Some books are a calling. Other books are a destiny. Still others are a demand, and then what’s leftover are a journey.
Sometimes, those journeys last a long, long time.
- Author: Lish McBride
- Publisher: Henry Holt
- Genre vibe: Urban paranormal
- At a glance: Samhain Corvus LaCroix is a fry cook. He is definitely nothing special. He’s also a huge smart ass with a penchant for getting into trouble, it seems. And, as it turns out, he’s also a necromancer.
Every book discovery story is different. This one started in February 2015, Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo Washington. The shiny cover with the raven on the front snagged me more than the staff recommendation slip inside of it did. I was overcome by my first indie bookstore experience and the discovery of a copy of one of my favorite books (The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff), and yet somehow I convinced myself not to buy it.
I looked and looked and couldn’t find it after that. I’m notorious for forgetting to order books that I want to read.
Flash forward to October 2016, the Half Price Books by my house. I discover the sequel on the clearance rack.
Christmas 2016 rolls around and my best friend gifts me with a shiny new copy of the first one.
Success. My adventure begins.
And what a strange adventure it is. NECROMANCER is a weird book. The characters are pretty good, and the writing is pretty good, and the plot is really good. There’s just…a lot going on.
When I first got into it, what I got introduced to were dark, disturbed necromancers, mothers who were also witches, and things that left mysterious claw marks on people. I figured I knew what kind of magic I was in for, and the types of things that would show up.
Then as the book went on, more things showed up, and I tried to make room for them in my perception of the situation.
Until suddenly there were magical creatures fighting on this necromancer guy’s lawn, and I realized I wasn’t prepared for this. I was enjoying it, but it didn’t fit with what I thought the book was going to be, and I think that threw me off more than a little.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was worth all the while it took to acquire it. It was fun to read, and by the middle of it, I cared about Sam and Co. quite a bit, and was actually super interested in the magic aspects that I actively saw.
But there was a lot going on. There was some pretty dense writing at more than one point, and there were too many people+places+things for me to really follow. I ended up picking SAM and RAMON and focusing on those two things any time something happened.
I will absolutely be reading the sequel.
Just not very quickly.
- Rating: 3.5/5 stars
- Recommended to: People who like wit and comedy, good male characters, and a lot of interesting fantasy elements
- Lasting impression: Sam’s apartment. Scars on his shoulders. A crooked grin without any malice or cleverness behind it.