Song of the Current (Song of the Current #1)
by Sarah Tolcser
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.
What do you do when your destiny is bigger than you were told?
Caro has always been told that the river god will call for her when she is ready. She has been straining to hear the call for as long as she can remember. Caro decides to take her destiny into her own hands and takes on her father’s job to transport cargo in exchange for her father’s freedom. Caro was given strict rules to dealing with the cargo she was in charge of, and like any normal human with a sense of curiosity she opens the crate and Hello story.
Caro is such a great character, she is strong and independent, she seems to have a good head on her shoulders and she doesn’t take crap from anyone. She is determined to get this cargo delivered to its destination, despite pirates trying to hunt her down for what is on her ship. She is quick thinking and sharp witted when it comes to dodging them.
There is magic in this book, but it’s not overly saturated, it is it used just in a way that helps tell the story but not so much that it takes away from Caro.
Family is of key importance in this book; Caro is willing to take on this dangerous shipment to save her father. Her mother is not so much a part of this book until later on. She is very focused on her job, but is still there to help Caro when she needs it.
My only issue was with all the ship terms that were used in the book, I think it would have been a bit helpful if there was a glossary in the back to help those of us don’t have our sea legs.
I cannot wait to see what adventures Caro has ahead of her in the next book.