The Speaker publication date less than three weeks away and I am SO excited for the second installment of The Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy! I read this book last year for one of our First Reads Friday installments and absolutely enjoyed this fantasy novel about literacy. Sefia’s quest to find her aunt Nin, who is kidnapped, is filled with adventure, mysterious strangers and narrators and A BOOK. The story is a finely woven tapestry, where many different POV’s converge in unexpected ways.
Not only is The Reader a feast of words, but Traci has also included an Easter Egg hunt in the book–you search for clues within the pages of the story (from blacked-out words and paragraphs, to footnotes and thumbprints on certain pages). It’s very fun to search out clues and attempt to piece them together–an adventure within an adventure. I’m pretty sure I didn’t find all the clues within The Reader, which is why this Reread is in order!
The Reader stuck with me long after I finished it. After sharing with you Traci’s playlist for The Reader earlier this year, today, I am here to give you some moodboard aesthetics related to The Reader. In a few weeks, we’ll be on The Speaker tour so hurry up and get caught up on the Reader before then!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book–a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and discover what really happened the day her father was killed–and punish the people responsible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Traci Chee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reader. 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.
This is a bit of a difficult book to capture via moodboard because there are so many moving parts, but I hope this will give you a feel for Sefia’s adventures in literacy, to avenge her father and find her aunt.
Please check out all the amazing stops on this tour and get to know THE READER!