WARNING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK PLEASE DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS!
SERIOUSLY THE ENDING OF THE FIRST BOOK WILL BE SPOILED
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?
Writing (world building, characters, style, etc.):
I really like Lish McBride’s style. It’s easy to read and the pacing is really good. There was never a dull moment. The characters are very likeable and quirky. However, the same perfect quirkiness kept me from really feeling any emotional attachment toward any of the characters. They were just too perfectly modeled after the lovable quirky characters you find on TV. If this book was turned into a TV show, their personalities would be perfect for a sitcom. This doesn’t really bother me, but I just couldn’t relate as much.
Did I learn anything? Did it make me think?
Perhaps my favorite thing about this book was that even after all he went through, Sam didn’t forget who he was. He didn’t let his experiences change him for the worse, in fact, he became confident and sure of himself.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and DO recommend people read the series (there are only 2 books at the moment). If you like different mythical creatures coming together, then this might be the book for you. However, the ending has me conflicted. While I do like this ending and wouldn’t really have it another way, the way everything was pieced nicely together was a little unsatisfying.