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Incredibly Meta | Review of ‘The Storyteller’ (Sea of Ink and Gold #3)


The Storyteller by Traci Chee
Penguin Young
Image Credit: Goodreads

By Cynthia Bujnicki

There is a prophecy that says Archer plunge Kelanna into a bloody war. This has been the prophecy that defined his past. However, Sefia will not let it define his future. Together they challenge the book and its prophecy’s while facing the Guard. However, Sefia does not know if her magic will be enough to save Archer or tear them apart.

Published November 13, 2018, by Penguin Young The Storyteller by Traci Chee is the climactic conclusion to her brilliant Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy.

What an amazing and bittersweet conclusion to a great series. It is an excellent finale as it once again pushes the protagonist to fight fate and defy death as they lead the rebellion and fight to save their loves and he loves of their loved ones. However, much like with the previous novels, the intermingling of stories, from the past to the present and various narratives, remain so well constructed.

The scenes and narratives flow between one another so effortless, mingling together without losing the reader. Each scene tells a story, layer upon layer building off one another to keep the tension rising, to keep the reader engrossed in the story. The plot thickens and at times gives there reader hope as it pushed the reader to the edge of their seats. The history of the characters bleeds together in such a way to keep the story not only moving forward but also keeping the story unpredictable.

A good story is one that keeps the reader on their feet by being unpredictable, and The Storyteller does that beautifully. It forces the character dynamics to deepen. As it moves from the past to the present, it also breaks the fourth wall. It catches the reader off guard because the writing is so smooth that it sneaks up on the reader. Again, while the story remains non-linear, the smooth writing sucks the reader into the stories present, whether it takes place in the past or the present of the characters. There are stories upon stories in the novel, and the breaks, the movement is almost lyrical. Honestly, this book almost mirrors a play or a ballet in it is construction because of how it moves and breaks and layers upon itself to tell the story.

It is not enough that the character dynamics are exceptional, the layering effect of the plot creates such a deep history for the characters that allows the reader to connect to the characters. The relationships are complicated, are fated together by the past and the future, by the book that tells their stories before they lived it. Words tie them together, and that aspect of the novel is impressive. Not just words, but a single book, alive and breathing, a force of nature has bound them together, turning them into pages. It is so meta how the novel evolves and makes the novel unique. The characters sure have grown since the first novel, but the complexities of the novel, the meta aspect of it makes the novel so incredibly unique.

Good books can appear in spades, but great books are always a rare find. The Storyteller is such book because of how it moves, of how effortlessly the story weaves together and mingles so effortless. It is a unique novel and a definite must-read. (★★★★★ | A+)

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Product Details:

Pub Date: Nov. 13, 2018

Page count: 512pp

Age Range: 12 & Over

ISBN: 978-0-5256-3826-1

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

List Price: $19.99

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