Review: Necromancer’s Dilemma (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #2) by S.J. Himes

The Necromancer’s Dilemma is the second book in the series and a book I read through Kindle Unlimited. I’m very glad I did, because I loved the first book in the series. The Necromancer’s Dilemma continues Angels story in many ways. His adventures and the new mystery. His relationship with the vampire Simeon and the rocky relationship with the city’s master/elder vampire. But the focus is also on Angel’s past and his bumpy relationship with his younger brother Isaac.

There are many elements and angles to the plot, but it all comes together nicely. It was a fun story to read and I loved the chemistry between Angel and Simeon. You see their relationship deepen. Contrary to the first story, this one is told from both Angel’s and Simeon’s point of view, sometimes bits and pieces from other character’s pov as well. This made the series more rounded and balanced. It was nice to get a better take on Simeon.

The story is action packed as quite a lot happens in the story. Some pieces started in the first book and were continued in The Necromancer’s Dilemma and there was the new plotline of Angel’s past and the troll attack. It makes for a dynamic plot.

The writing could use some polishing. Like with the first book there was the over explanatory pieces and the spelling and grammar mistakes. For me it didn’t take too much away from the story as a whole, but it’s rather sloppy as these are mistakes a good beta reader or editor should catch.

Should you read The Necromancer’s Dilemma? If you like magic, mystery, mayhem and sexy men and you liked the first book, then yes, this one is for you.

Necromancer's Dilemma Book Cover Necromancer's Dilemma
The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #2
S.J. Himes
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Self published
July 1, 2016
Kindle Unlimited

Even love can die without trust.

Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begin to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?

Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought—especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.

The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true…and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.

Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.

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