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Necromancer Paperback – August 9, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Necromancy in stories are hard to find, lucky this story didn't disappoint. Finished this book on day 3 because I couldn't put the book down.Published 4 months ago by Zachary Lewis
What a fun ride! This dark fantasy kept me on the edge of my seat. It’s full of action, twists and turns, and great characters, good, bad, and in between. Highly recommended.Published 7 months ago by T B M
This novel is a thrilling and imaginative Dark Fantasy filled with monsters, black magic, and a hero who’s witty and courageous. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Laura_6
Riveting and beautiful world of the Necromancer is revealed in this imaginative and creative book. The twists and turns of the plot were as gripping as the spells cast. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary Pax
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Lak and all his demons! I enjoyed this book emmensly! Read morePublished 10 months ago by G. F
Very dark fantasy with a ton of twists and turns. There was a creepy factor that reminded me a bit of Dean Koontz spliced with HP Lovecraft. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Margaret H
I was hooked by the first sentence: 'The stench of undead in the street was palpable.' The author, Graeme Ing appears to be quite the expert at writing dark fantasy, which... Read morePublished 13 months ago by cathrina constantine
I am thoroughly impressed with this novel. The dark nature of the fantasy, the moments that tugged at my heart, the way I truly grew to adore this Necromancer and his... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Angela L. Brown
The fantasy world that this book takes place in is very vivid. This is because of the fantastic storytelling of Mr. Ing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alisa Gillis