#bookreview The Last Necromancer By C.J. Archer

September 2, 2015

The Last Necromancer 
By C.J. Archer 

(The Ministry of Curiosities #1)
Publication date: August 11th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult


Victorian London: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.
People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.
Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world – Charlotte – but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn’t trust?
Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.

~My Review~
4.0 Stars
Charlie is a "gutter boy" also often called a "sewer rat" moving from gang to gang to keep all the young homeless boys from discovering her secret. Charlie isn't a boy, she is Charlotte and very much a girl. A secret she guards almost as well as the secret of how the night she was kicked out of her home was because she accidentally raised her mother from the dead. Putting her father to fear that she forbid her from ever coming back home. After 5 years of staying away from the dead, she found herself once again in a terrible position to call on the dead and so the search for her began. Because who wanted want in their arsenal of weapons someone so powerful that they can call up the dead and bid them to do whatever they want. Charlie is in far more trouble then she can imagine. And this is just the beginning of her tale! 

What a fun story! I do love a good paranorm story, I say that just about every single time I read one, and this one did not disappoint. I love the character Charlie, I do struggle to see her as an 18 year old girl as the author has written her character so well, I struggle not to think of her as a 13 year old boy. Of course things always change as a story goes on! I love the mystery behind the Lincoln and the secret organization that seeks out the supernatural. I did notice this book appears to be the first in the series and I look forward to seeing more of this series and more of Charlie's/Charlotte's story. 


C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two with her writing. Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women’s magazines, and she also writes romantic mystery novels under this name.

She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia’s Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that went on to be released under the title HONOR BOUND. C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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  1. I love paranormal books and I actually haven't read one in a while - been on a mystery and contemporary kick lately. Glad you liked it this sounds like a fun read! :)

  2. Thanks for your review, Terry. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I hope you like book 2 just as much. ~CJ


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