The Necromancer's Dance

  • by SJ Himes
  • Narrated by Joel Leslie
  • 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

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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).

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- Belen

Absolutely entrancing-Top Recommendation!

I think...no, I KNOW I've found my new favorite M/M paranormal series. The Necromancer's Dance is a thrilling read with solid, creative storytelling and it captivated me from the moment I opened it up. It has complex characters with lots of depth, and though the two main characters-Angel and Simeon-become romantically involved, the romance is not the sole focus of the story.

Speaking of the main characters, Angel is amazing. There is so much that has happened in his past, and he has become a very strong young man mentally, emotionally and magically. A lot of responsibility rests on his shoulders, and he handles everything professionally and with a level head-even when internally he's just as scared or unsure as everyone else. He keeps it together for his friends and family, and shows why he is revered for who and what he is. Then we have Simeon, who is fully devoted to Angel even if Angel hasn't quite gotten to that point yet. Simeon is a constant for Angel, with his love and support consistently shining through.

I love that in this story, supernaturals are not in hiding. It makes for some interesting character interactions with humans, and gives the story so much more to play with. I also really liked the supporting characters found throughout the story...Milly was a real spitfire, and she along with the rest of the supporting cast do a great job of filling things out.

I could not and did not want to put this book down, and the further in I got the more entrenched in the story I became. It's been a while since an M/M paranormal book has so fully absconded with my attention--and I'm not just talking about the steamy scenes between Angel and Simeon. The story is exciting and now has me totally on the hook for every book that will come after it.

The Necromancer's Dance gets 5 stars from me, and is also one of my top recommendations. M/M paranormal fans should definitely check this one out, and remember this is for those readers/listeners 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content. The moment I finished this, I was immediately grabbing for The Necromancer's Dilemma, I can't wait to see where Angel and Simeon go from here!

The narration: Every time I listen to an audiobook narrated by Joel Leslie, I think he’s topped the last one I listened to. He’s done that yet again here with The Necromancer’s Dance with absolutely fantastic voices and accents, and a spot-on portrayal of emotions and suspense. He really made me feel like I was right in the middle of everything as I listened, and the pacing was perfect. I can guarantee that I’ll be listening to this one again and again in the future…5 stars for the narration!
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- Carra at Making it Happen blog

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: SJ Himes