The Story Peddler
by Lindsay A. Franklin
Series: The Weaver Trilogy #1
Published by Enclave
Publication Date May 1, 2018
Setting: Fantasy World Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Adults
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.
I would like to thank Just Read Publicity Tours for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
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
- Custom Story Peddler candle from Novelly Yours
- Set of five Story Peddler art prints
- Custom bookmark
- A Story Peddler map print
- A fun fluffhopper sticker
- Little Women writing gloves from Storiarts