Series: The Keepers' Chronicles #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 432 Pages
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: eARC via publisher (thanks Simon & Schuster!)
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.
Let's start with the synopsis because that's what really made me obsess and theorize over this book. The premise of this book is interesting and well developed. Keepers have magically ability who live on one side of the magical boundary while humans live on the other side. The magical boundary is kept strong by the human monarchy. After the slaughter of the royal family with whispers of the heir having escaped, supporters and enemies alike go to find her, some to kill her, others to have her take back her throne and strengthen the boundary again.
This book is told from alternating points of view. Becky did an amazing job with it, and her decision to do that seemed crucial and made perfect sense. It wasn't frivolous as it seems to be in some other books. Each point of view brings necessary information to the plot and really rounds out the story. It was fascinating seeing all the different seams come together. I loved peering into various characters' heads.
I loved the characters so much. Johanna's loyalty to her family and how she perseveres are both admirable qualities. She's extremely stubborn too. Rafi's the dutiful and honorable lord who is compassionate and full-heartedly cares for his people. He's the sweetest. The romance between Johanna and Rafi was absolutely perfect. It progressed slowly, and built over time. Nothing was rushed or forced, it was amazingly wonderful. Dom is Rafi's hilarious younger brother. I love the family values and bonds in this book. Especially those between Rafi's family and the bonds between Johanna and her siblings. The Keepers in this story were quite endearing as well. The Storyspinner contains lots of strong characters that I love!
In terms of world-building this book was fascinating and fantastic. Everything was described simply and well. There was no information dump nor was there any confusion. Although this book lacked a lot of action, there was something completely beguiling about it. There's something that keeps your eyes glued to the page, something that urges you to turn the pages and go on.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for book #2!