THE STORY PEDDLER (The Weaver Trilogy Book 1)
by Lindsay A. Franklin
Selling stories is a deadly business
Tanwen doesn't just tell stories--she weaves them into crystallized sculptures that sell for more than a few bits. But the only way to escape the control of her cruel mentor and claw her way from poverty is to set her sights on something grander: becoming Royal Storyteller to the king.
During her final story peddling tour, a tale of treason spills from her hands, threatening the king himself. Tanwen goes from peddler to prey as the king's guard hunts her down...and they're not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers she's not the only outlaw in the empire. There's a rebel group of weavers...and they're after her too.
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Even better than the first book in the series
So, the first book in The Weaver Trilogy was The Story Peddler, and it was amazing in its own right. But, The Story Raider takes all the great characters in The Story Peddler, throws them into a mish-mash of danger and strife, and forces every single one of them to grow in very unexpected ways. Plus, there are new characters added, each of which are completely endearing. The plot has several twists, including something at the end that makes me want to read the end of the trilogy ASAP. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's not only for fans of YA fantasy. It's for anyone who enjoys well-written characters, surprising plot twists, and engaging story lines.
Never a boring spot and plenty of action to keep me on my toes.
4.5 stars This was an extremely interesting read! The storytelling was amazing, and I mean that literally. Making stories and then crystallizing them? So cool! (Can I please be a storyteller like that?) As things progress near the end, it was even cooler to see her create stories. :o :o :o I really related to Tannie. She made a great heroine and loved her bold nature. She wasn't afraid to speak up and share something on her mind that's for sure! Ha! Yet she could also be kind and compassionate too. Confession: I thought with their being so many characters, it would be really hard to remember everyone. However, it was far from that. The author did an amazing job of really bringing each character to life and making them very distinct where I knew each person. I honestly thought I wouldn't like War the most, but I really really liked him. Overall, this was a great story! Never a boring spot and plenty of action to keep me on my toes. The author even threw a little twist in there with a certain young male character that left me sad in that it wasn't your "typical" outcome. (I'll just leave that vague so there will be no spoiling.) I'm very curious to see where things will go from here! (I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed were my own and was not required to write a positive review.)