Review: The Necromancer’s Bride

Review: The Necromancer’s Bride

Title: The Necromancer’s Bride (Gaslamp Gothic #4)
Author: Kat Ross

TNBBlurb:

Forgiveness is not Gabriel D’Ange’s strong suit.

A self-appointed soldier of God with a penchant for ruthlessly punishing his enemies, he vanished after Anne Lawrence stabbed him with his own dagger.

The smart thing would be to let him go.

Unfortunately, Anne’s life isn’t just lonely without Gabriel. It’s insufferably boring.

Determined to heal the rift between them, she goes in search of her tempestuous former lover, black parasol in hand and daeva magic crackling at her fingertips. But Gabriel has his own plans afoot and Anne finds herself drawn into one of his tangled webs, much against her better judgment.

Gabriel’s nemesis has reappeared in Brussels, a vile slaver who’s plundering the Congo Free State with the blessing of King Leopold. Gabriel might be willing to give Anne a second chance, but not until Jorin Bekker’s head is lying at his feet.

Back in London, the quasi-reformed necromancer Balthazar sets his sights on the same quarry. He holds a very personal grudge against Bekker — and killing him might be the only way to keep Gabriel D’Ange from Balthazar’s own throat.

When the hunters collide at a lavish gala thrown by the king, Anne learns just how far she’ll go to save the man she loves.

Review:

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the Xpresso blog tour for its release.

I wasn’t sure what to expect (as is usually the case) when I decided to read this one. Full disclosure: as part of the tour, I also had to read the previous book in the series, A Bad Breed, in order to fully understand the history between two of the main characters. Honestly, though, I think I probably could have gotten away with just reading The Necromancer’s Bride. The book does a good job of interspersing the lore and background while telling the main story, making for a pretty immersive read. And reading both inevitably made me compare the two as I read. Spoiler alert: I sort of liked the first one better.

The cast of characters was pretty entertaining throughout, though I found myself enjoying almost every other character more than the main one, Anne. Honestly, I liked her better in the previous one than I did in this one. Gabriel, on the other hand, showed a lot of growth. I really didn’t like him at all at the end of A Bad Breed but I liked how he changed after the events of that book into a more rational person, and someone who actually took responsibility for his actions.

My favorite characters, though, were Balthazar and Lucas. Their relationship and banter were the best parts of the book for me. I really didn’t expect to enjoy them as much as I did. The rest of the cast, the Order, were also really fun and their interactions with Anne were some of her best scenes.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. The lore was interesting – I’ve never read a story with necromancers in it – and the story itself was both self-contained but gave a good sense of the larger picture and what we could expect from the rest of the series.

If you’re looking for urban fantasy with a unique lore, check out this series!

Rating: 4/5

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