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Heads Will Roll (Necromancer 0.1)

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Lena’s not your typical animal trainer. And when she and her unicorn partner, Steve, decide to enter a fight, it’s definitely not your typical fight…
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Published November 27th 2012 by Tor Books
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badass cage fighting unicorn?? don't mind if i do.

so this one takes place in the same world as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, but like The Too-Clever Fox, and UNLIKE A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill: A Tor.Com Original, it will still make sense to the uninitiated. like me. I KNOW, I KNOW i should read them - so many of you love that series, but i haven't taken the plunge. yet. but i will.

for now - i just have this story, which is about lena and her unicorn-pal steve. do NOT make fun of steve
The Holy Terror
I just made a "unicorns" shelf because of this short story ... And now I feel like I should've come across books with unicorns before now and the fact that I haven't seems like a shame.

This is a free short story that's under 20 pages and was something fun to read when I had a bit of downtime. You can read it here. I think this author writes female main characters better than males, and even though I saw such a small amount of Lena, I liked her better than Sam from Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. M
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*

UNIKITTY ..... but not really..... This is a little more "Eragon" than "Legoland", although, McBride does toss some snark and wit in at times....

Unicorn cage fights?! Say what?! And truthfully it was interesting but I would have liked to have seen it fleshed out a bit better....

All and all, worth the time but I'm kind of glad it was free :/

Go here, Karen liked it better than I which probably means I under or over read something somewhere along the way.
Feb 10, 2013 Julia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Recommended to Julia by: The Holy Terror's review
This was absolutely hilarious. Cool seems to be the perfect word to not only describe the story, but also the main character, Lena, herself. She's rebellious and believes in herself and she has such fabulous confidence, which is such a rarity in YA stories. She is a no-nonsense, direct girl and can describe herself better than I can:

I’m battle cries, death rattles, and the light touch of a swan’s feather.

Which served as a great foreshadowing for this: (view spoiler)
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
Tor short story: A young woman and her white unicorn, Steve (professionally known as "Phantom") take on other mythological creatures in cage battles. ("Unicorns pick their own names, and I’d love to see someone go up to Steve and tell him he chose poorly. I, for one, would think twice about it.")

This story reminds me of the Percy Jackson series, except that it's maybe a little bloodier, but it's very Greek-mythology-in-our-world, and the writing has a similar sense of humor. There's also a stron
Laura Thomas
Whoa! I don’t think I even blinked while reading this.

Lena is the epitome of tough. She can hold her own with the best. Half human and half Valkyrie, she has much of the warrior women’s strengths.

Her partner, Steve, is a snow-white unicorn. You don’t see many of them around, and definitely not in the fighting arena.

The unicorn is a symbol of purity and usually has to be starved, beaten and driven insane in order to get them to fight.

That’s not the case with Steve. He’s a full partner with Lena a
April Cote
A bad-ass fighting unicorn named Steve. When he speaks to you in your mind you smell spring and picture beauty. But then he fights other mythological creatures in illegal fights. His partner is a bad-ass as well. Her name is Lena and along with Steve, they enter the arena and tear shit up.
This story was magical fucking amazing. It needs to be a novel. A series. Because I have never read a story about a bad-ass unicorn.

I was never the little girl who wanted a unicorn growing up. I wanted an Ewo
Lena’s not your typical animal trainer. And when she and her unicorn partner, Steve, decide to enter a fight, it’s definitely not your typical fight… had me at "her unicorn partner, Steve".

This is a quick and quirky story set in the world of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.

There are cage fights between a slew of mythical creatures. There is a unicorn named Steve. And the story ends with the main characters (figuratively) riding off into the sunset.

I haven't read the Necromancer series, but I t
I'm so happy I read this short story. How happy you ask? This happy.

PS: I'm the girl with the bowl.

This story is just another reason why I love Lish McBride so much. A few years ago, I fell head over heels for her Necromancer series. The story was original, the dialogue wildly entertaining, and the writing seamless. McBride is one of those writers who can make me forget I'm reading. Her words flow together effortlessly, and this story is no exception.

Wildly creative, Heads Will Roll, tells the
Karyn Kar Mun (Thy Evil Queen)
Back when Julius Ceasar ruled the Roman Empire, gladiator games were all the rage. Humans – usually criminals – fought with wild animals for the cheap entertainment of an audience that cared far more for a “good show”, than the lives lost and bloodshed.

This story is a gladiatorial game with mythological creatures. Here, unicorns are fighters.

[…] train them like you train dogs for a cage match. Get them young, young as you can. Starve them. Beat them. Slip blood into their milk. Give them a taste
The cover is what drew me in, but the story is what kept me. This story is published on, which lets you read it for free here Thanks Tor!

This is awesome. The writing was imaginative, the imagery was wonderful, and I loved the characters. Steve, the badass unicorn was funny, their mission was noble and badass, and the main character-Lena- was badass and awesome and strong and cynical. I loved it. Plus the idea and the mythology were really interes
A slick story about fighting fantastic creatures against one another. Available online.
Loved this. I'd like to have a whole book about Lena. Please? :)
For a freebie that was pretty damn awesome. A heroine who's half-valkyrie and half-mechanic-from-Rhode-Island riding a fighting unicorn called Steve, liberating the downtrodden and enslaved with horn and spear... what more can you possibly want??

I'm getting more and more excited for Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.
With just enough mythology to provide a nice introduction, and without going overboard, this short story provided a fantastic introduction to the same world McBride carefully constructed in Hold me Closer, Necromancer. It had a strong ending, opened in just the right moment and was full of action and blood-shed throughout: a fantastic way to get readers interested. Lena, the protagonist, with a family background in the magical world, is no nonsense, often sarcastic or blunt, and kickass.... McBr ...more
This one didn't move me this way or the other.

Short story about a young half Valkyrie and her friendly white unicorn Steve, fighting for justice and freedom.
It's not bad, just missing something (at least in my humble opinion ). Maybe improves after reading the full-length novels of Necromancer. Kids will love it all the same.

Link here:

Weird and brilliant. McBride writes bright, descriptive scenes and quick action sequences without being too lofty or verbose. "Heads Will Roll" is a crackpot's delight of a short story.
Just brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I don't know if I should read Necromancer or just read this again a few more times. I know, I will do both.
Lindsay Wilcox
This reminded me of all my favorite things about Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. It has very similar humor, even though it's so short that you don't get to know the main character as well. I'm not so sure I'm behind the mechanics of Lena's mission, but I enjoyed reading about it, at least. The references to mythical creatures are bountiful and quick, so if you're not into mythology, you might find yourself running to Wikipedia. I'm interested to see how these other creatures appear in future "Necro ...more
4.5 stars

Short, sweet, fantastic.

I'd definitely read more about Lena and Steve!
Mythical monsters fighting to the death in an arena? Hell. Yes. Too bad it was so short.
Why 5? Because this is my new "this is what Lish McBride is all about" title. Seriously. It's like all the lessons she has learned from previous works has gotten her to this gem. I love it. It's the perfect length for the bit of information contained in it. Yes I wanted it to be longer. Yes I loved the characters presented and want more books from them. But the truth is, we may never see anymore of them. We may never hear from Lena and Steve ever again, even though in this moment you can't think ...more
The characters in Heads Will Roll made me sad to see this short story end. I really loved the relationship between Lena and Steve (the unicorn). The fact that they telepathically communicate and the way this was described by McBride was great. I thought the story was heartwarming in a way, easily compared to real life situations of shutting down dog fighting rings. The ending was great, the additional characters joining Lena and Steve seem like they would add a lot of drama and hijinks. I would ...more
A surprisingly cute short story about a unicorn and her trainer/person he allows near out for justice.
perhaps i should have started with the first book…
Unicorns?! Say no more!! Begin reading...
Hahaha! Great humor, interesting story.
Should have a sequel.
awesome witty good story
cute little short story
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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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