Quick Review: The Speaker by Traci Chee

speaker I didn’t find The Speaker to be as good as The Reader but it was no less enjoyable.  Sefia and Archer have escaped the Guard and back on the run.  They soon run into more impressors and just like what Sefia did for Archer, they rescue the kidnapped boys.  Soon they embark on a campaign to track down the other impressors and free their kidnapped boys using their fighting skills and Sefia’s book.  Things start out well but it becomes apparent that the violence starts to take over and everyone starts to wonder if Archer is the one the Guard has been looking for.  Also Sefia is dealing with the knowledge of the involvement of her parents with the Guard and the red war.  Just like in the The Reader, we get side story that is related.  In the first book it was the apprentice librarian and assassin that ended up being Sefia’s parents in their youth.  This one is the apprentice politician who is tasked with murdering his king so the next phase of the red war can commence. Unlike the subplot that was evident from the beginning as important, this seemed to be more of a distraction from the narrative.  I’m still not sure why it took so much real estate in this book except it started to mirror Sefia and Archer’s story of trying to change their destiny for the people they love.  I guess only time will tell how it will play out in upcoming books.  I just wished we got to spend more time with Captain Reed and crew then this other story line. I still loved this book.  It wasn’t as good as the original but it was damn entertaining and I’m even more invested in Sefia and Archer’s story.


Books I’m excited to read this fall

It’s that time of the year when publishers release titles in bunches so they are out before the Holidays. It also means my to-read list just gets longer and longer.  Here are a few books I just can’t wait to read.

Just released

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake – the sequel to Three Dark Crowns.  Three sisters with three different powers but only one will survive to be crowned Queen.

October 3

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray – Book three of the excellent The Diviner’s series.  To quote Evie, it really is the Bees knees.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan – It really is a shame that this is the last book in the series because Magnus has been amazing.  I do hope he shows up in Rick’s other books the way Percy has.

October 10

All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – Maggie is awesome and we love her and have no doubt this will be awesome too. Also Yeah! for standalones!

November 7

Renegades by Marissa Meyer – I believe this Marissa Meyer’s first book not based on fairy tales.

The Speaker by Traci Chee –The Follow up the The Reader that both Kate and I loved.

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin– The first book in the Shaw Confessions series, the companion series to the Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer series.

Review: The Reader by Traci Chee

So, Beth already reviewed this book and I wasn’t paying attention at all when I started reading it that we already had a review of it. To be honest, I was just thinking to myself, “crap, I’m going to fail my own challenge! I have to step up my game!” (And, then I did go and fail my own challenge.) This book was totally worth the read. It is a number of stories that are intertwined. The first is the main narrative about Sefia, a young girl who has lived as a nomad with her Aunt Nin since her father was murdered and after her Aunt’s kidnapping has to go it alone in order to find her Aunt and take her revenge against the rescuers. Along the way she meets Archer and is hunted by the kidnappers. The second narrative is the story of Lon, a fast learner and apprentice to the Master Librarian of a Secret Society. And, then there is the story of Captain Reed and his ship and crew that are bound for the edge of the world.


I listened to this book on audio and it absolutely sucked me in. The book was read by Kim Mai Guest and she did an amazing job of bringing all of the characters to life. Like Beth, I cannot wait to for the next one to come out!


I checked this book out from the Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries.

Review: The Reader by Traci Chee

the reader A world without books sounds terrible. Who would ever want to live like that.  I know there are people in this world who can read but choose not and it’s baffling but that has nothing to do with this book.  Books can really change a life.  For Sefia, her life was simple until her father is murdered and she is forced to go on the run with her Aunt Nin.  For years, her parents have been hiding a mysteriously item and people are hunting down Sefia and Nin for it.  When Nin gets kidnapped, Sefia finally decides it’s time to find out what she’s carrying and why people murdered her father and how she can get Nin back.  It is a book. It tells her.  In Sefia’s journey she is joined by another orphan, Archer and pirates.  Meanwhile there are dual narratives of Lon, an apprentice to the Master Librarian.  A secret society that is tasked with gathering all the knowledge of the world and controlling it.  They spend their time recopying texts from one manuscript to another and learning to see people’s pasts in vision.  Lon proves to be a fast learner and with the help of the Second, a assassin apprentice he begins to see things are not as they seem.  We also meet Captain Reed and his crew first in Sefia’s book and then for real.  At first it was confusing with all these story lines going on at the same time.  I could tell that they were all meant to tie together but it just didn’t jive.  I started to guess that one of the story lines wasn’t happening at the same time as the others and then things started to make sense for me.  It was an exciting first book to a new series.  Sefia is strong and resourceful.  She is resolute in finding the ones she loves.  She teaches herself how to read and discovers the secret of the book.  Archer has an equally tragic backstory.  Taken from his family at a young age, he is raised in violence and forced to fight to the death.  It’s all mixed with tension and intrigued.  I can’t wait to read the next one.