January 15, 2018 by TinyNavajo
The Speaker by Traci Chee
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Oh…this was so good! I love how this book and this book series is going! The idea that books, and words, and literacy is such a way as to access magic is such a wonderful idea for me. I have always believed that books and words have a touch of magic to them, and seeing that idea of magic come to life in this second book makes me so happy.
In this book, second in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, Sefia and Archer have escaped the grasp of the Guard, those that wish to recover the Book at any cost. Archer seeks to overcome the trauma that he suffered at the hands of the impressors, those that stole him from his home and set to make him a killer. Sefia seeks to overcome the fact that her parents were actually a part of the Guard, but left the Guard, taking the Book with them. As both of our characters gain the safety of the forest, they come across a group of impressors and their boys, all who may end up being the killer the Guard needs. Needing to take action, Archer discovers a way to run away and deal with his memories and trauma: attacking impressors and freeing the boys from the fighting life.
As Archer and his bloodletters, the boys that join him that he frees from the impressors, continue to scour the countryside, looking for more impressor gangs, Sefia can see that the more Archer seeks out the impressors, the more boys he rescues, the more becomes like the boy the Guard seeks, the killer, the leader of their army. To save him, Sefia does what she believes is the only way to save him, turn herself over to the Guard and protect the Book, in exchange for Archer being left alone. As Sefia leaves Archer and makes her way to the Guard, she leaves the Book in the possession of the only person she truly trusts to protect it, Captian Reed of the Current of Faith.
Once in the hands of the Guard, Sefia discovers that her inherent talent with the Sight is something no one has really seen before. She also discovers a letter from her father to the Master Librarian, an apology for what he and Sefia’s mother did so many years ago. It’s here that we see that there was a reason behind the theft of the Book, and a reason why Sefia’s parents ran when they did.
Sefia decides that she too much make her escape from the Guard, and make her way back to Archer, to save him. In doing so, she discovers that she is able to do so much more than anyone thought she should be able to do with the Sight. As Sefia makes her way to Archer, and they then both make their way to Captain Reed, Sefia finds out that again, her parents, the Guard, and her life has become so entangled with so many other people, that it’s hard to see where the influences began and where they may end. And with the Book, a living story, you never know what will happen next.
I have fallen and fallen hard in love with this book and book series. Traci Chee has taken the idea of words and books being magic and given them beautiful life. I love this so much, and I can’t wait to see what the next books brings! So excite!
What authors have you discovered that you feel like they’ve brought an aspect of your life/imagination to life? Comment below and let me know!