I read the first two books of Shami Stovall’s Frith Chronicles (Knightmare Arcanist and Dread Pirate Arcanist) and added Coliseum Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #3) to my TBR list. Read on for my thoughts!
Synopsis (from the author):
Adventure. Competition. A duel to the death.
While on a journey to the famous city of Thronehold, Volke Savan learns of the Sovereign Dragon Tournament. The massive celebration involves hundreds of arcanists competing for fame and glory, and Volke is determined to win.
Dark forces dwell in the city, however, and rumors of the legendary world serpent spread amongst the shadows. Whoever bonds with a god-like mystical creature will gain magic beyond compare, and the queen’s guards suspect cutthroats will use the chaos of the tournament to hide their plotting.
Unsure of who to trust, Volke investigates the terrible rumors while advancing in the ranks of the tournament. Unfortunately, the true villain may be closer than he realizes…
What I liked about Coliseum Arcanist:
I enjoyed Volke’s continued growth as well as the growth of the other characters. The interplay between the humans and their Eldrin fascinated me, as did the increasing magical abilities the humans gained. Ilia started to mature more than I expected, and the mystery surrounding Adelgis’ relationship with his father adds a layer to the story. Of course, I have to mention Karna and Fain, two new characters who add intrigue and action to the tale. Don’t forget, too, the plot and overarching story that Shami Stovall continues to build.
What I didn’t like about Coliseum Arcanist:
Volke, though he continues to grow as a character, still lacks some basic sensibilities about romance, relationships, and the like. It would be nice to see him realize there are potential partners for him.
Overall impression of Coliseum Arcanist:
Coliseum Arcanist was an excellent continuation of the series. An expansive overarching plot, good characters, and plenty of intrigue and action kept me turning the pages. If you like fantasy, this book (and the rest of the series) is a great read!
Connect with Shami Stovall:
Find Shami Stovall on her Amazon Author Page, her Goodreads page, or her website. Find all her Frith Chronicles books as well as her other works. Leave a comment, a review, and maybe buy a book or five!