Book #27: The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer

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. 

I found out about this book when my friend, Mack, brought it to my attention with the words “Buddy Read” attached. I’ll be honest, I’m not the most reliable of buddy readers. I tend to take too long or just outright set aside the book for later. Luckily, she loves me anyway.

This time though, I did read the book. HAH!

The Last Necromancer is the first in a ten book series. It follows the capture of Charlie, a young woman hiding as a street boy, and introduces her to a world that isn’t what she is used to. You see, she’s a necromancer and she just may be the most wanted powerful being around. From all sides.

Charlie is a great character. She is headstrong, independent, and just a bit too reckless. She also likes pretty things but she recognizes that survival is more important than lace and cookies. Even after she is found to be a woman and is forced to be in that societal limit, she still shows her headstrong nature.

The minor characters, as well as Lincoln, are well thought out. They each have their own backstory that is only hinted and leaves for more in the series to flesh out. Even the villain, who will remain anonymous in this review, has quite the backstory that excites me to see what will happen next.

The story itself has the Victorian ambiance with a dash of the show Penny Dreadful. It does have some dark elements and I can see the series progressively getting darker with the action. A perfect mix.

All in all, it is a fun read. It is quick and I am planning on reading more of the series.

Final Rating: 3.5/5 (Let’s round it up to 4/5)


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