Author: Becky Wallace
Series: The Keepers’ Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Historical
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
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.
First Sentence: Johanna could feel it.
As soon as I saw the cover and the synopsis of The Storyspinner, my automatic thought was NEEEEEEEEEEEEEED. Not only is there a female archer on the cover (I’m crazy about anything with archers and arrows and bows), but The Storyspinner also deals with murdered girls who looks like the missing princess – who is also supposed to be dead. How can you not want the book in your hands after reading all that? I am happy to report that The Storyspinner is a really enjoyable read that you will definitely fall in love with.
Two girls murdered and marked. Both sixteen and of questionable heritage. It couldn’t be a coincidence. (ARC 187)
Before starting The Storyspinner, I pretty much had a majority of the book figured out. I mean, the summary of The Storyspinner on Goodreads pretty much made it so easy to figure out what was going on and what the huge twist in the book was going to be, probably done on purpose. That made me pretty worried that I wouldn’t enjoy reading the book since there would be no surprises for me to figure out, but to my surprise, I completely enjoyed reading The Storyspinner either way. Knowing the huge twist coming beforehand didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book at all.
There are two main storylines in The Storyspinner. One storyline follows Johanna and Rafi while the other one follows the Keepers’ journey to find the missing princess. These two storylines later meet and intertwines into one main storyline in the last third or so of the book. As I was reading, I found myself more interested in reading about Johanna and Rafi rather than reading about the Keepers’ journey. Everytime I was reading a Keepers chapter, I found myself wishing that I can read past that part already so I can get back to reading about Johanna and Rafi.
“No!” The scream wrenched from her throat. She tried to force her way forward, but the crowd was too tight, the bodies too close. (ARC 11)
The only issue I have with The Storyspinner is the world-building. In the beginning of the book, Becky Wallace would insert tidbits of the world-building here and there in the form of very small info-dumps and I have no problem with that. What I have a problem with is that I can’t picture the world – I found everything confusing except for the roles of the Keepers and Performers (the former took a little while to figure out until it was explained). I think having a map at the beginning of the book may have made the world of the Keepers a little easier to understand. As I read on, things got easier to understand, but I still can’t tell you what that region is called and where it’s located in the world of the The Storyspinner for the life of me.
Overall, I definitely recommend The Storyspinner to everyone, especially if you’re a fan of books about missing princesses and magic. I need the sequel asap because how can you not after that ending? (Don’t worry guys, the ending of The Storyspinner is not a cliffhanger ending.) I’ve heard that The Storyspinner is a duology, which makes me happy because that means less waiting for us to get the complete story!