The Story Peddler Book Review

The Story Peddler
Published: 2018
Tanwen En-Yestin is a young story-peddler who spends her days telling "crowned" stories that form crystallized figurines to be sold. Traveling from town to town, she dreams of the day when she might become the Royal Storyteller. But one day, words of treason sip into her story and Tanwen becomes a fugitive.
4.7Overall Score

The Story Peddler

Tanwen En-Yestin is a young story-peddler who spends her days telling "crowned" stories that form crystallized figurines to be sold. Traveling from town to town, she dreams of the day when she ...

  • Plot
    4.7
  • Characters
    4.5
  • Pacing
    5.0
  • Setting
    4.5
  • Themes
    5.0

The Story Peddler Book Review

Summary:

Tanwen En-Yestin is a young story-peddler who spends her days telling "crowned" stories that form crystallized figurines to be sold. Traveling from town to town, she dreams of the day when she might become the Royal Storyteller. But one day, words of treason sip into her story and Tanwen becomes a fugitive.

Content Review:
Language-None!

 

Sexual-

- There are multiple references to mistresses and the occasional flirtatious remark.

 

Violence-

- Some characters are wounded, but nothing is graphically described.

 

Spiritual-

- All of Tir worships the goddesses and crowned stories tell how they supposedly created the world.

- There are multiple references to the Creator, who seems to represent Yahweh.

 

Other-

- Multiple characters drink.

 

Personal Review:

Creative, heartfelt, and humorous, I enjoyed this adventure as much as I anticipated from the intriguing blurb. The characters are fun and genuine, and Tannie's sarcastic narrations enrich the story. The magic system is unique (I've already started the next book, and I am amazed by how much the world-building continues to develop) and well-executed. However, an awkward love triangle slightly lessened my enjoyment. Contrary to many YA fantasy books, Tannie's struggle and the subsequent love triangle doesn't feel forced. But it still feels painful (as it should, I suppose) to watch her wrestle with it.

 

Themes:

Redemption, creativity, purpose/calling, love, self-sacrifice

 

Favorite Quote:

"Art has a way of revealing truth."