I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1) by Traci Chee
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young on September 13, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.
Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.
Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.
This was a great read, and one that I hope my daughter will read (She’s 13 and has a mind of her own, though she’s liked every book I’ve told her to read so far) The characters in this book are ones that you get invested in and you want to see them come out on top. The writing is very good, and while a bit slow and confusing in the beginning if you stick through that I can assure you that you will fall in love with this book.