ISBN; 978140888900. 1st July 2017. Bloomsbury Publishing. With thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me a paperback copy to review.
Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late.
So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport mysterious cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.
But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she could have never imagined.
The cover sold me on this book, the colour is gorgeous. I loved the ARC cover almost as much as the finished copy. The combination of the colours and the font is pretty.
This book left me torn. I love stories based on or around the sea or rivers, and I love books full of magic, sailors and pirates and ofcourse captivating plot lines. However, with this book there were places I struggled with. The writing was king of stop start-ish in spots and didn’t flow quite right. There was also areas where ‘sailor speech’ felt inserted with no need for it to have been there.
I did enjoy the plot, and loved some of the characters, but due to the aforementioned issues, I couldn’t quite get lost into the world inside. For that reason I was left a little disappointed.
3 out of 5 stars.