Friday, November 25, 2016

Fall Reading 2016 The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1)


A world with no books. Or, rather, one book - the book. Imagine an entire world where no one knows how to read. Where nothing is recorded in written form. Where the only history is oral, and once a story is no longer told, it is forgotten. What would people in that world do to make sure their names and deeds will be remembered?

But there are those who can "read" other things. A sea captain might read the waves and find his way to the end of the world. A first mate might read the impressions of the ship's timbers and be able to track all activity on board. Others might be able to read an individual, seeing the events in their life that have led them to the present moment. 

And if it was stolen, what would those who had possessed the book do to get it back? Do the ends justify the means? Can terrible things - torture, murder, kidnapping, war - be used to create peace? Do individuals have the power to act counter to what is in the book, could they defy the written word and rewrite their fates?

Questions like all of these, and many more, are tackled in Traci Chee's new fantasy series, Sea of Ink and Gold. In this first book we meet Sefia, Archer, Captain Reed, and many of the other main characters in the tale. And we watch, with the images coming to us through Chee's writing, as we work our way through the pages of The Reader.

Perfect for fans of epic fantasy, with a detailed world, convoluted motivations, and intriguing characters.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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