Dread Pirate Arcanist
Pirates. Griffins. A lost treasure worth killing for.
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 t...more
What could go wrong?
When Volke and Luthair save a cub and two children from a plagued griffon, everything starts going downhill as they encounter revenge driven swashbucklers to hordes of psychos. Even if Volke is learning to manipulate the shadows, they still have to watch out for Calisto and his manticore.
Readers will have trouble putting this action packed adventure down and pray for more! Assuming they don’t get robbed by a pirate.
This is the third book I've read of Shami Stovall's and I've found certain hallmarks in her work. There's the "softboi" male protagonist. The world-affecting conflict and a gigantically (in some cases literally) explosive endings. And this more of that swashbuckling goodness.
While the beginning of this book mirrors the first, starting off with a bonding ceremony and subsequent search for eldrin, it changes course part ...more
It starts with Volke and Illia both wanting to see griffins up-close-and-personal. However, the arcanists are called to action when the eldest griffin male and one of his cubs both go missing. Then it appears two boys have also disappeared. Whilst teamed up with someone Volke didn't really want to be tea ...more
It is been a year since Volke Savan, Illia and other teens started their training under the guidance of Master Arcanists Zelfree. While protecting the newborn griffins on the Isle of Landin, the teens come across the Dread Pirate Calisto, the pirate wh ...more
Volke and the other apprentice arcanists are sent with their master to protect Griffins during a bonding ceremony. Arcanists are people who have bonded with a magical creature, similar to having a familiar as a witch or wizard in other books but a bit more ...more
When one of the baby griffins are taken a couple of little boys, brothers wants to help and take off after the baby griffins Volke and Illia chase after the boys but when they find them they have been severely injured.
During their rescue attempt they run afoul ...more
I honestly don't even know if I have the words to describe how much I love this book.
Move over Harry Potter; I have a new favorite magical series to obsess and fangirl over. Seriously, I wish I could live inside this series. It's magical. It's vivid. It's fantastical. It's full of action and adventure, and there's even a bit of a romance square (not a triangle) going on too.
My husband read the book before I did, and he wanted to add his two cents to my ...more
Like the first book, this one has a definite story with a satisfying end, but leaves plenty of plot threads open for the future. It is distinguished from most YA fiction by the fact it eschews the adults-are-useless trope. The protagonists are real teenagers with real teenage flaws and problems, and they learn real teenage lessons. The action is slow to start, but once it takes off, the book is impossible to put down. The battles are real and exciting, with just the right combinat ...more
I really enjoy this series. Comes along sat a good pace, good character development, and good fight scenes. The magic system is interesting and doesn’t seem overpowered or helpless for the protagonists, and there’s still a good bit left to learn about it. Interested to see where the protagonists go from here and how Volke resolves the triangle he finds himself in.
“End me while I can still comprehend the magnitude of my crimes...”
Luthair, a mythical creature known as a Knightmare, lived within the darkness, and sometimes so did Volke Savan, but as the young arcanist sat on the rocky cliff looking out over the Isle of Landin, Volke had no knowledge about how dark this day would become and what it would mean for a regal Griffin, his friends, his sister, and the man whom he was apprenticed to — Master Zelfree.
When the alarm was raised that the majestic Griff ...more
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!
This is the third book I’ve read from the talented writer, Shami Stovall. A few months ago I had the privilege of reading her bo ...more
I was so delighted to see this sequel on my reviewer site, and I wasn't let down. As expected, given how much I enjoyed the first installment of the series, I loved this book! It has all the strengths of the first - a wonderful world, which keeps developing with new and interesting facets in this book, and a lovable cast of varied characters. I absolutely adore the main character, which is rare in series like this. He ...more
If you liked the first book, ...more
Volke and Illia are not as afraid and take more of leader roles. My favorite is Illia. It is great to see strong female lead characters in books. Although, it was very nice to see everyone again. I felt like I learned more abou ...more
What I like about this series is the magical creatures, and the adventure. And this book has both. In spades. Want adventure? Pirates? Want creatures? How about pirates bonded with magical creatures that like human flesh?
That’s what this book has. It’s filled with twists and turns and lots of fun. And good character growth for our cast of characters. Everyone gets a little more filled out, and by the end feel like they are even more real than before.
Really enjoyed this. Lookin ...more
It’s hard to remember at times during this story that the characters are still coming of age while sailing the seven seas in search of pirates and treasure, but darn won’t those kids just kiss already! A great read and I look forward to the next adventure
That being said, the actual story and universe in these books is extremely fun. How the magic ties in to the arcanist/creature pairings makes for a very unique fantasy world. De ...more
There are many Harry Potter parallels in these books, or maybe I should say HP inspiration. While noticeable, I think these stories do a good job of standing on their own legs and don't feel like a knockoff ...more
I would recommend reading the first book before diving into this one. You'll love the addition of the background and character development.
If you love stories with tons of unique creatures, you will love this world. Every page seems to have a new one popping up, and its was so fun to get to watch the characters interact with them.
And if you love epic pirates, this is also the book you want! The w ...more
I loved this one. Volke and the rest of the new apprentices to the Frith Guild are guarding a bonding ceremony when pirates attack. Volke's own eldrin is tragetted when they come across a pirate. When Illia finds out that it was a pirate from the Third Abyss she come up with a crazy plan and this is a must read to find out what Volke does about it and how the plan goes. ...more
Things I love. I LOVE it when an author throws in something wonderful. It can be a DELIGHTFUL choice of phrase; maybe a throw-away line that tells you EVERYTHING; or, probably my favorite, when the author shows a gifted insight into the way people work. When I find a passage like that, I want to run to someone, and READ it to t ...more