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The Last Necromancer (The Ministry of Curiosities Book 1) Kindle Edition
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He met my gaze with his own fiercely direct one
and I felt like I was being sucked into a well so endless it would take a lifetime to reach the bottom. He gave away nothing through his eyes, yet I felt he could see everything in mine. Surely he must know I was not who I claimed to be. I wanted to look away before he saw too much, but I could not.
He was much too compelling.
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The Last Necromancer is currently free on Amazon and when I saw it being advertised as a paranormal mystery in the backdrop of Victorian London I thought it would just what I needed to get me out of my reading stump. Needless to say the book delivered!
The Last Necromancer follows Charlotte Holloway, who was born with the ability to talk to spirits as well as the ability to reanimate corpses. When her father became aware of this unnatural ability, Charlotte was thrown out into the London slums to fend for herself.
Five years later, Charlotte or 'Charlie' is a woman of eighteen, impersonating as a teenage boy and pick-pocketing to keep her position in an impoverished street gang. After accidentally showing a display of her powers, Charlie gets kidnapped by Lincoln Fitzroy, the head of the Ministry of Curiosities, an agency designed to regulate paranormal activity in London.
Soon, Charlie's status as the last necromancer causes her to become unintentionally entangled in the ministry's investigation into a series of experiments, an act that puts her in greater danger of those who covert her powers.
I have to say that stories like Ouran Highschool Host Club, where the girl impersonates a boy and no one around her is aware of it are one of my weaknesses- and I will literally gravitate towards these books. I loved Charlie's mix of street smart and etiquette, she was stubborn and brave, but not so much that she got into stupid situations because of bad decisions. There is a hint of romance in this story between Lincoln and Charlie, but its not a central aspect of the story. That being said, I can definitely seeing it developing in further books, but I think its going to be a really really slow burn, because I never met a character as stoic and aloof as Lincoln. Also, I seriously adored the two servants/agency-workers living in Lincoln's household, who treat Charlie like their little sister.
Although the plot was basic, I really enjoyed the characters and the world that Archer created. The writing was smooth and well-paced. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book, because honestly who can say no to an agency running around Victorian London trying to investigate paranormal mysteries.
It felt like georgette heyer with some fantasy elements thrown in
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Freebies are very much a case of hit or miss. Either they will surprise you or you’ll question how you managed to work your way through the entire story. In all honesty, I hadn’t really been expecting this one to blow me away. The reviews for this book were such a mix and match that I really wasn’t sure what I was letting myself in for, but I was still curious to give it a read.
You can imagine my surprise when I found myself addicted to the story.
Don’t get me wrong, the book is far from perfect. I can understand why some people dislike the book. It isn’t for everyone. However, if you enter with an open mind, it’s rather fun. It’s very much your classical young adult fantasy story, but sometimes we just need such a read to keep us going.
The main story is super interesting. We have two sides battling over our main character due to their necromancer abilities. Quite quickly, our main character finds themselves in a bit of a tight spot and things quickly progress in a way that does not work favourably for our character.
I’ll admit that I was tentative at first. A decent proportion of our story glosses over the fantasy aspect. We know it is there in the background – after all, we are introduced to it at the start of the book – but it never really develops. This holds true for the entire book, and I’m somewhat disappointed that we did not get more specifics. I’m sure such will change in future books, but I was left wanting a little bit more. Nevertheless, when I realised such was to be the case, I managed to accept this fact. Fortunately, I was pulled into the rest of the story.
Moreover, I’m pleased about the romance aspect of the story. Whilst it is there, it is not shoved in your face as it is in other books. It sits below the surface. Again, I believe this is something that will change in future books. For now, I’m simply pleased that the romance did not overshadow the rest of the story, as I often fear to be the case with these kinds of stories.
As a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was much more enjoyable than I’d expected, and a large part of me now wishes to go on and read the rest of the books.
The clash between the extreme poverty experienced in certain areas of London and the almost obscene wealth in other areas is well juxtaposed and adds to a burgeoning reality in this fantasy piece. Charlie is a well rounded character and you immediately feel comfortable in their company, almost as though you are toasting your toes in front of an open fire with a gale blowing outside whilst they recount their adventures to you. There is, however, an element of pantomime to the whole thing with the "baddies" being very clearly cast, so much so you have the urge to yell Boo and hiss as certain characters appear. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though, at least I didn't find to to be so.
The actual Ministry Of Curiosities certainly has legs as a concept and the people harboured within it are a complicated bunch. So far we only really though Lincoln Fitzroy and he is a bit of an enigma - he did give me shades of Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins Batman though with his knowledge of fighting and you just know there is a tragic backstory there. The rest of the Ministry remain fairly shadowy but some of them (I'm looking at you Gillingham) are undoubtedly not to be trusted.
The writing is fast paced and very engaging. There are some quibbles about Charlie's behaviour once her true identity is outed but they certainly didn't get in the way of my enjoyment of the book. It is a good mixture of action, fantasy and history that sucks you in and spits you out crying for more, and more there definitely is with 10 books in this series to date. I would urge you to read it - but son't take it on the commute; you WILL miss your stop.
I now have the second and the third in the series lined up to read and also the first of the Freak House books so I have my fingers crossed that the same sense of immersion can be found in these volumes.
This was a book that I read in one sitting. I have started to enjoy historical fiction with a paranormal twist, so I knew that I would enjoy this read. The relationship between Charlie and Mr Fitzroy was at times comical as she always knew how to play him, however, Charlie staying with was good for him as she sometimes managed him to think about something other than work.
The last half of the book seemed to fly as the story got intense when a long lost relation from Charlie's past turns up and I loved how the author added a classic character into the story which really fitted the part.
This is a good introduction to the series and I will be dipping into each as often as I can.
Protagonist Charlie is a girl pretending to be a boy in Victorian London after being thrown out of her father's house for being able to raise the dead. A brush with the law leads to people looking for her, and she's picked (literally) up by the cold (but conveniently dashing) Mr Lincoln Fitzroy. With his two subordinate sidekicks Seth (the tall, better-looking one) and Gus (the shorter but stronger one), they wish to use her to find "the last necromancer" before anyone else with efarious plans does. Of course, they think she's a boy, and that the necromancer they seek is a girl last seen in at the home of her father 5 years ago...
Girl with unusual, untrained magic and a strong attitude for sass? Check. A dark and mysterious man with a heart of ice and a mission that means he can't be close to anyone? Check. Menacing sidekicks who turn out to be puppydogs underneath? Check. If you in any way enjoyed the Study series, this book ticks all the boxes and leaves plenty of scope for the Ministry of Curiousities to run on. (view spoiler) While the similarities are there, this is a good take on the formula with enough inventiveness to feel fresh.
I always come into self-published books with a feeling that I may have to accept a lower standard, whether this is editing, spelling, or storytelling. This book (free on Amazon) suffered from none of these problems. In fact, it is far better than some of the "properly" published fiction I've read.
It may not be groundbreaking high-minded fiction, but the story flows well, the prose doesn't feel laboured, and the characters don't act to crazy and off-putting teenage extremes (a big bugbear of mine). I found it an enjoyable read and hope to pick up more of the series in future. Thank you Ms Archer!
However, I did like the idea of Charlie living as a boy. She had a feisty, independent nature and the fact she could raise souls from the dead, made the story very intriguing.
I'm not sure I liked Lincoln. He didn't seem a very attractive character despite his many talents. But Seth and Gus, his menservants offered a lighter side to the story and were quite endearing.
A good story for those who like paranormal with a ghoulish theme.