The Necromancer’s Dance (Audio Review)

Title: The Necromancer’s Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1)
Author: SJ Himes and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 21st 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset upon 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 into 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.

MATURE CONTENT Contains graphic violence, male/male sexual contact, a cranky necromancer, a sexy Irish vampire, and a pesky demon.

Whether you classify The Necromancer’s Dance as a paranormal romance or an urban fantasy, the fact remains it’s an entertaining story. One might even say spell-binding?

But seriously though, the story, told in Angel’s POV, was quite enjoyable with engaging characters, a riveting storyline, plenty of action, and some very nice chemistry between main characters Angel and Simeon.

Joel Leslie’s narration was delightful, enchanting the listener with multiple character accents including a typical Boston and a lilting Irish brogue. There were a couple of minor sound issues, mainly the sound level dropping suddenly, but it corrects quickly and I don’t feel like it detracted from the general overall listening satisfaction.

A pleasure in both story and audio performance, I’m looking forward to getting the next in the series (hopefully soon).

The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Series

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Review Copy

Audio copy of The Necromancer’s Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1) provided in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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