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!