September 2017 Reviews

Song of the Current

Description from Goodreads:

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.


Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser has 373 pages and was published in 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books.

Song of the Current is an exceptional coming-of-age novel about a young girl who is desperate to find her place in the world. While trying to understand her own destiny, she embarks on a thrilling journey that she never expected. Caroline soon discovers that her future may hold more for her than she ever dreamed if she can only let go of the past.

Sarah Tolcser has written a remarkable debut novel. It has action, adventure, romance and suspense. This book includes magical elements but it does not take over the entire story line. The only minor fault I can find is the use of technical nautical terms that some readers (such as myself) might not be familiar with. However, it is possible, even for land-lovers, to get the gist of what is happening.

The heroine, Caroline Oresteia, is sassy and independent. She certainly isn’t waiting for Prince Charming (or in this case the Emparch of Akhaia) to come along and rescue her. Markos Andela is the perfect male protagonist; brave, intelligent and flirtatious.

Cannot wait until the sequel comes out in 2018.

Rated: 4 Plot Monster Spiders


Notable Quotes:

“Akhaia must be a wonderful empire,” I said. “I guess that’s why little bits of it keep cutting themselves off to become independent.”
― Sarah TolcserSong of the Current

“Something inside all of us is always calling out to the world…That’s what magic is. When something in the world calls back.”
― Sarah TolcserSong of the Current

MDW original review. Source: Library.



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