I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer
on August 11th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
Source: the author
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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.
CJ Archer took me completely by surprise. I read this book on a whim, thinking it would be a fun read, maybe a bit quirky or cute. It’s really not any of those though. It’s actually quite intense at times, and instead of being cute, it’s sexy! It’s hard not to take a very serious look at Archer’s other books now. I had never heard of her before, but if I had investigated beforehand, I would have been prepared. She isn’t a novice author in the least! I should have my hands full for a while. 😛
Although I described the book as sexy, there isn’t any actual sex happening. There’s some very thick tension happening, but it’s actually still very appropriate for teen readers. A couple minor swear words, but nothing you haven’t heard before. And despite being mostly clean, it will still appeal to adults. It has a perfect balance of darkness and light. It also felt very well researched (although I’m not the one to ask). I have a soft spot for historical novels, and this satisfied the need perfectly. Archer painted such a vibrant picture and made it feel effortless.
Speaking of soft spots, I have one for these characters! Each character is so individual, so unique. Even assuming you know which ones are the good guys, they all have varying shades of grey to their pasts. They all have their secrets, and I know I’ll be reading book two to learn more of them.
I think I’ve found a new favorite author in C.J. Archer.
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