The Last Necromancer

The Last Necromancer

by C.J. Archer
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The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer

"C.J. Archer has expertly weaved fantasy, mystery and a dash of romance together to make the perfect story" ★★★★★ Cosying Up With Books

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"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" ★★★★★ Mama Reads Book Blog

"An addictive read" ★★★★★ Hooked on Books

"The Last Necromancer was simply fantastic." ★★★★★ Book and Coffee Addict

"Expertly depicted and well-paced, The Last Necromancer is a stunning novel by C.J. Archer that sweeps readers into a passionate new world" ★★★★★ The Rest Is Still Unwritten


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.

A waif, her abductor, and a twist you won't see coming.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648214601
Publisher: C.J. Archer
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: Ministry of Curiosities , #1
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 262,073
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

C.J. Archer is the USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy novels including THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY, the FREAK HOUSE series, the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series and the GLASS AND STEELE books. She has also written historical romances set in Elizabethan England.

C.J. 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 lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, 2 children and Coco the black and white cat.

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The Last Necromancer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Number: First of seven Cliffhanger: No Sex: One attempted rape (non-graphic), typical falling in love thoughts Cursing: No Recommended age: Young adult Proofreading : Excellent Editing: Excellent Plot: Thirteen year old Charlotte is thrown out of her Vicker Father's house when she accidently raises her mother's spirit. Renaming herself Charlie, she spends the next five years disguised as a boy and living with various male street children gangs. Hunted and captured by a mysterious group, she reluctantly stays with the group leader, Fitzroy, in his mansion. Revealed as a girl, Fitzroy decides to go ahead and use her for bait in the hope of catching another man who wants to use Charlie for his own reasons. Setting: Victorian England Review: The character of Charlie is well described. From middle class to disenfranchised to wealth, Charlie's character changes as her living situation does. She is understandably suspicious of the attention she gets. Unfortunately, her character immediately devolves from a street-savvy kid used to taking care of herself to an eighteen year old young adult who moons over Fitzroy as soon as she is bathed and dressed in Victorian dresses. From then on the plot becomes closer to a soap opera. Charlie inserts herself into the hunt for this other man, not because of the danger Fitzroy's group is trying to stop, but because she's worried about what might happen to Fitzroy. Her ability to be independent and street smart changes with what clothes she's wearing. In dresses she fusses and falls in love with Fitzroy, enjoys dusting, washing dishes, and rearranging furniture. In her street rags, strangely washed and returned to her even though even she admits they should be burned, she's the self-sufficient street urchin. Fitzroy's character is drawn unsympatheticly. He's been selected to lead the group since his birth, and takes his role to the extreme. Other than his single-minded pursuit of the antagonist, there isn't much for his character to do. He unbends slightly so there can be unrequited affection, and acts as an obsessed Victorian male, unwilling to let it be seen he might care for Charlie. Lightening the story are two men used by Fitzroy as general men-at-arms. Gus, a rougher, less intelligent man with a heart of gold, and Seth, of a higher class and self-appointed protector of Charlie, provide needed humor. A side character, Mrs. H, appears only to dress Charlie appropriately and to be possibly involved with Fitzroy. The argument between her and Fitzroy over what Charlie should do once the situation is resolved--maid, personal companion, maid and of course maid--is typical for the era, but grated against this reader. Conclusion: This book is uneven, but is also the first of a series. Some leeway must be given for a first work. The plot is closer to a Victorian romance with the story meandering from Dickens through soap opera to My Fair Lady. The main character, Fitzroy, is difficult to relate to, and the character of Charlie bounces between mooning teenager and street smart boy. There are very little necromancy or supernatural acts, which may be disappointing to readers looking for those plot lines. The conclusion neatly wraps up loose ends while setting up the possibility for a second book. An average read, there is an interesting twist involving the antagonist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little spooky, a lot of fun. If your looking for an accurate depiction of 1890's London, move on, this is NOT the book for you. But, if you enjoy a kind of steampunky romancy action tale, this just might be your new favorite dish. There is a bit much of the will-they-or-won't-they angle, but if you can overlook that (I did), this book is a ripping hoot. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different take on Frankenstein, this book has mystery, intrigue, camaraderie, and a dash of romance making this an enjoyable read
Anonymous 12 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The few parts I had issue with were overcome by the author's excellent storytelling. I am excited to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A most excellent book! Great dialogue and writing. A neat twist involving a standard story character with this books female character. Kudos. DMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An English twist on the old Frankenstein tale, with not nearly so much German focus and a happier ending. (Of course; German tales tend to be dark and end sadly.) Protagonist has a lively sense of mischief. Fun read, going on to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book! It had new and exciting twist on necromancer activities. Great characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable afternoon reading. Seemed like a mash up of fairytales, beauty and the beast meets Frankenstein. However very fun.
Anonymous 12 days ago
l loved it
Anonymous 23 days ago
Nice twist with Frankenstein
Anonymous 3 months ago
Fast paced
Anonymous 5 months ago
I liked this book and will go on to read more books in this series and others. It was entertaining and fast paced.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I liked the book because of the unusual story line, spiritual girl with power to make souls come to life is a new experience
Valerian70 6 months ago
I readily admit to having a penchant for the Gothic and the Supernatural and this book certainly covered both of those in spades. What I didn't expect was how much I would enjoy this book, I was immediately sucked in to Charlie's world and was reluctant to leave it (slow night at work, eReader on desk and a frustrated Duty Manager asking you the same question three times before you realise you aren't in a fantasy of Victorian London but in the office - whoops!). If pushed to describe the book I would say it is Penny Dreadful Light, but I suspect this is only the case because of the appearance of a certain Doctor Victor Frankenstein. The clash between the extreme poverty experienced in certain areas of London and the almost obscene wealth in other areas is well juxtaposed and adds to a burgeoning reality in this fantasy piece. Charlie is a well rounded character and you immediately feel comfortable in their company, almost as though you are toasting your toes in front of an open fire with a gale blowing outside whilst they recount their adventures to you. There is, however, an element of pantomime to the whole thing with the "baddies" being very clearly cast, so much so you have the urge to yell Boo and hiss as certain characters appear. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though, at least I didn't find to to be so. The actual Ministry Of Curiosities certainly has legs as a concept and the people harboured within it are a complicated bunch. So far we only really though Lincoln Fitzroy and he is a bit of an enigma - he did give me shades of Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins Batman though with his knowledge of fighting and you just know there is a tragic backstory there. The rest of the Ministry remain fairly shadowy but some of them (I'm looking at you Gillingham) are undoubtedly not to be trusted. The writing is fast paced and very engaging. There are some quibbles about Charlie's behaviour once her true identity is outed but they certainly didn't get in the way of my enjoyment of the book. It is a good mixture of action, fantasy and history that sucks you in and spits you out crying for more, and more there definitely is with 10 books in this series to date. I would urge you to read it - but son't take it on the commute; you WILL miss your stop. I now have the second and the third in the series lined up to read and also the first of the Freak House books so I have my fingers crossed that the same sense of immersion can be found in these volumes.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Loved it!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I always seem to enjoy books that are timed in the Victorian era, and this one was no different. The clever tie of a necromancer and one of the most famous fictional scientists was actually surprising to me, whereas I can normally predict a books plot within the first dozen chapters. I also connected and felt terrible for Charlie's plight before her "rescue", as it had never occurred to me how hard it would be to be a female street urchin. Kudos, CJ Archer. You've won a new avid reader :)
Anonymous 8 months ago
Can't wait to read the next book. Keep me guessing.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Cannot wait for the next one
Anonymous 10 months ago
The characters were well developed and the story well written.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous 10 months ago
A little sexist, but overall not a bad book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
What a great story! Quick and refreshing.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Enjoyed reading about Charlie’s adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun little read! I am exited to read the next one!