soon find that she's destined for much greater things. She is strong and insecure and compassionate and takes no shit from the sexist wherrymen. Markos, Markos, Markos. What character development! We meet him as an arrogant, snooty and vain young man in the book. It's clear he's highborn in the way that he dresses and the way that he acts when he finds himself in the company of Caro and on the 'small, dirty wherry'. And while he's making the best of his circumstances and has escaped from an awful situation he is coping with his snootiness and arrogance. However, as the book goes on we learn that he is willing to die for those that he loves. He becomes this character that has changed thanks to his journey and actually he's quite dashing and interesting. There is indeed a very steamy kiss scene in this book, towards the very end which involves Markos asking Caro for consent every time before he does something. It's very steamy and very swoonworthy. Caro and Markos understand each other, in the short time that they've been around each other. He would never ask her to stay in one place and abandon her boatfaring ways and she has no desire to marry him or have him promise her anything more than what they currently have.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review I’ve skimmed a few reviews for Song of the Current, and I can see where people are coming from on this one. I’m reading my thoughts from after I finished it in March, and I can definitely see how conflicted I felt after reading it. I thought Song of the Current was enjoyable at some points, but slow at others. I remember reading it and just sitting there as the plot plodded along. Still, there were moments where I really enjoyed Song of the Current. There were moments that had me laughing out loud. I really did enjoy this book’s sense of humour. This book also kept sucking me in, and then distancing me from the story. There would be long stretches where I would want to keep reading, but then I would suddenly lose interest and want to put the book down as I neared the end of the chapter. It was kind of frustrating. I know that some people are going to be bothered by the “sailor speak” in this book, but I found it made the book feel more authentic. Plus, without it we would have never gotten the moments where Caro gets frustrated with the love interest for not knowing what she means. One of my notes just says “I ship it”, which is true. I love the love interest and Caro together. It’s a hate to love romance, so if you like that sort of thing you’re sure to like this. The romance is 90% of the reason I want to read the sequel. If my ship sinks in the next book I’m going to be very sad. I also really liked the world-building. It was so interesting to see the different gods, and to see which places abandoned their gods. It was heart-breaking to see Caro believe so strongly in the river god that has helped her family for generations, yet get nothing from him in return. There was another god that was really interesting to see as well, but they weren’t mentioned in the synopsis The ending kind of left me uninterested in continuing with the next book. I had to read the sequel’s synopsis to actually want to continue on. There just doesn’t seem to be enough conflict at the end of Song of the Current for there to be a sequel. Everything ends relatively nicely. Sure there are some unanswered questions, but they aren’t questions I feel I won’t be able to not know the answers to. Overall, Song of the Current was well-done, but it left me feeling conflicted. It has therefore earned 3 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A whole lot of fun! Fantastic world building (with a stellar map), pirates, banter, romance, and myth - Song of the Current has a ton of elements I love to see in books. Caro is a fiesty, stubborn girl and an excellent protagonist. She doesn't sacrifice who she is for anybody or anything. Until Markos comes along and begins to push her buttons. I wasn't a big fan of him at first, but steadily, he grew on me. The same can be said for the pace of the story. It took about a third of the book before I really began to be invested, but once I was I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my top 5 books of 2017 I loved this wholeheartedly — it's the pirate-esque fantasy I've always wanted, with interesting characters, relationships with depth, diversity, and a page-turning plot. I guessed one of the plot twists but was overjoyed that I was right. I am on pins and needles waiting for the sequel and can't wait to see what Tolcser comes up with next!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 - solid start An interesting book and concept/plot for sure. I am absolutely obsessed with fiction books related to mermaids and pirates and sea-life. Because of that, I did really enjoy the book. I found it plotted a little weirdly since I didn't feel like there was a climax or a conclusion yet neither was there a cliffhanger. This wasn't bad, just odd and it may be because this is a debut piece for the author. I was really fascinated by the relationships of everyone (romance, family, friends, etc.). I enjoyed the slow burn/not insta-love with Caroline. I really liked the magic and spirits/gods element of the story and I hope we definitely get more of that in the next book. Finally, the cover is gorgeus and I am really happy I picked this book up. I will absolutely be getting the sequel when it comes out.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Debut! 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. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer had been on my watch list for awhile, then my June TBR, so as soon as it was released in Canada on June 6th, 2017, I was off to the book store to pick it up! And it did not disappoint -  Song of the Current instantly swept me away to a world of fantasy, pirates and danger that is not to be missed!  I was instantly impressed by the depth of world-building Tolscer was able to engage in, without making the beginning of the book feel like a complete information dump. Infusing a quick-to-the-action plot with plenty of detail, Tolscer dives write in, wasting no time flinging her heroine, a sassy and independent teenage wherrywoman by the name of Caro, into dangerous waters. Fans of action, fantasy, romance and pirates will surely find something to love in this one, since there's a plethora of all that, and more.  Now let's get to my favourite part - the strong female characters that riddle the pages of this book! Evidently there's Caro (Caroline Oresteia), our swash-buckling, fearless heroine with plenty to say and even more tricks up her sleeve. But the fun doesn't end there - there's Fee, the female frogmen who travels with Caro and her father. She may be a woman of few words, but her words have power, and she, like Caro, is versed in the ways of the river, in addition to be unafraid of taking on pirates and shadowmen, among other roguish figures. Then there's Kente, Caro's vivacious and headstrong cousin, who is not only a rebellious runaway, but the keeper of a dark and powerful secret. And last, but not least, is Caro's Ma - a woman whose power precedes her, who has carved a path for herself in the business world of men. These women shape the direction of the story, and leave the men of the tale - Caro's father, Markos, pirates and emperor's alike - no choice but to follow their lead.  Turning my attention to the story and writing quality, I have to say - I wasn't sure what to expect, but knowing Tolscer was a first-time author, I was definitely expecting something a bit more juvenile and simplistic. And while the writing was definitely a bit juvenile in it's tone, Tolscer made up for it with the quality and pace of the plot, in addition to enough twists to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. So no, Tolscer's writing isn't fantastic, but it certainly doesn't distract from the fantastic tale she's managed to weave.  Overall, Song of the Current is definitely one to add to your shelves! Full of action, deception, romance, and (of course) pirates, Tolscer has woven together everything you could want from a YA Fantasy book about a young woman trying to find her way among the people of a harsh and unforgiving river (4/5). 
Date published: 2017-06-19

Editorial Reviews

"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