I am sharing my reviews from the first few months of 2021. The focus tends to be on new releases but good books deserve to be in the spotlight too on a regular basis.
This is my review from February 2021 for the fantasy adventure the Voyage 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.
A selection of other books by C.S. Boyack
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.