The Reader by Traci Chee (A Sea of Ink and Gold #1): A Review 


Summary: Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.
With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.

My Review:

 Rating:5 out of 5 Stars 
Recommendation: Yes, I would definitely recommend this book 
Disclosure: Purchased on Kindle for $10.99, No spoilers

What can I say about this book? Its engaging, fantastical, and keeps you guessing to the very end. When I first read the premise it roped me in and the preview assured me it would be worth every penny. I devoured this 445 page wonder in two days, I had to know what the book was for and why it was so dangerous. It did not disappoint, all of the characters came to life and you felt for them. The descriptions helped bring this world to life and the characters especially Sefia made that much more real. Usually when I read books I find some fault with them in one way or another but this books has no faults, its exactly what you want as “the reader”. Whatever your opinion of YA is this book to me is every definition of the genre Fantasy. Everyone needs to read this book period.

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