Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Necromancer’s Reckoning
Author: S.J. Himes
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #3
Heroes: Angel & Simeon
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 302 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 27, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Every action has consequences.
For a decade, Angel Salvatore has been the most powerful sorcerer and only necromancer in all the Northeast. Never one to ask permission nor apologies, he has acted with near impunity for years.
The High Council of Sorcery has come to Boston, and Angel is their target. Charged with numerous violations of practitioner laws, his freedom and family are placed in jeopardy.
If found guilty, Angel’s apprentice Daniel will be imprisoned to serve out the remaining years of his apprenticeship. Isaac, his brother, is too vulnerable to be left unguarded, and Angel fears for his sanity and health. And Simeon, Elder vampire and Angel’s mate, refuses to see Angel convicted under the laws of the Council and his actions to keep Angel free threaten to start a war that could destroy their world. And Angel faces the severest of punishments—the castration of his gifts.
The Council has never cared for the people of Boston, and Angel doubts their motives. They have come for some insidious reason, and it has nothing to do with upholding the law and everything to do with Angel.
Dealing with an impending trial, a wayward ghost, and a graverobbing ring of thieves leaves Angel on the edge. He thinks he may have a handle on things until violence erupts across the city, and a stranger comes to town…a stranger with his own dark powers of necromancy.
When this came up for review, I didn’t intend to read it because I hadn’t even started the Beacon Hill Sorcerer series. But then, I kept thinking about the blurb and how intriguing it seemed for a third book in the series and made the decision to read the first book to see if I even liked it. To say I loved it, is definitely an understatement. I ADORED the book as soon as I started. Angel drew me in right from the start and Simeon wasn’t far behind. Flash forward to book three and I’m still in love with these characters. I was jonesing to read more of them and feel like I have a little hole in my day now that I’ve finished the series. I WANT MORE because Angel and Simeon have burrowed their way into my heart and just won’t let go. Even days later from finishing and I have the urge to go back and reread all three stories.
With that said, this series and this book will take you on a wild ride because Angel is one deadly necromancer and Simeon is one fierce vampire. Together, they make a dangerous couple and everyone is well aware of that. However, people don’t realize how deep Angel and Simeon’s bond is and how far they’ll go to keep each other safe and their little family safe. This is why I love them so much. As individuals, they’re cold and could be considered aloof but together? Wow, they are a force to be reckoned with especially since their bond is changing them in ways no one ever thought they’d be affected. And boy do these two sizzle off the pages!!
With this one, Angel and Simeon have, more or less, settled into their lives with Daniel and Isaac except now that life is about to be threatened by The High Council of Sorcery and Angel finds himself needing to defend himself against a Council that hasn’t done anything for Boston since the Blood Wars. I love that Angel is so confident in himself that he doesn’t feel intimidated by the Council but is instead angry that they dare step foot in his territory and threaten his family. I loved that about Angel, even when the situation was dire, he was always willing to fight for what he believed in and that brought a lot of action and suspense to the story. Add to that, I adored Simeon and his dedication to Angel. And I loved that Simeon has really embraced Isaac and Daniel as ‘fledglings’ and I just really loved how much of a anchor Simeon is for Angel. Their bond has really developed into something spectacular and I loved every minute of it.
I absolutely ADORED this book but I had two issues with it. One, the editing is not great. At times, I had to re-read sentences to understand what was trying to be said; there are missing words and punctuations are misplaced all over the novel. And, two, Angel talked a lot about Simeon’s undead magic to the point that after the forth mention, I literally said we get it already! out loud. It was a little excessive especially since we had already gotten to know about the undead magic in the second book, Necromancer’s Dilemma.
All in all, I loved this book and I love this series! I didn’t intend to read these but I was curious especially since I adore this author’s work and I was not disappointed. In fact, I found a new favorite series! Angel is such an endearing character and Simeon is his lovable, protective mate. I’m so happy with where things have gone with these two and I can’t wait to see what’s next for them and definitely can’t wait for Isaac’s and Daniel’s books!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*