It began in the graveyard.... Ever since her boyfriend Nathan had died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was. For Emma, life had stopped with Nathan’s death. But tonight was different. Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery. There were two others there - Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags. And when they saw Emma there, the old woman reached out to her with a grip as chilling as death....
Emma was not quite like others teenagers. It was true that other girls had experienced grief. Other girls had also lost their fathers, or had their boyfriends die in a senseless accident. But though she hadn’t known it till that night in the graveyard, unlike those other girls, she could see, touch, and speak with the dead. In fact, Emma could draw upon the essence of the dead to work magic. That was what Necromancers did. But Emma had no desire to be a Necromancer. She just wanted to help the ghosts who walked the streets of Toronto, unable to escape from the land of the living. And that was just as well, because had she chosen the path of the Necromancer, Eric would have had to kill her.
Instead, Eric and his fellow Necromancer hunter Chase found themselves violating every rule they were sworn to follow, becoming part of Emma’s group, helping her to stand against those who preyed upon the dead. But whether Emma and her friends could survive such a battle was anyone’s guess. And whether Emma could learn to use the magic of the dead against her enemies without herself falling victim to the lure of such power remained to be seen. Eric seemed to think she could, and her living friends would never abandon her. But only time would tell what Emma’s true destiny was....
©2012 Michelle Sagara (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This book is a good story and I truly don't know what the other reviewer is talking about as the only F words in the entire story are Fun, From, Function, Frivolous etc you get the picture?
Typical Sagara in writing, much like Elantra in content (as in, I would let my 13yrold read it). but still a good read for an adult as well.
After listening to over 500 books in the last couple of years I think I am well able to judge a good book. I gave this one 3 stars which to me means it's a good book, worth the credit but no prize winner. The narration is OK which is a bonus since bad narration can totally crush a book of any class.
I am looking forward to seeing where Michelle is planning to take this story line and I will buy the next book in the series.
Eric and Michael, they added grounding to the book. It gives you that, 'I could almost see this happen' feeling.
Good charaters and story development. Worth having a listen.
This wasn't a bad listen, a present day fantasy about ghosts, the living, magic and forces among the living. The plot felt slow in the beginning and rushed in the end, and if you can tolerate a main character who is a little whiny (she's had more than her share of tragedy) then this may be an audio book you will enjoy.
Other reviewers mentioned the "f" word, and yes it's there. It seems to be the only curse word used, but it doesn't detract from the storyline. Mostly, the Characters seem to exclaim it when something doesn't go as planned.
If you enjoyed Sagara's other series you may enjoy this one as well. There's a lot of creativity & imagination in her work that I always enjoy, although I wish she'd reach past the teen genre and go a little more in depth about things.
I really liked Michelle's Chronicles of Elantra series. I had high hopes for this series too. However, I find vulgar language as an attack on my senses. The same emphasis can be made with intelligent writing. I started her last series because of reviews that stated that such language was missing. I'm so sad that she has succumbed to the prevalent "now" language. I wish Audible would add content in their ratings.
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