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Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
"A spellbinding first installment of what promises to be an addictive series, Shami Stovall has produced a mesmerizing story of magic, intrigue, and true adventure." - ManyBooks
- ASIN : B07QMKVFJM
- Publisher : Capital Station Books; 1st edition (June 18, 2019)
- Publication date : June 18, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3866 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,301 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The characters and their interactions are probably the single strongest aspect of this book. Eventually, there are six young arcanists and their six eldrins (magical companions) that all have distinct personalities, from the driven do-gooder of the hero to the angry anti-hero of Zaxis; from the proper but vengeance driven eldrin Luthair to the completely narcissistic but lovable rizzel (magic ferret, really) Nicholin, the characters are well imagined, well realized, and have fantastic interactions.
The magical system is interesting, with the magic coming from the pair bonding of a magical creature with a human, making both more powerful over time; this allows numerous standard and new magical beasts to be featured, and for the magic of different stages to be explored as well. Additionally, how magic is manifested is broken into numerous categories and discussed at length. The magical system feeds into the world; a “flintlock” world that also has magic, but with only a relative few able to wield magic, but enough that they form an aristocracy of sort. Overall, an excellent world.
Lastly, the tale itself is quite good, with elements of the hero’s journey featured front and center, but with a lot of further elements, and a somewhat darker ending, that lend a unique flavor to this story.
Overall, I would strongly recommend this to anyone that likes character driven fantasy work!
It reads fast, and overall the characters are interesting if somewhat lacking in depth. Illia clearly adores the main character, but he doesn't notice because he's pining for Atty, the beautiful heiress who he never talks to (and who rarely gets much page time.) He's got Zaxis as the foil who shouldn't hate the MC, but does because "reasons" and.....
Honestly, the characters are better than average. They have personalities and you can easily tell them apart. But, they are all written as very angsty teenagers who suffer from a complete inability to say "Hey stupid, let's date." Which had me nearly laughing at times because it was so obvious to the reader that X likes Y, but Z is chasing X and don't forget A, B and C who also have hormones driving them, but no willingness to speak up. It's like the worst most G-Rated Disney teen drama.
The rest is interesting though. The plot had a lot of thought put into it, and the challenges and tribulations made sense, which makes this a story that I can happily give 4 stars to even while I shake my head at the angst.
So good tale, but remember, its written like a teen girl romance with angst and miscommunication in every possible romantic combination.
The characters are very well written, very distinguishable, and have their own sense of what they want, and who they are. The idea of magical creatures is fascinating to me, not something I've thought about in this sort of way before.
The overall writing style is one that I favor, and it flows quite nicely. Some books are hard to catch or follow due to how things are written. This one feels like a cool stream. Honestly, I did not think it was possible to feel a little creeped out by some of the descriptions. I found myself looking over my shoulder at night after having a read in some of these chapters. The way it's presented..it can just be very creepy. The author does a nice job of presenting this in my opinion.
Get it if you want something interesting and fantasy driven.
This is a phenomenal fantasy fiction story, paced just right. When I read a book, inadequate writing can ruin a wonderful story. It can do injustice to potentially great characters. Shami has excellent writing talent that I aspire to have one day as well.
Read for yourself. Become an arcanist.
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As a gravedigger, he and his adopted sister are exempt from taking part, due to the nature of their job. He attempts to crash the test and make enemies of many of the town folk before being run off. His only opportunity seems lost, but his sister has another idea. She has been listening in to other news and has heard stories of a shipwreck and escaping magical creatures in a nearby mire. They go to look for another chance to become bonded arcanists and Volke meets a Knightmare, a sort of moving suit of armour, previously bonded to another arcanist. He will take anything to obtain his dream.
To become bonded, the Knightmare tells Volke he has to agree to help him find out who killed his previous arcanist. Once they get to the arcanist training grounds, his Knightmare recognizes the voice of Volke’s hero, Ruma, and says he is responsible for the death of his previous master. However much he doesn’t want to believe this, he has to investigate and his sister and other trainees end up helping out, but also place themselves in grave danger. They are only just coming into magic and they are up against a master arcanist and magical creatures more powerful than them all. There is also a plague being spread by pirates, which his hero may or may not be involved in.
An interesting twist on the role of magical creatures, bonding with humans who wish to be able to users of magic. Certainly a different method of obtaining such power. The vast array of magical creatures they can bond with and the sorts of powers that can be wielded by each, is enormous and some are more wanted than others. Add to this the evil twist the plague offers to these magical creatures and those it infects, all makes for an intriguing read. The trainees are all at the start of their journey and will no doubt go on to many great adventures in upcoming books. I look forward to reading more of this series. I received an ARC copy of this book from Hidden Gems and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.
Said what I want so why do I need to supply six more words
I would read the second though when it comes out.