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.
Published: June 6th,2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book was INCREDIBLE! As soon as I read the first page, I was hooked.
Song of the Current follows Caro who sets off on a journey to deliver cargo, as outlined in the contract that her father originally denied. She decides to replace her father’s position in exchange for his freedom. Together, Caro and her frogman, Fee set off on an epic journey through the Riverlands, a place filled with danger and the unknown.
The heroine, Caro, is a badass. She is such a strong character who truly has a passion for sailing. She has this fierce determination and didn’t let anyone get in the way of her goals. I also really loved her banter with the hero, it was honestly hilarious! It was also really great to see the soft side to Caro, and the fact that she would do anything for the people she loves was truly an admirable trait. Caro really was a fantastic heroine.
The hero of the story and the romance was adorable! I can’t say his name because it would be a big spoiler, but he started off as…well…a bit of an asshat. It was hilarious when he got things wrong on the ship or said something rude and Caro would put him in his place every time. Later in the story, when we learn the truth, he turns out to be a genuinely great guy who truly cares for Caro. I just want to say again that I LOVED the banter between him and Caro, it was so good!
The writing was amazing in this book and I really loved the pirate lingo that was used! The descriptions of clothing, setting, characters…everything was just so well written. The world-building was excellent and I loved the pacing of this book. I also liked the character development, especially from the hero of the story, not only did he show better qualities in the end, but he realised what he really wanted and what he was willing to fight for. I can’t wait to read more about him in the sequel. Which reminds me…I felt the ending did a great job of wrapping up this book, yet it left the reader with just enough questions to want to read book two! (which I will definitely be doing!).
Just briefly, I want to discuss the map in this book! Not only is it GORGEOUS but it was also very helpful, (which is saying a lot for me because I very rarely use the map whilst reading a fantasy book!🙈). Caro and the crew go on quite a big journey to many places, so the map was handy in seeing where they were and where they were heading.
Overall, If you are looking for a good YA fantasy novel with an action-packed adventure, a strong heroine and some serious Pirates of the Caribbean vibes, then this book is definitely for you!