Johanna has lived a simple life in the Performer’s camp building her skills as a storyspinner. When her father is killed in a performing accident, Johanna’s family is kicked out of the camp and forced to find a living on their own. Little does Johanna know that great danger is rushing toward the land and she is central to saving the people she loves. As Johanna learns more about her identity, she meets both friends and enemies, but she isn’t always sure which is which. This first book in a series creates a new world with interesting characters. The fast-paced tale is highly entertaining with a coming of age aspect that tween and teen readers can connect with even though it is set in a fantasy world. Be warned this story ends in a cliffhanger and while the second book is out, the series is not complete. I won’t read anymore until I know it is done.
Recommended ages--11 and up