Selling stories is a deadly business
Tanwen doesnâ€™t just tell storiesâ€”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 kingâ€™s guard hunts her down .Â .Â . and theyâ€™re not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers sheâ€™s not the only outlaw in the empire. Thereâ€™s a rebel group of weavers .Â .Â . and theyâ€™re after her too.
The Story Peddler was a delightfully creative read.Â The ability to turn a story into a piece of art is just one of the many creative delights of the world of The Weaver Trilogy.
Tanwen’s character felt young, particularly in her understanding of herself and the world in which she inhabits, which is appropriate as this book is marketed as young adult fantasy.Â Yet, we are able to join Tanwen on her journey to discover more about who she is, the gift of art that she possesses and her place in the world.
Through danger, treason, and Tanwen’s complicated choices on who to trust the author develops an intricate tale.Â Â The character’s were well rounded and the ending wasn’t what I expected.
I will certainly be looking for the next installment.
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I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.