Review: PLAGUE ARCANIST by Shami Stovall


by Shami Stovall

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Deserts. Rogues. A secret hidden in an underground maze.

Every moment counts as Volke Savan races south to the city of New Norra. His goal: find Theasin Venrover, the famous artificer who may have a cure for the arcane plague. Separated from most of the Frith Guild—and even his sister—Volke must rely on the crew of the airship, the Sun Chaser, to help him find Theasin in time.

To complicate matters, the desert city of New Norra is steeped in mystery, and the massive maze under the streets could potentially solve all of Volke’s problems. With hunters after him, and dread pirates in the port, Volke finds himself forced to choose between equally terrible options…

Continue the Frith Chronicles with the fourth book, Plague Arcanist!

Praise for the Frith Chronicles!

Perfect for those who enjoy the Codex Alera series, the Homas Wildus series and the Harry Potter series. Stovall is quickly becoming a name I look for.
- Seattle Book Review (for Knightmare Arcanist, Book I)
Dread Pirate Arcanist is a brilliant novel from start to finish.
– Coffee Pot Book Club (for Dread Pirate Arcanist, Book II)
Marvelously entertaining!
- The Prairies Book Review (for Coliseum Arcanist, Book III)


I had never seen an airship up close before.

Even in the dying darkness of dawn, this airship—the Sun Chaser—was everything I had imagined and more. It had the appearance of a sailing ship, specifically a brig. Brig ships prioritized maneuverability, and while they were large, they were also long and sleek. Typically, brigs had two square masts to hold the sails, but this ship was different. Sixteen sails were positioned on the sides of the ship, jutting out like fins.

Winds whipped through the woodland trees, rustling the leaves.

The Sun Chaser flew at a slow pace, descending lower and lower, arriving with the first light of day. The oak wood used in the airship’s construction shone with an amber brown. While sailing ships were often damaged by shipworms—sea water parasites—the Sun Chaser had no rot or damage. It was more beautiful up close than from afar.

I waited for the Sun Chaser at the edge of the royal hunting grounds, just outside of the Thronehold castle. Chaos still reigned supreme inside the city as everyone scrambled to deal with the aftermath of the queen’s assassination.

The Frith Guild would help with the fallout. Master Zelfree, Hexa, Zaxis, Atty, Gillie, Guildmaster Eventide—even my adopted sister, Illia—they would all do what needed to be done, no doubt in my mind.

After a deep breath to calm myself, I removed my guild pendant and dropped it in the grass. I wasn’t one of them anymore.

I had been infected.


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There are few things more awesome than being able to review books you love. Okay, one better thing: being able to review a series you love. I’m still loving the heck out of this series, and I can’t wait for the next (and I think final) book. But then, I thought this was a trilogy, so… “Please, sir, may I have some more?” In whatever amount it comes? Thank you.

This picks up right around where the previous one left off and hits the ground running with the main character’s ticking timebomb and the hunt for a solution. I was swept right up into the drama and adventure. As always, the humor punctuated everything beautifully. “Couldn’t put it down” is about right.

I liked that some of the usual main characters were more or less missing from this book. Not that I don’t love those characters (I do), but their absence let me get to know some lesser characters who became more important. It was amazing to be surrounded by familiarity while being introduced to things completely new. The angle of the plotline also introduced some new mysteries that I’m hoping will get solved in the next installment. Curiosity is killing me a little.

In short, I recommend this series all around. The superhero vibe is still there, and all the various creatures/powers just keep getting more interesting and varied. Come on, book 5. Make my dreams come true.

About Shami Stovall

Shami Stovall is a multi-award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction, with several best-selling novels under her belt. Before that, she taught history and criminal law at the college level, and loved every second. When she’s not reading fascinating articles and books about ancient China or the Byzantine Empire, Stovall can be found playing way too many video games, especially RPGs and tactics simulators.

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