What happens when a child's is bound at birth and never develops his innate abilities? Sam LaCroix spent is entire childhood feeling a disconnected from life, leaving him a college drop-out working at the local fast food joint. Unbeknownst to him, he was bound twice as an infant and never developed into the necromancer that he was meant to be. This was done, of course, for his own good...to hide and protect him from those who would cause him harm, mainly the insane power mongering necromancer, Douglas Montgomery. Ignorance, however, offers Sam no protection as he is unable to defend himself when he doesn't even know what he is. After the beheading of his friend and co-worker Brooke, who becomes a talking head, Sam climbs a steep learning curve, learning about himself, his powers and limitations, and friendship.
Friendship is a powerful theme in this book, not only giving Sam moral strength, but assistance in the form of new bonds created with the female werewolf, with whom he is held captive, and her pack. New rules of engagement are learned and assimilated. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a fun, fast-moving story. The characters learn, grow, change, and challenge themselves and each other. The story ends happily, but with enough unknown ahead that the reader will look forward to the next book.
The comaraderie between Sam, Ramon, Frank, and Brook is reminiscent of the friendship in the TV series Reaper where retail co-workers fight demons together. Sam's binding and disconnect is a perfect metaphor for young adults who are bound by social and cultural expectations.