Book Review: Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

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Young Adult > Paranormal

(Necromancer #2)

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?

Book 1: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer review

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… and Lish McBride didn’t disappoint! This sequel is even better than Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, like three times! Funnier, edgier, and sadder, Necromancing the Stone was a fantastic followup to the Necromancer series.

This is told in Sam’s and Douglas’ POVs. Sam‘s struggling with maintaining the house (and it’s eccentric inhabitants) he inherited from Douglas. He’s also dealing with the guilt over his best friend Ramon‘s transformation. All this while being the Head of the Council (that he doesn’t even know how to run), being Brid‘s boy toy, and being the supposedly the most powerful Necromancer.. ever.

Sam is still this charming, dry-humored guy who is almost always on the wrong side of the track. He’s at odds with his housekeeper James. Brid’s pack was not his biggest fan. His powers were as reliable as the war-freak gnomes in his garden.

Despite his somewhat “still-a-loser” status, Sam was staying positive, and he sees the goodness in everyone. So cute. If there is a contest on the most compassionate necromancer, Sam will win. I love that he doesn’t see death as the end, but something more. He associate his power over death with peace, contentment, even love. So nice.

I adored Brid’s brothers. Bran and Sean – Sam is no better off than with these sweet, capable werewolves to back him up.

Douglas‘ character was pretty solid, too. Another villain that I am a fan of. His dreams of his past life was very interesting.

Necromancing the Stone has this touch of death and grief that can overcome even the most hilarious of Sam’s unnatural situations. But, it was amazing that the desolation never lingers in Lish McBride‘s story. Death and Life were so closely intertwined in Sam’s adventures. Maybe that is what made it so enjoyable. It’s as real as it gets.

Guaranteed 100% Fun, you guys. I will be watching out for the next installment!

#22 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

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Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

Hardcover, 344 pages

Published September 18th 2012 by Henry Holt & Company

4/5 stars

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