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.
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.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: If you like some or all of the following then you'll enjoy THE LAST NECROMANCER: plot twists, waifs, assassins, secret societies, supernatural or paranormal fantasies with romantic elements, feisty heroines, cold-hearted heroes who melt, a slow-burn romance, ghost stories, a dash of humor, mysteries, history, quirky secondary characters, strong female characters, dissident noblemen, Victorian London.
Entertaining, somewhat predictable
Charlie was an engaging heroine and the book moved quickly. The romantic plot and denouement were both a bit predictable, but the heroine was likable enough that those flaws could be overlooked.
A Ridiculous Romance
I picked up this book hoping for some mad science, but mostly got a rather ridiculous awkward romance instead. Well written and moves along at a good clip, but really wasn't what I had hoped for.
I wanted to like this book and I tried really hard to. I was, in fact, enjoying it quite a bit but with each chapter the writer made me question more and more whether they actually liked the characters they were writing or if they hated them.
Strong female lead turned into wilting damsel in distress? Broody mysterious male lead just a bully and kind of a stupid pseudo-detective?
Above all though what really got me was WHAM Frankenstein out of nowhere. You read that correctly. Maybe the author thinks they laid the groundwork there but it really took the story from an interesting concept to a rushed overdone trope for me.