Necromancing the Stone (Necromancer #2) by Lish McBride
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published: Sept 18th, 2012 by Henry Holt
With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?
Well . . . not really. He’s pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for one thing, and he can’t help but feel that his new house hates him. His best friend is a werebear, someone is threatening his sister, and while Sam realizes that he himself has a lot of power at his fingertips, he’s not exactly sure how to use it. Which, he has to admit, is a bit disconcerting.
But when everything starts falling apart, he decides it’s time to step up and take control. His attempts to do so just bring up more questions, though, the most important of which is more than a little alarming: Is Douglas really dead?
Excuse me for a moment... Oh, sorry- I just had to go do a bit more squealing... So far I just can't seem to get it out of my system. All the jumping and happy dancing just isn't doing it. So hopefully this over the top raving about this book will help a bit.
I love, no, I ADORE, this book. I loved Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, but it's not nearly as good as this book was. This book had me laughing so hard I nearly peed. But it also had me crying big fat crocodile tears. Oh, don't worry, this isn't a sad book, not really. It had a moment or two though. And really, I just want you all to know that this book will really bring out the full range of emotions. There were the laugh-so-hard-you-pee moments, the cry-till-you-run-out-of-tears moments, and the grip-the-edge-of-your-seat moments. If you remember my review of the first book you may remember that I was expecting funny but not the serious. I was actually expecting MORE funny though. Well, that funny delivered in this one. It made up for any lack of funny in the first (even though it still had plenty of funny).
This book delivered on all fronts for me, but I'm starting with characters. I love a good male POV and Sam is a fabulous MC. He's funny (HILARIOUS inner voice) and he's kind, and sweet and he's just someone you can't help but love. He's not perfect, but that makes him more real. He makes mistakes, he doesn't see the whole picture sometimes, and he's not real kick ass, yet. But he's getting there. He's growing as a character.
All the side characters, from the pukis James, to the best friend werebear, Ramon, to the were hound/werewolf sort-of-girlfriend. They all delivered. Each and every character has a distinct personality and I couldn't help but love each and every one. Now, there are a ton of new characters in this book, but they are more background then forefront. But they add a lot of humor to the book. And they just stand out with their ridiculous personalities. These new characters are a full range of supernatural creatures. From gnomes, to minotaurs, to big foot and chupacabra. There's not much, if anything, that's been left out. But instead of it being too much, it's just right. I think that's because this book is a bit over the top. Some things are slightly ridiculous, some are more tongue-in-cheek humor. But it all just goes so well, so perfect.
The plot side of things also delivered 100%. We see things from more angles than Sam so we know when things are right in front of him, when he needs to open his eyes and see what's going on. We see when someone might be betraying him (even though we're not sure cause it seems like there's more to it...) and we scream out to warn him. We know that things aren't going to be pretty cause we see them coming before him. This is because we get chapters (short ones) with the bad guy. So we get an idea of what he's planning. At the same time we see some of his memories and it explains some things about why he became what he became, etc. It humanizes him a bit more and we see him as more than just a villain. I love when authors do this. And in this case we don't exactly grow to like him, but we see him a bit differently.
I honestly cannot possibly recommend this book any more highly. It's one that I actually wanted to turn over and just start rereading again. And how often does that happen? I am totally in love with these characters and this world and I will scream to the world "READ THIS BOOK!" for many months (probably even years) to come. And I really hope the author is writing more. I really don't know as the book is pretty well tied up and there's not really any (or many) strings left open. But there's always more that could be done and I have my fingers crossed that it's one that goes on...and on... and on...
One thing I want to point out is that while this is marketed as YA, and fits that fine as far as appropriateness goes, the characters are college age and on their own. It also has a tad bit of a feel of adult urban fantasy. I say it's a perfect mix of YA urban fantasy and adult urban fantasy and that just elevates it even more for me. I probably wouldn't recommend this for younger readers as there's some heavy stuff going on and it gets a bit bloody in the first book. There's also a bit of bad language (but what teen doesn't hear bad language everyday?). I guess I'd say if a person is super sensitive to content you may want to be cautious.
This is going on my favorites of 2012 list, FOR SURE.
Remember to start with book one, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. It's awesome too! You can find my review HERE.