August 9, 2013

Spotlight on: The Necromancer's Seduction by Mimi Sebastian

The Necromancer’s Seduction
The Necromancer Series, Book One
Mimi Sebastian

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: ImaJinn Books

Cover Artist: Patricia Lazarus


Book Description:

She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing.

For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and that revenants have nasty minds of their own.

Now demonic creatures have escaped into the human world, and zombies once again walk the streets. For humanity’s sake, Ruby forms an unlikely alliance with a witch, a zombie, and Ewan March, a demon warrior who sets her senses on fire.

She’s always distrusted demons and Ewan is no exception, but circumstances push them closer together, and Ruby not only finds it harder to resist him, she isn’t sure she even wants to. But she suspects his job of patrolling the portal separating humans and demons conceals a dark and deadly past that may consume them both.
With events spiraling out of control, Ruby unravels a plot that not only threatens the human and demon realms, but puts Ruby’s very soul in jeopardy. Because when the dead walk, no one is safe. Especially Ruby.

Excerpt:


Ewan waved me over to an empty expanse of the porch circled with candles of various shapes and colors, casting an ominous glow that barely chased off the shadows skulking around the room. I walked over, steering clear of the screen.
“Will this do?” he asked.
I nodded. “Where’s Adam’s body?”
“In the basement. Do you want it brought up now?”
“No.” Achieve inner calm while peeking at the dead body, worried it’ll pop up and jump on me? Not likely.
“All right then, I’ll leave you alone.” He didn’t move. The lines around his mouth softened. “I want to apologize for last night. I wasn’t acting very gentlemanly.”
“Gentlemanly?” I smiled. The tension eased from my shoulders. “I’d never use gentleman in the same breath as demon.”
“Now I’m offended.” The crinkle of his eyes told me the opposite. “We demons are quite chivalrous.”
“Chivalrous? I suppose you have a white horse hidden away somewhere?”
He’d somehow moved closer during our exchange and grazed my cheek with his finger. “White horse,” he whispered close to my ear, “boring.”
He lowered his lips to mine but stopped short of touching them, tracing my back with his hand, gliding it up my neck to wrap his fingers in my hair. Our bodies were close but not touching; only our breaths met in a hot exchange. He gazed at my lips before possessing them with his own.
I swayed and caught his shoulders to steady myself. I moaned at the electric shock searing a path from my lips to my core. Feeling, tasting him was better than I ever allowed myself to imagine.
Ewan consumed me.
I wasn’t ready to be consumed.
The Necromancer's SeductionThe Necromancer's Seduction by Mimi Sebastian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a really enjoyable read. The story focuses on a necromancer named Ruby who has inherited her supernatural trait from her mother and grandmother. Both of them are now dead (under not quite normal circumstances), and the supernatural community is now approaching Ruby to fill the shoes that her maternal relatives once inhabited. Ruby has always kept her distance from the supernatural community, preferring to live as a normal human and keeping her power suppressed. However, now that there is a rogue "supe" running loose murdering other "supes," including her grandmother, Ruby is thrown back into the world she has long avoided. She is also thrown into the arms of a certain demon named Ewan, who she has been attracted to ever since laying eyes on him. This story has the perfect blend of action, suspense and romance. It keeps you entertained until the very last page.

My only complaints about the book were minor. At first it felt like I had picked up book two in a series and I was a little lost. Some of the characters make references to events that have happened in the past, almost like I as a reader should be familiar with what they are talking about. And then several of the characters have a history that it felt like I should already know about. Not that I wanted a big info dump or anything, but there needed to be a little bit more character and world building so that I didn't feel like I had jumped into the middle of something I should already know about.

My other complaint is about the sex scenes between Ewan and Ruby. The buildup to the actual deed was good. I was anticipating it for a while before it actually happened. And then it was over thisfast. Totally anti-climactic (pardon the pun) after all of the build up and anticipation. Plus, I think it would have added to the depth and realness of their relationship if we could have spent longer on that aspect, with some really good pillow talk thrown in. It didn't take away from the story necessarily, but I definitely wanted more in this area.

The pluses of this story were numerous. Most importantly, it was a good story. I liked the plot, I liked the twists and surprises, and I liked the characters. The two main characters, Ewan and Ruby, both had distinct personalities, and they were likeable. It was really easy to connect with them. And there was a good cast of secondary characters that were also well written. I mean, when your reader feels sympathy and compassion for a reanimated zombie revenant you must be doing something right!

Overall, I really enjoyed it and am glad that I was able to read an ARC. I hope there is a sequel and I look forward to reading that too!

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About the Author:

Noemi Ghirghi writes as Mimi Sebastian and raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and Scooby Doo. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in the mix, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuts July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.

Noemi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tid-bits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Noemi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.




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