Most days, Elea couldn’t care less about having Necromancer magick. Who needs to conjure skeletons and sprits when you’re a farm girl? Elea only uses her powers to speed up chores and scare off suitors.
Everything changes when the evil Necromancer Tsar curses Elea. Now, she only has five years left before she burns as a ghost, tortured for all eternity. They say there’s nothing she can do, but Elea disagrees. She decides to embrace her Necromancer powers, train as a magickal assassin, and kill the Tsar… All before his curse kills her. Impossible as it may sound, Elea thinks she has it in the bag, but then everything goes horribly wrong.
That’s when a handsome mage named Rowan steps up to help. Elea wants an ally, but she doesn’t need all the mixed-up feelings that come along with Rowan’s crooked smile.
An assassination mission is no time to fall in love, but Elea’s heart may have other ideas…
I’d never picked up a necromancer novel to be totally honest and I didn’t expect to fall in love with it. But, come on. Seriously. Come on. It’s Christina Bauer. I gobbled up the Angelbound Series like crazy, so when I saw the opportunity to read her latest? I couldn’t turn it down. She could write about almost anything and I’d fall in love. So why not necromancers? Because if anyone is going to do it justice, it’s Christina Bauer.
We meet Elea on her farm where she’s sole owner fight off men who want to court her for her land. Ms. Bauer introduces us to a strong, self-reliant character from the start and I couldn’t wait to turn the page and know more. While it didn’t begin right in the action and took a little while to pick up, it was still an excellent page turner that kept me up well past my bedtime.
After we find out Elea’s been cursed to die in five years and she must harness and learn to command her necromancer powers, the novel skips forward in time. While it was a necessary skip as going into detail on those five years would have made the book ridiculously long (not that I would have complained), I did find myself wishing that there had been a little bit more to that part of the story.
Elea is matured and trained when we see her again, though she’s still the same fiery, self-reliant girl we met in the first pages of the book. And Rowan? Well, I just can’t wait to see where thing go with him – or with the rest of The Beholder Series.
Go grab your copy now!