The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee

The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1)  by Traci Chee

I really loved this book. It has been awhile since I have been able to get lost within a story, but Traci Chee is able to create a magical world centered around a strong female protagonist. Even though it seems as if it is a typical fantasy world with magic and a tyrannical king, the world that Chee creates is different. This is because the reader not only discovers the secrets to this fantasy world, but the reader gets to rediscover literacy and the significance of a symbol which represents a sound, which combined represents a word that is spoken. I really enjoyed going on this journey with Sefia. Sefia has been on the run with her grandmother for almost her whole life. She does not know why, she only knows that it is connected to the rectangular package she carries in her knapsack. Once her grandmother goes missing she must delve deeper into the mysterious package to find her grandmother. Most of the time I feel that I can predict the novel that I am reading, but in this case I was completely wrong. I really enjoyed the feeling of complete surprise as I realized the new turns the story makes. This story was able to do more than I imagined, and it even had pirates. The pirates might seem a bit random, but they were very fitting and I loved their significance and the depth to their characters. I would highly recommend this book and I am highly anticipating the next one in the series. I like the way that this story is told from two different perspectives of discovering literacy. It shows aspects of the many powerful properties of words. I loved the way that the stories of each character intertwined. As the reader, I knew that they all connected together, I was just not sure how and the moment it was revealed was really neat. I loved the journey of reading this book and the importance of the points that it makes.

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