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Across the Worlds Event: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

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Today for Across the Worlds Event we get to visit the adventurous world of Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser! This is a stunning debut with a witty heroine, wonderful romance and great action. I have read this one and I LOVED it. My full review of the book will be coming soon, but make sure to add this one to your TBR. It will be releasing from Bloomsbury on June 6th!

For todays post Sarah did a wonderful guest post all about the world building in Song of the Current and where she got some of her inspiration!

*Enter to win a finished copy of Song of the Current at the end of this post!*


Guest Post: 

When I was world building for SONG OF THE CURRENT, one of my biggest inspirations was ancient Greece. A lot of the names in the book have Greek roots as opposed to Latin. (Although, like J.K. Rowling with her Latin spells, I was pretty shamelessly obvious about it, so if you know your roots, you probably know some spoilers!)  The foods and especially the cities have a Mediterranean feel to them. But I also pulled lots of ideas from England, such as the wherries, which were historically cargo ships that navigated the rivers of the Norfolk area. There are muskets and flintlock pistols in the book, along with swords, so it’s a 1700s-ish setting. But a lot of the ships are from different eras, so I hope no historical experts yell at me.

Like most authors, I use Pinterest heavily for world building. First I threw a bunch of images into one big unorganized Pinterest board, but later I went back and compiled the best ones into collages.


The first collage is the riverlands, which is the main setting for the book. It’s a flat marshy series of rivers and lakes. Caro is first mate on her father’s wherry, so she is an experienced sailor who knows the riverlands like the back of her hand. In this world, there are gods associated with things from nature. Caro’s family is very connected to the river god. There are also frogmen in the book, who are half human half frog. There used to be water zombies, but they had to be cut during edits, and I’m still sad about it.


This second collage is of Siscema, a busy trading city in the riverlands where the crew has some adventures. Caro’s mother’s family is from here, and we get to meet them in the book.


My last collage is Valonikos, which is Caro’s destination in the book. When Caro’s father is arrested for smuggling, she agrees to deliver a mysterious cargo to Valonikos in exchange for his release. This is a coastal city, which I imagine to be a bit like the Greek islands. It’s on a hill, with tiled roofs and whitewashed walls and lots of flowers everywhere.

If you’re interested in seeing the rest of the characters, ships, and settings for SONG OF THE CURRENT (and some for the sequel), they can be found here.


File-Feb-01-9-54-44-AM-400x400About Sarah:

Sarah Tolcser lives in New Orleans, where she wrangles iPads and rogue computers at her day job. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she double majored in writing and philosophy. She enjoys video games, NBA basketball, and books about girls who blow stuff up. She is married, with three cats.

Sarah writes young adult fantasy and science fiction. She is represented by Susan Hawk at Upstart Crow Literary.

The C in Tolcser is silent.

You can visit Sarah around the web here: Website Twitter  | Instagram Pinterest

Want to read more from Sarah Tolcser?



This contest is provided by Sarah Tolcser!

One lucky reader will win a finished copy of Song of the Current!!!
(US only)

Song of the Current

Available June 6, 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

About this Book:

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

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10 Responses to “Across the Worlds Event: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

  1. ChristinaNo Gravatar

    I would definitely want to see this world. It sounds so interesting and full of adventure!

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  2. Claire A.No Gravatar

    I can’t wait for this one!

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  3. Nancy HernandezNo Gravatar

    Is there a water world that would be interesting, and I would like to visit.

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  4. John SmithNo Gravatar

    “Would you want to visit this world?” But I’m already in this world, what do you mean? Regarding *that* world–maybe, maybe not.

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  5. Penny OlsonNo Gravatar

    I think this world would be fun to visit. Lots of adventure and on the water. You’d just have to make sure you didn’t get into trouble.

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  6. DNo Gravatar

    It would be an interesting world to visit!

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  7. NatashaNo Gravatar

    I would love to!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. Elisabeth WheatleyNo Gravatar

    So…much..pretty…how can I NOT want to visit???

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  9. Katrina CNo Gravatar

    Yeah! It sounds mystical and interesting!

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  10. Kimberly VanderbloomNo Gravatar

    Yes yes yes I want to go to Riverlands

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