Blog Tour and Review – The Apprentice Storyteller

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The Apprentice Storyteller
By Astrid V.J.

Published Dec 2020

Book Synopsis:
The Alchemist meets fantasy with a splash of space opera. Viola Alerion, a renowned storyteller in the Haldrian Empire, wants to be left in peace. For years, she’s been hounded by her past, never to find a moment’s rest. Then she meets a boy who wants to become her apprentice. He refuses to take no for an answer, and she reluctantly yields, even though she knows taking him with her could endanger his life. As their journey progresses, Viola begins to understand she’s not the only teacher in the equation. The nameless boy also has something to teach, but Viola makes for a reluctant student.

Can she give way to possibility and embrace a future in alignment with what she’s always wanted? Can she find the courage to embrace the principles that will transform her life? Can she overcome her circumstances and face her past? Or will she keep on running with nowhere to hide?

And what of the boy who guards untold secrets and exhibits mysterious powers that defy belief?

My Review:
Thank you to @bookfox.tours for including me on the Instagram Tour for the release of The Apprentice Storyteller.
This was a short read (around 200 pages) that I was able to read within a day. The concept of a storyteller is intriguing to me as I always think authors or verbal storytellers hold a little bit of magic as they craft their art. I expected this story to be very fanciful and magical.

Instead, I found this book to be focused less on the art and more on spiritualism in general. Throughout the story, the Apprentice and the Storyteller discuss faith, God and spiritualism along their journey.

The secrets being kept by the Storyteller of why she is running, continue to build until the 2nd half of the book. The history of the Apprentice is also kept secret until about the same time. For me, that means the first half of the book was a bit repetitive in all the secret-keeping. As the secrets unfold and the relationship between the two main characters deepens, the discussions on faith become more central to the storyline.
For readers that are very spiritual or faith focused, this short fantasy story should be a very interesting read.

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