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Author: Traci Chee Narrator: Kim Mai Guest Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Sea of Ink and Gold Series Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9780525495260
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The sequel to the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestselling fantasy The Reader, “highly recommended for fans of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart and female-powered adventures.”—School Library Journal

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.

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  • “Narrator Kim Mai Guest is an expert at bringing a story’s characters to life with distinct, memorable voices. Here, Guest depicts Chee’s vibrant and magical world, which envelops listeners in the sights and sounds of warring nations. The heroine, Sefia, is given a young, wispy voice that highlights both her vulnerability and growing strength. In contrast, Archer’s voice is angry and reserved, with Guest adding more confidence to the boy’s tone as his character develops. Guest offers a weak and bitter voice for Tanin, whose only goal is to locate Sefia and The Book. With her impeccable narration, Guest draws listeners into Sefia and Archer’s daring adventure.”

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  • “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.”

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About the Author

Traci Chee, an all-around word geek, 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. She is the author of the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy.

About the Narrator

Kim Mai Guest is an award-winning voice actor for audiobooks and video games. She can also be heard on television shows, such as G.I. Joe: Renegades, Batman: the Brave and the Bold, and Avatar, and in movies such asChill Out Scooby Doo and Dead Space: Aftermath. Her video game work includes Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, and The Lord of the Rings.