Review: Necromancer’s Dance by S.J. Himes

 

Recently I got Kindle Unlimited for a tryout and The Necromancer’s Dance was the first book I tried out and boy, was I happy that I did. SJ Himes is a new to me author and the story is self-published.

I was surprised by how much I liked this urban fantasy story. I always have a weakness for urban fantasy with necromancers, vampires and sorcerers, but there are not many well written ones out there. To me, The Necromancer’s Dance was.

The story revolves around Angelus Salvatore (okay the name isn’t very original, but it fits the story). He has quite the history. He is the only necromancer in the area, but also a very powerful sorcerer. Apart from his little brother, the only one who survived a feud. He’s feared by many, including the local vampires and with good reason. Well, almost all vampires.

At the start of the story Angel’s status quo changes when his brother’s boyfriend once again gets into trouble and there is a dangerous demon on the loose. Things start snowballing from there and Angel’s in deep trouble.

The story is told from Angel’s point of view and as a reader we get a lot of insight into his character. He’s tough and built a lot of walls to keep everyone out, but it’s up to a certain vampire to break them down.

I loved the story. It was exciting and fun to read. However, it’s not perfect. There are a few newbie mistakes. One the explanatory scenes. The constant explaining of what is happening and why and the history of things. It wasn’t quite a constant info dump, but it comes close. It took some away from the story, but with a little practise the story could be perfect.

There were also some editing mistakes and inconsistencies, but nothing too terrible.

The plot was not overly ambitious, but it worked for Angel’s story and it’s pretty clear that this is going to be a series and certain elements were put in place to set things up.

Should you read this story? If you love magic, urban fantasy, interesting characters and a dragon? Then yes, this story is for you!

Necromancer's Dance Book Cover Necromancer's Dance
Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1
S.J. Himes
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
self published
February 25, 2016
225
Kindle Unlimited

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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