Whisper of the Tide

Whisper of the Tide

by Sarah Tolcser

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ISBN-13: 9781681192994
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 248,409
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Sarah Tolcser is the author of Song of the Current and lives in New Orleans, where she is an elementary technology teacher. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she double majored in writing and philosophy. She enjoys video games and NBA basketball. She is married, with two cats.

www.sarahtolcser.com/blog

@SarahTolcser

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Whisper of the Tide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
I’ve been looking forward to Whisper of the Tide since I finished Song of the Current. I actually ended up liking this one more, which is always a nice surprise for a sequel. I loved the hunt for the sunken/lost treasure, it made for quite a fun adventure. It was so easy to slip back into this world. Even though I didn’t remember 100% of the events from Book 1, enough subtle reminders were woven in that I was never confused. I wasn’t a huge fan of what happened between Caro and Markus in this book (WHY CARO, WHY??) but I understood why the plot went that direction. Also, that ending more than made up for it and I’m very excited for the next book now. I thought the distinction between what Markus wanted for himself and what he needed as Emparch was handled well. Plus I liked how Tolcser stressed the importance of honest and open communications in relationships (or the person you love may end up making a political marriage). I also liked how Caro was on her own when figuring out who she wanted to be. Both Diric and Kenté stole the show though, I found myself really looking forward to scenes where they were present. There’s assassins, political intrigue, a hunt for sunken treasure, pirates, and magic. Need I say more? *Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
I’ve been looking forward to Whisper of the Tide since I finished Song of the Current. I actually ended up liking this one more, which is always a nice surprise for a sequel. I loved the hunt for the sunken/lost treasure, it made for quite a fun adventure. It was so easy to slip back into this world. Even though I didn’t remember 100% of the events from Book 1, enough subtle reminders were woven in that I was never confused. I wasn’t a huge fan of what happened between Caro and Markus in this book (WHY CARO, WHY??) but I understood why the plot went that direction. Also, that ending more than made up for it and I’m very excited for the next book now. I thought the distinction between what Markus wanted for himself and what he needed as Emparch was handled well. Plus I liked how Tolcser stressed the importance of honest and open communications in relationships (or the person you love may end up making a political marriage). I also liked how Caro was on her own when figuring out who she wanted to be. Both Diric and Kenté stole the show though, I found myself really looking forward to scenes where they were present. There’s assassins, political intrigue, a hunt for sunken treasure, pirates, and magic. Need I say more? *Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
CJListro More than 1 year ago
Full review: http://www.sarcasmandlemons.com/2018/06/arc-review-cj-whisper-of-tide-by-sarah.html I keep saying I don't like ship books, but Song of the Current was a charming adventure from last year and I think I loved Whisper of the Tide even more. It's a quirky, sweeping fantasy-cum-pirate-adventure that pulls away from many overused conventions to deliver an exciting ride. The ensemble is a refreshing change. Like Royal Bastards, Whisper has a small cast of main characters who surround Caro. It's not just MC and Love Interest and where are all their friends and family? In fact, Caro's hottie Markos isn't even with her for much of the book, leaving Caro to join forces with others. Caro's POV is snarky and reads like a real teenager. I love how sullen and no-nonsense she can be, and how she's genuinely selfish and has to grow past that. Markos, when he's present, is annoyingly noble, but in an endearing way. We also get Caro's cousin Kente back; I absolutely love this shadowgirl, her trickiness and her spunk. And new to the table is Melanos, Jack Sparrow's spiritual successor. He's gruff and drunk and you're never sure which side he's on, which obviously makes him my favorite person. It's a pirate adventure, save-the-kingdom, and romance rolled into one. I'll admit, it's biggest flaw was that it's predictable. I guessed a lot of the twists in advance. Sarah makes the safe choices when she could be shaking things up. But, there was enough to love that I did really enjoy myself. It reads like a video game. The setup. The side quest. The vengeful sea goddess who's f*cking things up. The unknown assassin. Caro is constantly scrambling to keep up. And even though I often knew where they were going, it was a thrill to watch them get there. Sarah has a flair for the cinematic that makes my head scream "movie deal!" You won't recognize this world right away. In a land of Tolkien-clones, Sarah's Greek and Phoenician-inspired linguistics is such a nice change! I'd have liked a little more worldbuilding (see Kate Elliott's Court of Fives) because I was never quite sure why the empire of Akhaia needed saving, or how this war was going to shake out. I think Sarah works best on the smaller level. Like Caro, she is comfortable on a ship, throwing out sailor jargon and made-up slang in a casual and comprehensible way. Her world of pirate queens, sea gods, traders, and explorers feels much more vibrant than the distant foggy empire. All this salty veneer kept me enthralled even when the plot was saggy. Whisper of the Tides is a solid follow-up to Caro's first adventure. It capitalizes on the sea world that Sarah weaves so well, and combines cheeky humor with cinematic adventure for a movie-like tale.
Pens-and-Parchment More than 1 year ago
Overall, Whisper of the Tide was pretty much the perfect continuation (and conclusion *sobs*) that I could have hoped for. Although I still prefer the bayou/swamp setting of the first book, there’s hardly anything I would change about Whisper. It kept a very firm handle on all its seafaring influences, and spanned an entire ocean that we only saw a glimpse of in Song. I would say if you’re someone that likes a more traditional YA sea-based adventure (in the style of Siege & Storm, for example), you’re bound to love Whisper even more than the first book. And while I found Song to be heavily focused on plot and world-building, Whisper shifts the focus onto Caro’s development and the way she deals with the aftermath of the first book. Her personal journey to align each of her conflicting identities—who she was as a child on the Riverlands, who she is with Markos, and who she is as a captain—leads her on a wild and treacherous trek in the company of an entirely unwholesome companion. Whisper of the Tide is, at its heart, a pirate story. There’s a mysterious hunt for dazzling treasure that may or may not be real, shipwrecks on abandoned isles, and all the backstabbing and betrayal a YA fantasy lover could hope for. Though I can’t say who because of ~spoilers~, a minor character from the first book becomes a major player in this story and it was by far my favorite aspect. Their emotional development coincides closely with Caro’s, transforming Whisper into a story of redemption and reckoning, of facing past burdens and moving on as a better version of yourself. Although character development is easily the strongest part of this book, that’s not to say that there aren’t a boatload (pun definitely intended) of unpredictable twists and turns. I kept thinking that I had everything figured out, until the story unfolded and I was totally wrong. And, now to harp on my boy, MARKOS. MY TRUE LOVE ehem I mean, Caro’s true love. I was astounded and partially obsessed with the romantic subplot in Song of the Current, but the direction Tolcser decided to take the romance in the second book was easily just as exciting and 100 times more heart-renching. I teared up at least five times, which is not something I do easily. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I thought the romance was such a realistic representation of teenage love, and the lengths people are willing to go for each other. We also get to see a slightly different side of Markos than we get in Song, which I loved! Also, as a side note, this book is freaking hilarious. The sarcastic comments and banter had me smiling and laughing out loud through the whole thing! One of my only real complaints is that we didn’t get to see more of Caro’s parents in this book like we did in Song. For me, having unmarried, biracial parents who are present in a YA fantasy book really helped set this series apart. The ending wrapped up so tightly and drew together each plot thread perfectly, but there was one aspect of it that I didn’t personally love. I have respect for and understand the decision the author made, as it’s explained very thoroughly and is actually pretty unique, but something about it made the ending less exciting than it could have been. Mostly, I’m just devastated that there won’t be a third book. There was certainly more than enough left to explore in the world-building for another installment, so I’m holding out the tiniest unrealistic hope that this will not be the last we see of Caro!