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373 pages, Hardcover
First published June 6, 2017
There is a god at the bottom of the river.
Pa shrugged on his good wool overcoat, arranging the collar so it fell just right. His somber manner heightened my worry. He only wore that coat to temple, or to pretend he hadn’t drunk too much the previous night.
17-year-old Caroline Oresteia has spent her life on her father’s wherry, carrying cargo up and down the rivers that cut through their country. She’s happy being a deck hand. Then her father is arrested, and Caro makes a desperate deal to smuggle a mysterious crate in order to make enough cash to pay for his release. Is she ready to captain her own boat? And can she make it to her destination while evading the Black Dogs -- pirates who wish to take her cargo for their own nefarious purposes?I really enjoyed this! Caro is a pragmatic, problem-tackling heroine who walked the fine line between childhood and adulthood perfectly. (The book is definitely YA, which I appreciated, since I’ve read a few YA’s lately where the characters were teens but all came across as if they were mid-20’s+). I loved her character development, as she gained confidence in her own abilities and judgement, and fretted about her Fate being late to seek her (in this world, one’s Fate seems to be pretty aggressive!).