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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.PeopleVictorian 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....

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the last necromancer Reviews

  • Emma
    2019-03-24 20:25

    Engaging YA historical fantasy set in Victorian times. Very much enjoyed it as a story that does not demand too much from you but entertaining. Have never read this author before but she has several series set in this alternative Victorian world, which I will definitely explore further. Great as a palate cleanser when you don't want to have to concentrate too hard and/ or late at night...

  • Nicklein Mae
    2019-03-08 15:36

    This was an extremely engaging little nugget of excitement and fun.

  • Rose
    2019-03-24 16:41

    Rating: 3.5 This book was an unexpectedly awesome surprise. The Last Necromancer is currently free on Amazon and when I saw it being advertised as a paranormal mystery in the backdrop of Victorian London I thought it would just what I needed to get me out of my reading stump. Needless to say the book delivered! The Last Necromancer follows Charlotte Holloway, who was born with the ability to talk to spirits as well as the ability to reanimate corpses. When her father became aware of this unnatural ability, Charlotte was thrown out into the London slums to fend for herself. Five years later, Charlotte or 'Charlie' is a woman of eighteen, impersonating as a teenage boy and pick-pocketing to keep her position in an impoverished street gang. After accidentally showing a display of her powers, Charlie gets kidnapped by Lincoln Fitzroy, the head of the Ministry of Curiosities, an agency designed to regulate paranormal activity in London. Soon, Charlie's status as the last necromancer causes her to become unintentionally entangled in the ministry's investigation into a series of experiments, an act that puts her in greater danger of those who covert her powers. I have to say that stories like Ouran Highschool Host Club, where the girl impersonates a boy and no one around her is aware of it are one of my weaknesses- and I will literally gravitate towards these books. I loved Charlie's mix of street smart and etiquette, she was stubborn and brave, but not so much that she got into stupid situations because of bad decisions. There is a hint of romance in this story between Lincoln and Charlie, but its not a central aspect of the story. That being said, I can definitely seeing it developing in further books, but I think its going to be a really really slow burn, because I never met a character as stoic and aloof as Lincoln. Also, I seriously adored the two servants/agency-workers living in Lincoln's household, who treat Charlie like their little sister. Although the plot was basic, I really enjoyed the characters and the world that Archer created. The writing was smooth and well-paced. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book, because honestly who can say no to an agency running around Victorian London trying to investigate paranormal mysteries.

  • Lana Hart
    2019-03-01 14:30

    DNF.That being said, let me tell you why.SPOILERS!The first half of this book was intriguing. The plot was interesting. The lore got my attention and my imagination running. I had my reservations about the heroine, Charlie, but I figured this was a character evolution thing. That she'd grow and eventually become redeemable.No such luck. Charlie, this great thief who has been living on the street for five years, gets caught stealing all the time and lacks any self-preservation or survival skills the second she meets the "hero" of this story, Lincoln Fitzroy. Who, after many passages of refusing to harm her (minus that little tiny incident where he suffocated her into unconsciousness... yeah, nice guy, right?), proceeds to allow her to almost get raped to "teach her a lesson."Yup. Forces her into nice clothes, drops her off in Whitechapel (where Jack the Ripper was killing prostitutes a couple years back), stalks her all day, and then sits back and lets a man assault her, only stopping him a moment before penetration. At which point, he kills the man.Coupled with a completely uninspired twist, I could go no further. I like my men sane, thank you very much. Psychopaths don't turn me on. And neither do heroines who embody the phrase "too stupid to live."

  • Glory
    2019-03-22 15:30

    Кратко: Есть Шарлотта-Чарли - единственный некромант на округу, девушка, которая притворяется мальчишкой. Есть Линкольн Фицрой - глава некой тайной организации, которой позарез нужна Шарлотта. Ее они не находят, но отлавливают Чарли, удивляются, что существует еще один некромант, и через него пытаются выйти на Шарлотту, даже не подозревая, что это один и тот же человек. Есть сумасшедший, которому тоже оченно нужен некромант, чтобы кое-кого оживить. И есть антураж: типа стимпанк, викторианский Лондон, толстые намеки на Франкенштейна и много-много букв. Фсе. Не, правда все. Из вот этих нескольких пунктов автор замешала невразумительный коктейль с бесконечными повторениями (схватили-сбежала-схватили-освободили-схватили), алогичными поступками, пустопорожними описаниями и прочим-прочим. По порядку: 1. Букв действительно много. То есть, не больше, чем в других романах, но с гораздо меньшим смыслом. Я не понимала, зачем нужна половина из написанного - а ведь люблю всякие красивости пусть и без особой нагрузки. Но здесь просто слова, не добавляющие действу никаких красок. 2. Характеры героев не выдержаны от слова совсем. Все персонажи меняют поведение в зависимости от целей автора. *скрипит зубами* 3. Героиня вообще не соответствует заявленному образу. Якобы она уже пять лет живет на улице, притворяясь мальчишкой, но при этом абсолютно не умеет за себя постоять, тупит там, где уличная шпана быстро бы все сообразила, совершает глупость за глупостью. И когда надо изо всех сил поддерживать образ, вдруг становится женственной, манерной идиоткой. Как выжила-то, спрашивается? 4. Фицрой типа весь такой благородный, вумный и заботливый. И видимо, от большого ума и заботы ради решил "проучить" героиню, буквально подставив ее под изнасилование. В последнюю секунду спас - герой, чоуж. 5. Когда я не раздражалась, не хотела кого-нибудь убить и не скрипела зубами - мне было скучно. Удивительно нудное чтиво, благодаря все тому же многословию и повторам. К продолжению и на пушечный выстрел не подойду.

  • Vivien
    2019-02-25 18:39

    I surprisingly did not DNF this book. I really wanted to, but I didn't. The reason why I continued reading is pretty twisted. But, in all fairness, that's when the author's writing develops/evolves. That's when readers have an OMG WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO HER?!?!?!? SOMEONE HELP HER! Even describing it vaguely makes people intrigued.Whoever wrote the synopsis/blurb really needs to rewrite it and put this tagline. Frankenstein Retelling. The synopsis/blurb is wordy and doesn't do much justice. The writing in the book is like that too. The writing is boring, confusing, wordy, and the dialogue is awfully droll. I'm not a big fan of Historical Fiction and this book makes me dislike it even more.The writing is not consistent. If you read the synopsis, you know that a girl name Charlotte is incognito in disguise as a boy name Charlie. But she and all the other characters' personalities change quickly and drastically. It had no flow and it was really weird. Charlie acts more feminine and becomes even more outspoken. Seth and Gus aren't big brutes anymore, they transformed into some sort of brother figure. It was weird and made me question if I was reading the same book.The author didn't intrigue me. I was bored out of my mind. It gave me a headache. I was so detached from this book. The author didn't make me connect or sympathize the characters most of the time. If you describe the male love interest in detail, that's when I go crazy-teenage girl hormones everywhere. But, everything was boring. It was vague during "important" times and OVERLY detailed on useless things.This whole book gave me Endless Knight vibes. I really liked Endless Knight, but I don't like this book.

  • Shelley
    2019-03-01 13:48

    **I received this book for free from "Xpresso Book Tours" in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young AdultRating* 3-3.5*My Thoughts*The Last Necromancer is the first installment in The Ministry of Curiosities series by author C.J. Archer. Set in 1889 Victorian London, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has been living on the streets of London since her father called her the devil's daughter and kicked her out of the house. For the past 5 years, Charlie has been living as a boy, never staying in one place for very long. She moves every SIX months so that people don't start asking questions about her youthful appearance. *Full Review Posted @ Gizmos Reviews 09/03/2015 as part of Blog Tour* date: August 11th 2015

  • Kayla
    2019-03-17 12:38

    This book tells the story of Charlotte, a girl who disguises as a boy to make life easier on the streets. She has another secret she is necromancer, a person that can rise the dead. She is the only one in the world and she is wanted. She must learn to protect herself.CHARACTERS-I loved Charlotte/Charlie, her power was so unique and unlike anything I've read before. She was also sarcastic and funny and great to read about. Seth and Gus were amazing, they were just so funny and they totally cared about Charlie and I just loved the three of them.I really enjoyed Lincoln's character. He was mysterious and just a great character.ROMANCE-Okay, so I ship Charlie and Lincoln but I do see potential for Seth and Charlie to be together. No matter what I still really like the charcaters. I do think though that she will end up with Lincoln because it just kinda feels that way.PLOT-The plot was super unique and intriguing. Unlike anything I've read before.ENDING-Was a pretty cause ending and I'm gonna move on to the next book.Characters-8/10Romance-8/10Plot-8/10Ending-8/10Speed-8/10

  • Kim Dyer
    2019-02-23 17:34

    I really did want to like this book. The premise was intriguing and it was generally well written, painting a dark and evocative image of Victorian London. Yet, for all the horrible things that happened in the story, it never felt overly grim. Archer has a nice sense of humour that really shows through in the dialogue.Although the novel quickly drew me in, by the half way mark I was beginning to grow disappointed. The plot of this novel really is wafer thin and its many holes are glossed over by some pretty weak explanations. For example:(view spoiler)[How did the doctor know that the Last Necromancer was in London? Well, he was in contact with a maid who happened to work in Charlie’s household. That’s great but how did he get in contact with that maid? She couldn’t have known to seek him out (the entirety of London couldn’t have been aware about a doctor who wanted to raise the dead) and he couldn’t have just contacted every household in London in the hope that one of them was correct. (hide spoiler)]Additionally, the novel did not stand alone very well. While it was a complete story in its own right, it also left so much unexplained that it didn't really feel complete. Only Charlie and Seth get complete backstories. We never even really find out anything about Fitzroy, even though he (almost) fulfils the role of the love interest. Little things are hinted here and there but Arthur seems to be saving anything concrete about him for a sequel. I wasn’t even really sure if he had any supernatural abilities or not as some of the things that he did within the story could not really be explained any other way.Yet Charlie was the character that gave me the most issues. I found herself to be a frustratingly weak lead. Throughout the novel, she is captured and assaulted again and again. Despite the fact that she has spent years living on the streets, she loses all of her savvy as soon as she meets Fitzroy. Even when she briefly returns to the streets, she shows no survival instincts which left me wondering how she survived on her own for five years in the first place. In one late scene, she even proves that she is unable to overpower an aging priest. Charlie has an awesomely destructive power and yet always seems reluctant to use it, even when she has a ready supply of cadavers on hand. Instead, she seems to prefer to wait to be rescued by someone else at all times.I have one final gripe but this one is entirely personal and constitutes a massive spoiler so read on at your own peril:(view spoiler)[My issue is the misuse of Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein is probably my favourite novel of all time, which is why I think that this bothers me more than it would some people. While I understand that authors like reinventing classic characters, Frankenstein had no place in this story. The character was so unlike him that it was unfunny. Frankenstein suffers from an almost pathological fear of women in Shelley’s original novel, leading to his unnatural creation of life. Why would he need to create life himself if he has a daughter, as Archer writes? He is also portrayed as being completely without ethics. Frankenstein immediately regretted raising one Creature. He wouldn’t then go on to create another five, even going as far to murder powerful people to get the most perfect of parts. Archer could have created her own mad scientist, the use of Frankenstein was quite baffling (especially as he is the only non-original character to appear in this otherwise historical novel. (hide spoiler)]Anyhow, all in all I was disappointed. The novel showed some promise at first and did suck me in. However, I found myself disappointed on the whole. The story is pretty flimsy and Charlie’s repeated need to be rescued by men grew old very fast. I’m curious to see what will happen next but only if Fitzroy keeps his promise to teach Charlie how to defend herself.

  • Aisling Zena
    2019-03-10 18:24

    Free on at the time of posting.

  • Siobhan
    2019-03-11 13:26

    I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this one.Freebies are very much a case of hit or miss. Either they will surprise you or you’ll question how you managed to work your way through the entire story. In all honesty, I hadn’t really been expecting this one to blow me away. The reviews for this book were such a mix and match that I really wasn’t sure what I was letting myself in for, but I was still curious to give it a read.You can imagine my surprise when I found myself addicted to the story.Don’t get me wrong, the book is far from perfect. I can understand why some people dislike the book. It isn’t for everyone. However, if you enter with an open mind, it’s rather fun. It’s very much your classical young adult fantasy story, but sometimes we just need such a read to keep us going.The main story is super interesting. We have two sides battling over our main character due to their necromancer abilities. Quite quickly, our main character finds themselves in a bit of a tight spot and things quickly progress in a way that does not work favourably for our character.I’ll admit that I was tentative at first. A decent proportion of our story glosses over the fantasy aspect. We know it is there in the background – after all, we are introduced to it at the start of the book – but it never really develops. This holds true for the entire book, and I’m somewhat disappointed that we did not get more specifics. I’m sure such will change in future books, but I was left wanting a little bit more. Nevertheless, when I realised such was to be the case, I managed to accept this fact. Fortunately, I was pulled into the rest of the story.Moreover, I’m pleased about the romance aspect of the story. Whilst it is there, it is not shoved in your face as it is in other books. It sits below the surface. Again, I believe this is something that will change in future books. For now, I’m simply pleased that the romance did not overshadow the rest of the story, as I often fear to be the case with these kinds of stories.As a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was much more enjoyable than I’d expected, and a large part of me now wishes to go on and read the rest of the books.

  • Madhu (Madhu LovesBooks)
    2019-02-26 14:22

    The premise was actually promising and the plot was interesting. The lead heroine, Charlotte is funny and endearing. However, the usual tropes, and unnecessary cliffhangers slowed down the otherwise funny and could-be tight-knit story. A satisfactory read...will follow a maximum of three books later.

  • Stephanie Ward
    2019-03-05 17:47

    'The Last Necromancer' is the thrilling first book in a new young adult historical fantasy series. It follows Charlotte - an eighteen-year-old girl who has been passing herself off as a young boy named Charlie for the past five years, after she unknowingly used her powers to make her dead mother come back to life and was disowned by her father. Life on the streets is hard for both young boys and for women. Things are going as usual until Charlie gets caught stealing an apple one day and is thrown into a prison cell with four men. Without having any other options to escape, she uses her necromancer powers to raise one of the men in the cell who had died - and then barely manages to escape. Everyone is trying to find Charlie, but she's abducted by a strange man with an even stranger job for her. He knows of Charlotte, the woman, and her powers and believes that Charlie (the young boy) may be able to help find her. Little does he know that Charlie and Charlotte are one and the same. Taken to a remote mansion, Charlie is introduced to a secret organization and finds out why her captor wanted her so badly - he's hunting a madman who requires a necromancer to control his newly created creatures. But Charlotte's not sure if she trusts this organization, their supposed goals, and their leader. She must decide if working with these people is worth it or if she's actually in the company of others just as deranged as the man they're looking for.I really enjoyed this book and I'm already looking forward to the next installment. Victorian London is the perfect setting for the book - it already has the mystical feel that the story needs and it just felt like the obvious setting for the story. Charlotte/Charlie is a fantastic lead character. She's very interesting and has several layers to her personality and self that begin to be peeled back during the novel. I loved learning more about Charlotte - her life and powers - with each new layer that was exposed. She's feisty, intelligent, stubborn, and has a strength and determination that makes it possible for her to live on the streets of London. The necromancer aspect of the story was awesome! I've always thought that the whole concept of necromancy was fascinating and I loved learning as much about it as I could throughout the book. I hope that the next installment delves deeper into the topic. It's such a unique concept with lots of potential for the series - and I can't wait to see where it takes us. The writing was solid and well done with vivid details and descriptions that made it easy for me to slip inside Charlotte's world right from the beginning of the book. The story is told from Charlotte's perspective - in the first person point of view - which I absolutely loved. I'm a huge fan of books that use the first person POV because the reader gets to know and connect with the character on such a deeper level than any of the other writing styles. We got to see the story through Charlotte's eyes, along with getting a peek inside her mind. Her fears, hopes, emotions, memories, internal dialogue - it all comes together to create a crisp portrait of Charlotte and we, as readers, are able to connect on a deeper level than normal with her. The plot wasn't wholly original, but the author's writing style and the unique spin she puts on various aspects of the story made it very enjoyable to read and helps to set it apart from others like it in the genre. I can't wait for the next book to release so I can see what's going to happen to Charlotte and where the plot will take us. I definitely recommend this book to fans of both fantasy and historical fiction, along with readers who enjoy paranormal fiction, action, adventure, mystery, and those looking for something different than the current trends.Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lonleypurplecat
    2019-02-21 13:22

    The first half of this book was basically her being captured and held in some random castle by two incompetent idiots and one jerk face idiot. Literally. The captured her form the streets in the first few pages, and then until the half point of the book, it's about her trying to unsuccessfully escape. And that could have been interesting besides from the fact that she is a total idiot for not asking the question: "hmmmmm, the person that you're actually looking for is me. Maybe they could help me, I don't know, learn how to use my necromancy for good? Or they could protect me from the evil dude that wants to use my necromancy for evil?"She never once stopped to think. About why shes hiding her identity so ferociously. About why this Ministry of Curiosities is interested in her. About how they could give here a better life than the one she had on the streets. But no. All she think about is protecting here secret (that she is the necromancer girl they're looking for). And I couldn't understand why, after they discovered her secret, she wouldn't help them. She could have fostered some goodwill and then stolen all their valuables or something. I feel like this is what a smart thief would have done. Also, why is Fitzroy's nickname Death? Unless you're referring to a mass serial killer, I think calling someone Death is a bit contrived. Also, the main male leads name is weird. Lincoln Fitzroy. Whats worse is that Charlotte can't seem to find one consistent name to call him by. One instance she calls him Mr Fitzroy, and then the next it's Death, then Lincoln, then Mr death, then Mr Lincoln. And then rinse and repeat. Urghhhhh just pick a name and stick with it!The forced discovery that (view spoiler)[she was adopted and that Frankenstein is actually her father was just so wtf. And then her sudden need to find her "real" mother and her unwillingness to kill Frankenstein now that she knew he was her father, was just forced and unbelievable. Where did this sudden need come from? It doesn't make sense. The ending doesn't really make sense too. One moment everything was ok. The next, somehow they're in a warehouse fighting for their lives. And then somehow victory was achieved. Somehow... (hide spoiler)].

  • Erica
    2019-03-02 12:49

    Charlotte has a gift like no other-she can reanimate and control the dead. Her gift puts her in grave danger as she hunted down by not one but two potentially dangerous men.I have to say that Charlie/Charlotte is an incredibly strong female character. She’s been through a lot, even at the hands of her own “father”. She took to the streets and managed to survive, all the while keeping secret her true identity. She stays strong throughout the story, even when some really crazy stuff goes down.I enjoyed this story very much, and getting to know Charlotte was only half of it. I did think the first half moved a little slow, but I was anxious for the “I’m a boy, no really I’m a girl” scene, and it came far later than I hoped. Once that was out of the way, the real story could begin.The main villain is deliciously evil. I’ll admit I didn’t figure out who he was, and I wanted to kick myself since there were enough hints dropped that I should have known. Oh well, I can’t win them all. I was delighted when he was revealed for who and what he truly is. The last fifty or so pages where he is up to his evil deeds were by far the best of this story.My only issue with this book is once again a heroine falls for her captor. Mind you, as in a lot of fantasy, he is also somewhat her savior (which remains to actually be seen pending the rest of the series). It’s still a pet peeve of mine, and especially with a character as strong as Charlotte. Yes, the man is attractive, but she shouldn’t fall prey to the Stockholm Syndrome that claims too many fantasy heroines. I think Charlotte deserved a little better. Still, she is delightful, and the story is loads of fun to read. I look forward to reading more about Charlotte and where she’s headed next.I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mara
    2019-03-14 12:47

    It seems this is the week I'm going to buy books with wrong expectations. :IThe Last Necromancer had everything I love: an intriguing premise, well written prose with a dark twist. And yet the book had a humorous undertone that clashed with the story. We have a witch hunt, kidnapping, a staged attempted rape to force the heroine hand, and a life as a prisoner of the state. But the biggest problem for me was the heroine who moves from an interesting and strong character to an infatuated girl in a short span. She was emasculated for the sake of the plot. Or if you prefer she completely changed from one scene to the next to the point she doesn't seem the same character.So, although the novel quickly drew me in, by the half way mark I was beginning to grow disappointed, when not downright angry. I wanted a strong heroine, the one who has survived 5 years as a street urchin on the London streets. But I was given a little girl looking for love with the first guy she meets. A guy who has her kidnapped, hurt, kept prisoner and has no qualm to have her nearly raped. And all of it is crystal clear. So you really don't see how this feeling came about. I admit she's not a simpleton, but she's really young, possibly too young for the life she's lead. Plus the plot was at times oversimplicistic and the villain deserved more space/time. Pity.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-08 18:47

    4.5 starsThe Last Necromancer was an engaging, entertaining, and thoroughly enjoyable book. I couldn't put it down! The characters are well-developed and it's easy to form an opinion of them, whether good or bad.I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5 due to some spelling and grammatical errors. There are not many, but it can be very distracting for some readers.Overall, this was a fantastic read. I'm very much looking forward to the next books in this series.***I was given a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

  • Hollie
    2019-03-09 20:46

    This was quite an original young adult fantasy which is rare in this genre. there was really no romance though. the characters were well portrayed. I think this has potential as a series. there were some slow parts in the plot but if book the next book is released soon I'm likely to give it a shot.

  • Sibil
    2019-03-12 12:46

    I had this book on my wishlist since forever, and I had it on my e-reader since ages... I mean, the story seemed quite intriguing to me, the mash-up/retelling thing was appealing and I have to say that I am quite a sucker for this kind of thing and I fell for it every damned time! And the cover is simply wow... so why I have waited so long to read it?!? Now I need the sequel, and I need it now!To be completely honest with you, it's not a perfect book and it's not a masterpiece, too but... who cares? I started it in the morning and I was just hooked. I had to close the book to go to work (calling sick isn't an option, but believe me... I was tempted, really tempted!) and then I had to read it again when I came home. It was 11 p.m. and I was tired but I simply couldn't go to bed without finishing it!Lucky me, the next morning I slept in. Anyway... it was soooo worth it!I know... I didn't write a thing about the book yet, but now I'll try. Or I can come back another time and continue the review, maybe writing something more sensible, I think we would see...The characters are all good. I loved Charlie, even if sometimes is... not annoying, but almost. Or better, not annoying but disappointing. I mean she's a girl who masked herself as a boy to better survive the Street. It wasn't easy and she managed pretty well, all things considered, but it's almost impossible for her to survive so long without at least a minimum of knowledge in fighting!This thing was a little bit disappointing, yes, but all in all, I liked her!And Sir, Death or how you prefer to call him... one man a ton of name, call him as you want, I don't care. It's not the name that is important (even if each of his names has a certain ring to it!) but the man itself... oh my! He's hot! And he's almost perfect... also ì, he's an ass, a real one sometimes, but you can't dislike him!And their sidekick! They are great and I really hope to see more of them around because I slowly became affectionate to them.The plot was intriguing and the story is narrated with just the right pace (view spoiler)[Yes, it's not all so original and I really tried to don't laugh at the "I'm your father" part, because I know it was a serious part, but seriously???(hide spoiler)] so you don't get bored and you are compelled to turn page after page until the end!

  • J.A. Ironside
    2019-03-12 17:26

    I'm almost surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It has quite a steam punk feel without actually being steampunk. In many ways The Last Necromancer contains all the late Victorian era tropes you'd expect for this time period of historical fantasy and while it doesn't do anything unexpected, the style is easy and engaging and the plot does pull you forward. It's hard to resist Charlie who is both a cheeky nod to the ubiquitous Dickensian street orphan and a developing character in her own right. I like Lincoln as well despite his somewhat Byronic or assumed Byronic outer shell. I'm fascinated to see where these two go next. Gus and Seth are adorable. In short this is a lot of fun. Some grittiness but an awful lot of romanticising the time period too. The romance doesn't get off the ground in this book (there are six more so far) but it does still feel a bit rushed - would have preferred watching Charlie fight a perfectly natural physical attraction and hide it from Lincoln. However It was the right book at the right time for me and I'm dying (hahaha!) to read the rest of the series. Too bad I'll have to wait until after xmas. Go into this expecting an entertaining fantasy episode in a longer story and a light read rather than a heavy SFF work. Recommend for all fans of historical urban fantasy.

  • Grammar*Kitten
    2019-03-14 19:41

    I was quite heartbroken to read the last of the third Freak House trilogy by C.J. Archer. It wasn't that I doubted she could write another series just as amazing, but I really grew to love each of the characters in that series with every book. I always wanted more.And she has achieved the same thing again with the first instalment of The Ministry of Curiosities series. This fantastic book plays stage to a whole host of great new characters with their own secrets, motives and incentives. From our feisty protagonist, Charlie, who has been kicked out by her mister father and is living on the streets as a boy, to the lovable gang of rogues that serve the man they call 'Death', if not to his face. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; CJ Archer writes paranormal historical fiction like nobody else. Absolutely fantastic.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-23 18:38

    I will get straight to the point. I found the main character very confusing and frustrating to no end. A strange mix of living as a boy and embracing a boy's perspective, yet selecting the most inconvenient times to express decidedly feminine tendencies. The silly, excessive kind of tendencies. Moreover, you have almost zero idea of what is going on, and what it has to do with necromancy, for at least half the book. In fact, necromancy plays almost no part in the story, and when it finally comes into play, gets mixed up with a classic story that we all pretty much know already. It's essentially a story about Stockholm syndrome, in which her love goes unrequited in the end anyway.

  • Sabruhu (leslecturesdesab)
    2019-03-04 12:40

    Un super univers très original. L'héroïne a parfois des réactions un peu débiles mais on lui pardonne à cause de son enfance.

  • Shelby
    2019-03-13 12:45

    I absolutely loved this book, it was well written funny where it needed to be and series creepy in other areas. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  • Kellie
    2019-02-27 18:49

    3.5 Stars. Easy read for this.

  • Delitealex
    2019-03-12 15:40

    3.5 starsI enjoyed learning about Charlotte and her abilities. Her life was definitely rough and set a dark tone for the book. Can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Amber (Cosying Up With Books)
    2019-02-21 14:40

    Let me start this review by saying I don't usually read about this sort of fantasy nor do I regularly read historical fiction but oh my goodness I thorougly enjoyed reading THE LAST NECROMANCER!The whole story revolves around an 18 year old girl called Charlotte who has been cast out on to the streets by her father for being a necromancer (someone who can raise the spirits of the dead and control them). Living on the streets is tough for anyone but especially for a young innocent girl so Charlotte adopts the name Charlie and starts a new life as a 13 year old boy, doing whatever it is that she needs to do to stay alive.Lincoln Fitzroy, a seemingly cold and sometimes brutal man needs to find Charlotte, the last necromancer, before someone else does. Someone much much worse who wants to use her abilities for unthinkable things.Now I wasn't holding out much hope for this book in all honesty. In my mind I thought it would be a 3 star rating at best but NOPE. That'll teach me to judge before I read, huh?C.J. Archer has created a historical fantasy world that had me scrambling on to Goodreads as soon as I'd finished to see whether the second book was out (it was, hallelujah) and buying said book instantaneously. I finished THE LAST NECROMANCER at 2am in the morning and you could not rip me away from it come hell or high water. I started the second book early this morning and I am so enthralled within Charlotte's story.The characters really made this story come alive for me. Charlotte is definitely one of my favourite heroines of all time. She was intelligent, brave, assured and assertive in everything she did, and lemme tell you... She had some pretty scary things happen! She was incredibly forgiving almost to a fault and sometimes her emotions definitely got the better of her but that made her character 3D and so much realer.Lincoln Fitzroy was one of those characters that you really want to sock right in the nose but also hug tightly. My emotions were all over the place with him so I can't fathom how Charlotte would have felt. He was seemingly cold and indifferent but those moments when his facade slipped with Charlotte were wonderful insights and I. Want. More. He never seemed to say what he really wanted to say and I am intrigued by this man and his many layers.The supporting characters, Seth, Gus and Cook, were wonderful also. They filled the gaps between the main story and made the book flow really well.There is a dash of romance between Charlotte and Lincoln which I really enjoyed. There wasn't much at all in this first book but I know there will be much more in the second. I love it when authors stretch out a relationship like this, it makes the whole thing much more worth it when something finally happens. Also I ship these two so hard it hurts.The fantasy aspect of the book was new to me. I've never read about necromancers but I found myself fascinated. I can't wait to find out more about what Charlotte can do in the next book!The villian was one I didn't expect at all! I'm still hitting myself for not guessing who it was when it was SO OBVIOUS. I mean all of the clues were there whereas my mind was too busy focusing on other aspects.The writing was some of the best I've ever read, honestly. It flowed so smoothly and didn't stop and start at awkward places. The timing was kept really well too, like you know sometimes you read a book and somehow the author starts in January and ends in December and when you think back the time just doesn't add up... Is that just me? Well anyways there was none of that here! In fact it felt like time flew by and although the book spans over a only week or so it seemed like months (in the best way).Sometimes I read a new-found author and think 'How on earth is this book not more popular?!' which is exactly how I feel about THE LAST NECROMANCER. Now, this is a perfect example of why you shouldn't give up on an author just because you didn't like one or two of their books; I read The Wrong Girl a while ago and didn't care for it at all. This however I am devouring with my entire heart and loving it.C.J. Archer has expertly weaved fantasy, mystery and a dash of romance together to make the perfect story and I will be reading more by her in the future!

  • Laura
    2019-03-21 20:41

    For the most part I found this entertaining and enjoyable. I had a few issues with it but nothing I feel like going on and on about. The one exception would be the fact that Charley was able to successfully pull off being disguised as a boy. This always feels unbelievable to me. I was relieved when she was finally found out because then I no longer had to dwell on it.

  • C.J. Anaya
    2019-03-04 14:40

    C.J. Archer has become one of my most favorite authors. I first found her when I stumbled upon The Medium series. Couldn't get enough of her after that. This book was just as wonderful. It starts off with an immediate conflict for the heroine to overcome which serves to draw you in, easily convincing the reader that this is going to be a book worth delving into. Something I've noticed about this author's work is her ability to stretch out the tension between the heroine and the love interest. This is especially true in The Last Necromancer. Charlotte, aka, Charlie, is so wonderfully unconventional due to her five years living on the streets. Lincoln is aloof, troubled, and difficult to emotionally access. These personalities really play nicely off of one another. Her unconventional behavior serves to disarm Lincoln rather than push him away. As Lincoln's character develops, we discover that he has never truly learned to love or care for others. That wasn't part of his tutoring or training for his eventual role as the leader of The Ministry of Curiosities. Though its obvious that he feels something for her, it takes Charlie's bold, guileless manner to really pull a reaction from him.This is another aspect of C.J.'s writing that I find so compelling. She really knows how to describe facial expressions and physical movements to portray emotion, and with a character like Lincoln you have to be oh-so-subtle to show those emotions for Charlie to play off of. It's a really nice give and take between the two, and I keep turning those pages due to the romance alone, and that's only part of the story. Charlie is able to bring back the dead, and some nefarious doctor is intent upon using her gift for his own dark purposes. Just another compelling aspect of this wonderful book.The plot and subplots are woven together in a wonderful blend of romance, intrigue, danger and suspense. There are always clear goals, external conflicts and inner conflicts, drawing that delicious tension out and furthering the story while giving the characters depth and dimension. All the while Charlie proves to be brave, honest, caring, kind and wonderfully flawed with a relentless curiosity, determined to find out all she can about Lincoln Fitzroy even when it isn't appropriate.The secondary characters are simply fabulous. Gus, Seth, and Cook make up this unlikely family, but it is heartwarming to watch this unlikely group band together and care for one another. It is such an addictive series that I already bought the second book and read it in a single evening. My husband thinks I'm ignoring him. I told him it wasn't my fault that Archer's books are so damn good. Bottom line, you need to read this book. Jump on the C.J. Archer bandwagon and start inhaling all of these yummy, paranormal, historical romances. You'll thank me later though your hubby's will want to shoot me for suggesting it.

  • Roth
    2019-02-26 12:47

    CW for attempted rape in this book (multiple instances)I knew going into this book that it probably wouldn’t be the greatest thing I’ve ever read, but I was hoping for a quick, entertaining read. Unfortunately, I found large chunks to be so infuriating that it obliterated any enjoyment. I found the writing pretty easy to read, and I got through it quickly. Charlie’s snark was funny, for the first half. However, the plot overall was pretty weak, and the characterisation fell apart. Charlie has lived on the streets for 5 years, and she says she can’t trust Fitzroy, but her actions say the complete opposite. And Fitzroy, holy moly did I hate this guy and the shit he pulled. He is very much the brooding, secretive hero that controls the heroine because he’s just trying to protect her. Even though he is directly responsible for her being in danger in the first place. Seriously, he (view spoiler)[dressed Charlie up like a well to do lady, dumped her in the slums, then followed her without her knowledge until the guy he paid caused trouble for her. Then he swooped in to rescue her. From what he did. Then he used that to manipulate Charlie into saying she'd stay voluntarily. (hide spoiler)] This guy. This fucking guy. Than in particular was never addressed to my satisfaction, but there were also instances mom where the protagonist thinks ‘he did x to manipulate me, I must keep my guard up’, within the next few pages she’d be thinking about how he wants to protect her and she should keep to something she said she’d do when she was being manipulated. He put you in danger to teach you a lesson! You owe him nothing! The dynamic between him and Charlie is very similar to the dynamic in the Emily Chambers trilogy, so I don’t know if this is something that the author is particularly fond of.I also had issues with quite a few of the little throwaway comments, like ‘maybe adoptive parents don’t love their adopted kids as much as birth parents’ (which is never refuted). There were also comments that assume all people are straight, and emphasising Fitzroy’s aloof and distant demeanour by having the protagonist think about how she couldn’t imagine him being passionate (i.e. romantic or sexual) with anyone, which was too close to the ‘asexual and aromantic people are cold, emotionless robots’ thing, which wasn’t helped by characters joking that Fitzroy is an actual machine. Another thing that irked me was that the toll being constantly misgendered would have had on Charlie’s mental health when she was passing herself off as a boy.I found the climax of the book to be rushed and dull, with no sense of peril or urgency. Overall I was really disappointed by this one, and was just relieved when it was over.