Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 19, 2017
Source: Free Book
A necromancer underdog heroine starting over sounded like an intriguing story not to mention several book pals really enjoy this series so I was glad to pick this one up and dive in.
How to Save an Undead Life is the first book in a series, but I felt like it dove into the middle of a story arc. Grier is recently out of the magic world’s version of prison for murdering her aunt and the horrors of her imprisonment are still with her. The sentient house, Woolly, where she grew up with her powerful necromancer Aunt Maud, is her home once again and she is eeking out a living as a ghost tour guide through haunted old town, Savannah. Her best friend, Amelie, from a lower level witch cast than Grier’s necromancer family lives next door still while she finishes up college. Amelie works the ghost tour gig and is happy to have even this fragile version of Grier back.
Then, her put-back-together life is invaded, first by Amelie’s older brother and Grier’s crush, Boaz, who just returned from the army and vampires from two different groups. Grier is leery of the vamps who both want something though one tries to smooze it and the other threaten for it. Meanwhile, her aunt’s sister has now become the most powerful necromancer in their Society and she wants Grier present the night of her installation. Grier isn’t sure she’s up for one more surprise especially since most seem to be of the really bad kind.
How to Save an Undead Life felt topsy turvy to me much of the time because of jumping in with both feet like that. It can never be accused of info dumps because, in fact, the info is delivered slowly and is part of the heightened suspense of the story. There are so many questions about Grier, her situation, the world of the story, the motives of everyone around her. It built slowly with a few exciting moments.
Grier was a heroine that I liked, but hesitated over because so much was in the air. I wasn’t sure about her behavior with Boaz which felt unsettled like she couldn’t make up her mind what he was to her and, later in the story, when she should have known better, she pulled a stupid and got into some deep trouble. It did add some suspense as to how she’d get herself out of the trouble which I did enjoy so I guess I got over that easily enough.
The end closed out the main conflict in this book while leaving a lot left for the rest of the series. That late introduction character has me the most intrigued.
All in all, this book gave me a taste that I think I need more of the series to determine more about my feelings. Right now, I am curious and want to see where things go. The worldbuilding of the series got my attention as did the mystery behind her aunt’s death, the vampires, and Grier’s necromancer magic which I think is something interesting after all the hints. So, not dazzling, but definitely tantalizing. One I would recommend to Urban Fantasy fans.
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