[Review] The Story Peddler

Friday, June 22, 2018

Title: The Story Peddler

Series: The Weaver Trilogy #1

Author: Lindsay A. Franklin

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: May 1, 2018

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

 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.
Upon finding this book available for request on NetGalley, I immediately fell in love with the concept just from the summary alone. Having just also picked up Ink, Iron, and Glass from Barnes and Noble, I was certainly in the mood to read about spins on storytelling. While I've been having such wonderful ideas on my own stories, I find it hard to think of unique ways of including writing or storytelling into the ideas. But why write my own when I could get lost in other people's worlds?

Meet Tanwen, the poor farm girl with no parents living on her own in the last possession of her deceased family. She's a story peddler, meaning when she tells stories, colors wisp out from her fingers to craft a crystallized piece of her story. Much like any conspiracy, these peddlers can only tell stories approved by the king of this world, hindering creativity and free thinking. Tanwen's character is average even with her ability to weave stories, but it doesn't make her much too boring. She was a different sort of strong female character, following her dreams despite what others tell her, and not once allowing a man to rule over her life and take away that dream.

The plot of the story was unique in its own way, shadowed by the basic good VS evil aspect. I loved the entirety of storytelling and the way it is done, but it makes me wonder how much of a hoarder these storytellers are in this world!

Reveals. Well, when it comes to revealing certain things in the story, none of it was all that surprising. I already knew who the "stranger in the darkness" was, so it didn't give a surprise factor, though I don't think the author intended it to be (I hope not, at least).

As for the action toward the end, I felt it to be a bit too sudden and too fast. I was hoping for adrenaline-packed scenes, but was disappointed. It kind of gave off a feeling that the author wanted to get that part out of it so they could move forward with the rest of the story. This is just my opinion, though, and didn't heavily impact my reading experience.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I'm really looking forward to the next if it truly promises adventure! Packed with a unique twist on storytelling and a revolution against those threatening to snuff out creativity and free thinking, this book will certainly be a great read for those who are into adventure, magic, and much more.

1 comment :

  1. Is it bad I'm judging this book by it's cover? Lol

    I hope more people read your review, they'll probably read this book just based on your review.