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Friday, August 16, 2019

The Story Raider Kick-Off Package

The story raider fb bannerAbout the Book

Book: The Story Raider
Author: Lindsay A. Franklin
Genre: Christian YA Epic Fantasy
Release Date: July 23, 2019
The story raider coverDeceiving an empire is a treacherous game.
Tanwen and the Corsyth weavers race to collect the strands of an ancient cure that might save Gryfelle. But Tanwen has a secret—Gryfelle isn’t the only one afflicted by the weaver’s curse.
As Queen Braith struggles to assert her rule, a new arrival throws her tenuous claim to the Tirian throne into question. Braith’s heart is turned upside down, and she’s not sure she can trust anyone—least of all herself.
The puppet master behind Gareth’s rise to power has designs on Tanwen and the story weavers and will stop at nothing to reclaim the throne. A plot to incite the angry peasants of Tir takes shape, and those dearest to Tanwen will be caught in the crossfire. As the fight for Tir consumes the realm, no one can remain innocent.

About the Author

Franklin, Lindsay2018 - Author PhotoLindsay A. Franklin is a best-selling 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 wombat with his own Instagram following. You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn’t hijacked all her accounts. She’s @LinzyAFranklin on Instagram and Twitter, and she Facebooks at

More from Lindsay

I often get asked how I came up with the idea for The Story Peddler, book 1 in The Weaver Trilogy. It’s a dangerous thing to dig too deep into a fantasy novelist’s imagination (it’s pretty weird in here, you guys), but the short answer is I was sitting in a workshop at a writers’ conference, and an acquisitions editor made a comment—something like: “I have to peddle your stories to executives. At the end of the day, I’m just a story peddler.” When I heard that phrase, my imagination exploded. I thought of what a “story peddler” might look like if we added a little wonder and a sprinkling of fairy dust to the equation. Then Tanwen emerged as a character who might be a fun vehicle for this story-peddling process, and I imagined a story that would suit her. The Story Peddler was born.
But someone recently asked me why I visualized the supernatural art of storytelling in the way I did—as strands of color, light, fabric, or glitter coming out of the hands of the person telling the story, then crystallizing into a solid object for her to sell. And I have no real answer for that, except, again, “It’s pretty weird in here, you guys.” The Weaver Trilogy is a celebration of creativity and art, and that gave me reason to think about what other types of strand-weavers in this story world might look like.
If you’re new to the series, here’s a primer on the weavers you’ll find in these books.
Storytellers: Strands pour from their hands as they tell stories. When they reach the moral or ending of the story, the strands come together to form a crystallized sculpture. A story peddler then sells the sculptures to make her living.
Songspinners: Strands are lighter, airier, and come from their mouths instead of their hands as they sing. Songspinner strands are emotive and speak to the hearts of the hearers. Once the song is over, the strands disappear.
Colormasters: Strands are like streams of paint, ribbons of fire, or jets of water. When they hit a solid object, they create an image on the object. Colormasters seek to reflect the beauty of their surroundings, capturing the physical world exactly as it is or simply as it feels.
Stoneshapers: Their hands light up as they manipulate rock and stone with their fingertips. They create beauty by molding something that already exists and releasing the art trapped inside.
If that sounds like fun, welcome to my weirdness! Tanwen can’t wait to weave a sparkling adventure for you.


Welcome to the second book in The Weaver Trilogy. This book to me outshines the first for many reasons. The characters are so wonderfully crafted and easy to visualize. The author shows how talented her creativity is by placing readers in the middle of the action.  I kept thinking how brilliant the author is at writing a story that takes us into a fantasy world where everything is bright, colorful and full of adventure.

I was so intrigued about how the Queen had to fight to be accepted and the dangers she encountered. It wasn't easy for her as she had to make difficult decisions knowing what the consequences were. I admired her strength and ability to stand firm as a leader. The author does a great job of throwing roadblocks around the Queen as some did not bow to her reign. 

The other part of the story involves finding a cure to save Gryffelle. Tanwen has joined the ship to help in the search for a cure. Maybe there is another reason she has planted herself on the ship. Is it because she is ill as well or is there someone on board she has feelings for? I loved the adventure of traveling with them to different places and exploring the world through the eyes of imagination and intrigue. There is plenty going on in the book that held my attention and left me wishing the book would have gone on a bit longer. 

Brac is hands down my favorite character. He is heart broken that Tanwen has left him to sail away to the unknown, leaving him wondering why she left. But is there more in store for Brac? I enjoyed how the author develops this character and we see glimpses of a power he didn't know he had. His loyalty to the Queen could be dangerous for him, but I loved how he didn't back down. He believed that no matter who her father was, she had always been fair and cared for the people. 

The story is a fascinating journey with danger, a bit of romance and twists that make the story exciting. The ending is one that makes your heart beat a little faster. The author leaves us hanging with a cliffhanger. I can't wait for the next book to come out. I must know what happens to......

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.


To celebrate her tour, Lindsay is giving away a grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, The Corsyth custom Story Peddler candle from Novelly Yours, The Cethorelle custom Story Raider candle from Novelly Yours, choice of two tea tins from the Adagio Story Peddler Tea Shoppe, “Hedgenibblers, fluffhoppers, mountainbeasts, oh my!” mug
Story Peddler book sleeve, Story Raider enamel pin, and assorted bookmarks, stickers, and art prints.
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Happy Friday! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review for The Story Raider. This sounds like a must read to me. Have a great weekend

  2. These sound like great stories!

  3. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  4. This book sounds like an awesome read. Fantastic cover!