Released on June 5, 2018, Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer picks up shortly after the conclusion of Song of the Current, quickly bringing readers back into Caro and Markos’ adventures. With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and breathtaking romance, Sarah Tolcser weaves another epic story about chasing your fate and charting your own course.
Caro and Markos have settled into a routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, and try to figure out who might attempt to assassinate Markos today . . . so the currents aren’t exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the throne is shaky without the support of an army. But then a powerful Archon offers Markos the military might he needs in exchange for marrying his daughter. Markos and Caro must decide which is more important: their love for each other or the fate of Akhaia. And Caro will have to decide if her destiny is to sail with the tide, or chart her own course.
Filled to the brim with dashing pirates, swashbuckling sidekicks, and betrayals from every side, Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer has everything a reader could want from a good pirate book – a good story, strong world-building, and engaging characters.
Tolscer really developed an excellent storyhere – even though throughout much of the story the characters were struggling to just stay alive or were fleeing capture in fast-paced, action-laden scenes, Tolscer still ensured that the story still had a clear sense of direction and a clear purpose. Admittedly, this is no easy task in a story such as this – between the love story, full-blown piracy, and a treasure hunt, readers will be entertained throughout the entirety of this novel, without ever feeling lost or confused.
But Tolscer didn’t just stop at a well-developed plot – she also put an excellent amount of detail and effort into the world-building. From ship jargon, to political knowledge, to the magic system, Tolscer leaves no stone un-turned as she continues to build her world of piracy and intrigue. Honestly, having the language integrated into the book helped bring the feel of the ship and the overall story to life in a way I hadn’t expected. Despite the level of world-building, Tolscer didn’t let it overwhelm the story – readers could understand the information being provided in step with the story itself.
It is also so easy to adore all the characters in this story – from Caro, to Markos, to Melanos, and even the Ocean God. Tolscer hasn’t overloaded this tale with primary characters either, which makes each one’s actions and emotions much more influential. Caro, as the main protagonist, undergoes a lot of development in Whisper of the Tide, having to overcome a point where all her decisions are about what’s best for Markos, instead of herself. Tolscer keeps her human – Caro doesn’t have everything figured out, and was willing to make some sacrifices in the end, which make her much more appealing and likable as a character.
So if you’re looking for your next YA Fiction pirate fix – look no further. Whisper of the Tide (and its predecessor, Song of the Current) will sweep you away into a dashing tale of shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and breathtaking romance (4/5).