Review: NECROMANCING the STONE by Lish McBride

Hardcover, 1st Edition, 342 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Henry Holt & Company
ISBN: 0805090991
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥

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: 

Oh my!!! Have you ever read something that you enjoyed so much that you cannot help but smile? NECROMANCING THE STONE by Lish McBride is just this book because it is so much more than I thought it would be. This sequel is better than it's predecessor and so wickedly funny that I cannot remember laughing that hard over a book in a long, long time. 

As NECROMANCING THE STONE begins shortly after Sam defeated the big bad evil Douglas, thus inheriting all of his earthly belongings including a house that harbors demented gnomes, a shape-shifting bossy servant (meow!) and his newly transformed were-bear bestie. As he is trying to adjust to the fact that his life will never be the same, a person close to him dies and when his services are needed he cannot seem to produce the desired answers to their murder. Now, his relationship with were girlfriend is put to the test and Sam is not prepared at how recent events suddenly seem to place him in a very precarious position. With everything turning against him, Sam decides he has take control and find out how to use his powers properly or all will be lost.  Yet, what he finds can be more than he can ever imagined possible.

Can I tell you that I LOVED this book. Why? Let me count the ways. First of all Lish Mcbride is an absolute genius at writing some of the wittiest dialog ever. I mean, there were moments that I would howl with laughter causing people to just look at me like I went insane. I basically had to come home and finish this book in my own room so that the public at large would not deem it necessary to have me committed.  Besides have such amazing dialog, the ensemble cast of characters are some of the most colorfully engaging and endearing that I ever had the pleasure of reading, from the pig-tailed harbinger of death to the pissing gnomes and even the villian had me pulling for him at some point and that is just insane, but true. Together they bring this story to life, but none more than Sam. He is compelling and sincere despite having all this power, and it was a laugh riot to witness him take control and become the necromancer that he was meant to be.

The only complaint I have about this book is that it ended to quickly, but all good things must come to an end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes their paranormal a bit twisted and darkly amusing. I know that if you enjoy a good laugh that you will adore this series as much as I have. If you have not read the first book in this series that you must pick up HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER first and then dive into NECROMANCING THE STONE which is even better than it's predecessor. What are you waiting for....go go go.


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