Oh I do so long the Song of the Current duology!
Whisper of The Tide was a fantastic sequel, althoooough I admit, I thought it was a trilogy??!! So I didn’t go in expecting this to be THE END. I did love how it wrapped up! I just…wait…wait I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I was not emotionally prepared for this omg.
It’s such an imaginative series though, and it totally feels like a movie playing out on the page! Pirates and sea drakons and petulant princes and badass female captains. This is the quality content I live for.
May be mild spoilers for the first book!? But I will attempt to keep everything as non-spoilery as possible!
I love the adventures Caro goes on with her pirate ship, her complicated love of a monarch, and the dangers of being chosen by a sea god.
Her life is the exact opposite of lowkey, let’s be real here. I really loved how ferociously PIRATEY we got here. Yes, “piratey” is a word. All the kids are saying it these days. Caro now has her own ship (that she, um, stole obviously) and she’s doing her best to keep Markus alive (which goes badly because everyone wants him dead) and we are about to get involved in a plot that contains:
☆ treasure maps
☆ enemies turning into allies
☆ assassination plots
☆ marooned isles!!
☆ plots to kill the future empharch
☆ a teaset that actually gets smashed for no reason which is such a shame
☆ girls supporting girls!
☆ an actual moment where Caro says she’ll let he assassins at Markos if he doesn’t shut up for 2 seconds
☆ plots and schemes AND TWISTS
Caro is SUCH a fantastic narrator! I continue to adore her!
She’s struggling with being “chosen” by the sea god in this one, since the god is a sassy monster and has 0% interest in what Caro actually wants. So they’re having a very nervous and quiet war here, because Caro has NO IDEA what she can get away with. Caro’s also figuring out who she is and how that meshes with her love for Markos. OR CAN IT MESH WITH MARKOS???!?!? As the blurb says, there’s a bit of a twist with Markos now needing to marry someone else to get allies to get his throne back. I wouldn’t say it was a love triangle, but it ain’t smooth sailing. *
* I literally couldn’t resist. SHIP PUNS ALL ROUND.
I also love how it celebrated women! Yes the world is still sexist, but not suffocatingly so. Caro had to prove herself and she and the other women had to shove back at the patriarchy. BUT Caro actually has a plot! THE WHOLE TIME. I loved this. And she also (a) encourages other women to pursue their dreams, (b) has a close friendship with her female cousin, (c) and at one point she meets a scientist who likes pretty clothes and makeup. Caro pulls herself up when she thinks that’s weird and goes, “Well why can’t she like both?!” AND YES. I LIVE FOR THESE NARRATIONS IN YA.
There’s definitely a lot packed into the plot! It starts off pretty slowly, but the ending is like BAM BAM do u still have feels haha not anymore BAM BAM. So that was fantastic. I read the whole thing in one day!
Admittedly I did love the first book better and I wish I’d had time to reread it before starting this one! Also Caro and Markus’ storylines diverge in this one…which means, yup. Much less snarky sassy bickering banter. I sorely missed it.
This duology is the swashbuckling tale of pirates and seas, treasure and conspiracies, that I’ve definitely always wanted! The writing and characters are superb, the story felt fresh and alive, and I WISH TO GO SAILING NOW, SOMEONE GET ME A TRICORN HAT.
THANK YOU BLOOMSBURY FOR THE REVIEW-COPY. Whisper Of the Tide (Song Of The Current #3) by Sarah Tolcser was published July 2018.
The second in the immersive series set along the waterways of a fantasy world, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir.
Caro has settled into a routine: Wake, eat breakfast, try to figure out who is going attempt to assassinate Markos today. The currents aren’t exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the Akhaian throne is largely unsupported. Without military strength he doesn’t have a chance. Relief appears on the horizon when a powerful Archon wants to side with Markos in his fight for the throne. But in exchange for an army, Markos must marry the Archon’s daughter. They must decide which is more important: their love for each other or the fate of Akhaia. And Caro will have to decide if her destiny is to sail with the tide, or chart her own course.
With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and devastating romance, Sarah Tolcser weaves another epic story about chasing fate.