Reviews

This is the page where I’ll leave reviews of my work. Well, the good reviews of my work that make the long hours of writing worthwhile. Constructive reviews can remain on whatever site hosts them (trust me, I read them all).

Praise for Knightmare Arcanist!

KNIGHTMARE ARCANIST - E-BOOK COVER - FINAL

“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.”

ManyBooks

“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

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.

Shanon

“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.”

Shirley the Avid Reader

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.

Annie Reads

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