Nov 7, 2017
Format: ARC by Penguin Random Hosue Books in exchange for review 🙂
Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his nightmares: by hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive.
With Sefia’s help, Archer travels across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys while she continues to investigate the mysterious Book and secrets it contains. But the more battles they fight, the more fights Archer craves, until his thirst for violence threatens to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer’s fate to her parents’ betrayal of the Guard so long ago, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard’s plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance.
“Wanting the world to be a better place than it is? That doesn’t make you weak. That makes you the kind of person this world needs.”
The Speaker is such a strong and emotional continuation to The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1). My heart was pounding throughout and I was so scared for these characters and for what was to come. I honestly fell in love with the characters even more and respected them with everything they had been through. Sefia and Archer’s story is so unique and they just have this special bond which cannot be replaced. The storyline follows three different storylines from various kingdoms. This time, the book amps up on the action and introduces characters who are as broken as the people who saved them.
This book quite literally blew me away. With its facisnating and unique writing, The Speaker was a book filled with high stakes and a story which left my heart thumping madly at how it was to go.
Sefia and Archer are one of a kind and have this connection that I wish I had with someone. It is a relationship based on trust and differences despite the many obstacles they faced. They make an such excellent team and I was so happy to see them make new friends and learn on their journey.
Every single scene in this book was exciting and I could not put this book down. Particularly the ones with the Guard and the Pirates. Mostly, it was the scenes with Archer and his difficulties in facing his inner demons which made me like him even more. Him and Sefia are such a well-crafted characters which readers can relate to.
The character development of the characters (both new and old) were excellent with storylines interconnected with one another.
I honestly cannot wait for the final book!