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Necromancing the stone
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  Booklist Review

In this sequel to the William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (2010), slacker Sam LaCroix, now a self-conscious necromancer as well as a boyfriend to weregirl Brid, carries on his ironic-toned tale of sorting good from evil, and how fuzzy that line might become. Even the putative bad guy, Douglas, whom we left for good and dead in the previous book, is back. McBride keeps up the fast pace and the hilarity as Sam copes with his inheritance, both from Douglas and his new adopting pack. Early pages bring readers up to speed on plot points, but newcomers to McBride's world will likely want to go back to the first volume and begin at the beginning before the zombie panda appears. Here's hoping there's a third installment in the works.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

A slacker wrangles zombies, werewolves, gnomes and gods in this amiable second entry in a humor-horror mashup series (Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, 2010). Life is looking up for Samhain LaCroix, college dropout, oldies aficionado and former fry-cook. After accidentally killing the evil necromancer Douglas, Sam has inherited his powers, fortune, minions and seat on the Seattle Council of magical beings. On the downside, Sam's new servants hate him, one of his best friends is now a ghost and another a were-bear, his girlfriend's father has just been murdered, and her werewolf pack blames himand, oh yeah, apparently Douglas isn't completely dead after all. Fans will be happy to revisit the likable characters and learn more about paranormal politics, but those expecting the first book's manic action, grisly violence and sexy romance will be disappointed by the leisurely pace and wistful, almost melancholic tone. Indeed, the plot consists almost entirely of endless and repetitive meetings, leading up to a climactic confab with his erstwhile enemy. While the story stops dead when a few chapters slip into the viewpoints of secondary characters, only important for setting up the (just barely plausible) denouement, Sam's marvelously witty, self-deprecating narration carries readers along effortlessly to the very end. With most loose plot threads neatly tied off, there is still room for further adventures with Sam and his merry band. After all, they've got rhythm, they've got music, they've got the legions of the undead--who could ask for anything more? (Urban fantasy. 14 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p>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?</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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?</p>
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