The Storyspinner (Keepers' Chronicles) (Hardcover)
Johanna Von Arlo and her family are performers who have been banished from their troupe following the tragic death of her father. Struggling to make ends meet, Johanna agrees to work as a Storyspinner for the DeSilva family, despite her dislike for the handsome and spoiled scoundrel Lord Raphael. She has just settled into her new role when a number of girls who look strikingly similar to a long lost princess – and undeniably like Johanna – are violently murdered. Suddenly, Johanna’s past is thrown into question and her simple life as a performer is forever changed. Fans of Kristin Cashore and Marie Rutkoski will definitely find much to love in The Storyspinner.— Sara
— From 2015 Young Adult Bestsellers
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.