Even love can die without trust.
Angel's brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begins to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?
Daniel Macavoy, Angel's new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought - especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.
The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston's only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon's devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true - and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.
Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.
Contains male/male sexual content. Violence, gore, sex, vampires. A cute dragon and some snark. Okay, lots of snark.
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I really enjoyed The Necromancer’s Dance and I have been impatiently waiting for the audio for The Necromancer’s Dilemma to be released.
SJ Himes’ world building is a combination of paranormal romance and urban fantasy that is really compelling. Combined with Joel Leslie’s character voices and emotional performance of the material and I am in listening heaven.
Told again from Angel’s POV The Necromancer’s Dilemma is full of action, sexy steaminess, engaging characters, and an engrossing storyline.
Joel Leslie’s narration is absolutely wonderful, captivating the listener with multiple character accents, including a typical Boston and lilting Irish, the pacing and tempo of the story is great, and the overall experience was highly enjoyable.
My only complaint about the story was the very end. There is a conversation between Angel and his brother, Isaac, that ends on what I think of as an emotional cliffhanger when Isaac admits something and the story abruptly cuts off before we get Angel’s reaction. I was honestly baffled and upset by it as it seemed, to me, to be a completely unnecessary way to end the story.
Nevertheless, overall I thoroughly enjoyed the story and audio performance as a whole and can easily recommend it. I’ll definitely be listening to it again!
I’m looking forward to seeing where the series goes next.
You so don't want to miss this one!
- Mari Cardenas