The Speaker Blog Tour: Review and Bookish Candle

Posted November 11, 2017 by love2dazzle in Features, Promo Blitz, Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Speaker Blog Tour: Review and Bookish CandleThe Speaker by Traci Chee
Series: Sea of Ink and Gold #2
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on November 7th 2017
Pages: 512

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.


The Speaker by Tracci Chee is such an amazing sequel to The Reader. I was so excited to return to the land of Kelanna. Sefia and Archer are on the run and they end up with a group of kids that are like Archer. Sefia and Archer find out that this group of kids are on a mission of retribution and so Archer is danger of losing himself to his dark side again. The Speaker focuses on Archer a bit more in this book than Sefia. There is an odd form of fellowship with these kids that have been trained to be killers.

In this book we are introduced to some new points of view. I found myself being less interested in Arc and Eduoar’s point of view and just wanted to get back to Sefia and Archer. As a reader, I was able to get to know more of Archer’s internal struggle but also his really sweet moments. I love that he just wants to be the best that he can be for Sefia. The Speaker gives you a deeper look into the world and history of Kelanna. I really enjoyed getting to know Kelanna more. This is such a complicated world and I enjoy all of Chee’s creativity. She brings us an amazing world and we get to learn more about the Guard and their role in this story. I loved getting to know more about why words and reader is forbidden.

Now I am still completely lost but I am still enjoying the fact that I am lost. There is just so much to this world and it is a lot of fun to dive into. I feel like this book opened up even more possibilities for this world. I am really looking forward to reading the next book.

Bookish Candles:

I own Stub Tail Candle Co. and I enjoy making bookish and fandom candles. You can find us here. 

A few things I look forward when I am finding inspiration for a candle is what does the book say. The author has already done most of the work for me by writing their amazing book, so all I have to do it pay attention. Creating a candle is hard work but I find it quite rewarding once I have this perfect beautiful candle in my position. I strive to make sure it looks beautiful but also smells amazing. Everyone loves a candle that actually fills up the room with a lovely smelling scent.

Without giving too many of my secrets away, I took some pictures of the amazing Speaker candle that we came up with. I hope you all enjoy and love it!

I was so excited to dive in and start creating this candle. I wanted to show off the purple and pink of the beautiful cover of The Speaker and I also wanted to show off the gold lettering. The scents needed to fit with the book and the writing of the author.

What does the Speaker candle smell like?

Scent Guide:

Wind, Snow, Earth, Smoke, and Sage

I wanted this candle to make you feel like you could smell the earth.

Below is some gorgeous pictures of the candle and this amazingly beautiful book. I hope you enjoy The Speaker as much as I did. This candle is now currently listed in our shop if you would like to add it to your bookish candle collection.

You can find Stub Tail Candle Co. on Instagram at @stubtailcandleco.

You can find Me on Instagram at @love2dazzle.


Week One
October 30 – Ex Libris – Review
October 31 – Bette’s Pages – Review
November 1 – Never2Many2Read – Review
November 2 – ButtermyBooks – Review
November 3 – YA Wednesdays – Favorite Quotes
Week Two
November 6 – FlyLeaf Chronicles – Review
November 7 – The Fox’s Hideaway – Review
November 8 – In Wonderland – Review
November 9 – Book Reviews Express – Review
November 10 – Brianna Book Binding – Review
Week Three
November 13Readers Live A Thousand Lives – Excerpt and Review
November 14Good Choice Reading – Review with Photo
November 15Dazzled by Books – Review with bookish Candle
November 16A Belle’s Tale – review and Spotlight
November 17MelihYoutuber – Review
Week Four
November 20The Blonde Bookworm – Review
November 21Seeing Double in Neverland – Review
November 22Bookshelves and Paperbacks – Author Interview
November 23Across the Words – Review
November 24Eastern Sunset Reads – Review


About Traci Chee

Traci Chee is an author of speculative fiction for teens. An all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts, though she also dabbles at piano playing, egg painting, and hosting potluck game nights for family and friends. She studied literature and creative writing at UC 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.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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