I am pleased to join The Write Reads on another fabulous book tour with Academy Arcanist! If you are looking for a great Young Adult read, with tons of action – this is your book!
Hopes. Dreams. And literal nightmares out to kill a young boy.
Gray Lexly, son of a candlemaker, wants to escape his life of old-world technologies and study at the prestigious Astra Academy, a school for arcanists—those who can wield magic. But Gray has a major problem. Every night, as he sleeps, he’s visited by monsters. When they injure Gray in his dreams, he wakes with the same wounds in real life…
On the night Gray might finally die in his nightmares, he is saved by the kind and mysterious Professor Helmith, a powerful arcanist. She offers to protect Gray and invites him to attend Astra Academy.
Before that can happen, Gray must bond with a mystical creature to become an arcanist himself. Will he bond with a unicorn? A pegasus? A kitsune? Whatever he bonds with will determine his magical abilities, so he must choose wisely.
And when trouble finds Professor Helmith, Gray must become powerful enough to help her and fend off the terrible nightmares, before it’s too late…
My Review of Academy Arcanist
This was a great read! There is a lot of other world-building, outside the normal world in which Grey and his twin brother live. Their father is a candlemaker, and Grey is determined that he is not going to become one, he wants something more than the small island life. Being tormented in his dreams by demons, his parents don’t believe him. They think that he is just having nightmares.
I really enjoyed this book and the different nuances that were involved. For younger readers, this book is full of action, magic, and more.