Title: The Speaker
Author: Traci Chee
Pages: 487 (hard bound copy)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Aventure
Is this book part of a series? Yes, book two of the Sea of Ink and Gold series.
Published: November 7th, 2017
* Please note, you should read this series in order as it is like one continuous journey.*
On the run once again after getting away from the Guard, Sefia and Archer slip into the woods to lick their wounds. Archer’s ability to speak and feel are coming back, which is both good and bad. He is forced to relive the trauma with the Impressors and what he himself has done. They find a way, together, to combat both their demons. They fight Impressors and save other boys. In the end, though, will this be redemption or curse? For every life saved, a life could end. For every battle fought, the blood lust grows higher. There are days where that worries both Sefia and Archer.
In a gambit to save the boy she loves, Sefia takes matters into her own hands and makes a life altering decision to take herself out of the battle. What will happen to Archer and the other boys without the sorceress? Can she just let the book, which can tell future and past, go? Or can they trust themselves to use it, force it to their will?
First, let’s talk about how freaking gorgeous this book is. I bought it in hard cover, a rarity for me, simply because I thought it was so gorgeous. I am glad I did! Not only is there a lovely map in the front pages, but the pages in themselves are cut in a way that is lovely and soft. I don’t know if that makes sense…. When we switch to pages of the book there’s artifice here too, to make it look like it was copied from an old journal. Each chapter also has a neat symbol or small illustration as well. While all this would have been in ebook format as well, I feel like it was more meaningful for me in paper- I noticed it more.
I adored the character development shown for Archer, Sefia, and Tanin. I also liked the new characters that came in. The plot was fast moving and packed with adventure. What I really loved here was that it linked seamlessly to the timeline of The Reader. It wasn’t like it was two books, but the continuation of one long tale. Not all series’ can make that happen and I admire that greatly. As before, the premise caught me immediately. It’s odd to think of a world where the written world can hold so much power as to be stricken from the world. A book that can show past and future- and may even be able to try to direct a future it wishes? This is a really amazing story line all together. For me, this was a five star book with an extra star for creativity.
On the adult content scale, Sefia and Archer’s relationship does become physical, but there isn’t a terrible amount of detail there so I don’t worry over much on sexual content. There is a large amount of violence and language though. While I would still give this to my niece without qualm, I am going to say this is for readers 13+. I give it a seven.
The book is out. Have you read it? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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