The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin – Review

Posted May 8, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways / 7 Comments

The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin - Review

The Story Peddler
by Lindsay A. Franklin


Series: The Weaver Trilogy #1
Published by Enclave
Publication Date May 1, 2018
The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin – Review Genres: Fantasy
Setting: Fantasy World Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Adults
Pages: 336

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Synopsis:

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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Stories that are woven with words and colors that crystallize into sculptures? What an amazing concept! Author Lindsay Franklin has written an intriguing fantasy tale that entices you to read and torments you if you try to put it down.

The characters are endearing – you really care about what happens to Tanwen and the others. Told by Tanwen, Princess Braith and “The One in the Dark”, the reader gets a view of happenings all over the kingdom. The rebel weavers include a dreamy pirate, the lady in exile, the farmer, and former guardsmen. There are also some unsavory characters, including the king who controls not only the stories and songs that can be told (Tanwen was stunned to find out that there are more than two songs), the high priest, and the advisor (ew! Was he slimy!).

Everything was in constant motion. There are sword fights, secret passages, and bold escapes. I would love to see this made into a movie!

My only regret is that this is the first book of the trilogy. It did have a clear ending, though it is certain there is more is to come as Tanwen goes off to. . .  Sorry! No spoilers allowed, so you’ll just have to read this book and wait with me for the next one to be released. (Sigh)

Though I have not indicated the genre to be Young Adult, it is certainly appropriate for them. I just don’t want to scare any adults away by listing it that way.

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  • Signed print copy of The Story Peddler
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  • Set of five Story Peddler art prints
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  • A Story Peddler map print
  • A fun fluffhopper sticker
  • Little Women writing gloves from Storiarts
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About Lindsay A. Franklin

Lindsay A. Franklin is a best-selling author, award-winning editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. She lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder of a husband, their precious geeklings, three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following.

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7 responses to “The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin – Review

  1. I’ve been writing for a while but finally decided to commit myself to the speculative genre, so I’m trying to get caught up with my reading in that area. I’ll have to poke around among the links 😉

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thanks for your review and for being part of the blog tour for “The Story Peddler” by Lindsay A. Franklin. I’d really like the chance to read this book and know several others that would love it also.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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