Sunday, December 6, 2015

Release Day and Review: Supernatural Chronicles: The Necromancers (Dynamis in New Orleans #7) by Morgan Wylie

Book Blurb:

Hailey Devareaux, inexperienced yet “all-knowing” 19 year old Necromancer, couldn’t care less what the world had to offer her. Five years after her mother encountered a powerful seer—albeit a dead one—they uprooted their entire clan and moved to New Orleans for a rare supernatural conjunction. Dangerous didn’t begin to describe the reality of Necromancers living in a city so rich with history involving the celebration of the dead, but Hailey didn’t have to worry. Her abilities hadn’t matured.

What good was Necromancy when she couldn’t save her mother? Hailey hadn’t been strong enough to bring her back—not even to say goodbye.

While Hailey moped around during her family’s celebration of the Day of the Dead, she met Bobby; if only she had realized he was dead before she started talking to him. Robert “Bobby” Duval died one year ago. When he died, the veil between this world and the next was at it’s thinnest. It should’ve been easy for him to cross over, but something kept him from doing so. On the day he met Hailey, he prepared to finally move on, but a moratorium was placed on departing souls—the veil, too volatile to pass into the great beyond. His chance at his afterlife once more denied.

Based on a cryptic letter her clan received, Hailey is elected by the Necromancers to embark on the dangerous quest to restore the veil. Bobby joins Hailey and helps her understand her powers.

Will Hailey give up her bitterness against the craft and her own fear of death, and forgive herself in order to embrace her purpose—to be the next leader of their clan? Will she embrace her power as well as help save the supernatural community by sealing the veil once more and will she help Bobby cross over to finally be at peace?

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My Review:

4 Out of 5 Stars

Genre: Ghosts, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Witches, Zombies--

Hailey is still feeling lost after the death of her mother the year before. She has been sent on a quest by the leader of her Necromancer clan to help save humanity from doom, but Hailey has never embraced her powers or had any real training. With the help of a lost ghost named Bobby and a Voodoo priestess, Hailey realizes that she needs to step up and embrace who she is to save the world.

Everyone who knows me knows that I don't really care for novellas pretty much at all. I just feel like I am missing something from them so I am usually disappointed at the end. That being said, I have had my eye on this Dynamis in New Orleans series since I first heard about it a few months ago. I love the idea of a series of books where each one is written by a different author with a new supernatural character but in the same world/location and with a common goal of saving the world. I have had book one on my wishlist since it came out in October but have been hmming and hawing over if I wanted to start the series or not due to my aversion to novellas. Well, when author Morgan Wylie gave me a copy of her book in the series which just so happens to be #7, I decided that I needed to see what this was all about. Each book is kinda sorta a standalone, so I was not missing out on any backstory from this particular character, maybe just some world building as to set up the dynamic of the supernatural issue.

I was impressed by how detailed and engaging I found this story to be. I do have a certain warm and fuzzy in my heart for necromancers mainly due to my first urban fantasy experience dealing with Anita Blake (pre-orgy based plots mind you, back when there was an actual story-line). I like the idea of this powerful group of people who are normally seen as bad guys or dark magic users but in reality they just help people get closure. Well, for only being 60ish pages, the story was fairly complete. I really liked the potential of Hailey as a character as well as a superpower. I would love for an actual series or at least a longer developed book about Hailey and her powers as well as the family problems, regaining Bobby and the mysterious attractive ghost who stalks her. I liked how everything was set up, causing it to wet my appetite for more about this particular supernatural group and confirmed for me that I need to read the entire series from the beginning to see how the books all tie together.

Overall I liked the story and the author's writing style and character development. This is my first book by Wylie, and it won't be my last. I really hope that there will be more from Hailey to come.

I received this title from the author in exchange for my honest review

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