Song of the Current

Song of the Current

Song of the Current
Sarah Tolcser

Bloomsbury

ISBN 9781408889008

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.

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Song of the Current5/5

Song of the Current

Sarah Tolcser

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There is a god at the bottom of the river - and Caro is destined for the river. Her family are famed for being river captains and she can't wait until the river calls her to set her fate. When pirates attack and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport a mysterious cargo to ensure his release. Things take a surprising turn and she finds herself caught up in political intrigue and deception. Perhaps her future is not the one she imagined.

An excellent adventure, Song of the Current is also rich in detail and imagination. Caro's voice is strong and introduces the reader to her world seamlessly. The importance of her heritage - the gods and the river which guides her world - the life of the boatmen and their connection to the water, are beautifully brought to life and she is an engaging character - flawed and real - with a wonderfully feisty side.

My favourite character is Fee, a frogperson of few words and great loyalty. Prejudice against her people is exposed through the story and racism, sexism and ideas about class are all explored as an integral part of the narrative.

I really enjoyed Song of the Current and look forward to more adventures for this spirited heroine.

352 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher.

Reviewed by: Sue Wilsher