Title: The Necromancer’s Reckoning (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #3)
Author: S.J. Himes
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 28th 2018
Page Count: 340 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Every action has consequences.
For a decade, Angel Salvatore has been the most powerful sorcerer and only necromancer in all the Northeast. Never one to ask permission nor apologies, he has acted with near impunity for years.
The High Council of Sorcery has come to Boston, and Angel is their target. Charged with numerous violations of practitioner laws, his freedom and family are placed in jeopardy.
If found guilty, Angel’s apprentice Daniel will be imprisoned to serve out the remaining years of his apprenticeship. Isaac, his brother, is too vulnerable to be left unguarded, and Angel fears for his sanity and health. And Simeon, Elder vampire and Angel’s mate, refuses to see Angel convicted under the laws of the Council and his actions to keep Angel free threaten to start a war that could destroy their world. And Angel faces the severest of punishments—the castration of his gifts.
The Council has never cared for the people of Boston, and Angel doubts their motives. They have come for some insidious reason, and it has nothing to do with upholding the law and everything to do with Angel.
Dealing with an impending trial, a wayward ghost, and a grave-robbing ring of thieves leaves Angel on the edge. He thinks he may have a handle on things until violence erupts across the city, and a stranger comes to town…a stranger with his own dark powers of necromancy.
Let me preface this review with this: I had a great time reading this story. The characters, the plot, the pacing…it is all spot on. Told from multiple POV, this seems like it might be the last book that comes mainly from Angel’s perspective, which I’m sad about, because I love these characters and this world S.J. Himes has written.
Angel took Simeon’s face in his hands and stared deep into his mate’s emerald eyes. “No, Simeon. If you die, I die. I’ve been there in the dark place before, those I love gone on without me, a wasteland of grief and death and nothingness. I don’t have the strength or the will to survive it again. I set death on fire to end the pain, and I would not hesitate to do it all again. I love you, which means I want a long, long life with you.”
I took three things away from this: 1. Angel is a complete badass. 2. Angel and Simeon’s love makes me gooey. 3. The supporting characters, who all get chances for a section or chapter in their own POV (including the wee beastie!) btw, are so great and I want all their stories too.
I’m really looking forward to reading Isaac’s story next.