Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.
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.
This book has made me realize that I’m going to take a sabbatical from high fantasies for awhile. It’s not that I don’t like fantasies, it’s that I truly believe the market is becoming overly saturated with them and I really just need a breather.
The Storyspinner wasn’t a terrible book, but it was just so cliche. And it didn’t help that it had five million points of view. So, yeah, I DNF’d it. And here are my top ten reasons why I DNF’d it and I guess why I’m taking a sabbatical from all the YA fantasy books for now.
10)A Lost Princess: Really, why must there always be a lost princess? Why is it such a necessity? Never mind that monarchies have had multiple problems throughout the years, and have caused their countries severe problems. The long lost princess will fix everything (snark). Whenever I see the Long Lost Princess cliche, like in Storyspinner, I start to feel my eyes twitch. And I usually need to make myself a stiff drink to get through the reading process.
9) Snail Pace: Often fantasies move at a snail’s pace. This is no exception.
8) The Poverty Cliche: One of our main characters has be dirt poor. Bottom of the totem pool and of course they come in contact with the wealthy class. Usually because of quest of that person in extreme poverty is the Chosen One or something else mundane. Here the Poor Character is caught trying to hunt on Rich Character’s property. It’s enough where they can come together and I’m sure serve some purpose in three books.
7) The World Is Different Than It Used to Be: We hear this vaguely, in some POVs, in others it just seems like life has been this way forever. So, I’m even confused about how the utopia turned to shit when some character are acting like everything is a-okay.
6) Unpronounceable Names: At least The Storyspinner tries to route it’s own language in Portuguese, the book is a Brazilian inspired fantasy, but still I don’t like having to try to figure out how to say a characters name.
5) Girls in Drag for No Reason: I like the Mulan trope more than anyone, but when it serves no purpose I get annoyed. Plus,I get annoyed that short hair and pants are enough to convince a guy that the girl in front of him is a guy. Short hair and pants. SMH.
4) Mysterious Prologue IS Important You MUST Read It, Even Though You Won’t Understand It: The prologue was obviously very important to the world building for this book. And as usual, the prologue read like a cliche. Parental/Close Relative/Close Friend tells MC something important and then croaks. Sometimes there’s variants on this prologue. Like maybe the parents dies when the Important Character isn’t cognitive and leaves something behind, but not the case here.
3) Mysterious Group You Could Care Less About But Will Be the Info Dump Group: I really could care less about the Keepers. I don’t know what they really were, other than trying to find a long lost princess.
2) Romantic Cliches that Make You Think This Romance is So Forced: The love/hate relationship is very common in fantasy,it doesn’t help when you’ve read five thousand of these. And I really couldn’t care for Rafael at all.
1) Five Million Billion Points of View: I like multiple points of view, but the various view points in The Storyspinner was excessive and it ultimately was what lead me to DNF it. Some people might like this element of the story more than I did. For me though, it left me feeling a huge disconnect with the characters. I couldn’t even pinpoint most of the characters. It was as if this book wasn’t even sure of itself.
Overall Rating: I DNF’d it. On the DNF end of books I’m giving it a more it’s me than you rating for why I DNF’d it. Other people will like this book a LOT better than me.