The Story Raider Book Review

The Story Raider
Published: 2019
This is your warning! This review contains spoilers for The Story Peddler!!! Proceed at your own risk!!! Tanwen and Gryfelle are slowly succumbing to the curse as More and crew search for the cure. Meanwhile, Braith struggles to maintain her rule of Tir. The dark power behind her father's reign prepares a new pupil to take his place.

Content Review:

Language-

- None!

Sexual-

- A character's backstory involves sexual abuse. While it's not described, it's clear the instances left a deep impression and scarred the character. However, the author handles the situation well.

Violence-

- There are a fair amount of battle scenes and some injuries. They're described, but not excessively graphic.

Spiritual-

- As with the last book, there are gods and goddesses, but they are clearly false gods.

- The Source/the Creator represent God.

- The Master is a force of evil, and he is said to use dark magic.

Other-

- Older characters drink.

Personal Review:

With this book, the series hit its stride! I enjoyed the last book but I knew so much would be expanded on in this book and I couldn't wait to see what the author had in store for the series. The character development is immense. Mor and Tannie have grown up so much -- and all in the span of two books! And yet, it doesn't feel rushed. Every emotion feels genuine as they struggle to make sense of what they are going through.

Tannie's colorful narration continues to add levity to an otherwise intense story, and it is quite possibly one of my favorite parts. The writing style is beautiful and fluid. Gryfelle's patient spirit is powerful and heartbreaking. Some truly powerful moments left me in awe of the author's ability.

I love how Tannie and her father's relationship grows throughout the series! It's refreshingly realistic as they struggle to piece together a relationship after years of not knowing each other. As with the last book, I relished the emphasis on how important and unique gifts from the Creator are.

Yes, this book is significantly darker and grittier than the first installment, but it also has a lot more depth. But because of that, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.

Although I can't wait for the release of book three, part of me dreads it as I know my time with these characters will come to a close.

Themes: hope, love, sacrifice, bravery, redemption, family, friendship, light vs. dark, grace, forgiveness