I read an advanced reader's copy of Whisper of the Tide. The published version will be available June 5, 2018.
This is the second book in a series. I reviewed the first book, Song of the Current, HERE. If you don't want any spoilers for Song of the Current, I would highly recommend NOT reading this review.
An amazon summary, "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.
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." AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE
To recap. At the end of Song of the Current, Caro was claimed by the ocean god (not the river god like the rest of her father's family), she fell in love with Markos who is trying to take back his throne, and she got a boat through...uh questionable means. There was also a lot of magic & mischief running amok towards the end of the book (as with any good climatic ending).
The second book doesn't disappoint.
Caro & Markos are off, trying to rally support for his claim to the throne without a whole lot of success. They're also fending off multiple attempts on his life, and trying to figure out their next best move without putting more people in harm's way. When the powerful Archon offers Markos his daughter in marriage in exchange for military, it's a hard offer not to consider.
BUT, I'm going to stop right there. Since this book isn't published yet, I don't want to spend a lot of time on the summary.
I do want to talk about some book elements.
Caro's character growth felt so real in this book. Her struggles, her strength, her flaws; she just felt like much more of a real person to me than in the last book. It's like the last book was just winding up for the second book to really complete the pitch and sell it. Fantastic.
The shadow magic was present in the last book, but it was MORE prevalent in this book, well kind of, things happened that I won't speak of because spoilers, but IT'S COOL. Can you tell by that super run on sentence? It's cool. If it had a like button, I would like it.
The world building between ocean versus river was a little rocky for me (ha!). The descriptions of the rivers, and how they functioned, etc were VERY vivid in the last book. It makes sense because Caro was raised on the river. However, Caro is chosen by the ocean god. She hasn't really sailed on the ocean before, and it just seems to be some of the mesmerizing language/world descriptions are lost because of it. The ocean just feels a lot less interesting than the river did. There was just a different sense about the two settings. There are other things in the book that are REALLY well described, but no spoilers. However, the places they visited were SO WELL described, it felt like I was there, trying to dodge out of the way of a thrown bottle or two.
There's also a slew of secondary characters introduced that I would love, love loveeeee to see more of. I'm super hoping there's going to be third book, because, I'm still 'hooked'.