New Release! “Wreck of the Lanterfish” by C. S. Boyack @Virgilante #newrelease #whattoread #writingcommunity #mustread

I’m thrilled to welcome fellow Story Empire Author, C. S. Boyack here today to celebrate the release of Wreck of Lanternfish. I’ve been looking forward to the final book in this series and here’s my review.

Thanks so much for lending me your space today. Spreading the word about a new book is so important. Today is all about concluding my Lanternfish trilogy with ‘Wreck of the Lanternfish.’

Somehow, I wound up with a theme behind these stories. I tried not to make it obvious, but fatherhood became something I kept going back to. It all started with James being forced into trying to start a war with the neighboring country.

Turns out James’s father was a somewhat shady character who did similar things. The only reference James had were stories his father told him as he grew up. Early on, he was forced to rely upon his father’s advice.

Dan is James’s best friend, and later brother-in-law. His father is still alive, and lends his own teachings here and there. It seems simple enough, but there’s more to it.

The two of them rescued a slave who turns out to be a witch doctor. Mal fills a fatherhood role for James as he turns to piracy to save the woman he loves. In that event, they rescue Mal’s own son as a bonus.

The crew gets saddled with a boy they call Mule. This involves retrieval of a magical item, but the price is taking the boy with them. James becomes his adopted father, and does the best he can for Mule.

Serang has her own daddy issues. She grew up without a father, but there were male tutors at the monastery. If you dive into her supporting story, there is one monk that serves as much as a father as he does her master.

Even such supporting characters as Don Velasco have a history with their fathers that shaped who they are today.

I never set out to do this, but I’m pleased with it. Fantasy/Adventures aren’t known for deeper themes, and I claim dumb luck. Luck doesn’t get enough credit sometimes.

Hoist the colors and wheel out the guns one more time. It’s time to bring this trilogy to a conclusion.

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James Cuttler created a peaceful spot for he and his wife to settle down. Far from the war that ravages their homeland, far from the reputation he earned as the notorious pirate Captain Bloodwater, and far from responsibility.

A royal Prelonian houseguest is a constant reminder of what’s at stake half a world away, of the friends he put ashore to fight the war. He lives in a dream world that’s temporary, at best. It’s only a matter of time before his guest is identified and the black assassins come for her.

He mortgages his precious vineyard to pay for repairs to his ship. If nothing else, Lanternfish will be one of the most powerful ships in the war, if he’s not already too late.

James will have to merge the skills of commander and con man into something new to make this work. He’ll need to avoid those on his own side who would hang him for piracy.

Serang is half a world away, leading her army of mercenary swordsmen toward the Fulminites. Mistrusted by both sides of the war, she appears as a third combatant on the battlefield. She may eliminate the mysterious order, only to succumb to the demons of her own tragic past.

Strap on your swords and hoist the colors one more time as the thrilling Lanternfish Trilogy comes to an end.

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65 thoughts on “New Release! “Wreck of the Lanterfish” by C. S. Boyack @Virgilante #newrelease #whattoread #writingcommunity #mustread”

  1. Dumb luck or subliminal brilliance? I suspect you were headed that way all along, even if you weren’t entirely aware you were doing so. Sounds like a fabulous end to your trilogy. Congratulations.

    Thanks for hosting, Denise.

  2. I’m reading it right now, and James just fought his first battle at sea. You’ve put every single lead character in danger, but the spies worry me the most, living right in the middle of the Hollish. Good job!

    1. I found it hard to put down once I started reading it, Judi. Thanks for stopping by and supporting Craig 🙂

  3. This book is next up on my TBR list and I know I am going to enjoy the conclusion to this epic saga! Thank you for hosting Craig today, Denise! Best wishes for a successful launch, Craig!

    1. You have a good read ahead, Jan! I’m happy to spread Craig’s good news and thank you for dropping by and sharing in it 🙂

  4. This sounds like a worthy end to the series, Craig. I like that you discovered the theme! Only in the best books does that happen for readers, an organic reveal of the true meaning.

    1. It is a very worthy end, Jacqui! It does add that special depth to have a theme woven in and can captured the reader’s heart. Thanks for dropping by and supporting, Craig 🙂

  5. Thank you, Denise, for showcasing Craig and his latest. I’m looking forward to reading it very soon. Congratulations, Craig!! 🎉

    1. I was happy to showcase this wonderful read and series. You have some good reading ahead, Gwen 🙂

  6. I love it when stories take on a life if their own. When that happens, I believe that’s the way they were intended to be.

    Good luck with this one, Craig. Thank to Denise for hosting.

    1. That is so true, Joan. They do take on a life of their own and I think that makes them all the more satisfying to read. I was happy to share Craig’s good news and thank you for dropping by and supporting him.

  7. I think Staci said it best – subliminal brilliance, not luck. I can’t wait to read your book, Craig! Thank you for sharing your site with us, Denise!

    1. Staci did say it the best, I agree, Mar. You have some good reading ahead with this book. Happy to share my site and so glad you dropped by to support Craig!

    1. It’s a great series and I think you’d become a fan of the root monsters too, Sandra! Always happy to host and spread the good news!

  8. It’s odd how themes can work their ways into books and series without our awareness. That happened to me with my Hode’s Hill series. I love that the theme of fatherhood is so strong in Lanterfish. Congrats on the release, Craig. I look forward to reading the conclusion of the series.
    Thanks for hosting, Denise!

    1. The characters seem to know better than us sometimes 🙂 I know you’ll enjoy this one, Mae. Happy to host, thanks for dropping by!

    1. It is a great series, Miriam 🙂 I’m always happy to share in the good news. Thanks, for dropping by!

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