Book Review: Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride (Necromancer, #2)

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Necromancing the Stone

By Lish McBride

Series: Necromancer, Book #2

My Rating: 3 Stars

Necromancing the Stone is the follow-up book in Lish McBride’s Necromancer series.  All of your favorite characters have returned for this high intensity, action packed sequel to her smash hit, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.


Sam LaCroix’s life is getting back to normal, well sort of, now that he’s defeated the evil necromancer Douglas.  If normal includes being a powerful necromancer, sort of dating a werewolf, having a best friend who is a werebear and being on the local magical council, the Sam has it in spades.  But if all of that isn’t enough, Sam has to deal with being assaulted everywhere he turns, and his new house seems to really have it out for him.   It’s enough to make Sam just want to give up but he knows he can’t do that.  When strange things start happening again that have so explanation, Sam can’t help but wonder if Douglas is really dead and he’s going to have to get to the bottom of it.

My Thoughts

This book was highly anticipated after reading Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the follow-up book.  The first book was so unique and satisfying in a way that few books are.  Unfortunately, Necromancing the Stone was a bit of a let down.  Not because the story itself wasn’t great because it was, but because it felt like there should have been more.   Not to this book exactly, but rather a third book in the series to bring it all together.  It felt like there were alot of loose ends when Necromancing the Stone came to and end.  This really saddens me because the first book ended on such a positive note.  Having been published in 2012, I think it’s safe to say there isn’t going to be a third book in this series.  Because of that, I couldn’t rate this book very high.  Too many points and aspects of the storyline were left unresolved or felt like they were tied up far to quickly to be completely fulfilling.

If you want more from the world that Lish McBride has created in her Necromancer story, you can read two novellas she has written.  The first (#.1) is titled “Heads will Roll” and the second (#.5) is “Necromancer.”  And while I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending of this series, I would still recommend it because it’s one of the most original series I’ve seen in a long time.  I believe it would still entertain a great number of readers.


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