|Title: The Storyspinner|
Series: The Keeper Chronicles #1
Author: Becky Wallace
Published: March 3, 2015 by Simon Teen
(Amazon / Goodreads)
Synopsis: Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.
In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.
The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.
With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything
You want me to review this book? Impossible! There is nothing I can say to do it justice. Well okay then, I'll just spent a few hundred words rambling about how fantastic it was. Because it seriously was fantastic! I devoured The Storyspinner in only a few days and I still can't stop thinking about it. After finishing I was left with a raging book hangover that turned me into a mood reader because I just want to read The Stroyspinner again! It was that good.
Like a lot of fantasy this is the kind of book with a rather large cast of characters. And it's the kind of fantasy where many characters get chapters from their perspective. This is extremely hit or miss for me, it needs to be handled well. It can either get really confusing and frustrating or it can be a great way to see the story from different sides. Here it worked. Becky Wallace expertly crafted an interesting story from all angles with lots of dramatic irony. Sure, sometimes it was frustrating because it would end one character's story on a cliffhanger but that only worked to build the suspense and interest in the story. The multiple perspectives really added a lot to the story and made it full-bodied and interesting.
Another fantastic thing about this book was the world. I've said it before and I'll say it again, YA Fantasy is my kryptonite. I read a lot of it and therefore it often feels predictable and like the same thing over and over again. But The Storyspinner felt incredibly fresh and unique. Sure it definitely pulls from some more traditional elements of fantasy like a missing princess, a tenuous peace in states that have a history of war, even the magical system felt more traditional but it still all felt original. After reading reviews from Nikki at There Were Books Involved and Brittany from The Book Addict's Guide I learned that the inspiration for this book is actually Portuguese. Which may have been why it felt so fresh because that was very cool and different. But there was also something about the magical system that I really enjoyed. It was a psuedo-elemental magic which usually doesn't feel original to me but it was so subtle here that it worked. It reminded me a little of Avatar: The Last Airbender but in a good way. It felt like it was inspired by these different things but it was something all it's own. Everything about this world worked with the plot to create a captivating novel.
I have to say that 2015 is definitely the year of brilliant debuts. Of the few five star reviews I've given on Goodreads, two of them have been debuts, and one of them is The Storyspinner. It was a truly fantastic debut with amazing characters and a thrilling plot and I am anxiously awaiting to see where it will all lead.
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: BUY. Absolutely buy this book! This book is not to be missed for fantasy fans. It's a fresh and exciting world with amazing characters, and fantastic romance. If you are looking for a book to give you out of control shipping feels, and thrilling action that leaves you desperately wanting more this is the book for you. It's a truly wonderful debut and worth a read.
Have you read The Storyspinner? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING