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Knightmare Arcanist

Release Date: June 18th, 2019

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

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.

rotect 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 flintlock fantasy for those who enjoy How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.


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The Nexus Knight

Release Date: June 27th, 2022

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

After two rounds in the Nexus Games, Alex Kellan has developed strange and powerful abilities, but if he wants any chance of winning, he needs more. When the Arbiter offers the teams a challenge round for arcana and magical items, Kellan leaps at the opportunity.

Separated from half his team, Kellan has to navigate a deadly maze all while escorting a kid to the finish. When the Nexus residents get involved, the challenge becomes even more complicated.

The difficulty doesn’t bother Kellan, but his competitors do. Apparently, several teams are out to use the ultimate prize to enslave other dimensions, and Kellan isn’t having any of that. In order to stop their plans, Kellan has to target certain players—the most dangerous of them all.

A litRPG thriller with high-tech magic.



The Frith Chronicles: ARC II

Release Date: June 5th, 2022

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

—This omnibus contains three novels of the Frith Chronicles, all of which are also sold separately—
Book 4: Plague Arcanist
Book 5: World Serpent Arcanist
Book 5.5: Arcanist Fables

Volke Savan fled Thronehold infected with the arcane plague. Now he’s on a journey to expose the villains who murdered Queen Velleta, and to find a cure for a plague thought incurable. With his knightmare at his side, and some of his most loyal followers in tow, Volke takes an airship to lands unknown to face Theasin Venrover.

“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)

“This was the perfect book to help ease my stress/fatigue from studying for Law School finals.”
– Mike Watkins (for World Serpent Arcanist, Book V)

“Shami Stovall delivers a wonderful interim between World Serpent and Warlord Arcanist. It was a delight getting some point of view from other beloved characters from events that take place throughout the series.”
– Aaron Scherer (for Arcanist Fables, Book V.V)



Master Arcanist

Release Date: April 19th, 2022

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Corruption. Power. The clash of god-arcanists rocks the world.

Volke Savan is tasked with finding the remaining god-creatures and helping them bond with people who will help fight the Second Ascension. Unfortunately, enemies and power-hungry arcanists are out to find the creatures themselves. With the help of the Frith Guild, and those who have sworn to him, Volke intends to face off against the Second Ascension with overwhelming force.

But as more individuals bond with the god-creatures, the worse the magical corruption, the arcane plague, spreads throughout the world. Volke must determine his paths in magic—creation or destruction—and then solve the problem of the plague once and for all, before it destroys everything he cares for.

Continue the Frith Chronicles with the seventh book, Master Arcanist!





The Frith Chronicles: ARC I

Release Date: Jan 24th, 2022

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

—This omnibus contains the first three novels of the Frith Chronicles, all of which are also sold separately—
Book 1: Knightmare Arcanist
Book 2: Dread Pirate Arcanist
Book 3: Coliseum Arcanist

Volke Savan has always wanted to be an arcanist—someone who has bonded with a mystical creature and is capable of wielding magic. Phoenix arcanists can create fire and heal, hydra arcanists can create poison and recover from most injuries, and knightmare arcanists are masters of shadow and fear.

After bonding with a mystical creature, Volke travels to the mainland, fighting through pirates, tournaments, and dastardly scoundrels, all to follow in the footsteps of legendary swashbucklers and heroes alike.

Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall was rollicking good fun! 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

Dread Pirate Arcanist was everything I had hoped it would be, and then some.” – Coffee Pot Book Club

“Building on the fantastic story and characters of the previous installments, Coliseum Arcanist is a brilliant continuation of the Frith Chronicles as well as a triumph in its own right.”
– ManyBooks





The Nexus Games

Release Date: Feb 22th, 2022

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, litRPG, Adventure

Special Forces Soldier Alex Kellan has three problems. He’s on forced medical leave, he’s alone on Christmas, and two men are actively stalking his every step.

Things get worse when Kellan wakes up in a twisted world where people have magical abilities and high-tech weaponry. It turns out, Kellan’s stalkers want him to participate in a deadly competition—whether or not Kellan agrees.

Forced to compete in the infamous Nexus Games, Kellan must risk everything to survive the competition and save the other members of his ragtag team. Their new motto quickly becomes: Situation Normal: All Fouled Up.

A litRPG thriller with high-tech magic, set in a game for the ultimate prize.





Star Marque Vendetta

Release Date: Dec 28th, 2021

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Adventure

Planet Governor Endellion Voight is an inspiration among humans—finally one of their own stands with the elite superhumans. Captain Clevon Demarco will stop at nothing to see her destroyed.


“Action fans will enjoy the violence and scheming that drive this story of guile and dark ambition.”
Publishers Weekly (for STAR MARQUE RISING)

Clevon Demarco runs the Star Marque with one goal in mind: forcing Endellion to answer for her crimes against him, the rest of the crew, and the millions she killed. And while he claws his way up the mercenary ranks, Cleveon catches the eyes of several superhuman generals—each wanting to see Endellion fall for their own reasons.

Caught in a power play between titans, Demarco is faced with a conflict that troubles him more than Endellion herself.



The Final Decree

Release Date: Oct 12th, 2021

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

The Kingdom of Luka is controlled by the decrees of God-King Eliezer. Break one and become a twisted monster or serve forever, loyal to the crown. From the author of Frith Chronicles and Star Marque Rising, comes a new fantasy epic.

When God-King Eliezer utters a decree, it’s the law of the land, no matter how subtle or outrageous. Those who break the decrees suffer the god-king’s curse—their bodies twist into nightmarish monsters of devastation and hunger, forever a blight upon humanity.

The magic knows when a decree is violated, the moment it happens.

There are no exceptions. No loopholes. No escape.

Artemisia, a mysterious girl on the run from God-King Eliezer’s Holy Guard, is cursed and doesn’t know why. Fortunately, she has yet to change into a fell beast, but that isn’t a comfort. She could transform at any moment, and the resulting monster would destroy everything she cares for.

Desperate and fearful, Artemisia finds herself captured by a group of monster hunters led by Rylion Nasos, a man of superhuman strength and skill. When Artemisia displays magic of her own—magic that threatens God-King Eliezer’s rule—an agreement is made to confront the crown, despite the horrors it could unleash.

Cursed be the man who disobeys the god-king’s direct command.





Warlord Arcanist

Release Date: Sept 21st, 2021

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Kings. Dragons.

The start of an all-consuming war.

As the twelve god-creatures appear in the world, nations brace for a inevitable struggle. Some have allied themselves with the Second Ascension in return for power and protection, but the Frith Guild aims to form a counter alliance.

Volke Savan, along with the other arcanists of the Frith Guild, must not only find a way to end the arcane plague once and for all, but prevent the remaining god-creatures from falling into the hands of their enemies. If the Frith Guild can form an alliance between powerful nations, and defeat the Autarch before he bonds with any god-creatures, perhaps a war can be prevented.

But the dragon arcanists of distant lands have come to challenge Volke and test his worthiness. Despite the ever-mounting pressures, and lack of time, Volke is determined to not only convince the world’s strongest arcanists of his worth, but to also defeat the god-arcanists of the Second Ascension long before the appearance of the dreaded apoch dragon.

Continue the Frith Chronicles with the fifth book, Warlord Arcanist!





Arcanist Fables

Release Date: May 10th, 2021

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Strange places. New arcanists.

The rise of the Second Ascension.

Volke Savan has proven himself time and time again, but now the others of the Frith Guild want their opportunity. Illia wants to recover a lost runestone, Master Zelfree hopes to learn the magics of the Mother of Shapeshifters, and Adelgis surprises himself with the new depths of his dreamweaving abilities.

But while the Frith Guild prepares for the coming war, the Second Ascension has grand plans for the world. When two more god-creatures are born, dastardly arcanists try their hands at braving the godly lairs. With the Dread Pirate Calisto as a ferry, men like Theasin Venrover will have to outsmart puzzles and traps that put the world serpent’s to shame.

Witness stories from the viewpoints of friend and foe alike, all while the world races to find and bond with the remaining god-creatures.





World Serpent Arcanist

Release Date: Dec 10th, 2020

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

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!





Plague Arcanist

Release Date: May 26th, 2020

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

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!





Coliseum Arcanist

Release Date: February 17th, 2020

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

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…





Dread Pirate Arcanist

Release Date: September 17th, 2019

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Continue the Frith Chronicles with the second book!

While protecting the newborn griffins on the Isle of Landin, Volke Savan and his adopted sister, Illia, run afoul of the Dread Pirate Calisto, the same cutthroat who carved out Illia’s right eye. As a master manticore arcanist, Calisto’s strength and brutality are unrivaled, so when Illia suggests they bring him to justice, Volke wonders if they’ll have what it takes to fight the corsairs on the high seas.

A fast-paced flintlock fantasy for those who enjoy How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.




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Star Marque Rising


Release Date: February 19th, 2019

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Science-Fiction, Space Opera

The future is governed through a genetic hierarchy—superhumans at the top, humans and defects at the bottom. 

Clevon Demarco, a genetically modified human, has a cocksure attitude and the combat skills to back it up. With his unparalleled skills, he makes his living as a ruthless gunrunner on a shady space station near the edges of the quadrant. Stronger, faster, and wittier than most sad sacks, no one even comes close to Demarco’s abilities—until he crosses paths with the captain of the notorious Star Marque, Endellion Voight.

Captain Voight arrests Demarco and offers him a choice: go to a prison planet for his crimes, or join her starship, the Star Marque, working as mercenaries for the superhumans. But she didn’t pick him at random. She has a plan to become a planet governor; a title no human has held since the superhumans won the war. It doesn’t matter the cost—assassinations, extortion, blackmail—she’s determined to claw her way to the top.

All Captain Voight needs is Demarco’s help to carry out her machinations, and she’ll give him everything he’s ever wanted in return.

A fast-paced space opera for those who enjoy Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, or anything by Robert A. Heinlein.  


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Ethereal Squadron

Release Date: December 26th, 2018

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Historical


It’s 1916, and the world is on fire.

The Great War has already consumed much of the globe, but a second, secret war between sorcerers threatens to crack it in two. The ruling families of Germany and Austria-Hungary, those with the chill of magic in their blood, will stop at nothing in their quest for power, and they’ve drawn the entire world into a bloody war because of it.

But Florence Cavell—codename Geist—means to stop them. She had to defy her family, cut her hair, and disguise herself as a man to join the legendary Ethereal Squadron: a joint US-UK division of the allied powers’ mightiest sorcerers. Armed with her powerful specter sorcery, which allows her to “ghost” through bullets and barbed wire alike, Geist fights a tireless battle to end the war once and for all.




Release Date: November 19th, 2019

Publisher: Capital Station Books

Genres: Fantasy, Historical

A secret war of sorcerers threatens to tear the world apart.

The year is 1917, and the Russian Empire is on verge of collapse.

Florence Cavell—codename Geist—takes her special forces team of sorcerers into allied territory in an effort to hunt down spies and keep the Russian royals alive. If the Russian Empire falls, the Germans and Austro-Hungarians will turn their full attention to France and Britain. That can’t be allowed to happen.

Unfortunately for Geist, the enemy has sent the Eyes of the Kaiser, specialists who hunt and destroy sorcerers. And they came prepared to eliminate not only the Russian royalty, but the Ethereal Squadron as well.




Star Marque Rising Won the Cygnus Award!

Best Space Opera 2019!

The 2019 CYGNUS BOOK Awards First Place Category Winners and the CYGNUS Grand Prize Winner were announced on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at the Virtual Chanticleer Authors Conference that was broadcast on the VCAC20 ZOOM webinar.

This is the OFFICIAL 2019 LIST of the CYGNUS BOOK AWARDS First Place Category Winners and the CYGNUS Grand Prize Winner. Congratulations to all!

Alternate History / Time Travel: Tim Cole – Insynnium   

Apocalyptic/Dystopian: J. I. Rogers – The Korpes Agenda

Hard Science Fiction:  Jacques St-Malo – Cognition

Space Opera:    Shami Stovall – Star Marque Rising   

Soft Sci-Fi/Young Adult – Rey Clark – Titan Code Series: Dawn of Genesis

Speculative Fiction:   Paul Werner – Mustang Bettie 

Science Fiction:  Robert M. Kerns – It Ain’t Over…

Praise for Dread Pirate Arcanist!

“The magical world, which is fit to bursting with every conceivable mystical creature, has been written with an impressive sweep and brilliance. I loved every word, every sentence, every syllable. Dread Pirate Arcanist is a brilliant novel from start to finish.”

Coffee Pot Book Club

“I would liken Stovall’s “Frith Chronicles” to those of the “Harry Potter” series, the “Maze Runner” series, or the “Percy Jackson” series. The style of her writing really makes you feel for the characters… I would recommend this series to both younger and older adults who enjoy the adventure of fantasy, and following a well thought out story of good versus evil, with all the other emotions thrown in for the ride.”

Seattle Book Review

“With a thoroughly satisfying ending that hints at an incredible future for the series, Dread Pirate Arcanist is an unequivocal triumph.”


“With the easy flair and originality of a veteran author, Stovall delivers a highly complex plot in the form of a tremendously engrossing adventure. YA fantasy lovers will find it hard to wait for the next installment.”

The Prairies Book Review

Illia and Nicholin – two of the main characters!

Praise for Knightmare Arcanist!


“With a novelist intuition for what hooks young adults and keeps them reading and a narrative that is as boisterous as it was exciting, Knightmare Arcanist has a lot to recommend it. Stovall has not only penned an enthralling book, that is filled to the brim with magic, mythical creatures and heroism, but it is also one that is next to impossible to put down.”

Coffee Pot Book Club

Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall was rollicking good fun! 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

“There’s so much good to say about this book. The characters are varied and engaging. The mystical creatures are also amazing. The plot is really interesting. This book was a joy to read – and I don’t say that about a lot of these books I get to review.”

Jo Lynn Gosnell Reviews

“A spellbinding first installment of what promises to be an addictive series, Shami Stovall has produced a mesmerizing story of magic, intrigue, and true adventure.”


“Volke carries readers into a darkly engrossing world with a passion that makes Knightmare Arcanist satisfyingly unique and hard to put down. Readers looking for a magic-based quest fantasy will find this story compelling and nicely written, with strong characters propelling action which is often unexpected and revealing.”

Midwest Book Review

“With corrupt white harts, magical ferrets, and a school on the back of a giant turtle, this held my attention all the way through. A fantastical read that I highly recommend. Absolutely brilliant.”


“Richly crafted and laced with wry humor and intriguing magic, Knightmare Arcanist is a page-turner. A novel that is sure to enhance Stovall’s reputation as a solid author. Highly recommended to fantasy fans.”

The Prairies Book Review

The protagonists, Volke & Luthair!

Praise for Star Marque Rising!

“Action fans will enjoy the violence and scheming that drive this story of guile and dark ambition.”

Publishers Weekly

“The best Sci-Fi book I’ve read in a long time.”

Kenneth Barrett

“A great read for any who are new or old fans of the space opera genre and a worthy addition to any with a science fiction library.

Portland Book Review

Tightly written, succinct, stunning, and at times moving, Star Marque Rising is a fascinating read… The pace of the book is fast and characterization thorough. Without elaborate wordplay, Stovall manages to communicate the humane side of her characters. The snappish relationships between Demarco and some crew members; Lysander and Sawyer on the Star Marque is wryly depicted, and various missions they attend to during their time on the star ship itself makes fascinating reading as both an action adventure and an intellectually stimulating premise. A thrilling read!”

The Prairies Book Review

“The protagonist has been so skillfully crafted that it’s impossible not to love him… Star Marque Rising is so much more than a traditional science fiction novel, and this is all due to Stovall’s skillful and creative writing. This shows true talent from the author to blend layered character development, action, and back stories without giving away too much of the plot at once; this novel is a truly captivating read. Even those who generally do not overly gravitate toward sci-fi will be hooked and left on the edge of their seat begging for more.

Entrada Reviews

“Stovall’s Star Marque Rising is to Moby Dick what House, MD is to Sherlock Holmes. At its core, Moby Dick is a story about obsession, and the destruction it can wreak, and so is Star Marque Rising. It trades the vastness of the ocean for the vastness of space and a mobile white whale for an elusive stationary governorship. Endellion, though, is every bit as ruthless and blindly obsessed as Ahab. The story ends with the possibility of a sequel, and I really hope we get one. I want to know where this story is going! Recommended for those who enjoy space opera/ sci-fi along the lines of Star Wars and Ender’s Game.”

San Francisco Book Review

Really good plot line, entertaining characters. Far better than most of the space operas around.


“Star Marque Rising is a fantastic sci-fi novel that I would recommend for fans of the Mass Effect video game series or similar.”

Beautifully Bookish Bethany

“[I’d give it] More than 5 Stars if I could.”

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Praise for The Ethereal Squadron!

“I enjoyed reading this book immensely. It hit everything I look for in a book. There was a great story, all the characters even the support were enjoyable and well written.”

The Dystopian Shuffle

In tense, precise prose that skillfully conveys detailed descriptions, Stovall delivers this engrossing story of fantasy adventure with utmost precision. The Ethereal Squadron’s riveting fantasy world will fuel readers’ imaginations and leave them crave for the next book in the sequel.”

The Prairies Book Review

“The battles that the characters encounter are historically spot on and it’s clear that Stovall has done her homework. The world that she has created here feels real and foreboding. I got completely lost reading this story. For me that’s the highest praise possible. This is an interesting, exciting and addictive story that I would highly recommend to lovers of magic, war stories or fantasy.”

Buccaneer Blog

The strongest aspect, however, aside from the alternate historical setting, is the characters. Each character is a well realized individual, with different personalities, goals, responses, and abilities. Numerous characters, from lead characters like Geist, a troubled warrior unsure of her place but determined to do the right thing, to minor characters like Tinker, with his manic, almost mischievous personality, to villains like the insane Faulkner or the nearly unstoppable and egotistical Prince Leopold, populate this book. Most are quite memorable, and it makes there interactions and competition all the more fascinating.

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