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Dread Pirate Arcanist

Frith Chronicles, Book 2
Narrated by: Brian Wiggins
Series: Frith Chronicles, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Continue the Frith Chronicles with the second audiobook, 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.

©2019 Shami Stovall (P)2019 Shami Stovall

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Great book

I really enjoyed the first book and this one didn't disappoint. We got a closer look into the characters and I look forward to seeing which character will be the focus of the next installment.

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Even better than the first!

This book was amazing as was the narration. I loved the first but the sequel was even better! The narration was so good that when the gargoyle talked, I was scared in the middle of a bright sunny day. I can’t wait for the third book.

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Pfft this book was great

This book had almost none of the problems the first book had and was just as compelling. You can actually see Shami improving as an author from the first book to this book.

This book is full of character development and fleshing out backstories, each of the characters gets a little more real, and a little more likable. Some of Volke and Illia's behavior drive me nuts. The romantic subplot is done well enough, but still infuriating in the way watching children trying to figure out romance is bound to be.

The adventure was great, pirate hunting, treasure seeking, running for their lives all very exciting stuff. This crew of junior Arcanists keeps throwing themselves into the mix with stupidly over powered enemies and barely surviving.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great World Building and Characters Continue

Shami Stovall shows us more of this great world, magic system, and characters with excellent depth and complexity. You can understand and believe why characters do things, even when those things aren't in their own best interests. As with book 1, I feel this depth helps the book be a much more immersive experience. This volume in the series has adventure, peril, and growth. The only addition I would hope for, is a bit more advancement of the series story line. However, I think it likely this was an intentional choice to focus more on character development, as that was a consistent theme here.

Great job by Brian here with the narration. It seemed like he was having more fun with the narration. There was good energy and distinctly different characters. Without slipping into spoiler territory, I can say there's a point where he almost seems to channel Joker from the Batman Animated Series. Narration certainly made a positive impact here.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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This might be the end

I'm might not be getting the next book. The MC is starting to get annoying and whiny; I might be more interested in following their teacher. Let's also cover the fact that you are suggesting that there is any man anywhere that would willingly put himself in a permanent friendzone, cut that out.

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