If you’ve been following me anywhere, you know I’m the ultimate fan of Traci Chee and The Reader Trilogy. I own them all in ARC and hardcover form. I have pre-ordered the last two. Heck, I even own two quote cards drawn by Traci Chee herself. You meet Me – the Mega Fan.
The Reader series has meant so much to me. I read it early on and just adored it. Everything from the characters, to the story, to the themes. It truly illustrates the transformative power of reading, the magic of words and brave actions, and the characters I know and love.
So I wasn’t ready for it to end. Heck, I’m done with the book and I’m still in denial it’s over. This book took a part of my heart, the same part of my heart the series has consumed. I can’t sing this trilogy, or Traci Chee’s praises high enough.
Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard’s clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war, but it requires a boy—Archer—and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her—especially the boy she loves.
But escaping the Guard and the Book’s prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard’s will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart.
So I am so pleased to be sharing my favorite quotes for The Storyteller blog tour. They won’t be spoilers, they’ll just be quotes that tore my heart out. You’re welcome. (I don’t have exact page numbers because I’m working with an advanced copy so this makes it even more fun!)
Time for some classics gorgeous-writing-that-is-also-ominous
Once there was, but it would not always be. This is the ending of every story
Every life in Kelanna was a story-a tale to be lived and remembered and repeated. Some stories were modest in scale, existing in a single family or a small community of believers who whispered among themselves so their loved ones would not be forgotten. Others were so powerful they would transform the very fabric of the world.
Heroes die all the time…Survivors get to decide who the heroes are. And the villains
I had a choice. Control my future, or let my future control me.
What was written always came to pass.
Books are curious objects. They have the power to trap, transport, and even transform you if you are lucky. But in the end, books-even magic ones-are only objects pieced together from paper and glue and thread. That was the fundamental truth the readers forgot. How vulnerable the book really was. But not only to fire, or the damp, or the passage of time. To misinterpretation.
Their love was the beginning of the end for us…What will you and Sefia destroy in your love for each other?
I think that’s enough because the rest of the quotes I have are not spoilers, but I want you to read them for yourself. To feel the pain and tears when you read them. Because this book made me cry the whole day. And that’s an experience I won’t rob you of.
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 Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy that began with The Reader.
I am in love with the prize so much I am going to enter because, hellooo!! A signed hardcover?! Swag pack?!