Friday, June 1, 2018

Book Review: Whisper of the Tide

Title: Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current #2)
Author: Sarah Tolcser
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance | Adventure
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date:  June 5, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC

Caro Oresteia spent her life waiting to be called by the river god, as those in her family had been for generations. But when she’s swept away on an adventure to save the Akhaian royal prince, Markos, her destiny is sealed by the sea god instead.
For now, Caro is landlocked, helping Markos reclaim his throne after nearly his entire family was assassinated in a political coup. Without any financial or military support, Markos is desperate for allies, and Caro has fought off more than one attempt on his life. When a powerful Archon offers his army in exchange for Markos’s marriage to his daughter, Caro must choose: Her love for Markos, or the fate of Akhaia? And more importantly: How much is she willing to risk to defy the sea god’s wishes and chart her own course? 
With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and breathtaking romance, Sarah Tolcser weaves another epic story about chasing your fate (goodreads).

That was the ending Caro deserved!
Plot: Taking place a few weeks after the events of Song of the Current, Caro and Markos found themselves trying to garner support for Markos' claim to the throne. Between fending off pesky assassins and political relationships, the sea god also had a bone to pick with the young couple. 

Poor Caro was put through the wringer in Whisper of the Tide and the stakes felt even higher than they were in Song of the Current. What I loved about Whisper of the Tide was that it truly felt like a pirate book with Caro and company being on the run and searching for lost treasure; it was like watching Pirates of the Carribean!

While the ending wasn't what I expected for Caro and Markos, I thought it was very appropriate and I could see some wiggle room if Tolcser decided she ever wanted to return to this story. 

Characters: I loved Caro in Song of the Current because of her strong personality and desire to find where she belonged. Caro was put in even more difficult situations compared to the first installment and her personal growth was evident. Kente made an appearance and I loved the bit of magic that she brought with her. I would love to get a spin-off with Kente going to the academy and explore more of the magic that existed in the world. 

The romance in Whisper of the Tide was just as swoony as it was in the first book which surprised me. I absolutely adored Markos and Caro together because they both had stubborn personalities that clashed, but they always found their way back to each other. 

Worldbuilding: While Song of the Current took place mostly on the river, Whisper of the Tide ventured off to the ocean and farther lands. I loved the seedy places that Tolcser explored and the different aspects to boating that Tolcser introduced me to.

I thought that there wasn't as much magic in Whisper of the Tide as there was in Song of the Current which I was a bit disappointed by, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. 

Short N Sweet: Whisper of the Tide is for the pirate lovers, and it was done amazingly well!


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