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For five years Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn't raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time her father banished her. This time she brings even more trouble upon herself.

People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly "made" creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world - Charlotte - but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he's been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will and for an organization she doesn't trust?

Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they're hunting.

©2016 CJ Archer (P)2016 Shiromi Arserio

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same old characters and story

If you like stupidly stubborn, bodice-heaving, corset-burning protagonists, Archer's for you!! Tired old crap over and over ad nauseum.

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Gripping mind blown!

Charter development skillfully written, filled my day and my dreams. Mr. Death mmm yes please!

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  • BikeVON
  • Southfield, Mi, United States
  • 12-01-16

To much romance and not enough necromancy

I am in chapter 10 out of 17 and I am finished. What has be advertised as a necromancy novel, is a typical romance novel with one party not knowing this is a courtship and the other being petulant and argumentative. Charlie and 18-year-old woman masquerading as a 13 year old boy while living as a street urchin for 5 years. She is arrested and while in jail she was the process of being raped when she intentionally uses necromancy to save her.

How convenient is that diabolical doctor is looking for a necromancer to raise an invincible army. Come on people. She is the last necromancer, the only person she raises before is her mother. No one but her father, who was a church official, knew about it. So within days of her release the evil doctor and our hero, Fitzroy are looking for her.

Of course, there is no civil conversation to explain what is going on. Fitzroy kidnaps Charlie who is disguised as a boy, to keep her from falling in the hands of this evil doctor who serendipitously has the army of the dead who needs to come alive to attack queen and country.

Charlie is contentious and difficult the whole time she is with Fitzroy. Innumerable times she tries to escapes from Fitzroy’s muscle. The longer she is with Fitzroy the more argumentative an antagonistic she becomes. While Fitzroy is brooding and distant, I mean the man is trying to find the evil doctor, the last necromancer and save queen and country, Charlie, a virgin, is becoming sexually turned on to him.

Upon discovering she is a woman their squabbles fall into the male and female romance scenario. He gives her the freedom she has demanded from chapter one. She is again on the street, this time as a woman and again a man is trying to rape her and she inadvertently kills him with her necromancy. I had to stop listening when Fitzroy, who of course was lurking nearby, is there to pull the dead body off the traumatize Charlie and gather her in his arms. She is so out done she buried her head in his chest. Again this is chapter 10 out of 17 and only 3 bodies has she animated. As a boy, an attempted rape does not cause her a second thought. As a woman she lying there willing to submit. That was it for me.

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A Young Girl Hides as a Boy until Caught

The Last Necromancer
The Ministry of Curiosities, Book 1
By: C. J. Archer
Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
I enjoyed this book and it was nothing like I thought it would be. It is about a girl pretending to be a boy in London in the past. She has been thrown out of her house when her mother died. She accidentally, during her grief at seeing her mother dead, raised her from the dead. Her dad freaked and threw her out. For years she has been hiding on the streets as a boy, it is safer for her. But she has been found by those that figured out what she is really, one group wants to protect her, one group wants to use her...
Great fun and very exciting. Loved the characters and the thrill of the fantasy. So much happens in this book and it is certain more than a regular introduction to a series. It is full of gusto! I want to really dive into this series, but I am broke, lol.
The narrator is excellent, I loved the voices, emotions, and flow. Well done.

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Amazing!

I always love a hard headed heroine! And Charlie has so much spunk and determination.
You can’t help but fall in love with her and the team.
I’ve read the whole series and continue to reread/relisten to them all.
My daughter has even begun the serious and is completely consumed! ❤️❤️❤️

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I was interested until it became a romance

I thought the store was an interesting one and it was part of a series. I didn't see any indication this was a romance. once that started I couldn't stay with the story. I am disappointed.

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Disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the author had hadn't made the main character a ditz because of a guy. I had high hopes for the story at first. I love women being bad*ss and having a backbone, doing things without a man. And the main character started off thieving and taking care of herself. But then she fell for her kidnapper ...

What do you think your next listen will be?

Never. I'm really disappointed ... it sounded so good!

What does Shiromi Arserio bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I like how she does the characters voices, and how she brings them to life. I liked her a lot.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Honestly, I stopped reading it when she became "enthralled" with her kidnapper and it became about her lust for him. For me, it doesn't have any redeeming qualities at all.

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AWESOME!!

This book is exciting, compelling, and a joy to listen to! The narrator is wonderful and the story is rich and thrilling. I can’t WAIT to continue with the rest of the series!

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  • JP
  • Dallas, TX
  • 11-22-17

Great performance, decent story

The narrator was wonderful. she did a great job with each character she portrayed. as for the story, it started out good and the. went lackluster. The main villain was unoriginal and the twist of who he was to the heroin was just as bad. I could have overlooked this however, if the author would not have made the main character into a blubbering idiot over a man. she started out as a strong independent person and then turned her into yet another Bella from twilight.

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  • 05-12-17

Great start to a new series

I loved the interplay between Charlie and Lincoln. A mix of likeable and disagreeable characters with an interesting story.

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  • N J Byram
  • 04-09-17

Disappointingly Uneventful

Would you try another book written by C. J. Archer or narrated by Shiromi Arserio?

Unfortunately there was far too much unrequited affection and way too little actual necromancy. A promising start does not continue through the rest of the novel. Even the climatic battle with the 'bad guy' at the end was a bit too angsty.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

There was nothing at all wrong with the performance. The narrator did as good a job as possible, given the material.

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