Today I am reviewing The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Series, and since there are only two books in it at the present time I decided to review each book separately. They are both such good books I couldn’t sum them up in one review.
Blurb for Book One
The Necromancer’s Dance
In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset upon by enemies, both old and new.
Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother’s boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again drawn back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family’s death.
Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues into who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire’s attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in.
Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead?
Death stalks the streets of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill….and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.
MATURE CONTENT Contains graphic violence, a cranky necromancer, a sexy Irish vampire, and a pesky demon.
I quickly fell in love with Angelus. He has an ‘I don’t care’ attitude that made smile time and time again.
The fact he also stands up to the vampires and doesn’t even blink, also endeared him to me. In so many stories vampires are the top of the food/strength ladder and they look down on anyone they feel is beneath them (which is usually everyone). Angelus has already killed vampires (not that he’s proud of it, but it is what it is) and that gives him the respect (and fear) of the vampires and so they have a sort of agreement.
Simeon is patient and is willing to give advice when needed and stand back when he’s not. He slowly breaks down Angelus’ walls and inserts himself into the Necromancer’s life and eventually his heart. Also, he isn’t afraid of Angelus, which sets him apart from the other vampires in his Bloodclan.
This story is full of love, action, intrigue, betrayal, and much more.
A highly recommended read 4*
Blurb for book two
The Necromancer’s Dilemma
Even love can die without trust.
Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begins to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?
Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought—especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.
The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true…and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.
Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.
**72k words. Contains bonus short story at the end, “The Necromancer’s Birthday Surprise”, written for Crystal’s Many Reviewers, March 2016. Book TWO in a series. Not standalone.
**Contains Violence, gore, sex, vampires. A cute dragon and some snark. Okay, lots of snark.
I really grew to like Daniel in this and by contrast, I hated his father. Parents are supposed to love and nurture their children. Daniel’s father needed a few harsh lessons and even then I don’t think he would have learned anything.
My other favorite character in this one is Angelus’ little dragon, Eroch. He is sweet and always tries to be helpful.
The reader gets to find out more about the secondary characters in this one; Milly gets a visit from her ex-husband, Daniel tangles with his father, and Issac tries to keep his secret.
My favorite parts of this book is that we get to see the bond between Angelus and Simeon get stronger. It is wonderful to read about their love growing.
A highly recommended read 4*