Today is my stop on the blog tour for Knightmare Arcanist! The book is written by Shami Stovall and published last year. I’m very grateful to be able to take part in this tour, since I absolutely LOVED the book (and when I say love, I mean staying up till 2.30 A.M. reading the book love).
Knightmare Arcanist follows gravedigger Volke Savan as he tries to bond with a phoenix to become a magic-wielding arcanist and prove to others that he’s nothing like his criminal parents. When that turns out to be a disaster, he uses a more unconventional way to bond with a different mystical creature: a knightmare with his own agenda. The knightmare Luthair’s previous arcanist was murdered and Luthair wants nothing more than to avenge him. Volke promised to help him, but will he manage?
I often have trouble getting into a book, the first 100 pages are usually not that interesting to me. Knightmare Arcanist however managed to drag me in in the very first chapter! Volkes determination was incredibly admirable, he keeps going even though all the odds are against him. He and his ‘adoptive sister’ Illia are an amazing team together, even before they bonded with mystical creatures.
And the mystical creatures? I loved them. I loved loved loved seeing how they and their arcanists formed closer bonds and complemented each other. Especially Illia’s eldrin Nicholin was unique, as he always lifted the mood with his huge ego.
I usually tell more about my own opinions, but I feel like the best way to enjoy this book is to go into it blindly. The world building was excellently done and I would hate to take that experience away from you.
I highly recommend this book. It’s a light but good read, a rare combination! The pacing is consistent and I truly don’t have anything that I want to see improved. I truly believe that this book is incredibly underrated and more people should read it. I can’t speak for the sequel as I haven’t read it yet, but I’m 100000% sure I will and I can’t wait to start!
Here’s the official blurb of the book:
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.