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Whisper of the Tide

(Song of the Current #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  941 ratings  ·  191 reviews
The second in the immersive series set along the waterways of a fantasy world, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir.

Caro has settled into a routine: Wake, eat breakfast, try to figure out who is going attempt to assassinate Markos today. The currents aren't exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the Akhaian throne is largely unsupported. Without military s
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Bloomsbury YA
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C.G. Drews
Ahhh this series is a lot of fun! It's so imaginative and honestly feels like a movie playing on the page?! All the pirates and sea drakons and rum and petulant princes and badass female captains. 😍This is the content I'm here for, okay? Okay.

Admittedly I did love the first book better and I wish I'd had time to reread it before starting this one! There were exactly 98938 people I really had no idea who was (I REMEMBER YOU, CARO, MY LOVE.) And also Caro and Markus' storylines diverge in this one
Chelsea Humphrey

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't wholly enjoying all the YA pirate fantasy fiction that's being released, and the Song Of The Current series consistently has the most gorgeous covers. The first book in the series was a solid debut to an intriguing twist on some of the ancient folklore in the genre, and I felt Whisper Of The Tide was just as solid of a sequel. The story continues in the following of a strong female protagonist, and this plot also features mystery, action sequences, and ju
Mar 10, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Not to brag but I've already read an early version of this and it's super satisfying and super fun. ...more
The Captain
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! I loved the author’s debut and was excited to finally read the second book of the duology. While I try to post no spoilers if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

I absolutely loved life on the river in song of the current. The second book returns to follow Caroline Oresteia and her new life on the sea. Many months have passed since the events of the previous book. All of Caro’s old wishes and dreams for the future are sun
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romance, arc, fantasy
ARC received from the publisher via Netgalley for a fair review.

“A ship was not meant to sit at anchor in the harbor, and neither was I.”*

Join Caro as her adventure continues with the emparch, Markos, who is continuously being attacked as he attempts to get his country back. Caro starts to question who she is and her purpose as she struggles with the idea of being emparchess and parting with the sea. This swashbuckling romance will keep you turning pages to the very end.

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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Honestly, I was a little hesitant to start this one. I liked, but didn't love the first book . But I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to get into this sequel! The elements that I enjoyed from the last book were still in play: Caro being full of awesomeness, her banter with Markos, and the atmospheric world building. There's a ton of at-sea adventure in this book
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-review
Maybe 4.5 stars, but I loved it! Just as in Song of the Current, Caro & Markos's banter & chemistry lit up the pages. I really like that Caro carves out her own fate from the expectations and demands everyone else places on her. Full review to come.


I'm about halfway through Song of the Current, and the way it's going, I'm going to need the sequel ASAP!
Lauren Don’tGoBrekkerMyHeart
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
4.25 // 5
[No Spoilers]
I really enjoyed the sequel much more than the first book. You can really tell the author has grown and feels incredibly more confidant within the world.
Instead of having to focus on the world building, we were able to focus on the characters more and their struggles.
The plot certainly took a completely different direction than I thought, which was GREAT! I was thinking this story would lose its nautical tones and influences, but it ended up being the exact opposite.
The r
Cindy ✩☽♔
At last a synopsis!
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But the hint of a potential love triangle...
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On the plus side With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic...
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The cover is beautiful and I love it!
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Sarah Tolcser
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I don't remember doing this, so I think I fell asleep on my phone last night. EXCELLENT SLEEP, 5 STARS. ...more
The Library Ladies
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
(Full review here at the

Remember a time, not so long ago, when “Pirates of the Caribbean” was actually acclaimed and not a national joke? I mean, those first few movies were a blast! I may, may, have even seen the first one in theaters three times. I remember being almost giddy over just how much unadulterated, unquestioned fun that first movie was offering up. Adventure! Romance! Great characters! And some top notch humor that the other films never seemed to really unders
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
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"You had to know what you wanted - but knowing wasn't enough. You had to be willing to fight for it. To be so strong even the sea could not defy you. That is how strong we must be, to keep the things we love."

Last year, I read Song of the Current and I absolutely loved it. It was a great debut. When I heard there's a lost treasure hunt involved in this sequel, I'm so ready for it. Whisper of the Tides is not only a fun sequel but also a go

WHISPER OF THE TIDE was a stunning sequel! I came in with high expectations, but was honestly ready to give it a 3 star midway through the book, no joke. What changed my mind? I could say that the events that happened were pretty awesome, or the resolution was sooo satisfying and lovely, or how the stuff that had me side-eyeing were properly addressed. But I think plain and simple, Tolcser breathed life into Caro’s character and made her resilient, flawed, and just great in genera
AHHH, i love satisfying endings! a brilliant finale to a fun series.
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Seventeen year old Caroline Oresteia was a privateer on board the Cormorant, alongside her father, a humbled Wherryman, now evading capture for her thievery upon the everglades of Kynthessa. Caroline is a tenacious young woman, her fortitude is inspiring. Altruistically, she is now assisting Markos as he attempts to converge military and political allies. Markos Andela is the legitimate Emparch of Akhaia, his family slain by Konto Theucinian and displaced from his kingdom.

Mitigation emerges from
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Song of the Current, I was DYING to get my hands on the sequel! I am so excited that I FINALLY read it and it was so much fun! This book was full of adventure, badass moments, romance, banter, and so much more!

One of my favorite things about this book was the high-stakes feeling that was weaved into every chapter. The plot of this story kept me on the edge of my seat! I was always dying to know what was going to happen next and I was constantly clutching my chest in fear for my fav
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a thrilling sequel! I missed my subway stop I was so engrossed in this one- pirates and gold and danger and love and hard choices! I couldn't put it down. ...more
Lilly (Lair Of Books)



2018 has been the year of the sequel here at Lair Of Books & thankfully there have been some really amazing follow-ups! Whisper Of The Tide is one of the most satisfying conclusions to what is now one of my favorite duologies in YA Fantasy. If you’re a fan of all things pirates like I am, you’ll enjoy this high seas adventure into the wee hours of the morning. All of the things I loved about So
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
A strong sequel, just a shame the ending feels so... unfinished.

I have SOO MANY questions, reading that ending. And that's not something I like when it's at the end of what's supposed to be the last book in a series. The romance conclusion also feels to me a bit more HFN than it should for a final book, even in YA where HFNs rather than HEAs are common.

Everything else, though, is solid. Great action, lovely poetic prose, likeable characters. Technically the hero cheats WITH the heroine since
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nicole Alycia
This definitely wasn’t as good as the first book.
There was a lot of pining in this book and it got annoying at times. But there were some really good parts that made up for it. Had it not been for those really good parts this probably would have been a 3 star read for me. I prefer my heroines to have a better idea of what they’re doing before they do it and that was not the case in this book. She started to realize things towards the end but after one whole book I feel like it shouldn’t have be
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Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Absolutely amazing! I loved Song of the Current when I read it in February and somehow I managed to get my hands on Whisper of the Tide and it did not disappoint 😍 I read it in an evening + a morning and loved it so much x
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
This book takes place three months after Song of the Current and I am proud to announce that I was pleasantly surprised by it! I really wanted to like this book more than the first one and I'm so happy that's exactly what happened! It did take me a bit to get into but my interest was spiked about halfway in and I couldn't put it down after tat.
I loved the new characters we were introduced to here. They were so interesting and they defi
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Any author who renders me a fan of swashbuckling fantasy is ingenious.
Lexi // libraryoflexi
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whisper of the Tide brings readers back into Caro's world of gods, rebellions and piracy. Despite having promised Markos she would sail for him, Caro is beginning to feel stuck and unsure of who she is. As Markos' efforts to raise support for his campaign to take back his throne continue to stall, Caro is faced with the possibility of losing him for good. 

I thoroughly enjoyed book one of this duology, The Song of the Current. I hadn't read anything like it and Caro was such a great protagonist t
Ainslee || Jest and Hearts
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful end to such an adventure!

I'm applauding Sarah Tolcser for creating an enchanting world full magic and adventure with a full cast of flawed diverse characters.

If you're looking for adventure, politics, pirates, romance, betrayal and deceit you'll find that here! There were so many twists and turns and never a dull moment in this book. If you liked Song of the Current I highly suggest you read Whisper of the Tide you'll love it! I couldn't put this down and it is one of the be
Starr ❇✌❇
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed

This is a pretty good continuation of Song of the Current, but it didn't quite give me what I wanted. You know what it did give me, though? Pirate adventure. So I kind of forgive it.

Whatever else issues I had with this sequel, I can't say it wasn't fun- which is what I wanted most! I had a good time with the first book and their unexpected missions and falling into politics. So what I wanted most was to not be bored reading this book, or have it be too heavy. And it is, indeed, just as much a
Ashley Reading Stewardess
A satisfying end to a great duology. I loved these characters and all of the adventures and stakes they had deal with. Secretly hoping that at some point Sarah Tolcser will revisit these characters and give updates on their lives.
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