Sefia has been trying to survive in the wilderness with her Aunt Nin. Her father was brutally murdered, and she must stay ahead of his killer if she is to live and protect the family treasure. When her Aunt Nin is kidnapped, Sefia's skills are really put to the test. She clings to the rectangular object called a book, that she has been told is very important. When a mysterious stranger appears, she must decide if he is to be trusted with her life and her secrets. Sefia sets out to rescue her Aunt, discover the truth about her father's death, and punish all responsible for harming her family.
From the moment I began reading this book, I was captivated. Chee has such a way with words. I immediately fell in love with the way the words drew me into the story. I appreciated the introduction with the tone of an old tale drawing me in to an exciting world. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The characters are compelling, and you will want to keep reading to know what happens to them.
This is the first book in the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy, and I cannot wait to read the next two books. This is a world you will want to return to again and again. Chee creates a unique world that completely absorbs you. There is plenty of action, but there is much more to this book than that. The characters are compelling and you will enjoy getting to know them as the story unfolds.
I also appreciated that the main character is a female who is discovering her abilities and figuring out what her own goals are. She does not let anyone else dictate her future. I cannot wait to discover what happens to her and how she grows as the story continues.
I read this book as an ebook on my Nook. I had problems reading the pages that are from the book in the story. They had images on them, and would not load. Other than that I had no issues.
I was enchanted from the moment I started reading to the very end. I highly recommend reading this book if you enjoy fantasy. This series is a must read.
*I received a free copy of this book from Penguin's First To Read Program in exchange for an honest review.
*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a book I would not have gotten to as soon, or heard about otherwise.