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Voyage of the Lanternfish

(The Lanternfish #1)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  25 reviews
An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he's pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler's fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan.

He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can't do it alone
Kindle Edition, 394 pages
Published December 31st 2018
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Robbie Cheadle
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It is a wonderful adventure of pirates on the high seas, along the lines of the famous Treasure Island, but filled with marvelous creatures and unusual beings and people, in the manner of The Hobbit, and incorporating a splash of the science fiction innovation found in the Harry Potter series of books (which I loved). I enjoyed Voyage of the Laternfish more than either Treasure Island or The Hobbit because it also contained some humour and there is nothing like a bit ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read several books by C.S. Boyack, and by now, I've come to expect wildly inventive world-building, charming characters, and a thrilling adventure.  This book definitely didn't alter those expectations.

Where can I find me some root monsters?  I'd love to have a bushel of my own.  These guys made me laugh out loud so many times, I lost count.  They're quite the little scoundrels, and a valuable addition to the crew.  Speaking of the crew, they're a diverse, boisterous crowd with varied backg
Victoria Zigler
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OK, just... WOW! I'm totally serious when I say that the only reason I didn't read this book in one sitting is that life events, as well as the need to do things like sleep, kept making me put it down. The only good thing about that is the fact I was then able to stay in the wonderful world the author has created, and hang out with all these great characters, just a little longer. This is an awesome adventure story, with some fantasy and sci-fi elements thrown in. It has a fabulous cast of chara ...more
D. Peach
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
James Cuttler’s sweetheart, Bonnie, is bricked into a tower by the Earl of Grandelur and won’t be released until James and Dan (Bonnie’s brother) incite a war between two rival nations. This demand kicks off the adventure as James and Dan travel through the fantasy world—first by wagon and later by sea as pirates. They assemble allies and a ship’s crew and cause havoc everywhere they go.

The book is a jaunting quest with a focus on a unique collection of characters and worldbuilding detail. The p
Colleen Chesebro
Speculative Fiction author, C. S. Boyack has entertained me with his novels for some time. He first hooked me with one of his earlier books, Panama, which is another recommended read!

This author has a no-frills style of writing which always draws me into the story and characters. Once you start reading you better plan on staying up late! I know I did.

The plot of the “Voyage of the Lanternfish,” wraps around James Cuttler, a man whose fiancé is being held captive by a political foe. Mistaken for
Mae Clair
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a rollicking, magical, high-octane, deftly plotted adventure! Remember when Dorothy steps from her black-and-white world into the Land of Oz for the first time? That explosion of color, wonder, and delight is equivalent to what the reader experiences in Voyage of the Lanternfish.

Wow, where to begin? I won’t reiterate the plot (just hop up and read the blurb), but I will say you’re in for a treat with this story of pirates, high-sea adventure, a diverse cast of characters and plenty of bizar
Staci Troilo
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pirate Fantasy at Its Finest

When I heard one of my favorite authors had taken on a pirate fantasy, I was excited. There’s something compelling about a scoundrel’s life on the high seas that captures my interest. Add C. S. Boyack’s quirky and clever take on characters and plot, and I was certain this would be a winner.

It absolutely was.

Boyack crafted some of my favorite characters to date — root monsters. They are fun and boisterous creatures that really help sell the type of story this is. It’s
Jaye Marie
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Voyage of the Lanternfish is altogether a far more complicated and serious work than the author's previous stories. Kidnapping and talk of starting a war had me thinking I had picked up the wrong book.
The solid sense of humour, wonderful storyline and intriguing characters kept me turning the pages and I almost read it all in one sitting.
This story has everything.
Adventure, magic, romance and an incredible cast of some of the strangest creatures I have ever read about. I couldn't decide whic
Jessica Bakkers
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of C.S. Boyack. He displays creativity, a unique imagination, and pumps a lot of heart into his books. You can usually find an assortment of interesting characters, and 'Voyage of the Lanternfish' has these guys in abundance. Funnily enough, it wasn't the main character (James), or even the chief sidekick (Dan) who hooked me in, it was the vast array of supporting characters. Wise Mal (easily a favourite), feisty Serang, bumbling Biscuit Bill, irrepressible Boss, even Mule won me o ...more
Cathleen Townsend
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
James had a plan for his life—not an unusual one, but something he looked forward to. He was going to work hard crewing boats for the next four years so he could afford to get married to his friend’s sister, Bonnie.

That is, until he, his friend Dan, and Bonnie are all abducted and carted inland in shackles. It turns out the Earl of Grandelour wants a war with a neighboring kingdom, and James and Dan are going to provide the excuse for the conflict. If they fail, then Bonnie won’t have to worry a
John W. Howell
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read several books by C. S. Boyack and found all of them filled with unusual storylines, well-developed characters, and intriguing situations. I have to say that Voyage of the Lanternfish is his best I have read so far. I say so far because I have a kindle still loaded with a couple of his other books. C.S.Boyack is one of those writers who can turn out two or three books a year, so staying up with him can be challenging.

Voyage of the Lanternfish has something for everyone. There are elem
Sally Cronin
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Having read some of C.S. Boyack’s fantasy novels before, I was expecting there to be surprises and plenty of action in Voyage of the Lanternfish, and I was not disappointed.

This adventure on the high seas comes with thrilling and sometimes breathtaking moments that have you on the edge of your seat.

The author has a talent for great world building, and for creating colourful and entertaining characters, including diverse monsters of the deep and the potting shed… Men and women from different cult
Jan Sikes
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I enjoyed most about this new book from C.S. Boyack is the fantastic job of world-building he accomplishes through creative writing. I had no difficulty visualizing the cities, the boats, the monsters, or the people that make up this story. The root monsters are a surprise and it’s fun to see them take on personalities and start to become somewhat human. The goal of James Cuttler is often different from that of his makeshift crew, but he manages to keep everyone happy with enough looting to ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Publishing Date: January 2019

Publisher: C. S. Boyack

ISBN: 9780786330786

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.4/5

Publisher’s Description: An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan. He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, s
D.L. Finn
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read other stories and books by this author and have always been impressed by them. When I saw Mr. Boyack had a new book with pirates and magic, I couldn’t wait to read it. I was not disappointed. It’s full of adventure, magic, excitement, friendship, love, family and the best part the root monsters. The Lanternfish is a ship I’d want to sail on and carries people I’d like to get to know. I loved the pirates, the monsters and their relationships, but the captain’s quest to save the woman he ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book introduces you to a man with a mission - to rescue his fiancée.With "Voyage of the Lanternfish", C. S. Boyack presents us with an entertaining and sometimes pretty funny historical fantasy story. The story is skillfully elaborated and has a great flow. Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” C. S. Boyack shows this masterly with this story – he created living people (and some amazing c ...more
Michele Jones
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What would you do to save the woman you love? Follow James’ journey as he takes to sea to save his fiancé.

Mr. Boyack weaves a tale complete with pirates, monsters, and magic. The characters are well-written and completely believable. Even the supporting characters are charismatic and well developed. He had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see where the Lanternfish would take me next. A must read for anyone that likes magic, pirates, mystery, and a good fight.
Pat Eroh
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nonstop action from the first page to the end. This is an intriguing story that includes some interesting magic and adventure. The story moves so fast that you literally are flipping through pages but it is not difficult to follow. I love the main characters and the chivalry that is not dead!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Don Massenzio
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great tale by C.S. Boyack

This book has it all; pirates, monsters, magic and sword fights. It’s a rollicking adventure full of rich and colorful characters. If you like a great story, this book is for you.
Judith Post
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got the chance to beta read this, and it was so much fun! Not the usual type of book I pick up. The story burst with imagination and one adventure after another. It gave me the feel of Pirates of the Caribbean with its pirates, sea battles, and magic. There are some really interesting minor characters to support the good captain of the Lanternfish. A fun, fast read!
Gwendolyn Plano
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for an outlandishly creative and sometimes humorous adventure, Voyage of the Lanternfish may be the book for you. I loved it. As I read, I kept flashing on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. Yep, grandkids in tow, it was fun all the way – just like Boyack’s novel. From beginning to end, over stormy seas and various tussles, the pirates lead readers on an amazing journey. You’ll meet an assortment of creatures, as well as some unexpected people. You’ll laugh, you’ ...more
Harmony Kent
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought and read this book back in January and somehow managed to forget to review it until now, six months later, lol. So, here my review is, at last. It says a lot that even after all this time, I still remember this book and its characters clearly, which is one reason I mention my little episode of forgetfulness now.

I've read other books by this author and love his easy style, sense of humour, and vivid imagination. He has a way with words. And Voyage of the Lanternfish certainly didn't disa
John Maberry
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
An entertaining book with serious (not too serious) characters--including normal folks, root? monsters, strange sea creatures and more. Took longer to read than I expected only due to interruptions that took me away from breezing right through.

Surprising details about weapons--some I'd never heard of. The same goes for parts of a sailing ship--more than I ever wanted or expected to know. But the main thing is that the storyline stayed on course even as the ship and its crew ran into one hassle-
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He is mistaken for his father and he will be tricked to do what they want. He needs to get a ship and a crew. The crew and him have different needs but first they need weapons. He will help them get poor while he steers them to help him find his girl who is being held. Can they get the weapons? Can he save his girl? Follow their adventures

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jun 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF at about 38% - boy that was short even for me!

OK, hear me out, I had a rather good reason for it.

First, let me tell you that the concept was very nice. James's fiancé is held captive in order to convince him to start a war for various political reasons. All because he's mistaken for his father - who might not have been a good man and whatnot. So he and his best friend - who's also his future brother-in-law - embark on a journey to make sure they save her. And end up pirates or something?

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