Redeeming the past is a fatal quest.
In the wake of a deadly coup, the capital city of Urian has descended into chaos. Heartbreak and bloodshed await Tanwen and her friends as they discover the unlikeliest leader now rules Tir.
If they want to save the realm, Tannie and the Corsyth weavers must rescue Queen Braith and unmask the Master, ending the strife once and for all. But the success of their hunt depends upon an ally no one trusts.
The Master has a new target in sight: fragile, trauma-scarred Digwyn, whose unique weaving ability could turn the tide of any war. When the desire for vengeance proves too powerful for Digwyn to resist, Tanwen must face a terrifying truth: the fate of Tir rests in the hands of a volatile, shattered girl.
The Story Hunter by Lindsay Franklin is the third and final book in The Weaver Trilogy. I am always leery of reading books in a continuing series that isn’t complete. I’ve had experiences where the second or even third book just let me down. So for anyone wondering, this trilogy is absolutely worth the read! From the first page of The Story Peddler to the final page of The Story Hunter, Lindsay Franklin takes the reader on a magical adventure that will have you crying, cheering, and laughing at all the right moments. Her characters are complex, relatable, and engaging. The plot is compelling, unique, surprising, and thoroughly satisfying. I honestly couldn’t have guessed the twists and turns this story would take and the ending had me second-guessing my predictions and holding my breath to see how it all turned out. Her descriptions are rich in all the details you need to be transported to another world. In short, I could not ask more from a series than what Lindsay has given her readers.
With cleverly intertwined messages of hope, compassion, and courage, this story is not only one I would highly recommend to adult readers looking for a wonderful adventure with a strong splash of romance but one I would happily recommend to any teenager looking for a fun, fantastic read. Two of my children, boys ages 12 and 14, have been huge fans of this series from the start. They have frequently asked me, “When’s the next one coming out?” The moment each new book arrived, they gobbled it up like a bar of chocolate.
I asked my boys, “If a friend of yours held up The Story Hunter and asked you if they should read it, what would you say?” Here are their answers:
“You should read it if you like a little bit of romance, a lot of drama, a great story, good grammar and friendship.” – Quintin, age 12
“Yes, it’s a really good fantasy book. It’s got good spelling and grammar. It’s got a good story line. It’s interesting and holds your attention. The characters seem real and the world is believable. It has a good ending.” – Ethan, age 14
Needless to say, we’ve purchased multiple copies of this series for my family to prevent squabbles over who gets to read it when. And each book in this series has been reread multiple times.
Lindsay A. Franklin is a Carol Award–winning 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 marsupial named Wombatman.
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Someone asked me recently where my story ideas come from. In fact, that’s one of the author questions I get asked most often. Honestly, the answer is different for every single project I’ve worked on, every single thing I’ve written. I’ve gotten ideas from news headlines, from dreams, from random musings while washing dishes. I even got an idea for a novel from a throwaway remark made by an editor teaching a workshop (that’s how The Story Peddler started).
The idea for The Story Hunter started with a title that turned into a girl.
After The Weaver Trilogy was acquired, my publisher and I brainstormed a list of titles for books two and three in the series. My editor loved the title The Story Peddler and wanted to keep that format for subsequent books. On his brainstorming list was the title The Story Thief. Obviously, this title did not make it all the way to publication. The middle-grade best-selling series Story Thieves wasn’t on our radar at the time, and once it was, I knew we would have to work with a different title (and I absolutely love the title The Story Hunter, so there’s no lingering sadness over here). But the moment I saw that phrase, The Story Thief, a new character popped into my head. It was one of those rare instances when a complete person arrives in my imagination all at once. I knew who she was, what she wanted, and what her unique gift would be. She was Diggy, my story thief, and I knew book three would belong to her.
There were many things I loved about writing this final installment of The Weaver Trilogy but none more than getting to write my story thief’s journey. That’s her hand on the cover of the book, stealing lightning and battling her inner monsters. Though I knew who Diggy was the moment I imagined her, I wasn’t sure how her story was going to end until I wrote it. I can recall saying to my best friend during Hunter’s writing process, “I don’t know if Diggy is going to be okay.” Her backstory is very difficult and deeply personal to me. When we’re facing the kind of odds Diggy is facing, sometimes we don’t win. And even if we do, rarely do we come out unscathed. So I built the book around that question: is Diggy going to be okay? And I didn’t know the answer until I scribbled it down on my outline.
When readers reach The End for the final time in this series, I hope they will feel I’ve done Diggy’s story—and the stories of all my beloved Weaver characters— justice.
A Baker’s Perspective, May 29
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 30
Fiction Aficionado, May 30
Through the Fire Blogs, May 31
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 1
Mia Reads, June 1
Texas Book-aholic, June 2
For the Love of Literature, June 3
Where Faith and Books Meet, June 3
Inklings and notions, June 4
For Him and My Family, June 5
deb’s Book Review, June 5
Ashley’s Bookshelf, June 6
Blogging With Carol, June 7
Kathleen Denly, June 8
Hallie Reads, June 9
Remembrancy, June 9
Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 10
Worthy2Read, June 11
Pause for Tales, June 11
To celebrate her tour, Lindsay is giving away the grand prize package of a signed set of The Weaver Trilogy paperbacks, set of four character cards with art by Laura Hollingsworth, set of three Weaver-themed Novelly Yours candles (The Corsyth, The Cethorelle, and The Craigyl), an “I Ship It Mor” enamel pin designed by Dust & Pages, Custom tea tins from Adagio Tea (Braith’s Blend and Diggy’s Spikefruit), and an assortment of bookmarks, stickers, and art prints!!
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Note: Although I did receive a free ARC of the digital version of this book, I was under no obligation to write a positive review. You may read my full disclosure of materials HERE.