Five years ago Charlotte Holloway accidentally raised her mother from the dead. Shocked and afraid, her vicar father declared her the devil’s child and banished her from his home. Forced to live on the streets Charlotte reinvented herself in order to survive. Posing as a 13-year-old boy “Charlie” is a valued thief in rag-tag, cutthroat gang of kids.
Nabbed for stealing an apple from a street cart Charlie is thrown in a group jail cell. The men inside decide Charlie is fresh and tender meat, and they want to take a bite. When a stranger tries to defend her he is killed – and Charlie’s necromancy saves her. She and her creation escape the rapists, the cell, and the prison, but incidents like that get talked about. Now Charlie is being hunted…and so is Charlotte.
The Last Necromancer is a riveting novel set in the Victorian era. Archer has constructed a captivating Gaslight plot, layered it with paranormal elements, and filled it with mysterious and interesting characters. Charlie is likable, believable, and sympathetic. Lincoln Fitzroy, head of a secret organization and Charlie’s likely love interest in future novels, is shadowy and secretive – provoking the reader’s curiosity. Seriously. I’ve already pre-ordered book two, Her Majesty’s Necromancer so that I can find out what happens next (and if they will ever kiss!!).
I loved this book and have already purchased the second title in the series - seriously, it was that good. If you find the review intriguing and want to read more...enter this Giveaway for your very own digital (INTL) or paperback copy (US only)!! Just leave a comment to enter. This contest ends September 7th, the winner announced ont this blog entry by September 9th, and the book will be sent out at the end of the month.
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Archer, C.J. The Last Necromancer. Amazon Digital Services, 2015. 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in the review are mine alone.