Song of the Current

Written by Sarah Tolcser

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LoveReading View on Song of the Current

June 2017 Debut of the Month   A thoroughly enthralling fantasy that brims with swashbuckling adventure and enchantment. Seventeen-year-old Caro Oresteia is inextricably bound to the river. Her Pa is a wherryman, like her grandmother before him. “A wherryman, Pa says, follows no man but the river. A wherryman is free”, but Caroline is still waiting for the river god to call her to this destiny. “The day your fate comes for you, you’ll know” her Pa tells her but, already two years older than he was when the river whispered his name, Caro is desperate for her time to come. When the Black Dog pirates set a flotilla of ships alight, and Pa is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious cargo, Caro agrees to carry it in exchange for his release, also hoping that by captaining the wherry, the river god will finally whisper her name. But with ruthless pirates set on capturing the cargo’s unexpected contents, Caro faces impossibly difficult decisions in unimaginably dangerous circumstances.

The language is rich, the mythological world evoked with sparkling eloquence, and Caro is an inspirational heroine, a fully-rounded young woman who knows what she wants, what she loves, and what she needs. Fans of folkloric fantasy will surely be swept up in the lyrical currents of this exhilarating debut. ~ Joanne Owen

Song of the Current Synopsis

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late. So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport mysterious cargo in exchange for his release.

Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name. But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father's life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she could have never imagined.

Song of the Current Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Lucy Minton, age 13 - 'an original, thrilling, gripping story with a stimulating plotline and characters that I immediately wanted to meet in real life... An adventure novel with hints of romance and mystery.'
  • Lisa Redmond - 'There is a diverse cast, lots of strong women and a great deal of witty rejoinders. Not to mention adventure on the high seas, battles, bullet wounds and dastardly magicians to contend with.'
  • Hannah Gumbley, age 14 - I would recommend this book to people who favour books with a sense of adventure and fun and at the same time romance and fantasy.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 15 - 'The plot line contains so many twists that I didn't see coming. Over all I would give this a 5/5. I hope to read more about Caro in the future.'

Song of the Current Press Reviews

This enticingly written tale will take readers on an adventure and leave them craving more. For fans of titles such as Heidi Heilig's The Girl from Everywhere or Susan Dennard's Truthwitch. Highly recommended for all YA collections. -- starred review School Library Journal

Caro's description of her boat home, the Cormorant, will make even readers unfamiliar with sailing feel as though they belong on the water with her. Tolcser blends the right amount of epic fantasy, sea voyage, and romance for a rollicking, swashbuckling adventure. -- starred review Kirkus Reviews

Adventurous and dangerous! Fate and fires, pirates and shadowmen, Song of the Current will carry you into a treacherous and fantastic world, which you will not want to leave. -- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL


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ISBN: 9781408889008
Publication date: 08/06/2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408889008
Publication date: 8th June 2017
Author: Sarah Tolcser
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Romance / Relationship Stories
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Sarah Tolcser

Sarah Tolcser lives in New Orleans, where she is an elementary technology teacher. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she double majored in writing and philosophy. She enjoys video games and NBA basketball. She is married, with two cats.

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