Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Fantasy #Adventure – Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack

This week I have been enjoying the adventures of the crew of theVoyage of the Lanternfish (The Lanternfish Series Book 1) by C.S. Boyack.

About the book

An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan.

He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, so he recruits a band of cutthroats to help him. But first, they need guns and munitions to outfit the ship properly. Deception and trickery will only get them so far. Eventually, they’re going to have to engage the enemy.

James’ goals aren’t necessarily the same as his crew. It’s a delicate balancing act to collect enough loot to keep his crew happy, while guiding them back to rescue the girl.

Voyage of the Lanternfish is filled with adventure, magic, and monsters. Lots of monsters. Hoist the colors and come along for the ride.

My review for the book February 4th, 2021

Having read some of C.S. Boyack’s fantasy novels before, I was expecting there to be surprises and plenty of action in Voyage of the Lanternfish, and I was not disappointed.

This adventure on the high seas comes with thrilling and sometimes breathtaking moments that have you on the edge of your seat.

The author has a talent for great world building, and for creating colourful and entertaining characters, including diverse monsters of the deep and the potting shed… Men and women from different cultures come together following encounters with friends and foes, fine tuning into a lean, mean fighting machine. All swearing to serve a new captain on a mission that will carry them across the seas on a daring rescue attempt.

I am a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean and in my opinion this series by C.S. Boyack (looking forward to book two) is better in a number of areas, from the story development,  creativity of the other worldly creatures, the diverse characters and the complex naval battle scenes.There was clearly a lot of research into the life aboard a ship of the day from weaponry to navigation which adds a clever thread of realism to the fantasy.

Brilliant read and I can highly recommend.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by C.S. Boyack

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and :Amazon UK – Follow Craig: Goodreads – blog: Cold Hand BoyackTwitter: @Virgilante

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed my review for Craig’s book and will head over to read more about his work.. thanks Sally.


62 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Fantasy #Adventure – Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack

  1. What a wonderful review, Sally! I love Craig’s work and share your opinion of his characters. Even thinking about them brings a smile. Thank you for supporting writers as you do, always warming hearts and encouraging all to keep dreaming. 💗

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  2. I’ve enjoyed several of Craig’s books, and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Lanternfish is everything you say it is, right down to the monsters from the potting shed! 😀 Wonderful review, Sally, and congratulations, Craig! 🙂

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  3. I loved this book too, Sally. Definitely a fun, high seas adventure story with such a colorful cast. You’re going to really enjoy the second book in the series, too. I’m looking forward to Craig’s final release in this trilogy, And who can resist the root monsters? I I I I 🙂

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  4. I can’t keep up with all of the great authors you have here, Sally. I’ve read Grinders (Great read from a genre I don’t usually follow), and I know I have The Yak Guy Project on my Kindle. I’m one of the few people here who can probably say that I’ve driven through Elko, Nevada, a few times. I know there’s not a lot out that way, and it’s the largest city in the county.

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  5. Sally, great review. It’s well-deserved. I’ve read all of Craig’s books and this series is special. You nailed it in terms of world building. I could almost smell the ocean as I read this book. The characters are diverse and dynamic and develop nicely through the other books in the series. You will enjoy them.

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