Book Review: Knightmare Arcanist

Hello and Welcome to my stop for the Knightmare Arcanist blog tour hosted by @thewritereads __Thank you Dave and Shami for letting me in this quite beautiful opportunity!!!!


Knightmare Arcanist By Shami Stovall

Genre: Ya Fantasy

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 fantasy with magical creatures for those who enjoy the Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera series) by Jim Butcher, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

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First of all, quite a beautiful cover we have here I’m totally guilty of judging it first because of it 🙂 don’t you think?!?

The two main characters Volke and Illia wants nothing more than become arcanists, awesome people who could wield magic. Volke wants to prove that he’s not what everybody thinks of him, his parents were the criminals not HIM, yet somehow everyone seem to just assume that only bad things will come from him. Illia lost her parents and part of herself to pirates nasty creatures! and she wants to prevent them from harming any more lives. Pretty noble reasons, don’t you think?!?

The thing is becoming an arcanist isn’t that easy, you should prove yourself worthy to the mystical creature first then you both bond, which was even harder for two kids who were for most of their lives the outcasts.


I quite love the way this story is written, there are a lot of lessons that we can use in our everyday life. I especially liked how relationships were portrayed in it; I LOVED how even though Volke and Illia don’t share the same blood, they have such a strong bond many siblings might not have.

I like how Volke managed to somewhat reach his goal(s) at the end. I think that my favorite character is Illia though, I just admire her loyalty even though ,to be honest, I found all characters to be likable in their own way, they all had some story to tell and it added more depth if I may say so to the story……. Which is quite fascinating!!

The only thing I didn’t like, or more like I think it would have been better if the synopsis didn’t involve so much details, it kinda spoiled the story for me. I wasn’t really surprised when the truth came out which I think was halfway through the book. That’s the only thing that actually made me a tiny little bit frustrated…. Nevertheless, I would love to read more from this author if there was any sequels I’m truly curious to know what they will do after or other books

Ps. Also, I just checked and it seems like there ARE in fact other books YAAAY!!

Overall, it was an amazing story with an eye-catching cover that I would highly recommend for Fantasy lovers!!

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