The Last Necromancer

The Last Necromancer

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by C.J. Archer

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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


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.

C.J. Archer is the author of the bestselling Emily Chambers Spirit Medium and Freak House series. If you love historical novels with mystery, romance and a paranormal twist, THE LAST NECROMANCER is for you. It's the first book in the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series.

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C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia's Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript which she went on to self-publish under the title Honor Bound.

C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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The Last Necromancer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Tangen 13 days ago
ya-only-means-no-gratuitous-erotica, action-adventure, london, 19th-century, fantasy Read on September 15, 2016 Young adult only means no gratuitous erotica, but there is some violence. Survival as a boy was her only way of life after her father condemned and disowned her following her amazed and horrified discovery that she had influence over her newly dead mother. After she escapes from gaol 5 years later, she is kidnapped by a group of rather self righteous men with an unusual imperative. That's all you get, no spoilers, read the publisher's blurb for more clues. I really enjoyed it, and was unaware that it was YA until I settled in to do the review. Good writing, and a fresh imagination bring this sassy survivor and all of the other characters to life!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Love this series! Another great book by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, was not expecting that! Have read all the freak house books and this series has a great start. Now bye off to read book 2.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Okay, before I begin talking about THE LAST NECROMANCER, here's two facts about me: necromancers are super interesting to me, and I can't resist gorgeous covers. I mean, look at that cover! Isn't it ridiculously fantastic?? I find necromancers to be so intriguing, and the title of the book combined with necromancy combined with the lead character living as a male when really she's female had me dying to read this book. Charlotte, who has gone by Charlie to pretend she's a boy, is a character I loved immediately. In Victorian London, she's cast out of her father's house (by her own father!!) and is forced to live on the streets. Needless to say, during that period of history, living as a girl would have been extremely dangerous for Charlie. It's dangerous enough as a boy, and she's been basically homeless as a child for five years. I won't lie - that opening scene was a bit horrifying, but probably not for the reason you might be thinking. It would have been worse if the characters knew Charlie is really a girl. But when she learns about the secret organization, the Ministry of Curiosities, whose members want to use her secret talent, there's no going back for her. She has to make a decision whether she's going to work for the organization or not. The Ministry operates within the government but also a bit separate from it. The fact that Charlie isn't sure if the Ministry is dangerous or not added intrigue to the novel. I looked forward to finding out how it would be revealed Charlie is in fact the girl they've been searching for. I wanted to know how Lincoln Fitzroy, the one who's been searching for Charlie, would react. My only issue with THE LAST NECROMANCER was the first third of the novel kind of dragged for me. Don't get me wrong, the opening scene grabbed my attention and pulled me in right away, but after that, it slowed down a bit too much until Charlie learns about the secret organization. But then the story picks back up after that. Overall, I highly recommend THE LAST NECROMANCER. It's definitely a brilliant read, and you'll love Charlie right away. Plus, necromancy!
FantasyBookLane More than 1 year ago
Charlotte has a gift like no other-she can reanimate and control the dead. Her gift puts her in grave danger as she hunted down by not one but two potentially dangerous men. I have to say that Charlie/Charlotte is an incredibly strong female character. She’s been through a lot, even at the hands of her own “father”. She took to the streets and managed to survive, all the while keeping secret her true identity. She stays strong throughout the story, even when some really crazy stuff goes down. I enjoyed this story very much, and getting to know Charlotte was only half of it. I did think the first half moved a little slow, but I was anxious for the “I’m a boy, no really I’m a girl” scene, and it came far later than I hoped. Once that was out of the way, the real story could begin. The main villain is deliciously evil. I’ll admit I didn’t figure out who he was, and I wanted to kick myself since there were enough hints dropped that I should have known. Oh well, I can’t win them all. I was delighted when he was revealed for who and what he truly is. The last fifty or so pages where he is up to his evil deeds were by far the best of this story. My only issue with this book is once again a heroine falls for her captor. Mind you, as in a lot of fantasy, he is also somewhat her savior (which remains to actually be seen pending the rest of the series). It’s still a pet peeve of mine, and especially with a character as strong as Charlotte. Yes, the man is attractive, but she shouldn’t fall prey to the Stockholm Syndrome that claims too many fantasy heroines. I think Charlotte deserved a little better. Still, she is delightful, and the story is loads of fun to read. I look forward to reading more about Charlotte and where she’s headed next. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
CosyingUpWithBooks More than 1 year ago
Let me start this review by saying I don't usually read about this sort of fantasy nor do I regularly read historical fiction but oh my goodness I thorougly enjoyed reading THE LAST NECROMANCER! The whole story revolves around an 18 year old girl called Charlotte who has been cast out on to the streets by her father for being a necromancer (someone who can raise the spirits of the dead and control them). Living on the streets is tough for anyone but especially for a young innocent girl so Charlotte adopts the name Charlie and starts a new life as a 13 year old boy, doing whatever it is that she needs to do to stay alive. Lincoln Fitzroy, a seemingly cold and sometimes brutal man needs to find Charlotte, the last necromancer, before someone else does. Someone much much worse who wants to use her abilities for unthinkable things. Now I wasn't holding out much hope for this book in all honesty. In my mind I thought it would be a 3 star rating at best but NOPE. That'll teach me to judge before I read, huh? C.J. Archer has created a historical fantasy world that had me scrambling on to Goodreads as soon as I'd finished to see whether the second book was out (it was, hallelujah) and buying said book instantaneously. I finished THE LAST NECROMANCER at 2am in the morning and you could not rip me away from it come hell or high water. I started the second book early this morning and I am so enthralled within Charlotte's story. The characters really made this story come alive for me. Charlotte is definitely one of my favourite heroines of all time. She was intelligent, brave, assured and assertive in everything she did, and lemme tell you... She had some pretty scary things happen! She was incredibly forgiving almost to a fault and sometimes her emotions definitely got the better of her but that made her character 3D and so much realer. Lincoln Fitzroy was one of those characters that you really want to sock right in the nose but also hug tightly. My emotions were all over the place with him so I can't fathom how Charlotte would have felt. He was seemingly cold and indifferent but those moments when his facade slipped with Charlotte were wonderful insights and I. Want. More. He never seemed to say what he really wanted to say and I am intrigued by this man and his many layers. The supporting characters, Seth, Gus and Cook, were wonderful also. They filled the gaps between the main story and made the book flow really well. There is a dash of romance between Charlotte and Lincoln which I really enjoyed. There wasn't much at all in this first book but I know there will be much more in the second. I love it when authors stretch out a relationship like this, it makes the whole thing much more worth it when something finally happens. Also I ship these two so hard it hurts. The fantasy aspect of the book was new to me. I've never read about necromancers but I found myself fascinated. I can't wait to find out more about what Charlotte can do in the next book! The villian was one I didn't expect at all! I'm still hitting myself for not guessing who it was when it was SO OBVIOUS. I mean all of the clues were there whereas my mind was too busy focusing on other aspects. To read the rest of my review visit my blog:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
C. J. Archer’s books always cause me a dilemma – do I exercise restraint and read a little bit each evening while savoring the story, or do I devour it in a day or two? Once again, I had no willpower and caved in – who needs sleep anyway? Archer has a way of painting a vivid picture without the overly flowery, verbose language some historical romance authors use. As a result, the story flows, and I find myself reading and reading and reading. The characters are well-developed – Charlie and Lincoln as well as the secondary ones. I wouldn’t mind seeing a novel that tells Seth’s story. As always, the author has some interesting twists in the plot. I typically don’t read supernatural novels, but I make an exception for Archer – she writes a good historical gothic, relying on building suspense and intrigue rather than overly graphic gore. There’s good chemistry between the Charlie and Lincoln – a definite attraction, but Lincoln is struggling to be faithful to his sworn duty. There’s good banter between the two as well as among Charlie, Seth, Gus, and Cook. Also, I just have to mention how much I love the artwork on the cover. I’m *so* looking forward to the next book in the series to unravel more of Charlie’s background and the secrets surrounding the mysterious Mr. Fitzroy.
Reniazen More than 1 year ago
Mama’s Thoughts: This is my first C.J. Archer book and I am undeniably and irrevocably hooked! The Last Necromancer has something for everyone- suspense, paranormal fantasy, Victorian London, heart-stopping action, and a dash of romance between a unique heroine and gruff hero (or anti hero even.) Within these pages I found myself lost in another time, and I stayed up entirely too late two nights in a row to finish reading. (When you have a two year old in your care, your reading time is strictly limited, and they don’t sleep much LOL) I kept thinking I had all the little secrets and hidden identities figured out, then BAM! A new twist in a direction I never guessed. I like to be kept on my toes, but this was more like on my toe nails! Without a doubt one of my new favorite reads of 2015, pick up this 5 star read at your favorite etailer today! ***Free arc kindly provided by author in exchange for honest opinion, which is here freely given.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlotte (Charlie) was thrown out by her father as being evil when a distraught Charlie unwittingly calls her mother's spirit back when her mother passes away. Abandoned & on her own, Charlie has lived the last 5 years disguised as a young boy & learns to survive in the slums as a thief, never staying more than 6 months at a time in a place to protect her disguise. One day caught stealing an apple, Charlie is thrown into prison & in desperation to save herself against her unsavory cell mates, she has no choice but to use her powers for only the 2nd time in her life & escapes. But suddenly Charlie's life takes another drastic turn as her actions bring unwanted attention & she finds herself abducted and in the custody of the head of the Ministry of Curiosities. I loved this book! Charlie is such an engaging character. She's courageous, spirited and gives as good as she gets. I was so amused by her antics in trying to escape from Fitzroy. There's lots of witty, snappy dialogue and sarcasm. Fitzroy is a totally compelling, fascinating character; he's deathly efficient, appears unemotional (though Charlie soon learns to read every small nuances in his mien) and has an almost Ninja like fighting ability. The author gives no clues at all to his background. I'm totally mystified by his character and have to admit that was one of the things that kept me turning page after page until the end. The little hints of romance are brilliantly written and kept me in suspense hoping that Fitzroy would crack! Seth and Gus, Fitzroy's 2 goons are wonderful side characters who provide comic relief as well as added depth to the story. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it & now I can't wait for the next one. Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review.