Death Days (Jia’s review)

Title: Death Days
Author: Lia Cooper
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: August 6th 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal
Page Count: 257
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2.9 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


By day, Professor Nicholas Littman works as an itinerant professor at a small college in the Pacific Northwest. He teaches seminars on mythology and the intersections of folklore and magic in the ancient world. By night, he’s the local necromancer, a rare magical talent that has left him alienated from other practitioners.

All Nick wants from life is to be left alone to run his magical experiments and teach kids the historical context of magic without anyone being the wiser. Unfortunately, his family is sworn to sit on the council of the Order of the Green Book—a group of magicians dating back to the Crusades—and they aren’t willing to take Nick’s no for an answer.

As though that wasn’t bad enough, a coven of Night Women has arrived in town, warning Nick that there are wolves at his door he had better take care of. But what can one necromancer do when every natural and supernatural card seems stacked against him?

Nick is 39 years old and has a little too much faith in himself which leads to the summoning he tries to perform goes wrong. No one knows about his after-work activities not even his unofficial teacher assistant, Josiah. With the order hell-bent on getting him on the council they even get his sister to put pressure on him. At the same time Josiah has some problems of his own. Nick tries to help but there’s not much he can do since he doesn’t know much about the subject. Here’s where we are left somewhat in the dark because there are mentions of werewolves and vampires but we don’t get to know much about them.

Nick is nicely fleshed out and we get to know Josiah more a bit further a long in the book. Nick has his flaws and one can argue if he’s really that good of a magician, his talent seems mostly to lie in animating corpses and he definitely doesn’t know much about the paranormal world around him.

I like how Nick’s attraction starts slow, they have known each other for years as Josiah has been his student. It gets me looking forward to whenever they meet and I like the tension this creates. Unfortunately, coming up to the ending I feel as if they are still where they were half-way into the story. Their progression lacked heat and when they get together it feels a little anti-climatic since I don’t feel much heat or feelings between them. There isn’t much of romance in this book.

In addition, we are left with loose ends leading me to go and search the author’s homepage, and yes she’s promising this to be at least a trilogy. Maybe then we’ll find the answers to why some things happened and other information to give the story more depth. As far as the beginning of a series it’s okay, however there isn’t anything stating it was so I read this thinking it was a standalone and I really wondered how the author would be able to solve everything until it ends. Turns out she didn’t.

Then there was something else that lead me to believe the author is rather young and that was how she portrayed Nick, who’s 39, as feeling old and with aches and pains more suiting a fifty or sixty year old. It depends on the person of course and what they have been through, if they are healthy and so on but it felt to me like the writer made him seem a lot older then stated in the book.

It had been awhile for Nick, since he’d had anyone else’s hand on him, and it took a little bit of coaxing to get him hard, but Nick had no complaints with the view while it was happening.

39 isn’t that old even if he goes grave robbing on his spare time and if he hasn’t been intimate with someone for a while shouldn’t he be faster getting it up? Just a thought…

The author’s writing style is a joy to read although there could have been more descriptions in certain areas as well as Nick’s schedule was confusing.

I like Nick and Josiah and other things in the story however I’m hesitant to recommend it until I know how the second book turns out.

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Galley copy of Death Days provided by NineStar Press in exchange of an honest review.


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