First off I must confess that being a part of The Write Reads gang is a great thing. And with time, I may eventually begin to like the YA fantasy genre more. Some of the YA fantasies I have read in recent times have been courtesy of the gang.
Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall takes the reader to a whole new world, Isle of Ruma, filled with magic and powerful creatures. Volke Savan is a sixteen year old who wants to better his place in the world. He dared to dream and was inspired by his hero, Gregory Ruma. Volke refused to let his future be coloured by his parents infamy or his current status as a grave digger.
Shami Stovall needs to commended for making this fantasy world come alive with her words. A gift that is an absolute delight to the reader. Vivid and captivating in its depictions, Volke’s world is one the reader can picture as they read Knightmare Arcanist. Stovall other strength is her writing in itself. It was a delight to read Knightmare Arcanist, coursing through its emotions and character evolutions. All of the characters, their stories, the dynamics between them, all of these were handled by the author with aplomb. It felt like one could look up to Volke, despite his tender years. A feat that is completely Stovall‘s doing.
Being the first of the series, Knightmare Arcanist is a great stepping stone into Volke’s world. I am sure that anyone who has read Knightmare Arcanist would agree that the second book in the series is one to look forward to. With Shami Stovall‘s writing, the readers can expect more of the same goodness to follow.