Dread Pirate Arcanist (Frith Chronicles, #2) by Shami Stovall



A hugely entertaining adventure…

In this intuitive second installment in the Frith Chronicles, the teen arcanists must protect the mystical creatures of the Isle of Landlin from the deadly scheming of a deadly pirate leader in order to secure survival of the people of the Island. It is been a year since Volke Savan, Illia and other teens started their training under the guidance of Master Arcanists Zelfree. While protecting the newborn griffins on the Isle of Landin, the teens come across the Dread Pirate Calisto, the pirate who carved out Illia’s right eye and killed her parents. Desperate to avenge her parents’ death, Illia gets others involved, and the group is drawn into a desperate chain of events that pit them against a host of deadly enemies. Hunted throughout hostile territory and entirely stripped of resources, the group must learn to depend on each other while mastering their magical abilities to fight several terrorizing beasts. Despite being heavy on magical action, Stovall imbues the story with high emotion as her characters go through a tsunami of different emotions, making the reader fully invested in them. Stovall’s characterization is first-rated: Volke with his passion, bravery, and sensitivity, is the perfect protagonist. Luthair with his wise, sarcastic interjections will win readers’ hearts. Nicolas is too cute for the words. The backstory for Illia and Zelfree sheds more light on their constant inner struggles, and the hint of reluctant attraction between various characters rings true. Interspersed throughout the book, is a horde of highly intriguing mystical creatures and terrifying magic, which Stovall combines with organic worldbuilding, a sharp-edged narrative and builds a tantalizing tale of duty, integrity, bravery, friendship, and magic that will appeal to fans of Harry Potter series. Like Harry Potter books, the Frith Chronicles is a character-driven magical adventure. But whereas the books in the Harry Potter series are slow-burning adventures, this second installment in the Frith Chronicles is paced way more swiftly and yet equally heavy on magic. Overall, Stovall’s book is a fiery blend of adventure and intrigue wrapped around strong characterization, lush prose, and pulse-beating action. With the easy flair and originality of a veteran author, Stovall delivers a highly complex plot in the form of a tremendously engrossing adventure. YA fantasy lovers will find it hard to wait for the next installment.


Dread Pirate Arcanist

(Frith Chronicles, #2)

by Shami Stovall

Capital Station Books

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PUB DATE September 17, 2019

ISBN 9780998045269

PRICE $14.99 (USD)


Categories: Fantasy, YA

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