Title: Necromancer Awakening (The Mukhtaar Chronicles #1)
Author: Nat Russo
Published Date: 9th April 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Texas archaeology student Nicolas Murray has an ironic fear of the dead. A latent power connecting him to an ancient order of Necromancers floods his mind with impossible images of battle among hive-mind predators and philosopher fishmen. When a funeral service leaves him shaken and questioning his sanity, the insidious power strands him in a land where the sky kills and earthquakes level cities. A land where the undead serve the living, and Necromancers summon warriors from ancient graves to fight in a war that spans life and afterlife.
If Nicolas masters the Three Laws of Necromancy, he can use them to get home. But as he learns to raise and purify the dead—a process that makes him relive entire lifetimes in the span of a moment—the very power that could bring him home may also prevent his return. For the supreme religious leader, the Archmage Kagan, has outlawed Necromancy, and its practitioners risk torture and execution.
As warring nations hunt Necromancers to extinction, countless dead in limbo await a purification that may never come.
Nicolas’s power could be his way home…
Or it could save a world that wants him dead.
Please don’t assume that all necromancers are casters of evil spells etc. I confess that this is the first time I have read every word of a novel featuring Necromancy so I had no idea what to expect. However, once I suspended my non-belief in the animation of skeletons etc. I found myself enjoying it. You will be left with no doubt that the author is a great story teller and can use the language well, including correct continuity. So often I find annoying punctuation and mis-typing mistakes get past the editor but not in this case: you will identify, or at the very least sympathise with Nicholas, the main character as he learns his new trade. (If he ever wants to get home he has no choice.). You will watch with interest as he ‘grows up’ becoming a much more interesting character before the book ends, and his interaction with others is often amusing.
Even though this is the first of a series and advertised as such it is complete in itself and can be enjoyed as a ‘stand alone.’
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