Riley, James Writing Styles in The Story Thieves

Riley, James
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Point of View

The Story Thieves is written in third person from the limited perspectives of Owen and Bethany. The perspective is further limited by the fact that the narrator does not reveal every detail that happens, even when the characters know those details. For example, Bethany and Kiel are fighting the horde of monsters Magister has released from fictional books when Bethany has an idea of how to deal with them. She has Kiel lead the monsters into a specific room, but she is not there when he arrives. She listens, hears the results of her trap, and hopes that Kiel survives. Several scenes later, she reveals that she had used a shrink-ray gun, but that is all the reader knows. The limitations allow the author to keep situations secret, creating twists and surprises until the right moment for revealing them.

The narrator has a neutral voice...

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