Knightmare Arcanist

Frith Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Brian Wiggins
Series: Frith Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.

Gravedigger Volke Savan 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. And he’ll take anything - a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra - maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

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. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

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.

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 Capital Station Books (P)2019 Capital Station Books

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Surprisingly good!

I had my expectations blown out of the water with this story - several times! You think you know where it's going (and you're fine with that, too) and then it totally surprises you. I had fun and I'm keen to find the next in the Frith Chronicles. Nice work, Shami!

The narrator was clear and fun and there were no extraneous sounds on the recording.

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Great start to the series

This was a great book and I can honestly say that I have nothing bad to say or even minor thing to critique. The story was very well written and left me excited to find out what else was still left to explore in this new world.

The characters had good backstories and hinted at much more being revealed in future books in this series.

Brian Wiggins did a fantastic job narrating this book. He had a great range for both males and female characters (And magical creatures!) and did very well at making each one unique and come to life.

I typically won't hesitate at giving 4 out of 5 stars for a review but I felt like this book earned 5 out 5 across the board.

I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series and finding out what will happen next.

Disclaimer - Per my request I received a copy of this audiobook for free and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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great story and characters.

love the story. the different take on magic was amazing... kinda reminds me of Final Fantasy in a way. well worth the read or listen.

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enjoyed it

very well done, I am looking forward to the rest of this series for sure

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Mythical beasts and magic

I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I'm a sucker for magic systems, and this book has an interesting one. The world is also interesting, even if some of the monsters are just the same as we've seen before. Still, not everything has to be new, right? I think the familiar monsters made it a little easier to keep track of what was new.

This was a fun book and I definitely want to get the sequel.

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Great Fantasy

If you’re looking for a young adult fantasy with exceptional world building, you will find it here. The magical system was well thought out, where characters gained their powers from a mystical creature that they bonded with. The mystical creatures would determine the unique powers that a person would gain. This allowed for a variety of powers unique to different people. The characters in the story are all strong characters, each with backstories of their own.

The narrator was clear and did a good job, and I am looking forward to see how the series progresses.

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Amazing open book to a series.

Stovall creates a world where people and magical creatures bond together so that they can both reach their best magical potential. Before dropping a everyone into an adventure riddled mystery of love and murder.

Wiggins start out a bit rough in his read but by the end is magnificent. He truly goes all out to not only give the listener unique voices but also great performances.

If you like magical open world stories with lots of adventures, friends, magic, and intrigue this is a book for you.

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

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Good world building and cool magic system

Shami Stovall does a good job of world building, giving readers a nice picture of what life is like for the characters. There's also the fair share of smaller problems (like discrimination, cultural insensitivity, etc.) to help it feel like a living world. The characters have depth and their own motivations, giving them suitable complexity. In particular, I enjoyed the magic system. I think it works in a pretty cool way. The plot is fairly simple and mainly easy to figure out long before the big hints to help anyone left behind. :) Overall, this makes for a good read. Some may find the end a bit rushed, but not disconcertingly so.

Nice job on narration by Brian Wiggins. He has a good pace. Some scenes, like fights or times of strong emotion could possibly have benefitted from a bit more drama/energy. However, this is certainly not a big issue. All-in-all, this was a nice listen that went quickly. Certainly recommended.

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

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interesting magic system

I enjoyed this book.

The story was interesting and the narration brought the story to life.

The author did a great job of creating a a vibrant world with a fascinating magic system.

I look forward to more from this author

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Loved It!!

Swept me away from chapter one on. I loved it!! Mystical creatures, magic, and intrigue.

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