My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When a sinister stranger recognizes fry cook Sam as a fellow necromancer, it may not be long before Sam ends up joining the dead people he can suddenly see.
Douglas Montgomery is a powerful necromancer, and he soon makes Sam an offer he can't refuse. (The Godfather's horse head in the bed has nothing on Douglas's idea of "sending a message".) Now Sam has to figure out the mystery of his own secret power before Douglas kills him.
Sam and his friends are full of quippy dialogue and pop-culture references that offset the frequent bloody violence and some by-the-numbers plotting. The paranormal creatures seem abundant in rainy Seattle, but they are all kept in check by a Council of their own kind - so there are plenty of critters aside from the usual werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and necromancers.
Will definitely appeal to fans of Christopher Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends and its sequels, or for Eoin Colfer's The Wish List. The sequel to Necromancer is Necromancing the Stone, and there's a third, untitled book in the works.
Also: it has an undead panda. Yeah, you heard me right.
|Like this, only deader.|