Book Review with Celebrate Lit for The Story Raider by Lindsay A. Franklin.
About the Book
Book: The Story Raider
Author: Lindsay A. Franklin
Genre: Christian YA Epic Fantasy
Release Date: July 23, 2019
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.
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Let me preface this by stating for the record that as someone who grew up reading Terry Brooks and Anne McCaffrey, I have high expectations for any fantasy novel.
Now, with that out of the way, I can say with confidence that The Story Raider is the best Fantasy novel I’ve read this year. No, it’s not the only fantasy novel I’ve read this year. I see all you pessimists out there shaking your heads. Stop it. I’m trying to be serious here.
I suppose you want to know why I loved it? Okay, I can answer that. Because it was awesome…and amazing…and I immediately wanted to reread it the moment I hit the last page.
The storyline itself was so powerful it left me breathless. Tanwen travels a classic hero’s journey, no doubting that. But what a journey. I’ve never read grief written in fantasy quite like this. The author has a masterful connection with words and combining that with Tanwen’s ability to weave stories into being offered my imagination a chance to truly fly away.
The Story Raider has plenty of surprises to keep you on your toes. And can someone get me a purple fluffhopper?
Filled with descriptions of places that will satisfy any avid fantasy reader and a read I will never forget. Tanwen is a flawed hero who is doing her best to save the ones she loves.
I do recommend you read The Story Peddler before you begin The Story Raider. You won’t be completely lost if you don’t, but things will make more sense if you begin at the beginning.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Lindsay A. Franklin is a best-selling author, freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following. You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn’t hijacked all her accounts. She’s @LinzyAFranklin on Instagram and Twitter, and she Facebooks at http://www.facebook.com/LindsayAFranklin.
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.Storytellers: 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.Songspinners: 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.Colormasters: 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.Stoneshapers: 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.