Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Man this is a tough one. I adored the story and there was so much potential, but the writing was so difficult to wade through that the plot was a bit lost on me.
The first 10% or so was very meh – so much sailor lingo and I honestly had no clue what was going on for the first several pages. For those of you who would rather know what is going on at first… Caro is sailing with her father on her wherry (which is basically their home- they live on the river) and when they arrive at Hespera’s Watch (I think it is..), they see boats on fire and a bunch of crap. Long story short, they get arrested and the dock master dude (i think) basically throws Caro’s father in prison and tells Caro the only way she can help him is to deliver a crate for them. Caro realizes that whatever is in the crate is the reason the port city was attacked, but she agrees for her father.
Thus the story begins. Caro is told to never open the crate -under and circumstances. So what does she do? She opens the crate. And THAT is where the story got good. I won’t spoil what is in it, but that’s where I legit got excited.
Anyway, I’d rather not touch on what happens after the first 12% or so aside from saying it had its ups and downs. Some bits were SO FUN and I couldn’t put the book down for pages at a time. Other parts were SOOOOO slow and I dreaded picking the book back up again.
So that brings me back to the writing. The thing is – it was lovely but oh my gosh frustrating at the same time. I kid you not, literally half this book was describing Caro’s actions on how she’s sailing the ship. If you don’t know anything about boats/ships/wherrys, you won’t understand a darn thing thats happening. I was totally confused. In some books, I get excited to look up the terms, but for this one, UGH there was just way too much. It was so frustrating. I’m glad the author did all that research, and I have no doubts that it was totally accurate, but it was seriously overkill. If you took out all that crap, this book would have perfect pacing. I’m not even joking.
And that’s the thing – I adored all the characters. Caro was fine, but ahhh…. Tarquin was definitely my favorite for obvious reasons. I loved his personality and was hooked on him from the beginning. I was also super intrigued by Caro’s mother. I loved the world and the dynamics/politics, but it was a little difficult to follow at times because of all these new terms thrown at us.
Anyway, I still totally recommend this book and I have a lot of respect for the author. Seriously, the plot really is fun and worth a try. Just go in with the right expectations maybe?
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