Author: S.J. Himes
Narrator: Joel Leslie
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 pulled 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.
This book was a pleasant surprise. I’d never read this author’s work before, and I was a bit suspicious of a paranormal adventure with vampires and sorcerers and more, but knowing Joel Leslie was narrating it sold me on giving it a try. And, wow, just wow. I’m not even sure if the wow applies to the story itself, which I totally enjoyed, or to Joel’s narration, which, as usual, was outstanding. And that Irish accent the elder vampire, Simeon, had? Just divine!
Angel Salvatore is the only necromancer in Boston, and his reputation is such that no one wants to be on his bad side, so when it appears that a rogue vampire is on the loose, and gunning for Angel’s brother, he’s not happy at all. Facing enemies on almost all fronts, the only one he can even remotely put his trust in is Simeon, an elder vampire who seems to care for Angel. The feeling is mutual as Angel can’t resist the sexy vampire who offers to help him try to find the rogue and discover the mystery of why everything seems to be so out of control.
As things around them get more dangerous, and Angel’s life is in danger, he finds love and a future with his vampire, Simeon, and the two burn hot and heavy together as they work to solve the true mystery.
The story is complex. One has to pay close attention to the audio or it’s easy to miss details. The world-building is multifaceted, but the story is highly interesting. And then the romance moves to more and the sex scenes require that the reader have a cool glass of water handy—just the kind of exciting adventure I love. Highly recommended.