The Last Necromancer

The Last Necromancer

by C.J. Archer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648214601
Publisher: C.J. Archer
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: Ministry of Curiosities , #1
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 314,633
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Over 1 MILLION books sold!

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. 101 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
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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.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
Such a great story!! Couldn’t stop reading it!! Wish I had the money to get the next books so I can continue reading more about Charlie and Fitzroy ?
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was a very exciting and different book. Loved the story the characters. fast paced and kept your interest though the book,not a dull page.
Anonymous 6 months ago
The book was very entertaining.
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Noteworthy plot and character introductions for an engrossing and entertaining series premier. I will continue this story with pleasure!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Thanks for the ride!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**SPOILER** I think Charlie would’ve been better off falling in love with Seth instead of Lincoln.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
l loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice twist with Frankenstein
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.