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Necromancing the Stone (Necromancer #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  3,190 ratings  ·  512 reviews
With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn't exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?

Well . . . not really. He's pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for o
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 344 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Henry Holt & Company
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Wendy Darling
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4.5 stars At long last, it's here! This review contains some spoilers from the first book, so proceed at your own risk.

After killing the evil necromancer Douglas Montgomery in last year's hilarious Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, Sam LaCroix has not only inherited Douglas' seat on their town's supernatural Council, but he's inherited his huge house, his shapeshifting cat butler James, and a small arm
I don't get to say this nearly enough in my reviews, so I'm going to caps lock it: THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH FUN! As much as I like Hold Me Closer Necromancer, Necromancing the Stone is even better. Not only is it more streamlined with the focus primarily on Sam, but Lish McBride fully embraces the camp.

*Jack Bauer voice* The following takes place 6 weeks after Necromancer. Sam has gone from lowly burger flipper to Head Necromancer In Charge (HNIC). He's inherited all the property of the former HNIC,
Nov 13, 2012 Catie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Catie by: Flannery
~ 3.8972 stars.

This one is going to be super short because I just don’t have much to say. I never do about this series, even though I love it. These books are completely enjoyable and fun and they make me smile. I love that Sam, the “sensitive beta-male” isn’t afraid to let his alpha girlfriend be a powerful leader, even at the expense of their relationship. I love that he’s willing to step aside and respect her decisions and give her time to work out her own life. Sam is like that sweet, crunch
Paige  Bookdragon

I'm a fan of happy endings, so the author better make sure that there's a next book...
Sue Moro
I absolutely love this series and the entire cast of characters! The humor continues to delight, making me laugh out loud at times.
"He stuck his shovel defiantly in the ground, then took off his little red hat and held it in both hands. 'You have a name?' 'Twinkle.' 'Twinkle,' I said slowly. 'The Destroyer,' he added. 'Your name is Twinkle the Destroyer?' He nodded. 'Of course it is. Why wouldn't it be? Okay, Twinkle the Destroyer, I take it you guys have been popping my tires?'"
Who doesn't love fierce, little garden gnomes named Pip the BriNger of Pain, Gnoman Polanski or Twinkle the Destroyer? And who doesn't think that L
So much fun. This time a year ago, (has it been that long?) I was gushing over how much I loved this and that in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Sam and his buddies' return rekindled some of that love. Sam is not the same screw up he was before, but he still does stick his foot in it at times, only made funnier with him still having some of the best lines and having friends who are each all endearing one way or another.

He’s inherited all that had been Douglas’ power, riches and plenty other little
I find myself yet again in love with Lish, she has a way of making me laugh like no other. Honestly what I was expecting and what happened were a little off (not like omg huge, just a little) I see where she is trying to go with this and I like that she is slowly putting the crumbs down. There are MANY other books out there where things just seem to happen...and for no reason at all. Here is a great example of what you can accomplish when you spend some time thinking and making things work for t ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Maria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maria by: Wendy Darling
I recommend Necromancing the Stone.

... and Lish McBride didn't disappoint! This sequel is even better than Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, like three times! Funnier, edgier, and sadder, Necromancing the Stone was a fantastic followup to the Necromancer series.

This is told in Sam's and Douglas' POVs. Sam's struggling with maintaining the house (and it's eccentric inhabitants) he inherited from Douglas. He's also dealing with the guilt over his best friend Ramon's transformation. All this while being
Shannon Kitchens
Sigh. Am I the only one that was a little disappointed by this follow up?

Ok, I loved Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Madly, wildly, passionatly. So when Necromancing came in, I dropped everything I was reading. And I devoured the book in about two days.

However, the whole thing left me...wanting.

What wasn't working:

1.) Villians. We start off knowing that our hapless hero Sam is now an uber necromancer. Awesomesauce. Plus, we know that necromancers are notoriously shady. So I was thinking, we'd get s
Jeff Raymond
A surprise gem for me was Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, about a kid thrown into the world of necromancy and werewolves and what have you. It was fun without being too goofy, campy without being tiresome, and was equal parts humorous and interesting. I have been eagerly awaiting the sequel since I finished Necromancer a couple years ago.

The unfortunate news is that Necromancing the Stone cranks the camp up to eleven, in part because it doesn't feel like the book has a ton of places to go. The book
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

Necromancing the Stone is the long awaited sequel to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Six weeks after the end of Hold Me Closer, vegetarian Necromancer Samhaim "Sam" LaCroix is no longer just a fry cook or college dropout. He is a full fledged necromancer, a member of the Council that has Vampires, witches, satyrs, dryads, and furies. He has also taken Douglas Montgomery's possessions, including his home filled with unusual and dark trinkets.

*Full Revi
Apr 29, 2012 Rylee marked it as to-read
Can we please talk about how I am practically dancing with excitement for this to come out? First of all Hold Me Closer Necromancer has to be one of the best books I have read in years, so I am all about a sequel. Especially when Lish McBride happens to be magic at capturing all the things that make my hometown of Seattle so great and putting it into words. There were times reading Hold Me Closer Necromancer that I had an exact picture of where she was talking about in my head, she is so great a ...more
I was enjoying this book until the end, where the author emasculated the main character. I'm all for having finer feelings and all but this is URBAN FANTASY where most villains have superpowers and won't give up until they're dead. How is Sam suppose to win if he's not willing to take care of business? Convince people to give themselves up for the sake of justice? PLEASE!!

I don't believe the about face of the villain, it just didn't fit with his character. He was just too selfish and didn't seem
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
It was so worth the wait for this book. As soon as I finished reading Hold Me Closer, Necromancer I wanted to read the next book and waiting nearly 18 months was hard but if that is what it takes to get another great book from McBride then it certainly is worth the wait. Sam and the gang is back with all of the humor you expected from the first book as well as the twists and turns, the relationships and struggles, and choices and consequences. Sam is not perfect but certainly you can relate to h ...more
Alex Golochowicz
In the heart breaking sequel of hold me closer necromancer, Sam is entrusted to find the killer of one of Brid's family members. Sam finds out that it Is Brannoc his father figure since his biological dad left him and his step dad passed away. Heart aching Sam does all he can to find the killer of his dear friend. Brid must now take her fathers place on the council and as pack leader. Learning her new responsibilities and the wishes of her pack she is uncertain her relationship with Sam is wise. ...more
4.5 stars

I this book!

Yep, I think I have found myself a new series to follow with cast of characters that I simply love -- if only there are more books in this series, darn it! I am already charmed with these characters in the first book, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, but I seriously think that this book is so MUCH better.

"Necromancing the Stone" again provides a great combination of exciting 'new' experience for Sam and his friends, witty banters, but at the same time a shocking demise of a cha
I ditched every book I was reading when the ARC for NtS arrived. Everything I loved about Hold Me Closer, Necromancer returns in this second book-- action, great characters (with cool powers), humor and tender moments. In particular, I like how readers become attached to the secondary characters as much as Sam does.
I loved this just as much as the first one! Though I'm not sure I like the new covers quite as much as I enjoyed the first version. Still, had to buy it anyway because I was hoping it would be super fantastic. AND IT IS.
Xavier Irizarry
This is the second book of the adventures of Sam Lacroix. The main characters are Sam, Brid, Hayley, and James. The setting is in Seattle yet again. Sam has defeated Douglas for good and now he's dead, right? Douglas is not entirely dead and manages to kill the wolf pack leader, Brannoc. With the newly found leadership in Brid's hands, she does not think being together with Sam is such a good idea anymore. To top it all off Sam gets the wolves on his bad side. Read to find out if Sam will be abl ...more
Seriously, who doesn't love a book featuring a Sasquatch called Sexy Gary?
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*Book source ~ Local library

Samhain ‘Sam’ LaCroix defeated Douglas ‘Uber Psycho’ Montgomery in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and he’s trying to adjust to his new life of being the resident Necromancer. He has inherited all that Douglas owned including his seat on the Council. Sam, who until six weeks ago didn’t even know he was a necromancer, has no clue what is going on or what he’s supposed to be doing. And since necromancers are pretty rare he doesn’t really have anyone to learn from. Well,

Yep, that's right ThunderGnome!
This part of the book amused me, a lot. I also couldn't stop singing the rest of the songs at the beginning of each chapter.
But sadly I didn't feel as drawn in with this one as I did with Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
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Lexie Robinson Austin
I loves these books. This is the second in the series (the first titled "Hold Me Closer Necromancer" which I recommend you read first). The whole book, from the title to the chapter headings are plays on famous classic rock songs. That just adds a bit of whimsy and fun.

What makes it rock is the plot, characters, and general hijinks that happen throughout the story.

Here's the summary: 'With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t
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Don’t you just LOVE it when a book ends up exceeding your expectations? Y’all, I was pumped up for Necromancing The Stone by Lish McBride, because I had loved Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. But, we all know how inflated expectations work, usually the book ends up disappointing. Not so, this time. If you like your books filled to the brim with heart and real, good people and okay, some paranormal creatures, then you need to get on reading these books as soon as possible. The Necromancer books just ...more
I hate starting a series with Book #2, but I was already into the book when I discovered I missed the important first book when Sam turns the tables on the evil necromancer, Doug Montgomery and assumes his powers. The highlight of this book is Sam, a sensitive "beta-male” who respects his alpha girlfriend's role as leader of the werewolves, at the expense of their deep relationship. Sam's humanity is the thread that keeps the book interesting and helps defeat Doug's attempt to regain his power a ...more
Cassidy Washburn
Definitely better than the first one! The action was faster and the humor was perfect. I love humor in books haha
This series is just so much fun. It's rare for me to like series any more--they are just too much time and energy to keep up with and I'd rather spend my time reading other things. But these books are the exception. I enjoyed getting to spend more time with the characters and will definitely keep going when the next one comes out. If you like some fun with your paranormal stories, check out the series, although start with Hold Me Closer Necromancer.
Excellent. I didn't want it to end! I love this world that Lish McBride has created!!

5 oatmeal butterscotch chip cookies.

Cover Love:
I like that it matches the other one, and I love the color scheme, but it's not really my favorite. Although the wolf looks like it is anguish and that is appropriate for the book.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I LOVED Hold Me Closer Necromancer, the first book in this series. I had to get my hands on this one!

Read the rest of my review here.
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Lish McBride was raised by wolves in the Pacific Northwest. It rains a lot there, but she likes it anyway. She spent three years away while she got her MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans, and she liked that too, although the hurricane did leave much of her stuff underwater. She enjoys reading, having geek-laden conversations about movies, comics, and zombies with her friends, and of ...more
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