The Story Raider by Lindsay A. Franklin – Book Review, Preview

Posted August 5, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Best of the Year, Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways, Guest Post /

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Did you know there are devices, rings, you can wear on your hands that allow you to “type” in the air and have the letters appear on your screen? During a walking break at work with some friends the other day, Andrea began telling us about them. At least the tiny bit she saw from the ad on her Instagram feed.

Our imagination began to run away with us from there. We were laughing at the thought of being able to type in the air as we programmed and it went from typing to waving our hands and having magic happen on our screens!

While these devices are currently available (though from the reviews I’ve seen, they need a lot of work and fall far short of our imaginings!), I don’t think they’ll replace my keyboard anytime soon. When I started reading The Story Raider, I couldn’t help but recall our silly conversation!

The Story Raider by Lindsay A. Franklin – Book Review, Preview

The Story Raider

by Lindsay A. Franklin

Series: The Weaver Trilogy #2
Series Rating:
Published by Enclave
Publication Date July 23, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Written for: Adults, High-School/Young Adult
Pages: 368


Deceiving an empire is a treacherous game. 

Tanwen and the Corsyth weavers race to collect the strands of an ancient cure that might save Gryfelle. But Tanwen has a secret—Gryfelle isn’t the only one afflicted by the weaver's curse.  

As Queen Braith struggles to assert her rule, a new arrival throws her tenuous claim to the Tirian throne into question. Braith’s heart is turned upside down, and she’s not sure she can trust anyone—least of all herself.  

The puppet master behind Gareth’s rise to power has designs on Tanwen and the story weavers and will stop at nothing to reclaim the throne. A plot to incite the angry peasants of Tir takes shape, and those dearest to Tanwen will be caught in the crossfire. As the fight for Tir consumes the realm, no one can remain innocent.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: The Story Peddler, The Story Hunter

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I fell in love with The Story Peddler when I read it last year. The imagery of telling stories by weaving pictures in the air in living color is just incredible. And the adventure and mystery were thrilling. I have been anxiously waiting for The Story Raider‘s release ever since.

Once again, Lindsay A. Franklin captivated my imagination and transported me to another world. The adventures continue and twists and turns abound. The battles were stunning. There is pain, oh such grief! And hope! And did I mention twists and turns?

Ooh! In the end, we even learn who the “Master” is! Let me just say that I was stunned. Scratch that. I AM stunned! Don’t even try to guess because you won’t be able to.

I don’t want to give any spoilers here so I’m being very careful with what I’m saying. However, I just have to tell you this. At a particularly dismal point for our intrepid band of weavers, Tannie begins to imagine a world, not where good triumphs over evil but a world where there simply is no evil. No pain, no suffering. This gave me such a deep longing for heaven. You know how you know how marvelous it is going to be! And you want to go, yet somehow the cares of this life often make you lose your focus? Yeah. I was startled when I read that part and was flooded with anticipation. What an incredible reminder!! I am so excited and can’t wait!

Yes, I should have taken the time to re-read The Story Peddler before starting The Story Raider. (I always appreciate when an author doesn’t attempt to re-write the previous books in the next installments) and it has been just enough time that a refresher would have been good. Yet most of the things I needed to know came back to me as I read.

Instead of me continuing to gush, though, let me just recommend that if you enjoy compelling fantasy, don’t hesitate to start reading The Weaver Trilogy.

More from Lindsay

I often get asked how I came up with the idea for The Story Peddler, book 1 in The Weaver Trilogy. It’s a dangerous thing to dig too deep into a fantasy novelist’s imagination (it’s pretty weird in here, you guys), but the short answer is I was sitting in a workshop at a writers’ conference, and an acquisitions editor made a comment—something like: “I have to peddle your stories to executives. At the end of the day, I’m just a story peddler.” When I heard that phrase, my imagination exploded. I thought of what a “story peddler” might look like if we added a little wonder and a sprinkling of fairy dust to the equation. Then Tanwen emerged as a character who might be a fun vehicle for this story-peddling process, and I imagined a story that would suit her. The Story Peddler was born.

But someone recently asked me why I visualized the supernatural art of storytelling in the way I did—as strands of color, light, fabric, or glitter coming out of the hands of the person telling the story, then crystallizing into a solid object for her to sell. And I have no real answer for that, except, again, “It’s pretty weird in here, you guys.” The Weaver Trilogy is a celebration of creativity and art, and that gave me reason to think about what other types of strand-weavers in this story world might look like.

If you’re new to the series, here’s a primer on the weavers you’ll find in these books.


Strands pour from their hands as they tell stories. When they reach the moral or ending of the story, the strands come together to form a crystallized sculpture. A story peddler then sells the sculptures to make her living.


Strands are lighter, airier, and come from their mouths instead of their hands as they sing. Songspinner strands are emotive and speak to the hearts of the hearers. Once the song is over, the strands disappear.


Strands are like streams of paint, ribbons of fire, or jets of water. When they hit a solid object, they create an image on the object. Colormasters seek to reflect the beauty of their surroundings, capturing the physical world exactly as it is or simply as it feels.


Their hands light up as they manipulate rock and stone with their fingertips. They create beauty by molding something that already exists and releasing the art trapped inside.

If that sounds like fun, welcome to my weirdness! Tanwen can’t wait to weave a sparkling adventure for you.

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To celebrate her tour, Lindsay is giving away a grand prize package of

  • a $25 Amazon gift card
  • The Corsyth custom Story Peddler candle from Novelly Yours
  • The Cethorelle custom Story Raider candle from Novelly Yours
  • choice of two tea tins from the Adagio Story Peddler Tea Shoppe
  • “Hedgenibblers, fluffhoppers, mountainbeasts, oh my!” mug
  • Story Peddler book sleeve
  • Story Raider enamel pin
  • assorted bookmarks, stickers, and art prints

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



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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12 responses to “The Story Raider by Lindsay A. Franklin – Book Review, Preview

  1. My daughter has read this book. As soon as she finished, she came to me and asked, “When does the next one come out?”
    #readerproblems 🙂

  2. MJSH

    Thanks for hosting the tour! Can’t wait for the third book; the first and second were superb!