June 2021 Review: Conclusion to Outstanding Series
The Story Hunter
Author: Lindsay A. Franklin
Publisher: Enclave Publishing
Evil lurking in the shadows.
A surprising usurper.
The Story Hunter is the thrilling conclusion to The Weaver Trilogy that will leave the reader feeling the june-2021-review-conclusion-to-outstanding-seriesodd mix sadness and satisfaction common to any last volume in quality fiction trilogies. It is hard to say goodbye to such great characters and a unique world, but I have enjoyed every minute of Franklin’s fantasy writing.
Spoiler Warning. Despite my best efforts, this review will likely reveal details about the first two books, The Story Peddler and The Story Raider, so if you have not read those books yet—stop here! Go check out my reviews on these books and then read them for yourself before moving on in this review. You have been warned!
The party of weavers has returned from their quest to find the cure for the sick in their party. Tanwen, now fully healed from her curse, joins her weaver family as they return to find the kingdom of Tir in tatters. Braith is missing. The people are starving. And an unusual steward now rules over the land.
Behind it all, an evil presence known only as the Master is about to reveal its true identity. The plot thickens as the motivations of this powerful being draw our heroes down a path that will lead them either to victory and peace or utter ruin and death.
The powerful connection between Tanwen and Mor is a tantalizing target for the Master, who would love to twist their gift to suit nefarious purposes. And that’s nothing compared to Diggy’s gift, which still mystifies the entire party. (Yay for Diggy! My favorite character!) Nonetheless, the quest to rescue the queen forces the team into harm’s way along with a new and questionable ally.
If you have read the first two books, I know that you have eagerly awaited your chance to dive into Franklin’s conclusion to this series. Her ability to create characters you genuinely care about is masterful. The twists in the story are both believable and unobvious, which makes the story all the better.
As I’ve said before, Franklin has rescued the fantasy genre for me. While I have enjoyed several fantasy novels, I have often found them to be too similar and draw upon the same motifs over and over. Unless you are a reader with an appetite for these common fantasy tropes, you might struggle with the genre as I do at times. However, Franklin has created a world with a refreshing take on magic that forces the reader to rethink how magic might work and what its consequences might be. My enjoyment of fantasy has been reinvigorated, and I have The Weaver Trilogy to thank for that.
The book is completely clean. No language. No sex. Romance is light. Violence is present, but never gory or extreme. Faith is present in the fictitious competing religions in the kingdom of Tir, but it is never preachy.
I recommend this series for all ages of readers that can digest fantasy.
And I highly recommend you check it out as soon as possible.
Congratulations to Lindsay Franklin for the completion of her debut series. Nothing like stepping up to the plate for the first time only to knock it out of the park. I loved all three, but I still maintain Raider as my all time favorite. 😊
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No disclaimer. I did not receive anything from the author, nor was I requested to write this review.