Continue the Frith Chronicles with the second book, Dread Pirate Arcanist!
While protecting the newborn griffins on the Isle of Landin, Volke Savan and his adopted sister, Illia, run afoul of the Dread Pirate Calisto, the same cutthroat who carved out Illia’s right eye. As a master manticore arcanist, Calisto’s strength and brutality are unrivaled, so when Illia suggests they bring him to justice, Volke wonders if they’ll have what it takes to fight the corsairs on the high seas.
A fast-paced flintlock fantasy for those who enjoy How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.
Praise for the Frith Chronicles!
“Perfect for those who enjoy the Codex Alera series, the Homas Wildus series, and the Harry Potter series. Stovall is quickly becoming a name I look for.”
– Seattle Book Review for Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles, Book 1)
“An addictive series. Shami Stovall has produced a mesmerizing story of magic, intrigue, and true adventure.”
– ManyBooks for Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles, Book 1)
– Archaeolibrarian for Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles, Book 1)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
good book, would recommend, lots of action
Absolutely amazing. Better than the first. I can't wait for the next in the series!!
A fun and imaginative fantasy! 4.5 stars “Dread Pirate Arcanist” by Shami Stovall is the second book in the ‘Firth Chronicles’ series and features the continuing adventures of a group of novice arcanists. Volke Savan has more trouble than his peers in learning how to utilize his new powers, especially because he is handicapped by being second-bonded with the knightmare Luthair. His relationship with his childhood companion Illia is tested when she embarks on a quest of vengeance that risks destroying them all. This young adult fantasy series is fun and fresh and this book is a great addition to the series. Some of the angst that accompanies the interpersonal relationships is a little annoying to me, but definitely reminds me that these are young adults juggling multiple burdens. I love the imagination that ignites with this author’s take on various mythological creatures and the abilities they manifest and the powers their human partners are struggling to conquer. The smart-mouthed rizzel steals the show occasionally, and I am tempted to smack some of the characters but then they redeem themselves. I think it would be difficult to join this series without having read the first book because there are so many complicated backstories that invest the decisions that are made. Just as in the first book, there are some dangling threads left to keep one anxious for further developments, but I was much less frustrated this time, lol. Do yourself a favor and get transported into a fantastical world and meet a cast of amazing characters who will take you on an adventure unlike any other. A copy of this title was provided for review
This book is such an intriguing, inspiring, captivating, and thought-provoking read!! It was great catching back up with Volke, his “adopted” sister Illia, and the rest of the arcanist gang for another exciting adventure! This book was a fun, quick, easy read that I was unable to put down! The pages just flew right by and before I knew it, I was already on the last page! Like last time, I really liked the characters. Illia and Volke were still ever so enjoyable. It was great have so many returning characters come back and I enjoyed making new friends and enemies (lol) with the additional add-on characters. I instantly liked Volke from book one and he was his same passionate, caring, determined, competitive, compassionate self! Now, Illia was a bit of a spitfire in this book! She really came out of her shell and was strong, sassy, fierce, sarcastic, driven, and a bit stubborn lol! She also showed her vulnerable side and opened up about her past, her weaknesses, her flaws, and her desires. It felt real, raw, and personable. I think the author did a fantastic job on her character development as these characters were so real and personal on many levels and that says a lot as this book is part of the YA fantasy genre. I really liked that the author invites you further into her magical realm with book two. This book provides more details and insight into new magical creatures and new magical powers. It was exciting being fully immersed in this mystical, fantasy world full of enchantment! I also really liked the scene with Kahtona when she addresses the citizens of West Landin about her family and her future plans. What she and her son, Bedivere do is so sweet! I have to admit, I honestly was in tears during this scene and a few others. I really liked that this book is full of so many important take-away messages, valuable lessons, and morals that readers of ALL ages can enjoy, appreciate, and learn from! I love the in-depth amount of research and world-building the author did while constructing this book. The author provided so much detail and such vivid descriptions it made the scenes easy to picture – it was like a movie playing in my head. This book has a creative story line, intriguing plot points, excellent action-packed structured scenes, fantastic writing style, well-developed characters, important and useful life lessons, instilled valuable morals, and keeps you fully engaged through the last page! Unfortunately, I felt this book had a lot of similarities to the first book. However, there was still enough unique material to keep this story fresh and new. And as I delved further into this story, I was able to find a few more particular themes that stood out enough to allow this book to remain original. This book is book two of The Frith Chronicles Book Series. I personally wouldn’t recommend this book to be read as a standalone as there are many references to the previous book, continued story line, and character overlap. Therefore, I would strongly suggest starting with book one. All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it! I think all young adult fantasy readers will like this book too! So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**