This past month we’ve been reading The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin in Spec Haven, our Facebook group for lovers of speculative fiction. There is a special nugget of wisdom hidden within these pages that really spoke to me that I will share later this month. But for now, the story.
THE STORY PEDDLER
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.
The Story Peddler is about a young woman who has a special talent to weave stories where her words create beautiful representation of the story to please her audience’s eyes. When she finishes, they crystalize into a lovely object, which she hopes to sell. She is kind-hearted and hard-headed. She dreams to become the Royal Storyteller and live happily ever after. Of course, she is in for a rude awakening.
The story is engaging and well-written. The characters are personable, driving us to turn the page to see how it will all end. While the story wraps up nicely, it also promises us more adventures to come. I look forward to seeing where Tanwen goes next and how her decisions will play out. Highly recommended for those who love stories like Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul, The Last Motley by DJ Edwardson, and Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams.
*I received a free copy from Netgalley to read and review.