Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer Book Review + #Giveaway

The Last Necromancer
The Ministry of Curiosities
Book # 1
C.J. Archer

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Release Date: August 11, 2015

ISBN: 9781515084389

Pages: 268

Goodreads Rating:  3.85
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

Victorian London: 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.

My Take:

This book was a really great page turner. Literally from page one I was hooked and I did not want to put it down. I really love every character good and bad and I was really invested in the story. I think I was shocked at how much I actually enjoyed this book. It's different but a good different.

After having read this book I jumped on the C.J. Archer bandwagon and purchased a couple more books from this author. Including a pre-order of book 2 set to release on August 24, 2015. And I don't normally do pre-orders. The story was just that good. And the characters that enthralling.

Charlie aka Charlotte Holloway is a strong, fierce an independent young woman with a stubborn streak. She is a character you instantly start rooting for. Throughout the story she has a couple of moments that are your typical flawed emotions and reactions, so don't be surprised if you want to shake her a couple times. Supporting characters like Gus, Cook, and Seth add an extra umph to this already intriguing story.

But honestly, I think the best part of this story was Charlie's interaction with Fitzroy. It's not your typical romance, if it can even be called that. While Charlie starts developing feelings they are kind of on the back burner. It's important for her character growth, but it doesn't dominate the story.

Also... Have you looked at that cover? I love it! :D

5 Quills

I really cannot wait to read book 2 and hopefully see this relationship evolve. ANDDDD hopefully, maybe, learn a little bit more about Lincoln Fitzroy who is super mysterious and has a very elusive background.

Kudos for this really, really well written book and intriguing storyline with well-developed likeable characters.

About The Author

C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two with her historical romances. Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women's magazines on two continents including Take A Break, Woman's Day and That's Life. 

She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia's Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript which she went on to self-publish under the title Honor Bound.

C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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