Finished the book in about a day and a half, I couldn't put it down for long! A compelling story, an explanation of boats that even I, someone who knows pretty much nothing about them, could pick up, and an interesting world that both makes sense and holds so much to explore.
I think the only reason I don't absolutely completely adore the book was the sudden romance introduced. It was... rockily written, sometimes seeming to come in from absolutely nowhere, aside from the fact that the main character was a girl, and this was a new hot guy on board, so what else was supposed to happen but romance? But I think in the end it was actually decently handled, even if the build-up seemed... blindsiding at times.
The main character was easy to relate to, and a fun person, having nicely done arc, even if a couple of times it seemed like the hints she was getting seemed almost obvious--if you didn't realize where her focus lied. Her love of ships and the waters they ride was infectious, and you could almost imagine yourself aboard the Cormorant, cutting through the rivers with ease. I loved the dynamic between her parents, how they weren't married, but didn't hate each other, instead quite the opposite, it seemed, even though they had some opposing viewpoints, and I think the gods of the world were left mysterious enough that it's feels very much a part of the world, for them to be a force both known and unknown, while still very present.
The way the book left off makes me very curious about Whisper of the Tide, but I guess I'll have to wait until later this year to see where Tolscer takes this curious, wonderful world.
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