Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

With the defeat of the evil necromancer Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life.  Okay, so he hadn't exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?

Well, not really.  He's pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for one thing, and he can't help but feel that his new house hates him.  His best friend is a were-bear, someone is threatening his sister, and while Sam realizes that he himself has a lot of power at his fingertips, he's not exactly sure how to use it.  Which turns out to be kind of a problem when someone close to him turns up dead. 

In this sequel to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, we find Sam once again in a heap of trouble.  Anyone who's read my reviews before knows that I'm pretty tough when it comes to sequels and whether they can be read as stand-alone material or whether it has to be read in order.  I have to admit I was impressed with this one.  I didn't even realize it was a sequel (though I inwardly prayed it was!)  until after I'd finished reading and decided to Google Lish.  There are hints throughout the book about what has happened in the first one, but you definitely don't need to read it in order to enjoy this one.  And enjoy it you shall! 

 Though they're recurring characters, you instantly fall in love with each as they're represented in the book.  Even though we don't have the full background story, enough is given that we know what's going on, without being over the top and feeling like we don't need to go back and read the first one.  Don't get me wrong, if you can get your hands on both, definitely start with the correct one and read them in order.  If you can only get your hands on this one, grab it and read your little guts out and then go back for the first!  At least, that's what I'm doing.

Having read more than my fair share of paranormal, I often get to the point where I think I can't find anything that'll impress me.  Necromancing is a perfect example of me being wrong.  Yes, I said it.  I was wrong.  There really isn't a fresh perspective on werewolves and though I know that Lish was going for a fresh look at necromancers, that really didn't happen either.  Where things really got interesting involved the cast of background characters such as Big Foot and the yard gnomes.  The main story is riveting, but the entire world that Lish has created is what kept me captivated.  

This isn't the type of book you'll be able to pick up and put down and pick up and put down.  It should come with a slight warning label stating that it has to be read in one sitting.  After all my years of reading, it takes a lot to really pull me into someone else's world but Lish has succeeded with style and flair.  Definitely pick up if you want a good laugh and a healthy dose of adventure.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Shawn

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