The Story Hunter by Lindsay Franklin — Book Review

Today is release day for Lindsay Franklin’s final installment of The Weaver Trilogy, The Story Hunter! Congratulations, Lindsay! Sadly, this means I have come to the end of another beloved series. The Weaver Trilogy was a magical adventure, and I have been so blessed to be a part of promoting it. If you would like to read my review for Book 1: The Story Peddler, click here. Keep reading for my review of The Story Hunter, and some of my favorite quotes.

Review

How to describe The Story Hunter?

Intense. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming.

I’m so sad this series has ended. I loved reading the journeys each of these characters has gone through and how they grew. The descriptions of the various weaving abilities were so beautifully written, they tapped into all my senses. I could see the colors, I could feel the emotions. I could hear the music.

I may get shot by other readers for this, but my favorite couple was Braithe and Kharn. I LOVED their story so much and I wish we could have had even more. Braithe’s journey from a slightly timid princess trying to temper her father’s wrath to regent standing up for her people was such a beautiful experience to read. Kharn made me laugh and swoon at different times and was such a perfect balance to Braithe’s personality. I would love to see a short story of the two of them.

Tannie and Mor took a while to grow on me as a couple, but once they did they were there to stay. The way they supported each other in subtle and not-so-subtle ways was so sweet and touching.

Brac and Diggy’s character journeys were probably the best in this book. This was the first book in the series in which I actually liked Brac. Of course, he had to go through some serious character development, poor guy. But I like who he turned out to be, and the way he came to grips with the parts of his personality that drove a wedge between him and Tannie. Then there’s Diggy. Oh. My. Goodness. Probably the most intense and well-written scenes were from her point of view. She has so much anger from experiences in her past that has shaped who she is. I felt for her, even as I cried, “No, Diggy, No!”.

Be advised, this book is the most intense of the series and while it doesn’t go into a lot of detail, it does allude to some difficult moments from Diggy’s past that may be too much for some readers. I would recommend parents of teens who have experienced trauma, or are extra sensitive to such things, to preview before allowing their child to read it.

I have truly enjoyed the Weaver Trilogy, and look forward to seeing more from Lindsay in the future.

***I received an advanced copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.*** 

Favorite Quotes

“If you ever have reason to sit on a royal throne, I don’t recommend it in the least. They ain’t comfortable, and that’s the truth.”

“Even if we were able to undo things, we wouldn’t be able to walk away and go back to whatever our lives had been before.”

“Family is there to hold you together in the places you’re weak. To let you know you belong somewhere in a world that might want to chew you up and spit you out.”

“How do we become who we are? Is it written in the stars, carved into the foundation of the earth itself, woven into the fabric of time? Or are we molded, shaped, hewn by our experiences? Do we all start as the same blank slab of marble, chiseled away over time by a moment here and another there – this flash of pain, that heartache? Then polished smooth by seasons of love and tenderness, happiness and warmth.”

“Winter will not last forever.”

Author Biography

About Lindsay Franklin
Lindsay A. Franklin is a Carol Award-winning 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 marsupial named Wombatman. You can find Lindsay on Instagram @LinzyAFranklin.

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