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Whisper of the Tide is the next (and final) book in the Song of the Current duology by Sarah Tolcser and if you are looking for an action-packed story consider picking this series up. There are pirates, ship wrecks, swoons, and great characters in this one and I found it difficult to put this one down.
This book picks up shortly after Song of the Current wraps up and as Markos continues to try to gain support for his claim to the Akhaian throne, Caro is doing whatever she can to keep Markos alive. With continued threats on his life and no military support, things are definitely questionable for Markos but he wants to do what he feels is right for his people and with Caro at his side, he will continue on.
From the beginning of this book it is clear that Markos and Caro care for each other but they are also clearly from very different backgrounds and expectations. Caro is missing the water and her ship and with the hovering presence of the ocean goddess pushing her to do her bidding, I could feel an impatience in her. When an offer is presented to Markos that could truly help him get his throne, they both have to make a decision. This was the part that made me a little angry with Caro – she basically decided for both of them and while it felt like she was sacrificing her happiness, she was sacrificing Markos’ too.
As the story continues, Caro finds herself working with someone she never would have imagined from her past. I really enjoyed the buildup of this partnership and, like Caro, never knew whether Melanos was going to turn on her or not. There were a number of times where he actually came through for her and I never would have thought he would based on what I knew of him. While they work together to find a secret treasure, there are other forces they are up against because of who they are and what they have done.
There are a number of different pieces of this story that all eventually tie back to a connected storyline. I don’t want to say much but there are some secret plots at work here that include each and every one of these characters, as well as some new ones. I really enjoyed how Tolcser eventually brought everything together and resolved them. No question, both Caro and Markos face off with dangerous throughout the entire book and I loved learning about all the connections.
The characters in this book are built out well and not only do we get some of my favorites from book one (Kente) but there are some new ones who show up and make a pretty big impact on our heroine and hero. Agnes, one of the new characters, wasn’t who I expected her to be so kudos to Tolcser on sneaking in that unexpected twist. Sorry to be so vague there, my friends, but I can’t say much on who she is and how she fits…just know that I’m not a fan. Of course, there’s Melanos. I won’t say he redeems himself, but I saw a different aspect to him in this book and thought it made him much more interesting.
In the end, this book gave me what I didn’t know I wanted with this series. While I enjoyed book one, I thought this one was slightly better and kept me turning the pages to see how things were going to end up for everyone. I’m not going to lie, there was a point that I wasn’t really sure where Tolcser was going to go next and it was getting really close to the end, so I was REALLY worried. With that said, things turned out as they should have (in my mind at least) so I was happy. If you’re looking for a book that will keep you turning the pages and is full of action, danger, and interesting characters, definitely check these books out. I’m looking forward to what Tolcser writes next!
This story is non-stop rollicking adventure following the young heroine Caro. The story picks up after the Song of the Current, and you really should read the books in order. The first book sets up the fantasy world of magic, gods, curious creatures, pirates, ships, and politics. This book is long, but you will never feel bogged down or be wishing that it was over. I won’t spoil the story by summarizing the plot. As with most adventure stories, it is best to let things unfold as planned by the author. We have adventures on the seas, traitors, assassins, shadow men, ship wrecks, romance, and just enough magic to be interesting. The author does a good job of making you believe the fantastic and the unlikely. That skillful lying (story-telling) is so essential in a good fantasy novel. The story is reasonably complex as treasure, unlikely alliances, and political power are all in play. My sons would have enjoyed this series as young adults. Sex and violence are present but the details are not.
I really wish there was MORE. The characters and their relationship and the world are so fulling. I love the nautical terms and the magical elements and how nothing is too heavy handed. There's so much more in the world though and I hope that there will be more companion books or continuations or something!!
I loved the first book in this series and I'm often skeptical of sequels. But this book was every bit as delightful as the first. The character again took us through unexpected adventures, resulting in a page turner that I couldn't put down. I love that Caro is a strong female leader who doesn't compromise either who she is or what she believes in, and still manages to evolve and come into her own. Not your typical coming of age story, I highly recommend it for both teens and adults!