Speaker
by Chee, Traci






Hiding in the forest after escaping the Guard, Sefia and Archer discover how to alleviate Archer's nightmares by hunting impressers and freeing their captives, a mission that challenges Archer's fragile psyche and compels Sefia's ongoing investigation into the mysterious Book. Simultaneous eBook.





Traci Chee is an all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts. She studied literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog. The Speaker is the second book in the trilogy that began with The Reader.





Sefia and Archer barely made it out of the Guard's grasp at the end of Chee's series opener, The Reader (2016). This volume opens with the two teens trying to determine what to do next. With Sefia guilt-ridden that her parents are the cause of Archer's pain, and Archer desperately trying to tell himself that he cannot be the boy from the prophecy-the boy who will lead the world into the greatest war ever seen-they decide to use the book to seek out the Impressors and rescue as many boys as they can. However, the more Archer fights, the more he feels a blood lust that makes him certain he is the boy the Guard wants, resulting in Sefia bargaining with the devil to save Archer's future. Chee continues to build an in-depth world full of magic and strife, while still touching on other secondary characters, such as pirate Captain Reed, whose journeys are just as intriguing. Fans will be knocking down the door to read this exciting sequel. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.





The adventure continues in Chee's second installment of the Sea of Ink and Gold series.Sefia and Archer have escaped the Guard, but the danger is far from over. They are still being hunted, and their past and future, slowly being revealed by the Book, are catching up to them. Struggling to accept the dark truths of their pasts, Sefia and Archer embark on a crusade to eliminate all the impressors and free the boys whom, like Archer, the impressors have kidnapped and brutally trained to kill. Meanwhile, the pirate Reed and his colorful crew are derailed from their pursuit of eternal glory when they find out the Blue Navy is threatening their way of life by hunting and eliminating their fellow outlaws at sea. New characters are introduced, and with them, more secrets are revealed. Chee's skill at managing complex storylines shines through as stories upon stories meet and intertwine in startling ways. Throughout it all, Sefia delves deeper into the book and her parents' past for clues of her and Archer's future. What she finds will catapult them into an even more dangerous and impossible mission. The novel features a diverse cast of characters, and Sefia has East Asian features. Filled with even more magic and intrigue than its predecessor, this is a gripping follow-up that will leave readers speculating and wanting more. (Fantasy. 14-adult) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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