Author: S J Himes
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #2
Release Date: July 2016
Genre: MM Romance, Fantasy
Reviewed by Morningstar
Even love can die without trust. Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begin to make slow and awkward
attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental
figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it
merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac
carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?
Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping
machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his
magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought—especially since the
biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt. The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four
hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The
strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn matebond between them is
steadfast and true...and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in
the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family. Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a trollhybrid, the adventures
of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight
streets of Boston.
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I loved this book! I mean we are getting more of Angel and Simeon but let’s not forget Eroch because he is so freaking cute and badass he makes the perfect familiar for Angel. We learn more about the Leannán bond or soul bond between Angel and Simeon which is one of my favorites so far in my reading. The way the author describes the bond that is solidifying and growing stronger in this story is beautiful and imaginative.
“There was nothing of which to be afraid. Mean to be, inescapable and whole. There was only trust and love, and Simeon at the center of it all.”
Angel is one of my favorite characters because he is a study in opposites. Angel has been not only leader of his family since the Blood Wars but before that he was the only Necromancer on the east coast. His power, inner strength, and no nonsense attitude give him a name for himself and for years he was even feared because he is such a badass when he it comes to protecting those he care for, which includes the people of Beacon Hill. But he has a softer side, as side Angel doesn’t let anyone see. Maybe that soft, mushy core of his didn’t exist before Simeon brought it out in him but either way he secretly loves the love and care that Simeon shows to him. Simeon is the only one that Angel will let his guard down around and trust that it won’t be used against him. Oh but let’s not forget the snark and attitude that Angel deals like a weapon!
In The Necromancer’s Dance we get to meet and watch the Leannán bond start and slowly grow between these two characters but in this book we get to learn more about what that bond actually means for Angel’s magic and Simeon’s strengths. With that new change we see Angel growing not only as an individual but as a man that is part of a couple. I don’t want to go into any detail on what that means because it can take away the discovery of the many aspects of this book but know whatever arises this author writes it so perfectly that you never miss a beat but always are sure there is more to come.
“A warrior saint who swears with every breath his takes, and walks headlong into danger for those he loves, and never washes his own dishes.”
I loved that we got to learn more about Angel’s fledglings Daniel Macavoy, the boy he rescued in the end of book one, and his brother Isaac. Both who are struggling one with a secret, the other with the grip his family still on him. These two touched me in some many ways that I just want to pick them up and squish them so hard. Each are dealing with not only the scary events taking place with Angel, a man they both love as family, but with their own demons daily. I can’t wait to get to read each of their books because I know this author will treat their stories with the care these characters need.
One thing I have to say about why I love this story is the magic! I am addicted to Angel’s scenes when he gets to use his power with how the author describes those elements and how they can be done. Although the action isn’t as packed full as it was in book one it is still an important part of the struggle Angel is going through. Growth for a story and growth for the characters is always what is fun to experience in any series and in this one SJ Himes did not disappoint me at all.
I will leave with one of my favorite characters in this series, one that if he was real he would be mine, if he didn’t light me on fire first that is…
“Eroch was very territorial, and the pigeons were now his arch nemesis. Angel gave up trying to moderate the scrabble one evening when he found his wee beastie surrounded by the flames and scorched remains of a dozen pigeons, the tiny dragon fat and happy and smug as shit after a victorious battle.”
Title: The Necromancer’s Dance
Release Date: February 26th 2016
In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset upon
by enemies, both old and new. Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and
his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac
are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so
powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his
career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous
relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother’s boyfriend is used as a
pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again pulled back into the old
hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family’s death. Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues into
who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with
Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave
Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off
the ancient vampire’s attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in. Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he
fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead?
Death stalks the streets of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill....and there is no one more suited to
battle against death than a necromancer. MATURE CONTENT Contains graphic violence, male/male sexual contact, a cranky
necromancer, a sexy Irish vampire, and a pesky demon. Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28486344thenecromancersdance
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About the Author
I’m a thirty something bisexual cisgendered woman with way too big an imagination, but that
comes in handy when I’m writing. I have been writing since I was a child, when I took a four
page assignment on what I was going to do on summer vacation and turned it into a 100 page
fantasy epic all written by hand...in crayons. No joke.
I work a day job, but I can’t share for who, since the Old Man isn’t as liberated as the people
who read my books. I’m married, I have furbabies, and I live with loved ones. I adore a certain
show about a British consulting detective and his grumpy army doctor, and that spawned an
addiction to Johnlock fanfiction, which then evolved into me writing it. Gawd, that’s
embarrassing. Put this down in the TMI section of my Bio, okay? I enjoy martial arts, movies
where things blow up, and I wish I lived in a Marvel movie.
I live in the beautiful and lonely Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and I see way more wildlife
than I care to on a daily basis (bears!). My perfect day is reading surrounded by friends and
family who don’t think it’s odd I want to hang out but not talk, and my favorite scent of all time is
a cool fall evening with leaves burning....less a scent, and more of an experience. My writing is focused on gay and lesbian people, who are more than interesting side characters
that hang out with the heterosexual MCs. My wish for the future is that when people ask me
what I do for a living, I can say, “I write gay romance,” and NOT get weird looks. My alter ego is Revella Hawthorne, and I'm writing the Bred For Love series under that name.
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