The Necromancer’s Dance by S.J. Himes | Book Review

In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset upon by enemies, both old and new. Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother’s boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again pulled back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family’s death.

Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues into who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire’s attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in.

Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead?

Death stalks the streets of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill….and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.

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How was it?

The Necromancer’s Dance is one of these books that are so engrossing that when you come up for air you realize that you’ve covered two third of the book not sure how you got there. I’m not talking about zombie reading* but being so completely into the story that you don’t notice the time passing.

Lately, I’ve been gravitating to Urban fantasy books, and this book scratch that hitch. The world is compelling, very easy to understand, and it’s chuck full of complex characters. They feel real because sorcery and magical creatures aside, they could be people we know since their problems and struggles are relatable.

The story is a bit dark but there is some levity. Whether it comes from Angel himself, who’s snarky and a bit of a smart-ass, or some of the situations he finds himself in. The story is not gloomy but there are a few gruesome scenes in it.

The romance could have been a tad too cheesy but S.J. Himes make it work. Simeon is the sweet to Angel’s sour, they are adorable together. It looks like love at first sight because the story picks up at the beginning of their romance, but the author does a great job at making their history as “colleagues”, acquaintances felt.

The Necromancer’s Dance is a captivating book, one that you’ll probably read more than once, and love a little more every time. It’s definitely a series to watch.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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*Zombie reading: reading something without really processing any of the words on the page. One often wonders how they got a particular section, with little to no recollection of what came before, after zombie reading.

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