The Necromancer’s Dance
Author: S J Himes
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Length: 8 Hours 8 minutes
Release Date: 21st March 2017
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, M/M Romance
In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset by enemies, both old and new.
Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother's boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again drawn back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family's death.
Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues as to who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire's attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in.
Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead? Death stalks the streets of Boston's historic Beacon Hill...and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.
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“Simeon. Care to share? Wanna tell me why I was dragged outta bed and driven across town to find my brother’s boyfriend locked in your storage room?” Angel growled at the old vamp, and Simeon’s lip twitched again.
Angel had something of a temper problem. Just a bit. And Simeon loved to poke at it, like a fool hunter nagging at a bear with a stick after a long cold winter. “And if anyone says Isaac was involved with this stupid endeavor I’m about to hear, I am gonna start handing out hexes indiscriminately.”
“Mr. Doyle,” Simeon said, tilting his head at the man cowering at the table, “decided he was going to take a job to burglarize the place of business of our Master. He was caught,” Simeon continued, a calm veneer over a well of tension. Simeon’s voice was accented faintly, and had a lilt to it that could seduce the clothes off a nun— which Angel was certain Simeon had done at some point in his long life. Simeon was one slick bastard. “He refuses to tell us who hired him. As per the arrangement you have with our master, we did not get the information from him as we usually would. That is why you are here, Sorcerer Salvatore.”
I think...no, I KNOW I've found my new favorite M/M paranormal series. The Necromancer's Dance is a thrilling read with solid, creative storytelling and it captivated me from the moment I opened it up. It has complex characters with lots of depth, and though the two main characters-Angel and Simeon-become romantically involved, the romance is not the sole focus of the story.
Speaking of the main characters, Angel is amazing. There is so much that has happened in his past, and he has become a very strong young man mentally, emotionally and magically. A lot of responsibility rests on his shoulders, and he handles everything professionally and with a level head-even when internally he's just as scared or unsure as everyone else. He keeps it together for his friends and family, and shows why he is revered for who and what he is. Then we have Simeon, who is fully devoted to Angel even if Angel hasn't quite gotten to that point yet. Simeon is a constant for Angel, with his love and support consistently shining through.
I love that in this story, supernaturals are not in hiding. It makes for some interesting character interactions with humans, and gives the story so much more to play with. I also really liked the supporting characters found throughout the story...Milly was a real spitfire, and she along with the rest of the supporting cast do a great job of filling things out.
I could not and did not want to put this book down, and the further in I got the more entrenched in the story I became. It's been a while since an M/M paranormal book has so fully absconded with my attention--and I'm not just talking about the steamy scenes between Angel and Simeon. The story is exciting and now has me totally on the hook for every book that will come after it.
The Necromancer's Dance gets 5 stars from me, and is also one of my top recommendations. M/M paranormal fans should definitely check this one out, and remember this is for those readers/listeners 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content. The moment I finished this, I was immediately grabbing for The Necromancer's Dilemma, I can't wait to see where Angel and Simeon go from here!
The narration: Every time I listen to an audiobook narrated by Joel Leslie, I think he’s topped the last one I listened to. He’s done that yet again here with The Necromancer’s Dance with absolutely fantastic voices and accents, and a spot-on portrayal of emotions and suspense. He really made me feel like I was right in the middle of everything as I listened, and the pacing was perfect. I can guarantee that I’ll be listening to this one again and again in the future…5 stars for the narration!
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About the Author
I'm a self-employed writer who stresses out about the silliest things, like whether or not I got my dog the best kind of snack and the fact my kindle battery tends to die when I'm at the best part in a book. I write mainly gay romance, erotica, and urban fantasy, with ocasional forays into contemporary and paranormal. I love a book heavy on plot and character evolution, and throw in some magic, and that's perfection. My current series are: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Bred For Love (as Revella Hawthorne), and The Wolfkin Saga. My last two novels in the Beacon Hill Sorcerer won 3rd Place in the Gay Fantasy category for the 2016 Rainbow Awards.
I live in New Orleans, where the personalities are big and loud and so are the bugs! New Orleans is rich in cultural history, and the flavor and music of the City is impossible to hide. Before that, I lived all over the United States: Tampa, Western Massachusetts, Indianapolis, and on and on.... I'm a nomad, and I've yet to find a place that calls to me strongly enough to become home. My faithful travel companions are my dog Micah, the numerous voices in my head who insist they all get put on paper, and the wind at my back.
About the Narrator
Joel Leslie is a UK transplant, growing up with American parents in a British commonwealth. A classically trained actor with an MFA in theatre from USC, he is often cast for his unique ability to deliver native, authentic combinations of American and British sounds. His great range and ability to bring characters to life with honesty, wit and versatility delights producers and listeners alike.
He is proud to have a strong following with m/m listeners and an ongoing relationship with some of the finest writers in the genre. He loves that every day he gets to share these beautiful, inspirational and empowering GLBT characters with the world. When not in the booth he spends his time chasing after two loquacious wiener dogs.
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