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World Serpent Arcanist (Frith Chronicles Book 5) Kindle Edition
Death. Destiny. The rise of god-arcanists.
Volke Savan has reunited with the Frith Guild just in time to help fight the Second Ascension, a group of power-hungry dastards bent on controlling the newly created god creatures. The world serpent is the first on their list, and if the Second Ascension manages to harness its power, the world will forever be changed for the worse.
But the Frith Guild has another plan. They intend to beat the Second Ascension to the world serpent and have it bond with someone trustworthy—a mysterious man who Guildmaster Eventide believes will usher the world into an era of peace.
As Volke struggles to improve his magic, and also become a mentor for a new knightmare arcanist, he realizes that this may be one adventure the guild never makes it back from…
Continue the Frith Chronicles with the fifth book, World Serpent 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)
- The Prairies Book Review (for Coliseum Arcanist, Book III)
"It is [the] seamless inclusion of lore, world-building, and character back story that marks Shami Stovall's writing, and what keeps her books head and shoulders above others in her genre."
– ManyBooks Review (for Plague Arcanist, Book IV)
- ASIN : B08KJB8T37
- Publisher : Capital Station Books (December 10, 2020)
- Publication date : December 10, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4407 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 616 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1733442839
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,954 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At the end of the fourth book when Volke became true arcanist, I was very excited and liked how it was executed. But at the same time it was obvious that Volke became too strong - he was easily able to kill his enemies, even though he was injured. In the Theasin's book it was written that True Arcanists become very strong, so I hoped that thanks to this Volke will be able to go toe to toe with enemy god arcanists in the future books.
It turned out that Volke simply got nerfed - no eclipse aura, no extremely dangerous solid shadows and so on. I understand that this was necessary - otherwise almost no characters would be comparable to him. Still a bit sad because of it.
One additional thing, which left me confused in the previous books - I'm not sure how big are arcanist guilds. At first I thought that such a famous guild had lots of members, but it turns out there are only 6 master arcanists (if I'm not wrong) not counting new additions in this book. It seems to me that the number of quite low.
* Side character development. This is a general problem for many series - when there are lots of characters it is very difficult to pay attention to all of them. One problem is that we had "time skip" (when Volke left the guild) and several characters, especially Zaxis, changed and it wasn't explored deep enough. And still I think the author was able to handle this quite well. There were several interactions will all main cast and with additional characters, so we saw how people are changing.
* Harem - this was a tough part of a book for me. In the previous book Karna didn't show such interest in Volke, I didn't expect her to want get him for herself. A crush from Evianna should have been expected - Volke is the only person left from her previous life and she was traumatized, so she tried to cling to him. But I expected Volke to stop her, not to do nothing. Though his attempts to get advices from other characters were hillarious :) About Ilia - I don't think he confessed love in the previous book, it was more like brotherly love. As for Atty - their relationship developed well, and the meeting with her mother was quite tough for both of them. I'm interested in seeing how will Atty progress - will she be shackled by her family, or will she be able to find her own path.
* I think it was obvious from the beginning that there was some secret about Ryker. I wasn't sure what was the matter - maybe the prophecy was too vague, maybe there was some second prophecy, maybe there was some other reason. Also possible death of Luthair was foreshadowed - he was ready to die to save Volke from arcane plague. But I didn't really expect his death, so it was a shock for me. I really hoped that Volke will continue as True Arcanist, but now he is a chosen hero. Let's see what will happen in future. I want to see how will main cast manage to remain relevant in future. And let's be honest - bonding with World Serpent was totally in character for Volke. He was always ready to do his duties and to sacrifice everything to do what is right and to help others.
* it irked me that Devlin so easily agreed to join the guild. In chapter 17 he barely agreed to meet Eventide and was ready to leave, if he didn't like her. In chapter 19 he completely agrees to follow her. I know, that he would have to follow her for plot reasons, but I hoped to see interaction between them;
* teleportation/shadow stepping. Honestly, it is totally overpowered and allows to escape almost any dangerous situation. And it is irritating that it often simply serves as a tool to keep villains alive
* Combining two types of magic sounds really cool. I'm looking forward for more examples!
* The idea with the fake runestone was amazing! It could be even better if there was an ambush in the cabin or some deadly trap inside the fake runestone.
* Ryker was an interesting character - an amazing foil for Volke. They are similar in that they care about other people, but we can see that Ryker can't overcome his insecurities and Volke can do it (often with help from others).
* I feel that True form of Phoenix either won't be able to revive people or it will have some very bad consequences. And I think this will be an important part of the future books.
* It seems that Mother of Shapeshifters didn't really help with reaching the World Serpent? And bonding with Ryker was very unexpected.
* I wonder if god arcanists can achieve true form.
* The description of the island city was amazing!
Then the there is the constant "Iam going", "Iwas" in the beginning of every chapter that starts with the word I no space, next is the my issues with the names of people fain is the only one and nickname Moonbeam but other than that some of the words throw in are just strange like dastard. I don't know what age group this series is targeted towards but has a very strange flow to it. Oh did i say that I thought that I felt just about everyone was an emotional cripple yeah I know i did ;). Oh and things like personal space and respect, they still act like children and its book 5 I would expect them to well act like a team and not so stupid.
As others have mentioned, the start feels like the characters reset a little, Volke is always weak/dumb at the start of each book and struggles. This is a common plot device used to help reintroduce things. Not my favorite but easily powered through.
Certain thing lack massive amounts of explaining, showing, anything to inform the reader of how something is possible. The entire plot of the second book has been rendered moot due to the inconsistencies of the author. They really need the refreshers more than the readers it seems.
With all of this, which are complaints and issues, I still would've given this book a 5/5... Except one part.
He goes from a multi book relationship build up's payoff to suddenly thinking a child that just hit age of maturity(something very important in universe, as SHOWN multiple times) is the perfect soulmate. All in 2 pages. This portion is so jarring it spits in the face of everything before it and taints every action after it.
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Great writing. Wonderful series