Song of the Current absolutely blew me out of the water with its levels of epic.
Also please pause for a moment because I just made a PUN. HA! Because it’s a book about smugglers, pirates, ships and rivers, get it? Yes you get it. You’re clever.
I’m always really keen to find delicious pirate-esque books and this one doesn’t disappoint!
I mean, I need to train for my future career of course! Haha…Just, um, kidding. This book features a lot of smuggling, ships, river gods, aesthetically pleasing settings, badass female captains, personified rivers and seas, and the tiniest squish mention of a water drakon — and so many delicious fish fingers. *
It’s ABOAT time I found a FERRY impressive book about sailing, because OH BUOY are we in sore need of REELY good ship books in our lives. I’d LAKE to say I’m in love and leave it at that….buuuuut SCHOONER or later I’ll need to actually get on and write a sensible review.
Let’s carry on before I kill us with puns. ARMADA here. **
* I’m lying. Fish fingers are NOT delicious. All fish is gross and should not be eaten.
** A little contrived? All of it? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT WAS. BOOM.
One of my favourite things has to be the world building!
Which is a big deal for me because usually I find world building hopelessly lacking in YA fantasy. But the aesthetics were awesome, okay?!? Most of the book is set trawling through rivers, and I could just feel the murky depths and the jungles and the wherries catching the right tides as they slink up and down jungle infested rivers. I COULD SEE IT ALL. It was perfect and brilliant. #aesthetic
And to top off the world-building win, it had a unique and interesting magic system AND an intoxicatingly vicious political backstory. I didn’t even get confused or overwhelmed! Details were sparse but pointed. I was HOOKED. *
* Haha okay I promise I’ll stop.
The characters were also buckets of splendour.
I particularly loved our leading lady, Caro. She’s stubborn and feisty and loyal and brave. She’s in love with the water and her boat and when her dad gets thrown into jail for not smuggling something for the royalty? CARO DOES IT. Aka she gets a letter of the marque and becomes a privateer. Caro…my hero. She’s also biracial! And she will stab you in the eye if you insult her ship, which seems fair.
I also loved the romance!
It’s a hate-to-love fest with Caro getting entangled with an important and stuffily vain boy who needs her help. Their banter is EXCEPTIONAL. Mostly because they hate each other. I ship these two onboard their little ship as the most aesthetic of ships. #PetitionToDrownCaitIfSheSaysSHIPOneMoreTime Markos is forever my favourite. He dresses nicely, he has no idea what anything does on a ship (#relatable), and he fiercely loves his family (who aren’t so great but what can you do) and he is badass when he’s finished being vain. Basically: the most insufferable and beautiful boy.
I can’t but help appreciating someone who wears a nice coat before charging into a fight.
The plot was engaging the whole time!
Although all the sea/ship explanations lost me. However it did make the book feel REEL. * I mean, oh look there’s a piece of rope and the ship has a bow and stuff goes boom. But you can also tell the author really knows her ships! And I loved that there was plenty of sailing, sneaking, gunshots, and everyone skulking around like pirates. Which they kind of were, so #nice. Also plenty of FIGHTS and moments of direness.
* Haha you thought I was going to stop punning. HA @ you.
- I did guess all the plot twists. So either I read too much or they were a little predictable.
- It didn’t really grab me emotionally? But then I am also a Vulcan.
- But I just felt SAFE the whole time and I would’ve like to have me timbers shook.
This is definitely a book I thoroughly shout at you to read!
It is a murky stories of rivers and pirates, smugglers and guns, sea gods and monsters. It was beautifully and engagingly written with characters I fell totally in love with! I WANT MORE. I love love looooved the ending.
I adored how much it empowered women and just gave us the badass female sea captains we’ve all been longing for.
I am in oar.
THANK YOU TO BLOOMSBURY FOR THE REVIEW-COPY. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer is published July, 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.
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