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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!

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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…

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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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Knightmare Arcanist

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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.

In order to protect 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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Star Marque Rising

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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

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Release Date: December 26th, 2018

Publisher: TCK Publishing

Genres: Fantasy, Historical

SOLDIERS, SORCERERS, AND MONSTERS…THIS IS WORLD WAR ONE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER IMAGINED IT.

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.

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A COMPANY OF MONSTERS

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.

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31 thoughts on “Books

  1. Judt read star marque rising, definetly held my interest ,had enough twists and turns to keep you guessing through the whole book. Looking forward to the next in this series.

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    1. Hey James! You’ve made my evening. I’m so glad you enjoyed the novel. The sequel will be out later this year! Please consider joining my newsletter for updates. On June 18th I’ll be giving all my newsletter people a free award-winning short story and audio book version of it!

      Happy reading,
      Shami

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      1. Hey I just finished with plague arcanist and loved it, do you think you could do a collection of all the mystical beasts seen in the book?

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  2. i just finished Star Marque. You have done an excellent job of making the central and secondary characters real people for me. And i was pleased with the ending. I had been disappointed with Clevon being convinced to commit murder by Endellion. His turnaround was good to see. I am looking forward to the next book!

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  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its completely different take on starship crewing and law enforcement. it is an approach that I have never seen before. I also enjoyed all the twists and turns in the story and its Machiavellian plots. While a good portion of the story is dedicated to the genetic, and cybernetic modification of humans; I didn’t think that was the most important part of the story. I found its portrayal of good vs. evil very interesting; it asks the age-old question can good people perform evil deeds, and can evil people perform good deeds? The ending will definitely take lots of readers by surprise, I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book when it is published.
    I am eagerly awaiting my Newsletter.

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  4. I absolutely loved the frith chronicles and was sad to see it end on a cliffhanger with no mention of a fourth book. Putting that aside for a moment I loved how you kind of turned witches and warlocks into arcanists and familiars into eldrin. But my question, is will there be a 4th book?

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    1. Yes! There will be a fourth book. :3 – my plan is to have the pre-order up soon, with a launch in May/June. It’ll be titled “Plague Arcanist.” And thank you for the kind words! Really made my day.

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  5. i hqve just finished the first three books of the frith cronicals. they are simply amazing! i loved every word! my only complaints and requests are that at the end of colisium arcanist the whole plot changes! i heavely encourage you toet vvolke spend time with the frith guild! i dont want new characters! also i wish that volkes and attys relationship would escalate. she was really a backseat character. ease let them date!

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    1. Logan, I’m so glad you enjoyed the first three books of the Frith Chronicles! I don’t want to give you a bunch of spoilers, but I can assure you that Volke and Atty get more time together in the future. There’s still plenty of story left to go, and lots of interesting things to happen, so hope you continue to enjoy! Next book comes out May 26th! ❤

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      1. Yes!!! More Volke and Atty time, I’m very curious to see how the relationship develops.
        I can’t wait for the world serpent book, I read the last books in a single week and now I’m desperate to find something similar hahaha.
        Thanks for all your hard work.

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  6. Hello Shami,

    I’ve left a review of Plague Arcanist on Amazon, but I have to say that I cannot wait for World Serpent Arcanist and am tortured by having to. I will avoid any major details or spoilers, but I have to say that even though I predicted the ending when you-know-who made THAT choice, it didn’t do a thing to stop me feeling 1000% satisfied with how it went down.

    I will say that I have absolutely no ideas about Volke’s fate or future, but I will say that since Knightmare Arcanist I’ve wanted Volke to be the one to bond that world serpent, and while I hope will all my heart it happens, your ability for storytelling has satisfied me so much that even if it doesn’t I have no doubt I’ll love whatever you choose to do.

    I eagerly await Book 5, and pray you choose to release it with less time than between Coliseum Arcanist and Plague Arcanist. I can’t wait!

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    1. Hello Brad!

      I’m so happy you enjoyed Plague Arcanist! To be honest, I always get nervous around release day, but hearing that people enjoyed my work dispels the doubt. You’ve made my evening! I don’t want to spoil anything, but hopefully you’ll be pleased by how everything goes down in World Serpent Arcanist. I can’t wait to get it out to people (and I hope it’s sooner rather than later as well, lol).

      Thank you again! And thank you so much for the review! That really helps.

      Best,
      Shami

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  7. I love the Ethereal Squadrons books they are everything I look for in a series about magic. My only question is how many books are planned for the series.

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    1. Hello Tejas!

      I’m so happy to hear you liked my Ethereal Squadron novels. Right now it’s planned as a trilogy! Geist and crew have to deal with the major threat, so we still have things to cover. Thank you for the lovely comment! Totally made my day!

      Shami

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    1. I hope I’ll make a collection of all the beasts in the book! First I need to find an illustrator, I think, and I definitely want to make a wiki page!

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  8. Shami!!!!!!!! Where have you been all my life? I NEEDED the Frith Chronicles. I discovered the first book on May 15th, and yesterday I finished the 4th book. I have been sharing this series to all of my reader friends. You deserve waves of recognition. I am stunned. Then ending of Plague Arcanist made me cry tears of joy, and somehow I still had a worrisome pit in my stomach about the future of the characters. My boyfriend was looking at me like I was insane (He is not a reader, so he just doesn’t understand.) I can’t wait to read your other books while I wait for the 5th installment.

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    1. Justin!

      Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed the books! You’ve totally made my day! I hope I can continue providing fun reading material throughout the years!!

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  9. Oh my goodness. I just finished Knightmare Arcanist, after starting it a few days ago. Soooo gooood! I’ll need to buy the rest of the current Frith series immediately, to ensure I don’t go through withdrawal. My only complaint is that there’s not 20 books in the series already, cause I’m hooked like a fish that swallowed the line. No escape. Thank you so much for creating such an amazing new world for us to light our minds with. I’m so super excited to dive into the next books, that I’m probably gonna expedite that shipping!!!

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  10. Just finished reading all 4 books in the Frith Chronicles over the last two weeks and wanted to tell you how much I loved them. Each book just got better and I couldn’t put them down. Keep up the great work!

    Also, I’m really hoping that Volke can get together with Karna now that his plague situation is resolved. She’s one of my favorite characters and probably one of the best developed female characters (after maybe Illia). After her tough life and all she has done for him, she really deserves someone like him in her corner.

    Keep up the great work!

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  11. The Frith Chronicles is amazing loved the four books, the ending of Plague Arcanist was perfect!!! I can’t wait for World Serpent.
    Thanks for all the hard work your books are incredible!!

    PS: please don’t bond Volke with the world serpent!!! Luthair is all he needs!!

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    1. I’m obsessed with Frith Chronicles. It is easily one of the best series I’ve read even though it is not yet complete. You are just so articulate and expresses words in a manner that is captivating and really holds attention. I also like to commend that you chose to stay on Volke’s perspective. I always find it annoying when in other stories it constantly shifts, sometimes it makes me feel that the part of the protagonist is a fish in the sea.

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      1. Xandrix – I’m so glad you like the series! That seriously makes my day. I can’t wait for the next books to be released so that you can continue to enjoy the epic saga! ❤

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  12. I don’t even know where to begin with how amazing your Frith Chronicles Series is. It’s just past midnight; I just finished Coliseum Arcanist and, I don’t know what’s more heart breaking between the ending or the fact that I don’t have Plague Arcanist to sate my soul’s desire. The way you write is so eloquent and descriptive that the world you’ve created is alive in my mind. I would be the first in line to see the movie or buy the game. Not only that but your conceptual choices and decisions you’ve made about the characters and the happenings in the book are super clever. You’re a literary genius. I don’t know if you watch anime, but Coliseum Arcanist had my heart in a chokehold like mixing the beautifuly, light-hearted, and jovial feelings of Konosuba, with the utter despair of the first season of Attack on Titan. Your work on the Frith Chronicles is legendary and could rival the great lore of LoTR and Eragon, but is energetic enough that you feel like you’re right there with the characters, instead of feeling like you’re strapped into a seat watching other people ride a rollercoaster for you. I must admit that I’m upset at you in a way that only people familiar George R.R. Martin’s work are (I hope you understand cause I don’t want to spoil for others (Coliseum Ch54)). But I do understand that heartbreak is always painful. I love this series and will always cherish it forever and ever. Btw I would really love some fan merch, like if you made Theasin Venrover’s book into a real thing but with lots of pictures of all the eldrin! And also I’d love to have a map of the world so I could look at it while reading the books (cause I’ll probably read them once a year) and reference where all the different locations are. And of course I haven’t even started Plague Arcanist yet, but I seriously can’t wait til all the next ones come out. I don’t know if you’ve struggled with real depression, regardless of the severety, and I don’t usually like to be so cliche but you’re books are really helping me recently. Whenever I start to feel down again your books with be one of the first things I reach out for. Thank you so much for giving joy to my life in the form of your books. Words haven’t been invented yet to describe my admiration for you as an author!

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    1. Justin, I’m super humbled by your comment. I sometimes get awkward when people compliment my work, but in this instance, I’m just so very glad it helped you though a rough time in your life. I’ve gone through some bouts of depression, and I was extremely thankful to find things to bring me out of it, so I understand where you’re coming from. I hope you enjoy the 4th book (and the rest of the series!). Thank you so much for comment! It encourages me to write more and more often! ❤

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  13. Just wanted to say I love the Frith Chronicles Series. Every book was better than the last and by book 3 I was wondering how you were going to top it but you didn’t disappoint. There is something about the way you write that had me literally unable to stop reading. I hope book 5 comes out this year. Wish you lots more success.

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