Song of the Current, by Sarah Tolcser | Book Review #389

31450960Caroline 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.


I knew little of nothing when I started reading Song of the Current. Actually, I didn’t know much about it other than Song of the Current being a YA Fantasy-Romance, and that the hardcover for this book is simply stunning.

“Sometimes,” he said with a wistful half smile, “we need others to see the good in us before we can see it in ourselves.”

Song of the Current is an interesting book. There were two things that I had predicted, and they came true, BUT! I’m not even upset about that. The Song of the Current is that good.

Song of the Current was such a fun and easy read for me. I thought I would take my time to read this novel, but the story ended up being a one-day read. One that I immensely enjoyed!

If there’s one thing that people seem to/ have a problem with, it’s the sailor lingo. I actually had no problem with the sailor lingo. I actually just went with the flow of things (pun unintended), so I had no problem with deciphering what was being said.

IMG_6518What I liked about Song of the Current was that it’s a fast read. Like, in 45 minutes i read 70 pages. … And then I managed to read the rest of the book in about 2 and a half hours.

I actually really enjoyed reading Song of the Current and getting to know both the world and the characters that make this story come alive. And that’s what happened once I started reading Song of the Current…. The characters leapt off the page and I fell into the story.

Caro is a great character in my opinion. She also went through a lot of acceptance in this novel. For her whole life she was led to believe that she would be devoted to one god, when in actuality, she was destined for another. I especially enjoyed reading about how Caro learned to accept her fate.

I’m actually quite happy with this story because there’s only ONE LOVE INTEREST YEAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!! There’s not even a whisper of a love-triangle– I am immensely happy about this. Another thing, in my opinion, the romance wasn’t even the main focus about this story. Caroline was never goo-goo-ga-ga over said love interest.

I also loved getting to read about the different gods that are in this book. There’s a lot of hinting at what may take place in the next novel. But for Song of the Current, I liked that while the gods were a pretty big part of the story, the gods weren’t the sole attention.

I’m looking forward to reading the second book, whenever I can. I’d love to have more of Caro’s story, but then again, I can’t forget about Kenté and where her story might lead her. So if the next book ends up being in Kenté’s point of view, I can’t be too upset. I really liked her character.

Overall, Song of the Current surprised me. I mean, I did have some hopes for this book but I squashed those so I could enjoy Caro’s story to the fullest.

I give Song of the Current, 4 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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