The Necromancer of Beacon Hill
by SJ Himes
Beacon Hill is a 105-acre neighborhood in Boston that is one of the oldest continually-inhabited areas in the United States. Steeped in history and covered in steep cobblestone streets, narrow brick alleys lined with ivy, Federal-style and Victorian era brownstones, and proximity to the famous Commons, Beacon Hill is a tony part of the city that draws the imagination and heart.
It is the perfect place for a necromancer and his eclectic family to call home.
Angel Salvatore is a necromancer, a sorcerer with an affinity for death magics, the dead and dying, and the means and ways of death. His affinity is rare, so seldom seen that more myths and legends circulate the world than fact and truth. Angel is a juxtaposition of over the top power and a strict moral code that doesn’t necessarily align with that of the government. He will do the right thing even if it is against the law. He will break all the rules if it means saving lives.
In a town that helped birth a revolution, it is the perfect place for a rebel to live.
Once upon a time, the Blood Wars raged across Boston. A blood feud that involved several magical clans and held Boston in its grip for centuries, the Blood Wars ended when a then 20yr old Angel cast a spell so devastating it decimated an undead army. With his enemies dead, incarcerated, or on the run, the Salvatores claimed victory, but at such a cost that it was hollow. The Salvatore Massacre claimed the lives of Angel’s entire family save for his little brother, Isaac.
After the Massacre, Angel shuttered the ancestral Salvatore home, and took his little brother with him to Beacon Hill. There they blended as best they could into the heavy practitioner population, and they tried to find some semblance of a new life.
Things didn’t go quite to plan, and ten years later sees the beginning of The Necromancer’s Dance. Angel meets a vampire, a 400-year-old Elder of Boston’s only bloodclan. Irish, sexy, and lethal in a suit, Simeon complements Angel in way that is unexpected and powerful.
Hijinks ensue, and two books later finds us at the threshold of The Necromancer’s Reckoning. Angel’s choices and actions have led to a place of reckoning, and the world is watching. Angel can either let his world be torn apart, or he can stand and fight.
What better place to fight against a corrupt government than Beacon Hill and Boston? The city knows down to its bones the rallying cry of rebellion, the ghosts of conflicts past sleeping and waiting. A necromancer lives in one of the most haunted cities on earth, and Angel has never backed down from a fight.