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Graeme Ing engineers original fantasy worlds, both YA and adult, but hang around, and you’ll likely read tales of romance, sci-fi, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk or any blend of the above. Born in England in 1965, Graeme moved to San Diego, California in 1996 and lives there still. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans 30 years, mostly in the computer games industry. He is also an armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with more cats than he can count.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500585726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500585723
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,942,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Necromancers are feared and viewed with contempt in Malkandrah. Yet the only person willing to stand up to the primeval monster threatening the city is a young necromancer named Maldren. With no help coming from his elders and friends, he must learn to trust the apprentice he never wanted. But even then, he begins to suspect her. Can Maldren find a way to defeat the nightmare burning his city to the ground or will he slip into one of the many webs of deceit and be consumed himself?

This incredibly well-written dark fantasy has a Lovecraftian edge. The terror it provokes is deep and beyond understanding, and the hero himself is part of that darkness. Yet there is a bright ray of hope in Maldren's honor and heart. The reader clings to it in the chill of the night when who-knows-what is crawling around.

Maldren is brave and stubborn, and while he wears the black robes, his heart is pure. Ayla is his eager young apprentice and a fascinating little ball of mysteries herself. Each character has layers of secrets that unravel in the most unexpected ways. Great characterization is paired with a twisted plot and delectable details. Beautiful and horrific. There's a touch romance to raise the stakes even further.

I highly recommend NECROMANCER to lovers of dark fantasy.
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This was the one of the few fantasy novels I've read that is written in first-person, a fact that I really enjoyed! I felt as if I were actually stepping into Malkandrah, and this was the start of my journey. Necromancer is a truly fantastical read, complete with magic spells... another unique feature of this book. And there was some parts that I literally had to chuckle at the author's dry wit, which was definitely a bonus as you don't often find amusing little moments in this genre.

For those of you are looking for a well-written, full-length novel, Necromancer is it! The editing and grammar is just fantastic, and I love how well it flowed. And there's just a light touch of romance for a well-rounded read, after all, how can you have magic without that?
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Okay, so I might be a bit more into this because I just came off a really heavy read—you know, the kind that follows you around for days—and I was in need of something light. I saw an advertisement for this book and decided to pick it up. It was short, and hey, who doesn’t love a little magic and dead things? I honestly had no expectations. Matter of fact, I already had it in my head that I wasn’t going to love it. After all, the world didn’t seem (based on the cover) to be set in a truly medieval type setting. And while I did not end up loving it, I found myself really enjoying it.

I read somewhere that it was a darker book, but I’d have to disagree a bit. I’ve read Prince of Thorns, and let me tell you, that was a dark book. This did have a lot of deaths, but it wasn’t so horrible that you had to put it down and a take a breather. There was a light humor to the book that made those scenes less dark. That’s not to say some stuff wasn’t messed up. For me, the deaths weren’t... intimate enough to be dark, if that makes any sense.

I’ve been wanting a book that was focused on necromancy, which is why I picked this up in the first place. In the beginning, I really thought I had found it. Some of the spells were wickedly fun—calling forth all the bugs of the dead so they rise up, inhabiting a skeleton—but others fell terribly short. I wish the main battle at the end had more spells and elaborated on the ability of necromancers. I wish our main character's talents had grown, maybe branched out to new spells. Simply said, I just wanted more necromancy stuff.

Another fun thing about the book was the sheer number of things that happened and that our main character had to battle. It boiled down to be just a fun read—fast and entertaining.
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I've said for a long time that I don't like "dark" fantasy, but I'm in the middle of re-reading the Abhorsen series, so that doesn't really hold up. Accordingly, when I saw this on the Fussy Librarian, I thought I'd give it a go.

As a result, I figured out that what I don't like isn't so much dark as grimdark. It's not necessarily the death and destruction (though I don't go looking for it), but the nihilism and the lack of heroes. In this book, heroes are not lacking, and accordingly I enjoyed it.

I thought at first that it was going to make my "well-edited" shelf, but did notice a number of issues as I read further. The nature of the issues suggests to me that the manuscript had a great many more, and that a very good copy editor had caught most but, inevitably, not all of them. (For example, "millenia" as the singular, "Magi" as the singular, "bracken water" for "brackish water" twice, "poo-pooing" instead of "pooh-poohing", and one "your" for "you're".) For the most part, though, it now reads smoothly and well.

As I mentioned, there's an unequivocal hero, the protagonist, narrator and title character. He uses his necromantic powers for good, in the service and defence of the city he loves. It's a sword-and-sorcery world, but the story, I realised partway through, is detective noir. The hero gets beaten up and knocked out a lot, is susceptible to getting caught up with untrustworthy dames, and can't hold back from sassing powerful men who don't respond well to being sassed.

Speaking of the setting, I do question the decision to have a lot of unfamiliar animals, plants, foods, drinks and so forth with made-up names, rather than using Earth names.
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