The Speaker

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Praise for The Speaker:

★ "Filled with even more magic and intrigue than its predecessor, this is a gripping follow-up that will leave readers speculating and wanting more."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Strategically written with elements from the previous volume, this entry is rich with twists and turns that will leave readers in constant shock while reminding them that there are no coincidences in this narrative."—School Library Journal, starred review 

"Fans will be knocking down the door to read this exciting sequel."—Booklist 

“Chee has once again created an unforgettable story. Filled with secrets and surprises, this fast-paced storyline draws readers in and keeps them on their toes.”—VOYA

Praise for The Reader:

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year – 2016
Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year – 2016 
An NPR Best Book of the Year – 2016 

“I was spellbound from the first page. An utterly transportive tale of swashbucklers and sharpshooters, masterfully written. Traci Chee has penned a beautiful novel about the power of story, complete with a fantastic cast of characters and an expertly rendered fantasy landscape. This is a book you will not soon forget.”—Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

★ “Deftly rendered in beautiful prose, narrated through three shifting time lines woven into an interconnected history of duty, honor, and magic. . . . This is a must-have for all those who value a good read with genuine character growth, mystery, unique world-building, adventure, unyielding bonds of loyalty, and pirates. . . . A fresh, diverse fantasy; highly recommended for fans of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart and female-powered adventures.”—School Library Journal, starred review

★ “Commanding storytelling and vivid details, particularly of the magical process of reading, bring the story to life… the first of what promises to be an enchanting series.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “Chee’s debut is an intricate, multilayered reading experience… An exploration of self-determination and the magic of the written word, Sefia’s story is an absorbing introduction to the Sea of Ink and Gold series.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review 

★ “With evocative language, fascinating world building, multifaceted characters, and a compelling plot, this is a series fantasy lovers will want to sink their teeth into.”—Booklist, starred review

“Most world-building shies away from tackling the question of literacy within fantasy cultures, but here it serves as the beating meta-heart.”—NPR

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 trilogy that began with
The Reader.
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  • Chapter 3
    The Call of Thunder

    Impressors. The word dredged up the memories that flooded Archer whenever he closed his eyes: Hatchet, Redbeard, Palo Kanta, the fights, chains, and crates, the branding iron on his upper arm-the sizzle of flesh and the stink of singed hair-each burn a sign of his victory.

    Of each of the boys he'd killed. Of the animal he'd been.

    At his feet, the wheel ruts and boot prints blurred together as he stared at the dusty track. He touched his arm, his fingers splaying over the burns the impressors had given him. They'd called it the "count"-an official record of his kills. Fifteen fights overseen by arbitrators. Fifteen deaths for which Hatchet got paid handsome amounts of money. Fifteen burns to get him to the final fighting ring in Jahara, where one more kill would get him an audience with the Guard.

    His nails dug into his flesh. He'd killed so many more than that. And now he knew it. In the Guard's office beneath Corabel, Rajar had triggered the return of his memories, and with them had come his voice, his conscience, his guilt.

    He closed his eyes, and the dream from that morning came rushing back to him, as vivid as if he were living it all over again. He'd completely obliterated Argo's face-teeth and flakes of bone protruding through layers of muscle and flesh.

    There was a roaring in his blood.

    "That's right, boy!" Hatchet's face swam before him, ruddy skin and watery eyes. "We're going to make a killing off you!"

    He leapt for Hatchet's throat. "Archer!"

    He opened his eyes. Sefia was peering up at him, her face filled with concern.

    He staggered back, half-afraid he'd attack her in his delir- ium. "Did they go west?" His voice came out as a growl, unfa- miliar even to himself.

    She reached for him. "Archer-"

    But he drew back again. His limbs ached, wanting to fin- ish the jump, wanting to grab and fight and wound. His body yearned for it. "Did they go west?" he repeated.

    For a moment Sefia studied him, and he saw a flicker of guilt in her teardrop eyes. Her father's eyes, she'd told him once.

    He knew it wasn't her fault. She wasn't her parents. She hadn't even been born when they'd done those things. But how could he look at her now without seeing the impressors, the fights, the kills? She'd never look at him with such compassion if she knew what he'd done, what he'd been, what kind of vio- lence still thrashed inside of him.

    At last, she nodded.

    He gripped the hilt of his sword and headed west, with Sefia, for once, trailing behind.

    With each step, dust billowed at his heels. With each step, he drew closer to his enemy. His footfalls became a chant: Soon. Soon. Soon. He channeled all his anger into that-the promise of retribution. Soon.

    Dusk came and went. Stars cluttered the sky. But Archer didn't stop until they found the impressors camped under the moonlight.

    His heart took up the refrain. Soon. Soon. Soon.

    Slinging off their packs, Archer and Sefia crept forward, peering through the leaves.

    The camp was positioned between a willow thicket and a se- ries of creeks that gleamed faintly beyond the branches. Men and women lounged about, while sentries patrolled the perim- eter, guarding the carts, the horses, and the boys hunkered be- side a meager fire.

    At the sight of them, his anger lashed inside him like a storm on the rocks. Soon. The boys were ragged and dirty, shackled at the hands and ankles. Each one had a burn, pink and taut, around his throat.

    Archer's hand went to his own neck, tracing the puckered skin. The boys were like him-candidates to lead the Guard to victory in their Red War.

    According to legend, the boy with the scar would be the greatest military commander the world had ever seen. He'd conquer all Five Islands in the bloodiest altercation in living memo
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 512
Altersempfehlung 12 - 15
Erscheinungsdatum 01.11.2017
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-399-17678-4
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 21,7/15,4/4,5 cm
Gewicht 629 g
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