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The Story Raider

(The Weaver Trilogy #2)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Deceiving an empire is a treacherous game.

Tanwen and the Corsyth weavers race to collect the strands of an ancient cure that might save Gryfelle. But Tanwen has a secret—Gryfelle isn’t the only one afflicted by the weaver's curse.

As Queen Braith struggles to assert her rule, a new arrival throws her tenuous claim to the Tirian throne into question. Braith’s heart is turned
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Enclave Publishing (first published April 2019)
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Lindsay Franklin
Jul 25, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-wrote
Okay, friends. This little story of my heart is finally out there. I'm so excited to share it with you.

Here are some content warnings/notes:

Like The Story Peddler, The Story Raider is a clean read. This book would probably be rated PG or PG-13 due to fantasy violence and thematic elements, if it were a movie. My opinion is that it's appropriate for ages 12/13+, though your mileage may vary, depending on your judgment of such matters. I know every reader's (and every parent's) lines are different
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This book is absolutely INCREDIBLE. As a sequel, it perfectly carries on from the character arcs and storytelling of the first book and it heightens the tension and the stakes and dives in deeper into what makes the characters who they are. It's an absolutely glorious ride.

I loved the character development that happened in this story. How the relationships were growing and changing, and oh-so naturally too. There's so much conflict between the characters and it just fuels the plot like nothing e
Nicki Chapelway
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book even better than the first. We get a whole lot more world building and character development in this one. I really enjoyed seeing more of this world including the other cultures and how they worked under Tir's rule. I was still a little confused with the whole magic system, but I certainly got to know this world much better as a whole.

The concept of the curse and the search for the cure was of course right up my alley. And I grew extremely fond of them all throughout the course
R.F. Gammon
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I wasn't going to give this five stars until the last few chapters but THEY BLEW ME AWAY. The conflict, the descriptions, the STORY, the characters....ACK.

Let's just say Franklin is the queen of writing hot guys who are also entirely functional and don't just exist to be hot. Kharn, Warmil, Mor...those are my favorites, but let's be honest, all the guys in this series are AMAZING and all of them are just so cool, too.

Also the magic.

Also the TWISTS.

Was it a little cliche? Y
Jason C.
Aw man...

Lindsay has written another beautiful, stirring, and entertaining fantasy in her Weaver Trilogy. The Story Raider takes threads from The Story Peddler and continues to weave (ha) a brilliant tale that explores trauma, tragedy, and the beauty and power of art.

My aw man is because the third book isn't here to dive into today.

Don't miss The Story Raider. You need Mor of this in your life.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whoa. That escalated quickly.
I LOVED The Story Peddler, and this was quite a step up. The stakes have been raised, folks. 😳
Also, I AM NOT OKAY. Because THINGS HAPPENED and I’m not going to spoil them, but there might have been some yelling at the author. 😑
AND SOOOOO MANY FEELS I CAN’T EVEN. 😍😍😍😍❤️❤️😭😭😭😂😂😬😬😬😱😱😱
I ADORED IT, and I need book 3 NOW.
I received an advance copy, opinions are my own.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm always a little nervous about the second novel in a series. Will it be as good? Will it be as epic? Will I fall in love all over again?

The answer to all three questions regarding The Story Raider?

YES! And again I shout, YES, a thousand times YES!

The excitement! The people! The adventure! The lands! I'm so, so satisfied!

And yet I'm not. Oh, I want more! I want more Tannie, more Braith...more Mor!!! I want to tell you all about the story but I'll get spoilery and don't want to do that.

Let me j
You cannot, I repeat cannot, end a book like that and expect me to wait who knows how long for a sequel!! That ending killed me!

Everything in this book was amazing! The characters their personalities deepened, the plot thickened, and my love for this series grew.

I honestly cannot put into words my feelings for this book.....I have so many yet I can't seem to get the words. I also don't know what to say without spoiling anything.

I loved this sequel. I loved the adventure that I went on with the
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Deborah O'Carroll
(Originally posted on my book blog here, along with pictures and reminiscing about the Story Raider Launch Party at Realm Makers 2019!)

That was a wild ride! I feel like this book is better than the first one but at the same time this one had more plot things that I was . . . less than pleased about? XD So I’m just a little mixed on it.

But I definitely enjoyed reading it, and I need the next book yesterday because CLIFFHANGER. *dies* I can’t wait to find out what happens!

It’s going to be sooo h
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading The Story Peddler last year I honestly didn't think it would be possible to be more invested in a book. Well, The Story Raider proved me wrong. It was the only book I've read this year that had me up until the wee hours of the morning because I *had* to know what came next. All of the danger, action, and heartstring-tugging makes this easily my favorite read of 2019! ...more
Ashley Townsend
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Aye, you know, fainted. It’s a thing ladies do, I’m told.”

This story really dives into the world of the Weavers and Storytellers, and Franklin paints a vivid picture of each piece of land they travel to and the unique people that live there. Gryfelle’s slow decline was SO hard to read. *cries* Her character is so kind and wise, and I just adore her and her selflessness when it comes to Mor and her friends.

Despite the seriousness of so many situations the group find themselves in, t
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first book. Lindsay writes with such heart and adventure. I am so looking forward to this trilogy's conclusion.

Tracey Dyck
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad I reread The Story Peddler right before diving into the sequel. Not because Raider didn’t start out smoothly, but just because it’s been over a year and a half and I forgot things. XD

Anyway! Raider reeaaally upped the stakes from the first book. Finding the cure now matters to Tannie personally, and the consequences of failing are deadly.

If you haven’t read book 1, turn back now—spoilers abound!

-More Mor! I love this guy, and his character grew deeper in this book. He st
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Wow. I was blown away by book one, how can you top that? I may not know the words to describe it, but this installment certainly did. I was already hooked into the storyline before I started reading, but this brought me even deeper. Franklin’s creative storytelling is simply amazing. There’s really no other way to describe it.

The Story Raider had even more action, more excitement, and more breath holding moments. Yes, I do hold my breath every now and then when reading a book! It was intense at
Addy S.
"Hope is not lost as long as you are willing to fight for it."


Pardon the noise, I'm still not over how good this book was. WoAH what a ride. While I get my bearings again, please enjoy my fangirling over the characters:

Tanwen: what a raw and relatable character. Her love for her friends, her caring heart, everything about this girl I admire. And Tannie girl, you need to make a firm decision on who you're gonna be with before I come on over to your world and help you decide XD

Brac: poor
Selina R Gonzalez
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I feel a little bit bad about being the first person to give this less than four stars. It's not a bad rating. The book just didn't quite capture me.

Positives first:
I love all the varied places they travel to. The worldbuilding is pretty cool, and some of the places are so vivid. More weaver abilities are cool and the weaver battles are fun/cool. I do really like this unique magic system. (Even if it's sometimes confusing. I'm very unsure about the rules of this magic system, but maybe I just wa
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness. That ending. Lindsay, how could you do that to me!? I was not expecting this book to end with such a cliffhanger! Once the book is released, I'll post a full review, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading more of Tannie's story and I can't wait for The Story Hunter!!!! #MoreMor ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic continuation to the fantasy

I fell in love with The Story Peddler when I read it last year. The imagery of telling stories by weaving pictures in the air in living color is just incredible. And the adventure and mystery were thrilling. I have been anxiously waiting for The Story Raider‘s release ever since.

Once again, Lindsay A. Franklin captivated my imagination and transported me to another world. The adventures continue and twists and turns abound. The battles were stunning. There
In book two of her Weaver Trilogy, Lindsay A. Franklin, once again brings to life a magical adventure. This story continues and compliments the story of that in the first book. This is a series that will need to be read in order to best understand what is going on. Readers of The Story Peddler, the first book in the series, will be drawn to this story, waiting and wanting to know what will happen next. Although the story is a bit stretched out and slow going and one of the main characters is a b ...more
Noah Litle
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the sequel to The Story Peddler. They're set in a fascinating world where storytellers can literally weave together physical stories.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The expansion of the world and magic was amazing. And the prose was so smooth at some points it felt like a movie.
Which made me think that this series could make a great animated movie(s).
I didn't enjoy so much all the teen drama. Especially the relationship drama. I guess that's what people want now days? I don't know. I just w
Chris Morris
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, the first book in The Weaver Trilogy was The Story Peddler, and it was amazing in its own right. But, The Story Raider takes all the great characters in The Story Peddler, throws them into a mish-mash of danger and strife, and forces every single one of them to grow in very unexpected ways. Plus, there are new characters added, each of which are completely endearing. The plot has several twists, including something at the end that makes me want to read the end of the trilogy ASAP.

I cannot r
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I don’t know what to do with myself...🤯

This book was AMAZING!! And I cannot wait to jump into Story Hunter, so I can get all the answers to all my questions.

I can’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil Story Peddler for those who haven’t read it.
All I’m going to say is GET THIS SERIES NOW! You will not be sorry!

4.5/5 stars!
Yeah I just have something in my, I’m not crying......

I guess the only thing I can say is,
Long Live The Queen!
Katelyn Bolds
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enclave
Lindsay Franklin has woven an incredible story in her first book, and this one just kept getting better! The Story Raider is a masterpiece of YA fantasy.

Not only does the action and plot intensify, but the emotions and characters are written so naturally and beautifully. I was touched so often throughout reading it and I cannot wait for the next book.

Excellent for YA readers and lovers of fantasy of any age.
Fiction Aficionado
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I’m thoroughly enjoying this YA fantasy series from Lindsay A. Franklin! Not only do I love the world the author has created, with its storyweavers, songspinners, colormasters, and stoneshapers, (not to mention animals such as fluff-hoppers and marsh-grazers) but the writing is just so engaging and entertaining. And I love, love, love it when authors are able to create YA characters with that authentic mix of immaturity and maturity that speaks to YA readers at their level but also encourages th ...more
David Justiss
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just got this at the Realmmakers Conference. Still deciding whether to read it now or wait till book 3 is out so I can go straight to the next book after finishing...
“Hope is never lost as long as you’re willing to fight for it. And I do think there is hope for you.”

“For what is honorable does not change with the tides, and when one acts with honor, he need not fear the consequences.”

This book 2 in The Weaver Trilogy picks up right where the first book The Story Peddler ended, so definitely read book 1 prior to reading this. Much like the first story, this one is told from both first person and third person perspectives. The author’s writing is easy to read
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Weaver Trilogy. I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first book in the series...there just wasn't as much of the cool creative magic as in the first book. That being said this was still a very solid adventure fantasy.

Tanwen and crew must take off to search for a cure for the curse brought on by suppressing Tanwen’s magic. Both her life and Gryfelle’s are completely dependent on finding this cure. Meanwhile Braith is trying to secure her throne and stabili
Maya Joelle
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, beautiful-cover
An improvement from the first. The worldbuilding is richer, the plot thickens, and there's some cool stuff with "links" (which feels oddly like cognates from KOTLC). I still don't really understand how story strands work (and how they differ from other types of weaving), the Brac/Mor tension is quite annoying, and most of the characters aren't developed enough -- I couldn't remember who was who from the previous book, either. Tanwen's voice/narration is annoying. The switch between 1st and 3rd p ...more
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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 In ...more

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