Day 1: Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride
Summary from Goodreads: With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?
Well . . . not really. He’s pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for one thing, and he can’t help but feel that his new house hates him. His best friend is a werebear, someone is threatening his sister, and while Sam realizes that he himself has a lot of power at his fingertips, he’s not exactly sure how to use it. Which, he has to admit, is a bit disconcerting.
But when everything starts falling apart, he decides it’s time to step up and take control. His attempts to do so just bring up more questions, though, the most important of which is more than a little alarming: Is Douglas really dead?
When I finished reading Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, which is also by Lish McBride, I was incredibly thankful that I had Necromancing the Stone already so I didn’t have to wait to dive into the next part of this awesome journey. Necromancing the Stone, unlike its predecessor, delves into a more somber and serious part of Sam’s life. There are still plenty of jokes and fantastic lines (and freaking awesome chapter titles!) throughout, but the story itself doesn’t have nearly as light of a feel to it. Despite that fact I thoroughly enjoyed Necromancing the Stone. The writing was excellent, the characters excellently hashed out and developed, and the plot moved along at a comfortable pace while allowing for some side stories to emerge. New types of beings were brought into the story and served to enrich the already beautiful world that McBride created.
As of right now I do not know if there will be a third book in this series, but there were enough loose ends where another entry could certainly be warranted (and in my case welcomed with open arms). However, the major conflict was definitely resolved and it was done so masterfully. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but I was quite satisfied (and a bit relieved) by how McBride decided to move forward.
The world that is continued in Necromancing the Stone seems to go back and forth between showing how all of the differences these characters (and types of beings) accentuate the world as a whole, and simultaneously making fun of itself. There are mischief makers and beings of great power that hearken back to civilizations that are long gone (and often forgotten). It is a combination that is not easily done but that, in this case to me, seemed to be flawless. I loved the references to various cultures and deities, some of which are not very well known, giving the book a feel of realism and weight that Hold Me Closer, Necromancer didn’t have.
Overall, as this rambling session has clearly expressed, I loved Necromancing the Stone. I hope that McBride does indeed write a third book and that we are lucky enough to see even more depth drawn out of the plethora of characters that I have come to know and love. I encourage any book lover to pick this up as well as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, they are fantastic books and must reads in my (humble) opinion. Thank you as always for reading this and I’ll see you tomorrow for book #2 in 2013!