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  • The Necromancer's Dance

  • The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Book 1
  • By: SJ Himes
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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The Necromancer's Dance

By: SJ Himes
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Summary

In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset 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 drawn 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 as to 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.

©2016 Sheena Jolee Himes (P)2017 Sheena Jolee Himes

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loved it

I loved this book and the voice acting is really good. if you like vpires, romance and good world building then this is a no brainer to buy.

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Pretty okay

Good book as such, and Mr Leslie does a fair job of narrating it. I say 'fair', because while his work in general (accents, voices, emotion) is good, there are a number of mistakes as well. Words or even the rare sentence missing (compared to my copy of the ebook, though it's an older edition that might have been updated since) and other words or names misread/mispronounced. Anger as Angel, Simeon as Simon, questing as questioning, alternately as alternatively, etc. There are also a few weird pauses within sentences where there in my mind oughtn't be any, especially with longer sentences, as if he's expecting it to be a shorter one and isn't prepared for the continuation.

(Though one more serious mistake, where a major side character is named Mildred in the chapter she shows up but has her full name given as Millicent after that, is present both in the ebook and audio book, so that particular one is not any fault of Mr Leslie's.)

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Vampires. A Necromancer.

A sexy voice telling me the compelling story. Need I say more? If you like supernatural or fantasy stories, then I recommend this book! If you like homoerotic books... Don't even think. Just buy it at once!

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Great story, which is usual for SJ Himes

If you could sum up The Necromancer's Dance in three words, what would they be?

Intrigue romance and magic

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Necromancer's Dance?

Why choose one when you have the whole book!

What does Joel Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brings the humour and attitude of the characters to life. He can lean towards the dramatic with his narration, but still makes the characters real to you.

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So very good

I loved this so much. The story is gripping, the characters all feel real, and Joel Leslie brought them all to life so well. This is definitely on my re-listen to list.

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Great story but really bad accents

I used whispersync for this book. The story is fantastic and had me enthralled from the start however the really really bad accents put on by the audio narrator almost caused me to not listen to this book. As an Irish person I'm actually pretty insulted with the Irish accent that the narrator used for Simeon. I'm guessing his inspiration was Tom cruise from Far and away. So bad.
However if you are able to drown it out the story is definitely worth listening to or if you cant then read it.

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Highly recommend, fantastic listening

What did you like most about The Necromancer's Dance?

All of it all, it has everything in this book, Angel is the only Necomancer in Boston, He is one of the good ones in this book, Simeon is a vampire elder, also a good guy. Angel is being chase from someone, with evil magic. Everything is in here, I loved it. Also when you've got Joel Leslie voice smoothly in your ears, it heaven

Who was your favorite character and why?

Angel he is the story. He's young trying to be the big brother to Issac, Angels character was so very well written, S J Himes is a amazing writer Angel has to overcome many foes in this big.

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favourite?

Joel Leslie is awesome at accents, but my favorite of his in this book was Simeon. The soft gentle Irish accent was quality.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It would have to be The undead.

Any additional comments?

Loved this book so much. It's got everything demons Vampires, highly recommended *****A

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Over and over again!

I have listen to this one I think three times now ... After a new one in the series comes out I start again! Now I love Joel Leslie and I have to say he can make a story come to life, but the author is the one that makes this stories stand out with the narrator as it is perfect... The series can keep on going if I have my way ... Thank you 😆

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A Sorcerer and a Vampire what a perfect pair

I haven't really read books with Vampires before they never caught my attention, but if they are of this standard then I have been missing out. The depth of paranormal world building is superb. Vampires, Sorcerers and humans fitted together so well I could picture contemporary Boston like this. My imagination was greatly enhanced by Joel Leslie's narration. The voices he gave to blunt snarky Angelus Salvatore (Angel) the Necromancer and 400+yr old Elder Vampire Simeon were spot on. The gruff Italian American and the lilting Irish was lovely to listen to. Between the narration and the wonderful dialogue when I closed my eyes I could easily picture everything as if I was watching a tv program.

Angel and his brother Isaac are the only ones left of their powerful family after the end of the blood wars. Now someone is trying to kill Angel, murdering others along the way. The story mixes a whodunnit with the climax of a slow building attraction between Angel and Simeon. The whodunnit kept me guessing right to the end and both the romance and the mystery complimented each other blending perfectly.

Joel Leslie is a fantastic narrator. With him I know I am getting a quality audiobook. It's like listening to a one man play, all the characters are distinct and given as much attention as Angel and Simeon.

I wholeheartedly recommend The Necromancer’s Dance and will be looking out for book 2 The Necromancer's Dilemma.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review

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Compelling listening

What made the experience of listening to The Necromancer's Dance the most enjoyable?

I love sourcery and magic in books. This one starts full on and never lets up the action.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Necromancer's Dance?

Most memorable parts or a few of them anyway, when Angel saves Greg and later Daniel and makes it plain that life is precious even misguided lives. When Angel realizes he belongs with Simeon and also when he realizes they are bonded. When Angel works magic and shows just how strong he is.

Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I got this code from Joel Leslie because I love his narratives and just wanted to hear his work. I usually listen while driving, the story itself turned me into an antisocial hermit, earphones on and not letting anything distract me till I'd finished. I really can't wait for The Necromancer's Dilemma.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are moments of humour, moments of real sadness and moments that make you angry on the characters behalf.

Any additional comments?

A new to me author, writing one of my favourite genres, read by one of my favourite narrators. Sheer bliss in an audio.

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