I didn't move -- I didn't need to. Sean may be strong and fast, but the thing about the
undead is that they can just keep coming. An owl swooped down at his eyes, making
him swerve away from me. The raccoon jumped onto his back while the smaller birds
began to dive-bomb. Sean stopped his forward assault, attempting to swat while he
turned around and tried to get the raccoon. But for every bird or mole he swatted, another
took its place. Pretty soon he was just spinning, a ball of flailing arms and feet...
And the squirrel? I watched as it slid up Sean's pant leg.
I should probably preface this review by saying that I LOVED McBride's first novel, 'Hold Me Closer, Necromancer'. While her humor will not appeal to everyone, her style of writing and tongue-in-cheek delivery tickle my funny bone with a consistency few writers are able to achieve. That being said, 'Necromancing the Stone' was everything a reader could have asked for in a second novel.
Sam continues to grow as a character, slowly growing into the formidable man he will likely become (the novel ends with the promise of more adventures with Sam and the crew). Brid's part is distanced a little bit, which allows a touch of romance without slowing down the pace of the novel. But the most interesting character, I found, was James. When the reader meets James, he is the magical familiar/personal assistant to Douglas, a morally bankrupt necromancer set on destroying Sam. In 'Hold Me Closer, Necromancer', the reader got the barest glimpse of the roiling cauldron of conflicting emotions, loyalties and desires that bubble behind James's serene facade. 'Necromancing the Stone' made me LOVE James! He's one of my new favorite fictional people.
As with McBride first novel, 'Necromancing the Stone' starts with a bang and moves at a clip from start to finish. Humor abounds (much of it of the darker persuasion), as does action, violence and camaraderie. Highly recommended.
Book Source: Local Library
Recommended Ages: 16+ Violence, non-graphic adult content
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