My rating: 4/5 stars
Gravedigger Volke wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.
One thing I love about doing Blog Tours is that it has really helped me to branch out in the genres that I am reading. It has been a long time since I have read a Young Adult fantasy novel and it was such a refreshing change!
Shami Stovall does a great job to create her new world where the only real way to rise to the top of society from the bottom is to become an arcanist. She introduces the reader to new concepts and new mythical creatures with skill and care. Each part is filled with description and it makes it seem like you are truly there.
The characters are dynamic with a mix of personalities that you would expect in a novel filled with teenagers. Volke is the brave hero and the leader of the group, almost by default. Each character is well written and likeable, at least by the end. They all develop as the novel does and it adds a great depth to them. As an adult I sometimes struggle to read about characters that are younger but I actually found myself liking the characters created and I didn’t feel like their age meant immaturity.
The plot was fast paced without being rushed. I enjoyed the developing storyline and thought it definitely rivals popular novels in this genre. I found that I read this novel very quickly because I was desperate to find out what happened next. The language was easy to understand which helped with the pace of the novel.
This was such a pleasant change to what I have been reading recently. It was a dynamic book with great pace and brilliantly written characters. I loved the originality of the novel and the concept of arcanists. It was a novel filled with adventure and magic. I am imagine it is a novel that those of any age would enjoy and appreciate.
Knightmare Arcanist is the first in the Frith Chronicles series and I can’t wait to read more to see how they continue their quest into mastering magic. I’m a sucker for a romance so I would also love to know if Volke gets his girl, guess I’ll just have to read the whole series.
Do you have a suggestion for the next book to add to my bookshelf? Let me know in comments.