The Keepers' Chronicles #1
by Becky Wallace
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 3, 2015)
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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.Let's just cut to the chase.
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.
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
The Storyspinner is everything that I love in a Fantasy. With dual points of view, it could have been difficult to follow, but Becky Wallace masterfully weaves this story together, leaving you on the edge of your seat the entire way.
Every character in this book was well-written and engaging. Often when books switch from one character to another, or from one storyline to another, I find myself impatient for one particular person to show back up. I didn't have that feeling at all this time. I loved everyone!
Johanna is a fantastic protagonist. She's fierce and loyal. She'll do anything for her family (and often has to), and isn't afraid of hard work, or a fight when the circumstances call for one. She's a daughter, sister, hunter, Performer, and so much more.
The romance is a slow burn, and so fantastic. I love the banter and the struggle to come to terms with their feelings. I loved that the romance(s) wasn't the forefront of the story, but added another layer to an incredible adventure.
Then there was the magical element with the Keepers. Jacare, Pira, Leao, and Tex were so fun to read. I love their relationships with each other and their determination to find the princess. The magic they could do was different and really intriguing.
This book wasn't anything like what I was expecting, and I'm so glad that I picked it up. I can't wait to see what happens in book two, especially with how this book just ended!!
Book Doppelgangers: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas