Sunday, 31 January 2016

Review: The Storyteller's Muse by Traci Harding

Title: The Storyteller's Muse
Author: Traci Harding
Published: 1st February 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Source: Harper Collins Australia in return for an honest review
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: *****

My Review:

The day I received this from Harper Collins, I was in the middle of reading something else and I had decided to  be good and finish my it before starting this one but I opened to the first page and before I knew it I was 20 pages in and completely of the understanding that there was no way I was going to finish any other read till I finished this one, which I was pretty sure would be later that day.

I should have known this because how does one have a new book from their favourite author of all time and not read it straight away?

The short answer is that it isn't possible especially when a novel is as good as the Storyteller's Muse.

This book is definitely a one sitting kind of read and I absolutely flew through it.  Traci is a master story teller. This is one of the constants of Traci's books. You always know you are going to be swept into a strong spellbinding story that won't let go of you until the end.  I loved that this book kept me guessing. Some of the threads and twists I guessed early and marvelled at skill of the writing that kept these secrets hidden until the right moment for them to be revealed.  Other developments completely took me by surprise which was even more thrilling. There were a number of different threads and stories running through this book but all flowed seamlessly together.

There are three main stories being told in this book.  There is the story that main character Peter is transcribing for renowned but previously retired author Penny Whitman , the story peter then feels compelled to write and the story revolving these two writers and their friends linking al, three stories and time frames together. Each of the three stories whilst standing well by themselves are made stronger by the linking of the three of them together.

The story itself is a departure from the previous fantasy trilogies and is a fresh, new standalone story completely removed from previous series and worlds.  That being said, having been a fan for many years,  I could totally see how much of what Traci has written and researched in the past have led to this story being written with the vein of paranormal and elements of esoteric woven in.

But one of the bests things about this read is that one does not have to be a previous fan of Traci nor read any of her previous works to be able to enjoy this novel.  If you love mysteries or books about writers or artists of any type or if you just love a story that will keep you guessing and engaged from beginning to end, then pick up this book and enjoy the ride.

This is Traci Harding at her best and I give this book 5 stars!
Sapphired Dragon xx

About The Book:


The Storyteller's Muse by Traci Harding


Bestselling author Traci Harding moves into commercial fiction with a story of intrigue and deception. A bitter writer, an enthusiastic protege and a story that must be told.

Peter is a young nurse and aspiring author whose professional dreams have come true - a patient in his care, Penelope, needs someone to transcribe her final story. Revolving around four friends sharing an apartment where they hone their artistic and musical skills, Peter soon realises there is more to the story - another presence is lurking in the building, an intriguing, creative, temperamental force that goes by the name Em Jewel. When tragedy strikes, Peter and his charming co-worker Gabrielle must finish Penelope's story before it ruins both their lives. With the help of a motley group of authors, Peter and Gabrielle are swept up into a world of art, intrigue and deception. They must choose whether to follow their heads or their hearts - with life-altering consequences.

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Publication Date: 1st February 2016
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