The Last Necromancer
by C.J. Archer
Series: The Ministry of Curiosities
Published on August 11th 2015
Genre: Historical, Fantasy
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Victorian London: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.
People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.
Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world – Charlotte – but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn’t trust?
Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.
Let me preface this by saying I am generally disinclined to read anything historical in nature. I’m just not a fan of the genre. However, I do enjoy some really well written fantasy set in Victorian London, and the fact that this story is about a necromancer… I was sold on giving it a try immediately. The cover alone is enough reason to crack the book open, am I right?
This book does not disappoint. The story is very well paced, and the world building is pretty spot on. I was easily swept away from my couch in the year 2015, landing squarely in 1889 London. Archer does a great job developing her characters, allowing the reader’s feelings to evolve into a sense of concern for each of them. Charlie’s arc is spectacular. She is quite the survivor, and in a fairly realistic way considering the storyline, which is one of my all time favorite types of heroines. Lincoln will rub you the wrong way and make you smile all on the turn of a dime. An awesome character, in my opinion. His mysterious demeanor will keep you in a constant state of wonder.
The romance in this book is the furthest thing from insta-love you can possible get. It’s a truly unique aspect that you don’t see much these days in books, and it made me really happy. The realistic feel to this story mixed with the extreme fantasy made for a very well rounded tale.
Simply put: This book is pretty darn bad ass.
I highly recommend The Last Necromancer to all fans of fantasy, whether you think you like historical fiction or not. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!!
~About the Author~
C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two with her writing. Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women’s magazines, and she also writes romantic mystery novels under this name.
She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia’s Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that went on to be released under the title HONOR BOUND. C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.
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