Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Arrg-ust Review of The Storyteller by Traci Chee

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Synopsis: "Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard's clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war, but it requires a boy—Archer—and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her—especially the boy she loves.

But escaping the Guard and the Book's prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard's will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart."

My Review: I absolutely loved the first two books in this series but have put off reading this one for nearly a year because I was not ready to let the characters go. I finally decided it was time but it was just as emotional if not a more emotional ride than I expected. It did take me a bit to get back into the world and recall where are the characters were in the world and what was happening. Luckily this book starts off a bit slow and builds steam as it goes. There is a lot of jumping all over the world in this one, so having the map really helps visualize the story. I knew this was going to be a hard book to finish, we were told there would be deaths right at the beginning of the story and as the end drew closer so did the favorite character deaths and boy did they hit hard! Chee really did an amazing job of drawing the reader right into the story, you became a part of it and that made it all the harder to say goodbye. Truly a great but bittersweet ending to this amazing series!

My Rating: I don't know why more people aren't raving about this series, it is so intricate and beautiful! I feel like I need to re-read the whole series again and see how all those tiny details weave into the story later.  And in case you are wondering, pirates figure into this series a lot though it isn't exactly advertised as a pirate book.  I give this a rating of Four Paws!

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