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Product Details

  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (April 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450536484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450536486
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,263,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I will be the first to admit that 'Necromancer' is NOT the most original piece of epic fantasy literature ever written. I took a lot of inspiration from Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' and other great fantasy books (including those of Terry Brooks and Brent Weeks); I wanted to write a story that contained all the elements from my favorite books...one that I would like to read myself.
Necromancer was a side project; something I wrote just for fun without any intent to publish it (although it ended up published anyway). It was a lot of fun to write, and though some people may not like it because it is familiar, I enjoyed the time I spent doing it.

About the Author

Born in England to a literary family Dune's first experience with fantasy was with the elves and faeries at the bottom of the garden, and a free imagination soon gave life to imaginary friends and other fantastical creatures. Dune's first experience with written fantasy was J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' which still continues to inspire today. Dune started writing fantasy as a teenager, gaining experience and learning what worked and what didn't for a well written story that people actually want to read. Through some good stories and some pretty bad ones Dune became the author that writes novels like 'Necromancer'. Dune currently lives with Cody, a border collie, and two horses in remote Wyoming where characters are given free rein to develop and grow, and where adventures are naturally born. www.duneelliot.net

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An up and coming author of mythical fantasy and inspired by some of the greatest fantasy authors; J.R.R Tolkien, Neil Gaiman and Phillip Pullman, Dune brings new perspective and fresh ideas to a familiar genre. You don't just read Dune's novels, you become part of them and they will leave you begging for more. If you like Terry Brooks, you'll love Dune Elliot.

Born in England to a literary family, Dune's first experience with fantasy was with the elves and faeries at the bottom of the garden and a free imagination soon gave life to imaginary friends and other fantastical creatures. Dune's first experience with written fantasy was J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit', which still continues to inspire today.
Dune started writing fantasy as a teenager, gaining experience, and learning what worked and what didn't for a well written story that people actually want to read.
Dune currently lives with Cody, a border collie, and two horses in remote Wyoming where characters are given free rein to develop and grow, and where adventures are naturally born.

Customer Reviews

A very well written book i enjoyed reading.
Michael W. Newman
The writer's characters were fresh, each having a unique role in a believable world from the writer's descriptive way of storytelling.
Rico Crossfire
I wished the book would never end but it did and I pray for the author to keep writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Adair on July 31, 2010
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The land of Ilyria is bruised and dying under the growing evil power of Morgeth. And the evil is spreading. All of Alatheia is in danger. As you read Necromancer you slip into a world of magic and mystery, both good and evil, that only a master storyteller could weave. Expertly woven into the tapestry of Alatheia is a small band of would-be heroes. Bound together by prophecy, held together by love for their land and each other they will set out to save their world. Their journey is not easy, and there are those in the band that will pay the ultimate price, but they will not falter in their quest to rid their home of the evil Necromancer.

I loved this story. It contains everything a true believer in fantasy could want. The pages come alive with the quest and keep the reader enthralled right to the end. And like any true believer in fantasy I can hardly wait for book two. In my opinion, Dune Elliot is a true storyteller. I look forward to reading many more of Mr. Elliot's novels.
On a scale of one to five stars, I give Necromancer a strong five stars.
Mary Adair...Author
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harvey on February 17, 2010
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Not bringing much knowledge of the specific genre of adventure fantasy to my reading of Necromancer perhaps qualifies my judgement, but there is no doubt that this quest written by Dune Elliot is a page turner. The conflict between good and evil is effectively dramatised with characters on the side of good who demonstrate to us how muddled and difficult good can be in the conflict with a single-minded force of evil. I am reminded of how certain 20th century authors, albeit from different fictional genres, develop characters who struggle with the concept of good. Here I am thinking of Murdoch, O'Brien, Oates, etc. Too, Dune Elliot brings an array of specific knowledge (horses, landscape) that enhances the difficult and dramatic journey of the 'hero' and his intriguing band of supporters. Simply put I would like to read more from this author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Max Waugh on October 14, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I've never felt misled by Amazon reviews before, taking the good with the bad and (usually) making an informed decision based on reader opinions and other published reviews. In this case though I came away wondering if the author's friends had all pitched in the positive reviews for this book. User Juliet Fong's 1 star review is unfortunately pretty accurate. This is the worst-written book I've ever purchased. Grammatical errors aside, the dialogue and story-telling are downright clunky and it quickly becomes impossible to sympathize with or become interested in any of the characters. I have a hard time recommending this book to anyone except maybe younger readers who could potentially gloss over its glaring issues and may somehow enjoy the broader story.

I debated whether to post such a negative review, but I wasn't happy wasting money on this. Just as you might tell others to "wait for video" with a poor movie, this is one of those "wait for it to hit the bargain bin (and maybe not even then)" books.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edward O'Dell on March 8, 2010
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Every great fantasy novel must contain certain elements. It needs great warriors. It needs reluctant heroes, it needs evil so great that it threatens to destroy the fabric of the world it longs to control. It needs fantastic, majestic and disturbing creatures. It needs to bring the reader into its world. But first and foremost, is need to be a great story.

While his epic contains each of those elements, what sets Dune Elliot's Necromancer apart from its contempories is in the depth of both his worlds and his characters. His setttings are described in such detail that I don't believe a Higher Being could envision creating them more majestically. His characters beg to be explored to exacting detail, and he provides it.

Morgeth is growing more powerful by the day. He will soon be strong enough to destoy all Alatheia. Like it or not, Eran must fulfill his destiny. With Caradoc, a man's warrior, and a host of amazing characters, they must stop Morgeth. Along the way, they encounter terrible beasts, deathly obstacles, and, thankfully, their fair share of allies.

The many action sequences are equally well described. Take, for example:

As if one being, one elven blade and one broadsword arced out of the air towards the heads and naked chests of the goblins. They flung their arms wildly at their attackers as Caradoc and Raethon struck again and again. The thickened skin of the goblins provided some protection, but against such a volley of swift and accurate blows..."

His heroes are noble, of great character, and fearless (or at least they don't allow fear to dissuade them from continuing on in the face of sometimes what seems insurmountable). His villians are as evil as any ever written into a fantasy novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z. Gorman on September 6, 2010
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"Necromancer" is an expertly written epic fantasy with a compelling setting. The world in which the characters lived and the struggle they went through are so carefully and painstakingly crafted that as a reader, I was drawn into every scene. The author's language is so beautiful that I sometimes found myself re-reading some parts to take in the story again.

The novel has a familiar theme, but it also has plenty of twists and turns to keep you turn the page. Each character has a story of his or her own that is also slowly revealed together with the main plot. Each of them went through his or her own trials. Often times, there was no telling if they would survive. And some did not. You will read about love, kinship, friendship and more while you follow the characters through their journey. You will also experience what they experienced: joy, sorrow, hope, fear, ...

All in all, "Necromancer" is a very well written novel. It is a must read if you enjoy epic fantasies.
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