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Knightmare Arcanist

Frith Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Brian Wiggins
Series: Frith Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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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.

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Wonderful Narration of a Fantastic Book

Knightmare Arcanist is an excellent book that I would strongly recommend to people; another by an Author whose work I am coming to love. This book features extremely strong characters, an exciting magical system and world, and a tale that is quite enjoyable.

The characters and their interactions are probably the single strongest aspect of this book. Eventually, there are six young arcanists and their six eladrins (magical companions) that all have distinct personalities, from the driven do-gooder of the hero to the angry anti-hero of Zaxis; from the proper but vengeance driven eladrin Luthair to the completely narcissistic but lovable rizzel (magic ferret, really) Nicholin, the characters are well imagined, well realized, and have fantastic interactions.

The magical system is interesting, with the magic coming from the pair bonding of a magical creature with a human, making both more powerful over time; this allows numerous standard and new magical beasts to be featured, and for the magic of different stages to be explored as well. Additionally, how magic is manifested is broken into numerous categories and discussed at length. The magical system feeds into the world; a “flintlock” world that also has magic, but with only a relative few able to wield magic, but enough that they form an aristocracy of sort. Overall an excellent world.

Lastly, the tale itself is quite good, with elements of the hero’s journey featured front and center, but with a lot of further elements, and a somewhat darker ending, that lend a unique flavor to this story.

Overall, I would strongly recommend this to anyone that likes character driven fantasy work. The narration enhanced an already compelling story

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