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The Story Peddler ~ Review with Giveaway

The Story Peddler
The Weaver Trilogy #1
By Lindsay A. Franklin

Tanwen En-Yestin dreams of becoming the Royal Storyteller to the King. The city of Urian seems to Tanwen the perfect place to live, a place where she'd not have to work for a cruel mentor or take works of drudgery just to survive on a day's wages.

Tanwen loves telling stories as the various ribbon threads weave together creating a work of crystalline art. Telling stories is her passion but when her stories start going wrong Tanwen finds herself in more trouble than she ever imagined possible. And she is now one of the most wanted people in the kingdom for her accidental act of treason.

Has Tanwen revealed a truth the king wants to be silenced or has she woven a lie that she can never take back? Suddenly the life she wanted to leave behind seems so much better than it had just days before. But can she give up her gift - suppress it and the truths she must share just to stay safe? With a reward for her capture nowhere will ever truly be safe.

Meanwhile in Urian Princess Braith is in a precarious position as she questions her father's motives and cruelty. Following the dictates of her conscience, she tries to speak for the people who suffer under the heavy burden of taxes and poor conditions.  But King Gareth Bo-Kelwyd is a hard ruler with equally hard advisors who only wish to elevate their own positions within the ever-expanding realm. And there are whispers and rumors of secrets long hidden away that Braith seeks to learn for in her heart and mind both tell her that this is the only way to learn what she seeks to know. 

The Story Peddler is the first book in a new series and I for one can't wait for the second book to come out. This story is as intriguing as the cover portrays and one is quickly whisked away to this world of story weaving where truth is suppressed and lies grow steadily. This book has an allegorical quality to it that is at the heart of the lies that are being perpetuated as truth seeks to be released.

I highly recommend this book to those who love a well-presented story that dwells in the speculative fiction realm. Though targeted to the Young Adult audience this book will appeal to any fan of fantasy aged 12+.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through JustRead Publicity Tours with no expectation of a positive review ~ All opinions expressed are my own.

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.

Title: The Story Peddler
Series: The Weaver Trilogy, Book 1
Author: Lindsay A. Franklin
Publisher: Enclave Publishing
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Link*: Goodreads 



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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