Book Review – The Necromancer’s Dilemma by SJ Himes

The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Book 2
Even love can die without trust.

Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begin 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.

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An enormous thank you to Embrace the Rainbow Book Promotions for my review copy of this book. I love it when the sequel to a book I love turns up as review copy. Although I read these back to back, I’m playing catch up writing reviews, hence reading these last year yet only reviewing them now.

Book two of this series by SJ Himes continues the story of Angel and Simeon and the two younger men they’re now responsible for—Isaac and Daniel. As well as building on the relationship between Angel and Simeon, there’s also more screen time from Isaac and Daniel. I enjoyed the different perspectives in this story, and the expansion of their world as backgrounds were explored, and some of the history hinted at in the first book was revealed in more detail.

I loved the bond between Angel and Simeon in particular, and the way it affected both men as they learned to adjust to the presence of each other in their lives. As with the first book I was on the edge of my seat and needing to keep reading to find out what happens next. The action is exciting and I was caught up in the story from the beginning. The reveal of the bad guy is very well done, and Eroch is just wonderful throughout.

There’s a bonus short at the end of the book too—very enjoyable.

I’d recommend The Necromancer’s Dilemma to readers who enjoy urban fantasy series with detailed world building, layered characters who grow as the story progresses, hot vampires, and lots of action. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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