In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset by enemies, both old and new.
Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother's boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again drawn back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family's death.
Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues as to who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire's attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in.
Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead? Death stalks the streets of Boston's historic Beacon Hill...and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.
©2016 Sheena Jolee Himes (P)2017 Sheena Jolee Himes
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
Whether you classify The Necromancer's Dance as a paranormal romance or an urban fantasy, the fact remains it's an entertaining story. One might even say spell-binding?
But seriously though, the story, told in Angel's POV, was quite enjoyable with engaging characters, a riveting storyline, plenty of action, and some very nice chemistry between main characters Angel and Simeon.
Joel Leslie's narration was delightful, enchanting the listener with multiple character accents including a typical Boston and a lilting Irish brogue. There were a couple of minor sound issues, mainly the sound level dropping suddenly, but it corrects quickly and I don't feel like it detracted from the general overall listening satisfaction.
A pleasure in both story and audio performance, I'm looking forward to getting the next in the series (hopefully soon).
I think...no, I KNOW I've found my new favorite M/M paranormal series. The Necromancer's Dance is a thrilling read with solid, creative storytelling and it captivated me from the moment I opened it up. It has complex characters with lots of depth, and though the two main characters-Angel and Simeon-become romantically involved, the romance is not the sole focus of the story.
Speaking of the main characters, Angel is amazing. There is so much that has happened in his past, and he has become a very strong young man mentally, emotionally and magically. A lot of responsibility rests on his shoulders, and he handles everything professionally and with a level head-even when internally he's just as scared or unsure as everyone else. He keeps it together for his friends and family, and shows why he is revered for who and what he is. Then we have Simeon, who is fully devoted to Angel even if Angel hasn't quite gotten to that point yet. Simeon is a constant for Angel, with his love and support consistently shining through.
I love that in this story, supernaturals are not in hiding. It makes for some interesting character interactions with humans, and gives the story so much more to play with. I also really liked the supporting characters found throughout the story...Milly was a real spitfire, and she along with the rest of the supporting cast do a great job of filling things out.
I could not and did not want to put this book down, and the further in I got the more entrenched in the story I became. It's been a while since an M/M paranormal book has so fully absconded with my attention--and I'm not just talking about the steamy scenes between Angel and Simeon. The story is exciting and now has me totally on the hook for every book that will come after it.
The Necromancer's Dance gets 5 stars from me, and is also one of my top recommendations. M/M paranormal fans should definitely check this one out, and remember this is for those readers/listeners 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content. The moment I finished this, I was immediately grabbing for The Necromancer's Dilemma, I can't wait to see where Angel and Simeon go from here!
The narration: Every time I listen to an audiobook narrated by Joel Leslie, I think he’s topped the last one I listened to. He’s done that yet again here with The Necromancer’s Dance with absolutely fantastic voices and accents, and a spot-on portrayal of emotions and suspense. He really made me feel like I was right in the middle of everything as I listened, and the pacing was perfect. I can guarantee that I’ll be listening to this one again and again in the future…5 stars for the narration!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Was not real sure that I would when I began listening to it but S. J. Himes writing abilities drew me in and I was enraptured like a human being charmed by the Master. This was a unique story and I fell in love with Angel! His sarcasm and wit resonated with my own personality. The development of the characters and the story allowed the listener to develop a picture in one's mind and get lost in the adventure. Some of the super nads mentioned, I was unfamiliar with so I enjoyed learning about them. The action, adventure, mystery, and romance was spellbinding and I loved every minute of it. Angel and Simian all the way. The narration by Joel Leslie was exceptional and brought so much to the story and to my imagination. An excellent story and I cannot wait for the next installment. Love it!!!
I'm a large fan of this series, and was very excited to see that it was an audiobook. It doesn't disappoint, the story is well written, with fleshed out characters, an interesting plot, a believable relationship between the two MC's, and hot sex scenes.
The narrator does an excellent job, drawing you into the story and conveying the emotions of the characters very well, with one of the best brogue accents I've heard.
Angelus Salvatore is a Necromancer who was taught to be a fighter. A reluctant celebrity, he is both feared and admired by supernaturals and humans alike. Despite this, he tries to live a peaceful life until an old enemy comes back, decided to destroy Angel for good.
Likeable characters, a fast and unrelenting pace, thrilling adventures and surprises at the turn of a page, this story is perfect for people who love paranormal romance. It is one of the best books in this genre I've read lately.
I fell in love with Angel and Simeon from the beginning, and Joel's rendition of both characters makes them even more memorable. His ability to convey their personal traits through their voices, and his way of showing their deep emotions is amazing. This is the first of Joel's performance's I've listened to, but it will not be the last, that's for sure. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series...
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher
It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful Joel Leslie is at bringing characters from some of my favorite stories to life.
Loved this book when I read it and olive it even more now that Angel has been brought to life! Bravo!
Can't wait for the next books release.
Story: 5 Stars!
Narration: 5 Stars!
Overall: 5 Stars!
I haven't read The Necromancer's Dance so I came into the audiobook without any prior knowledge regarding the book. I had seen it recommended across the different groups and by friends, and I have read books by SJ Himes/Revella Hawthorne before and there's no doubt she's a very gifted author no matter the genre she writes in.
The story itself was really interesting, SJ Himes created a fairly original paranormal story with vampires and sorcerers interacting with humans, with an enthralling plotline that kept my interest throughout the book.
Angel was witty, intelligent and fun, perfectly capable of holding his own against anyone despite his physical appearance. Simeon was his perfect counterpart, dashing and loving, not afraid of showing his vulnerability to Angel. Their chemistry was amazing and they were very hot together.
Joel Leslie managed to somehow translate Angel's quirky nature into audio perfectly, and he did a great job portraying the different male and female voices in the audiobook, same as providing the nuances needed for the different scenes from action to romance to the big climatic story near the end. I was completely entranced by his narration and swept into the story with his voice.
All in all, definitely an audiobook that you need to listen to. Highly recommendable!
*** Audible code provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my listening pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
It's about mid-range with the majority of my audiobooks.
Angel because he's strong, fierce, and loyal.
The scene where Angel transforms the demon back into it's natural small dragon form.
No, it was too long to listen to all at once.
Joe Leslie did a great job with the narration.
I think that what struck me most about this story was the fascinating world SJ Himes built. There are a lot of characters and way cool powers and magic as well as a fascinating mystery/crime.
I wasn’t as impressed by the romance. It was sweet but for me lacked an identifiable chemistry. I was never sure exactly what drew the two to each other though they were really sweet together and there was some nice physical times.
What really made this book a 5 star read for me was the combination of the magic and Joel Leslie’s narration.
I loved all the different voices and their accents as well as his impeccable timing!
That combined with the fun spells and some really great characters made for a very enjoyable listen.
5 of 5 stars
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
This was a very surprising and interesting m/m romance.. I enjoyed it... but I may be a bit bias as I love vampires and m/m romance of any kind... lol...
Nice story plot... and I really liked Angel as a character... his brother... not so much....
Narration was ok.. Joel Leslie is great for m/m romance books... he get the inflections correct most of the time... (in those special moments)!!
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
"Loved it, bring on book 2!"
Joel Leslie has done it again, he is so good at dialogue, especially clever, fast paced, slightly snarky dialogue that the story just flows seamlessly, the book is great anyway, but the narration totally brings it to life.
Absolutely, yes! It's a great story which got me right from the start and just got better and better and Joel Leslie does an amazing job with it. Oh and I want my own Eroch please.
Too many to name just one!
It made me laugh out loud several times and wince in sympathy for Angel and his brother. A lot.
Buy it and listen to it!
"Loved it and want more of the same."
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook .” I really enjoyed the world building in this story and was captivated by the narrator's skill at giving each character a distinct voice and, in the case of one of them, with a very believable Irish accent. I really enjoyed the magic and the way the author brought it to life with the descriptions of the incantations and imagery. I really want to say so much more but am too frightened of giving away spoilers to do so. Let's just say if you enjoy stories with magic, action, intrigue and romance with a dash of hot sex and even hotter vampires then this is the one for you.
I love sourcery and magic in books. This one starts full on and never lets up the action.
Most memorable parts or a few of them anyway, when Angel saves Greg and later Daniel and makes it plain that life is precious even misguided lives. When Angel realizes he belongs with Simeon and also when he realizes they are bonded. When Angel works magic and shows just how strong he is.
I got this code from Joel Leslie because I love his narratives and just wanted to hear his work. I usually listen while driving, the story itself turned me into an antisocial hermit, earphones on and not letting anything distract me till I'd finished. I really can't wait for The Necromancer's Dilemma.
There are moments of humour, moments of real sadness and moments that make you angry on the characters behalf.
A new to me author, writing one of my favourite genres, read by one of my favourite narrators. Sheer bliss in an audio.
"Better in audio than print :)"
I read and enjoyed the print version of this book, but it totally came to life above my expectations through the audio. Joel Leslie's ability to bring a character uniquely to life is showcased in this audio - he manages American, French, Irish and English (my favourite!) accents without sounding put on - and at the same time the characters are littered with the emotions of the story and it's wonderful. Angel comes across as powerful and snarky yet vulnerable and unsure about love, whilst Simeon is both confident and a little nervous about what he feels for Angel - and it's beautiful.
This is a good solid love story, engaging throughout weaving magic and vampires together in a very enjoyable way.
"A Sorcerer and a Vampire what a perfect pair"
I haven't really read books with Vampires before they never caught my attention, but if they are of this standard then I have been missing out. The depth of paranormal world building is superb. Vampires, Sorcerers and humans fitted together so well I could picture contemporary Boston like this. My imagination was greatly enhanced by Joel Leslie's narration. The voices he gave to blunt snarky Angelus Salvatore (Angel) the Necromancer and 400+yr old Elder Vampire Simeon were spot on. The gruff Italian American and the lilting Irish was lovely to listen to. Between the narration and the wonderful dialogue when I closed my eyes I could easily picture everything as if I was watching a tv program.
Angel and his brother Isaac are the only ones left of their powerful family after the end of the blood wars. Now someone is trying to kill Angel, murdering others along the way. The story mixes a whodunnit with the climax of a slow building attraction between Angel and Simeon. The whodunnit kept me guessing right to the end and both the romance and the mystery complimented each other blending perfectly.
Joel Leslie is a fantastic narrator. With him I know I am getting a quality audiobook. It's like listening to a one man play, all the characters are distinct and given as much attention as Angel and Simeon.
I wholeheartedly recommend The Necromancer’s Dance and will be looking out for book 2 The Necromancer's Dilemma.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review
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