The Captain’s Log – the armored saint (Myke Cole)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I have always wanted to read Myke Cole’s work and just never seemed to get around to it.  So when I saw this fantasy with a cool concept, I decided it was time.

The story follows a girl named Heloise in a medieval-like town.  Very strict laws govern the world especially as it relates to magic.  All magic is forbidden.  It is said that over 1000 years ago, magicians opened a portal to hell and demons infested the world.  After the war that ensued and the demons banished, the Order was founded to stop magic users at all costs.  Heloise isn’t sure what to believe.  All she witnesses is the Order abusing their power and common folk living in fear.  Is magic really so bad?

So in terms of writing style and world building, I thought this was beautifully written.  I loved the entire concept behind magic use and the manner in which the author keeps the reader guessing until the very end.  I also loved the subplot of sexuality.  There is some lovely language in that regard.  There are cool things like war machines.  The plot of this epic feeling story happens in one tiny village.  That was cool.  I thought the characters were interestingly written.  I particularly loved the mysterious ranger, the magical mouse, and Heloise’s best friend, Basina.

Unfortunately I be in the minority when it comes to Heloise herself.  She is young, feels like she is seeing the world better and clearer then everyone else, and acts like a spoiled brat.  In general much of the plot was driven by her selfishness and stupidity.  She made horrible decisions over and over again even when she knew she was in the wrong.  So many people went out of the way to protect her and she did what she wanted – consequences be damned.  And goodness there were consequences.

I did enjoy reading the story despite me major dislike of Heloise.  I wanted to know the answer to the nature of magic.  I thought the author’s choices in that regard were stellar and gripping.  I did want to see what the results of Heloise’s actions would be.  I even enjoyed the crazy ending though I felt Heloise’s part to be unrealistic.  It certainly wasn’t what I was expecting.  The world is fascinating and I do think I will read the next in the series.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Myke Cole – Author

To buy the book go to:

the armored saint – Book

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14 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – the armored saint (Myke Cole)

  1. Sometimes, I really want fantasy books to be standalone. There just aren’t enough of them in the world! Now you have to keep reading to learn more about magic– I mean, I get it, but still. I want answers! 😉

    Thank goodness for solid world-building, even if the MC isn’t your favorite. It sounds like Cole leaves a lot of room for the MC to grow over the rest of the series. Do you expect that she will?

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    1. I know! I love standalones very much. I do think this MC will grow in the series. I wasn’t sure I was going to read the second one but then I saw it on NG and requested it. I need to know what happens next. So if though I don’t like her much, the author certainly got me attention with the world-building. Me curiosity is piqued. I love yer comments btw. They are so thoughtful and I like our dialogue back and forth. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. D’aw. Thanks, Captain! I love the bookish conversations blogging allows. This is really why I blog. 🙂

        I have definitely requested sequels on NetGalley before without really being sold on the series. There’s something about the *opportunity* of knowing which really appeals to me. The challenge is that when I’m approved on NetGalley I feel obligated to read it! XD I hope that you find book two an improvement over book 1. 🙂


    1. I do think all fantasy readers should try this one because of the world building alone. It has some twisted tropes and I like that. I have been enjoying the reviews and chatting for this one so I will likely read the second as well. I hope ye love it when ye get back around to it. I be a mood reader so finding the right time to read this one took a bit. Thanks for the comment!
      x The Captain


  2. I enjoyed this one. I definitely agree with your assessment of Heloise though. She was young, reckless, and often stupid. I didn’t find her particularly endearing, but I didn’t hate her either. I plan on reading the sequel when it comes out, but to be honest, I feel like the story may end up being a predictable one. Young girl thrust into a position that she isn’t ready for, people looking to her to be the savior, etc. Feels like it’s been done. Perhaps I’ll be proved wrong.

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    1. It does seem like the character’s arc has been done before. The author did surprise me with some of the elements of the first book so I am not adverse to seeing where it goes. I am just not sure what it would take for me to switch to liking Heloise. And I want to like the main characters. Even the bad ones like Jorg in the Thorn books who I liked despite that fact that he sucked. I still want to know what happens to them!
      x The Captain

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  3. I’ve read books where I didn’t like the MC but ended up liking the book anyway, so I get it. I’ve read lots of positive reviews for this book, so I would definitely try it.

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