Title: The Storyteller
Author: Traci Chee
Pages: 525 (Hardback, the eBook says there are more- yes, I bought both copies)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Adventure
Is this part of a series? Yes, this is book three of Sea of Ink and Bones, also known as the Reader trilogy.
Published: November 13th, 2018
(From Goodreads) Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard’s clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war, but it requires a boy–Archer–and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her–especially the boy she loves.
But escaping the Guard and the Book’s prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard’s will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart. Full of magic, suspense, and mystery, Traci Chee brings her Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy to a close in this spellbinding final installment.
How did I not know this was out until a few weeks ago?!? I adored The Reader for the gorgeous descriptions, the world building and the amazing characters. I was practically a fangirl after The Speaker… and somehow I missed THIS.
Okay, moving on…. Sefia and Archer are back together and scheming to save themselves, their friends and stay the heck away from the Red War. I love them because they are powerful forces of nature- legend and fury- but they’re still teens too. They’re scared, indecisive, hurt, confused. You never forget that this sorceress is also a sixteen year old girl who lost everyone in her family. Or that this boy has been hurt, tortured, and done things he can’t forgive himself for. Each character is beautifully multi-faceted and easy to love… even when I wasn’t supposed to. I found the subplots with Lac and Hobbs (and Ed) really great, and of course I was glad to be back on The Current of Faith. This isn’t just a story- it’s a world with traditions, rules, people…. Chee was able to flesh out Kelanna so well that you can see the volcanoes, the trees, the sunrise on the sea… all of it. Honestly, I hate to see it go, to the point that I am considering starting the series over again. Though, maybe not just yet. There’s still a lot of stories I haven’t read. I am considering a series overview post, though, with merchandise ideas (there sadly isn’t any yet, but if someone makes these things I am buying them). I want to take some time to think on that one, so I may write it Thursday.
The next time Chee wants to give us a story, though, you know I’m there. For me, this book- like the rest of the series- is a five star book.
On the adult content scale, there’s a lot of violence. I feel like there always was, but it just seemed like… more… in this one. There’s some language, and then there’s some very light sexual content. Nothing explicit. I would agree with Amazon who placed it in the 12-17 age range (though is there really a maximum age here? I think not!). I give it a four.
The book is out. Have you read it? What did you think?
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