Friday, September 28, 2012

Necromancing the Stone (Necromancer #2) by Lish McBride

Necromancing the Stone (Necromancer #2)
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Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?

Well . . . not really. He’s pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for one thing, and he can’t help but feel that his new house hates him. His best friend is a werebear, someone is threatening his sister, and while Sam realizes that he himself has a lot of power at his fingertips, he’s not exactly sure how to use it. Which, he has to admit, is a bit disconcerting.

But when everything starts falling apart, he decides it’s time to step up and take control. His attempts to do so just bring up more questions, though, the most important of which is more than a little alarming: Is Douglas really dead?

My Thoughts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So much fun. This time a year ago, (has it been that long?) I was gushing over how much I loved this and that in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Sam and his buddies' return rekindled some of that love. Sam is not the same screw up he was before, but he still does stick his foot in it at times, only made funnier with him still having some of the best lines and having friends who are each all endearing one way or another.

He’s inherited all that had been Douglas’ power, riches and plenty other little oddities. It is Sam’s attempts at fitting things together that reveal  more of his go easy kid, go with flow attitude; but it’s also the very same that has him ignore (at his peril) certain things. Him figuring out how he fit in Douglas’ place with Douglas’s people, had him looking on the bright side even when there was none! So, it should be no surprise to find Sam screwing up, getting up and trying to make things right, over and over again.

Sam , the vegetarian necromancer on the supernatural council, makes it seem like the secondary characters have not much going for them. How can a shifter compare to that, or a vampire for that matter? The thing is all of them were equally quirky/ funny. With them as backdrop, he’s lack of know how is emphasized, but it’s also against them that kindness shines bright(er). Because with the pack everything is all about business, It’s here we catch a glimpse into their how to’s and who to go to’s; and it’s a glimpse that’s made me more curious because Bran, Brid and Sean differ so greatly.

Things are made doubly hard: where he stands with them is made less certain with things that unfold. An out of nowhere, heart ache-development moment, mind you.  It’s not an unimportant heart ache-y moment either, as it is what propels all of them into action.

But them in action is key here. There’s a lot if Sam trying to catch up with others, with his friends Ramon a were-bear *so much win, right there,*Brooke and her ghostliness, Frank being mini-James, and Brid and her brothers being pack.  The thing I loved most? It wasn’t just Sam! It’s him with everyone else; that genuine affection he has for them and even those little guilty moments he feels because of them. Simply there’s a genuine and fun connection here that I liked.  Also, the fact that no matter how different he may think he is, there is always someone or something odder to consider. I mean just take the gnomes, Big Foot and a cat obsessed chupacabra!

I cracked up at how he and his friends tip toed around each other, then didn’t. Add a little drama that had my heart clutch all of a sudden…  overall this was fun, fast and different. A lot of this reminds me I need to pick up Hexed now.

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