*Minor spoilers probably*
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.
I was surprised by this one. I mostly picked it up due to Mith, my Twitter friend (Who is wonderful by the way. She is @guyliners on Twitter and she blogs which I’ll link here.) recommendation. And I’m very glad I did.
I was so pleasantly surprised and pleased by the cover. IT HAS REAL GLITTERS ON THE COVER IT WAS GREAT. I didn’t know that, so when I pulled it out of the package my heart soared.
I’ve always been wary going into books about sailing or with bodies of water being the setting. I just personally despise the beach and the sailing I have in my head seemed like completely awful to me. But, I have enjoyed other “sea books” before.
One of my favorite things about this was the setting. The rivers and wherries were my favorite. They just seemed so magical, and I pictured tons of lightning bugs at night (not sure if that’s accurate though). It seemed so calming to me, despite everything going on sometimes. I could really tell how Caro felt that the riverlands and her wherry were home. It felt like a home. The towns were also so beautiful and I loved being taken down the river with Caro, Fee, and Markos. It just seemed special to me.
Eventually, the book left the river behind and spilled out into the ocean, all the magic was not lost because the story carried it the rest of the away. It is a tad disappointing to me that it looks like the ocean will now the be main setting of book 2, I love Caro and friends too much to be too too upset.
I think Caro will always have a special place in my heart. There was one scene, with a certain sea thing, that I dunno, I really related to. It felt really powerful to me and I think I would love to the same. Just without all the danger stuff.
I’m slightly nervous for book 2, just because I thought the first book was wrapped up pretty nicely. Sure, there were a few loose ends, but I guess I’m just the kind of person who likes to assume that everyone lives happily ever after.
Overall, yes, I loved this book. Give me more river books please and thank you. All the river books. I definitely recommend checking out Song of the Current if you haven’t already! The squeal comes out June 5th, so the wait won’t be debilitating!
Link for Song of the Current: https://www.amazon.com/Song-Current-Sarah-Tolcser/dp/1408889005
Pre-order link for Whisper of the Tide: https://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Tide-Sarah-Tolcser/dp/1681192993/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=94551BDBQ4YJS6MD3PJQ