The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold #2) by Traci Chee

The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold #2)

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat hi...

Details The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold #2)

TitleThe Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold #2)
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, Adventure

Reviews The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold #2)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    The girl is back. The boy is back. The book is back. The magic is back. *I have to add that these two books in this series are freaking gorgeous in person and have the deckle edges. I love to pet them =) Argo flipped him onto his back, straddled his chest, and raised a hand to strike. In that moment, the nameless boy understood: This was the end. He was going to die.He would cease to breathe. Cease to be. Cease to hurt. It would be easy. But he d...
  • Tara Sim
    If you loved THE READER, you won't be disappointed with the next installment of the SEA OF INK AND GOLD trilogy. I was delighted to return to the land of Kelanna with Sefia and Archer and experience all their new adventures. Archer's character arc in particular was so fascinating, and I loved the way Sefia grew more confident in her abilities and goals. There are some familiar characters who return in this book, as well as some new (and now favor...
  • Kerri
    i was lucky enough to read an early draft of this and it. blew. me. away. you guys are going to LOVE THIS!
  • Gemma F
    Update: Oct 7, 2017My ARC has arrived! Thank you Penguin Random House!-Full Review on my blog: 19, 2017This book was everything. Exceptionally well-written with a story which will live on through the readers.
  • Jessica Cluess
    An enthralling sequel to THE READER. Sefia and Archer are on the run and fall in with a band of kids just like Archer: forced killers with a score to settle. As the group embarks on a quest of retribution, Archer's in danger of losing himself to his own dark impulses. The writing is mouth-watering, the world endlessly inventive, the emotion real. Sefia and Archer's romance picks up steam, and there is, of course, more of my favorite, Captain Reed...
  • Shenwei
    tfw a book/series is full of people and events that are all interrelated but you don't see the casuality and connections linearly and so you're just like omg wtf with every new twist and discovery and then you lie there wondering what kind of genius it takes to make all of that worksorry I'm incoherent but I loved this book.Sefia and Archer are probably my ultimate OTP of recent YA. *cries*p.s. there are multiple queer supporting characters/coupl...
  • Christian McKay
    Trust Traci Chee. If you are young, she will show you what it's like to have power. If you are old, she will remind you of what it was like to have adventure. She will fold you up in her world and make you gape at life and flinch at violence and not so much believe in magic as point out that the proof is all around you. I cannot wait to read the next one.
  • Emily
  • Lara (GryffindorMango)
    This trilogy is so fantastic, I highly recommend them to all lovers of YA fantasy! I know they're not very well renowned, so I'll avoid spoilers, but there are so many feels!If you loved The Reader, you won't be disappointed in this next installment! Sefia and Archer are back in the magical land of Kelanna, along with plenty of new characters for you to fall in love with and give your soul to. I won't describe them (even if I did I wouldn't be ab...
  • Holly
    Things that made me happy about The Speaker:*The merry band of brotherhood - Peter Pan vibes for days, these lost boys (and girls) are rescued and then left with no direction, so Archer gives them a direction, and a purpose, and compassion. He gives them a reason to keep going and to move on from what happened. It's not always happy, nor is it easy, but I loved the bonds they all formed with each other. ALL THE FEELS.*The normalization of boys fe...
  • Cassie James
    Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. The lush and complexly beautiful world introduced in The Reader was an absolute delight to get back into with The Speaker. Traci Chee became one of my favorite authors with her debut book and she has amazed me once more. The Speaker is just as good if not better than The Reader. The Speaker begins with Sefia and Arche...
  • K. Wolf
    You gUYS THIS BOOK,I should probably stop rating and reviewing books right after I read them, but when they're this good I can't help it.If you loved the first book, you're going to love this one. The writing is still absolutely gorgeous, the characters are well rounded AND THAT WORLD AND THAT MAGIC SYSTEM, PERFECTION. I'm afraid if i let myself rant about it I'll start gushing spoilers, but considering I read an ARC and the book's not out yet, t...
  • autumn
    just as amazing as the first!!! this is a really incredible series that i would absolutely mention in the same breath as six of crows in terms of great, genre-saving ya
  • Forest Huyana
    WHAT. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS.You expect me to wait for 6 months? 6 damn months?!
  • Aila
    WHAT. A. STORY.Traci Chee does it again with her clever writing, multifaceted characters, and heart-aching storyline(s). The Speaker starts from where The Reader leaves off, but everything is much more intense: Sefia’s feelings towards her family’s past; Archer’s lust for blood after being surrounded by violence for so long; and the politics that they become embroiled in. Chee is so talented in writing multiple storylines that all come toge...
  • Teresa Mary Rose
    More Reviews Here: Readers Live A Thousand LivesLast year I was introduced to the world of The Reader and was amazed by how unique it was and the numerous layers to the story. So of course I was dying to jump into The Speaker as soon as possible. I really liked The Reader, but I absolutely LOVED The Speaker. This book blew me away and I fell in love with this world even more.I’ve always loved Sefia and I came to love her even more in this one. ...
  • Evan Quade
    What is written shall come to pass In this beautiful sequel, five days later, with Archer's voice and memory restored, he and Sefia continue on the run from the Guard hunting the two down while Sefia reads more in the Book for more clues of what had happened to her father and her aunt. But, Archer's thirst for violence begins to increase as is part of the restored memory that could make him from a gentle boy into a cold killer. With the Red War i...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    This book, and this series, are so so good. The entire world and plot are so detailed and layered and I can't wrap my mind around how amazing this is. Traci Chee is a genius. And every single character is so amazing as well?
  • Allie Penn
    4.5 starsreview of the ARC -- I won this from a fanart contest held by Traci!HELLO YES, I DIED.I don't know if I like this or the first book more. They're very different, but also still the same. This one reminded me a lot of when I first read DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT by Laini Taylor. IT WAS SO SAD, but it ended on hope. (There's also not a cliffhanger for this book. YAY)(view spoiler)[The main nitpick I have with this book is that Sefia seeme...
  • Sarah Shires
    *Disclaimer: I read the uncorrected galley copy of the book*While I love the world and the characters that Traci Chee has created with her first book, this second book definitely had "middle book syndrome". For me, the stories told were interesting, but never quite intersected well enough to make a cohesive novel. There didn't seem to be one major problem or story plot, but a general gathering of storm clouds for the big battle to come. Both of t...
  • Anne
    This was my most anticipated read for 2017 and The Speaker literally shattered my soul into a billion little bits. So many painful, painful twists. It all hurts too much.Where The Reader was about beginnings, friendship, mystery and revenge The Speaker amplifies everything and was full on dark, ugly and brutal. There are things that are revealed, and choices certain characters make that are full on defining ‘wtf’ moments. There’s this one m...
  • The Blonde Bookworm
    I absolutely loved The Reader, and I had high hopes for The Speaker. I loved all of the characters and I especially loved how there were many different stories going on at once in the first novel. It was so brilliant that I wasn't sure how Traci Chee could write a second novel to top it, but she exceeded my expectations and grew the characters that I loved into so much more. The quiet but dangerous Archer turned into a force to be reckoned with, ...
  • Sami
    Following the events of the first book, Sefia and Archer embark on a dangerous race against the Guard, with the help of the all-knowing Book. But the book has secrets to yield, and as Sefia uncovers the truth about the Guard, her parents, and the war of the kingdoms, the results create a spiral of self-fulfilling prophecies. Meanwhile, Archer finds comraderie and purpose as he forms a band of former candidates and hunts impressors. Will his new m...
  • Aleya
    I'm still a little meh about this series. I guess I picked it up at the wrong time or something. I thought it was interesting enough to like it. I don't like the consistent paradoxes, but that's just me. I did start to like the characters a little more in this book, but it wasn't enough for me. A decent enough series thus far, not my favorite though.
  • Megan Ferguson
    An excellent fantasy series.
  • Nina
    I don’t know if it’s just been too long since I read the first book, but the pacing and back and forth between narratives had me completely confused. I wish the author had prepped the reader with more review (or really any review) from the first book. For example, I didn’t remember anything about the king narrative and just found myself lost/annoyed reading it. The back and forth also made it hard to have buy in for some of the newer charac...
  • Mia
    I found the plot very jumbled at times, and I think the part where Archer and Sefia were hunting impressors with Kaito and the bloodletters took up too much of the book.