I love a good pirate book—who doesn’t? So when Mr. Boyack, one of my go to authors, wrote one, I knew I had to read it. Boyack didn’t disappoint. Voyage of the Lanternfish had it all, and more. His characters were well-written and charismatic, and his plot was well developed. He has a way of creating unusual characters and giving them personality.

Even Boyack’s supporting characters are compelling. My personal favorite were the root monsters. Watching them evolve and listening to them tell and retell stories of the high-seas made me laugh, especially since they have an interesting take on the English language and often created their own words. And who knew that getting a name would be a badge of honor?

Boyack had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see where the Lanternfish would take me next. A must read for anyone that likes magic, pirates, mystery, and a good fight. Grab a tankard and have a seat. You’re in for one fantastic voyage.


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.

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