The Necromancer's House [NOOK Book]

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“You think you got away with something, don’t you? But your time has run out. We know where you are. And we are coming.”

Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He’s also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if ...
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The Necromancer's House

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Overview

“You think you got away with something, don’t you? But your time has run out. We know where you are. And we are coming.”

Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He’s also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago.

Andrew has long known that magic is a brutal game requiring blood sacrifice and a willingness to confront death, but years of peace and comfort have left him more concerned with maintaining false youth than with seeing to his own defense. Now a monster straight from the pages of Russian folklore is coming for him, and frost and death are coming with her.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/12/2013
A Russian man’s drowning launches this rambunctious magical melee. Buehlman (Those Across the River) pits Andrew Blankenship and Anneke Zautke, companions in witchcraft and Alcoholics Anonymous, against Russian ogress Baba Yaga, whose son, Misha, falls prey to mischievous water sprite Nadia, a friend (of sorts) of Andrew’s. Contrasting with exotic magical escapades, real-world losses haunt both Anneke and Andrew. As the threat from Baba Yaga mounts and bad things happen to Andrew’s sidekicks, the eponymous house no longer provides a certain refuge. The logic of the plot is eclipsed by the eruption of characters who evoke Dickensian whimsy and range from the merely unusual to the bizarrely imaginative. Within this magical universe, rivalries, revenge, and self-seeking contend with the willingness to sacrifice. The final confrontation, evolving in part from Andrew’s prior service to Baba Yaga and her daughter Marina’s defiance, wreaks an ambiguous ending in an explosion of enthralling fantasy. The vibrant, bracing atmosphere easily overpowers any niggling concerns about a few incongruous incidents. (Oct.)
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"The logic of the plot is eclipsed by the eruption of characters who evoke Dickensian whimsy and range from the merely unusual to the bizarrely imaginative. Within this magical universe, rivalries, revenge, and self-seeking contend with the willingness to sacrifice." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101625897
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 89,611
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Buehlman

Christopher Buehlman is the winner of the 2007 Bridport Prize for Poetry and the author of The Lesser Dead, Between Two Fires and Those Across the River, and several plays. He spends half the year in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the rest on the road
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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Andrew Blankenship is a very strong warlock. He has an extensive library of spell books in his home, which he has booby trapped for any unsuspecting thief. He’s a recovering alcoholic and is a sponsor to Anneke. She sees all of Andrew’s creations (they are all brought back from the dead), and learned that her gift of pottery could also be magic. A chance encounter with one of Andrew’s undead, begins a war Andrew isn’t prepared for. With his friend, Michael Rudnick, by his side they begin a deadly battle.

    “The Necromancer’s House” reminded me of one of the older creepy Stephen King novels. This is certainly one book you don’t want to read alone in the dark. The back story draws you in from the very beginning. The story had a lot of unexpected twists that kept me guessing right up to the very end. My favorite character was Anneke, she was so brave and gave the impression that nothing really scared her. All in all, a brilliantly written novel, one I am sure lovers of Dean Koontz, H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King will enjoy. I look forward to reading much more from this author.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Trap doors and slides, like childhood imaginings, but dark & totally not G rated fun.

    I fully enjoyed this dark romp. While it is far left of center and what I would call fantasy, the foilibles of the cast made them very believable. I truly cared for each of them. This story had it all: love, loss, humor, desperation, redemption and a special canine. What's not to love? I would love a meeting with this author. I imagine it would be a trip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Ok read

    Was pretty good start! But the end fell kinda flat

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    Posted December 19, 2013

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