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The Last Necromancer

(The Ministry of Curiosities #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  8,557 ratings  ·  733 reviews
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.

Paperback, 268 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by C.J. Archer
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C.J. Archer So sorry, I just saw this! I sure have started the 2nd book. It's actually finished (just waiting on my editor to send me edits). It will be released …moreSo sorry, I just saw this! I sure have started the 2nd book. It's actually finished (just waiting on my editor to send me edits). It will be released on August 24th and can be pre-ordered now. Here's the Goodreads link:

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May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, easy and enjoyable read with some originality in that the main female character is a necromancer. Not the most romantic of magical skill sets but it worked in this story!

The Last Necromancer opens with Charlie, our necromancer, who is also an eighteen year old girl pretending to be a thirteen year old boy, living on the streets of old London. These characters successfully pretending to be the opposite sex always test my belief levels especially in an era without private bathroo
Montzalee Wittmann
The Last Necromancer
The Ministry of Curiosities, Book 1
By: C. J. Archer
Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
I enjoyed this book and it was nothing like I thought it would be. It is about a girl pretending to be a boy in London in the past. She has been thrown out of her house when her mother died. She accidentally, during her grief at seeing her mother dead, raised her from the dead. Her dad freaked and threw her out. For years she has been hiding on the streets as a boy, it is safer for her. But she has
Lana Hart
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was ok

That being said, let me tell you why.


The first half of this book was intriguing. The plot was interesting. The lore got my attention and my imagination running. I had my reservations about the heroine, Charlie, but I figured this was a character evolution thing. That she'd grow and eventually become redeemable.

No such luck. Charlie, this great thief who has been living on the street for five years, gets caught stealing all the time and lacks any self-preservation or survival skills
Jan 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
At the beginning this seemed sort of interesting, if not very original (girl who is Special disguised s boy, danger, controlling rich "hero"). Then it got really slow where she's a prisoner in the Rich Asshole's house refusing to help him (because why should she endanger herself for his cause?) but very little happened. Something should happen, I complained.

And then something that happened was that he found out she was a girl, humiliated her while she was naked, forced her to dress up pretty and
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Engaging YA historical fantasy set in Victorian times. Very much enjoyed it as a story that does not demand too much from you but entertaining. Have never read this author before but she has several series set in this alternative Victorian world, which I will definitely explore further. Great as a palate cleanser when you don't want to have to concentrate too hard and/ or late at night... ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
I straight up HATED this book. As in, wanted to throw something; wanted to call up C.J. Archer and ask her what was wrong with her; wanted to scrub the vestiges of this book from the earth; HATED it.

You may recall that I absolutely loved The Watchmaker's Daughter series by this same author earlier this year. I was casting about for a new audio book to listen to, and I saw that the first three books of this ten (TEN!!) book series were packaged together on Audible and could be purchased for a sin
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5

This book was an unexpectedly awesome surprise. The Last Necromancer is currently free on Amazon and when I saw it being advertised as a paranormal mystery in the backdrop of Victorian London I thought it would just what I needed to get me out of my reading stump. Needless to say the book delivered!

The Last Necromancer follows Charlotte Holloway, who was born with the ability to talk to spirits as well as the ability to reanimate corpses. When her father became aware of this unnatu
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an extremely engaging little nugget of excitement and fun.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I surprisingly did not DNF this book. I really wanted to, but I didn't. The reason why I continued reading is pretty twisted. But, in all fairness, that's when the author's writing develops/evolves. That's when readers have an OMG WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO HER?!?!?!? SOMEONE HELP HER! Even describing it vaguely makes people intrigued.

Whoever wrote the synopsis/blurb really needs to rewrite it and put this tagline.
Frankenstein Retelling.
The synopsis/blurb is wordy and doesn't do much justice. T
I enjoyed the start of this YA paranormal Victorian novel with a feisty boy called Charlie living on his wits in the streets and giving lip to the two men who capture him for the Ministry of Curiosities. Charlie has a special talent that the Ministry is anxious doesn't get into the wrong hands. However, once Charlie morphed into Charlotte, she seemed to loose her street smarts and ability to get out of scrapes. I also felt the plot would have been stronger if the author hadn't tried to bring in ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book, set in the Victorian era. It reminded me of a TV series Penny Dreadful, which I loved. The characters and the plot were interesting. I loved the dynamic relationship between a feisty heroine and ruthless hero. Slow-burn romance.
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**I received this book for free from "Xpresso Book Tours" in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

The Last Necromancer is the first installment in The Ministry of Curiosities series by author C.J. Archer. Set in 1889 Victorian London, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has been living on the streets of London since her father called her the devil's daughter and kicked h
Rating: DNF

This has not happened to me in a while. It had promise. Truly. But when a traumatized, confused 18 year old girl-child --who has powers that she does not understand or knows herself--starts lusting after a ruthless 30 plus year old man who has not been all that nice and wants to use her for his cause, I just turned off my brain to enjoying the rest of this book. It had all this potential and...darn. I may try this one again but right now, I would rather stop reading/listening than giv
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The Last Necromancer is good - the first half or so. The story of a young woman with an extraordinary ability, who managed to stay alive for five years pretending she's a boy, does sound intriguing. Add a secret ministry that deals with supernatural issues, a mysterious leader of that group with a couple of likeable characters, and you might expect you'll love it all.
Well, you might until the heroine starts acting weird (or stupid) or until you are supposed to see the chemistry between certain c
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of Charlotte, a girl who disguises as a boy to make life easier on the streets. She has another secret she is necromancer, a person that can rise the dead. She is the only one in the world and she is wanted. She must learn to protect herself.

I loved Charlotte/Charlie, her power was so unique and unlike anything I've read before. She was also sarcastic and funny and great to read about.
Seth and Gus were amazing, they were just so funny and they totally cared
Aisling Zena
Feb 20, 2017 marked it as maybe

Free on at the time of posting.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Something about C.J. Archer's writing just pulls me in! This is my third series I have started with her and there is just something that comforts and draws me in about her books!

Honestly though, I enjoyed this book immensely. Although it took me a few days to read it, it was because i was savoring it each time and wanted to spread it out. Thankfully I don't have to do that too much because there are ten books in the series!


The atmosphere was fun. Another Victorian mystery with dashes of fantas
The first half of this book was basically her being captured and held in some random castle by two incompetent idiots and one jerk face idiot. Literally. The captured her form the streets in the first few pages, and then until the half point of the book, it's about her trying to unsuccessfully escape. And that could have been interesting besides from the fact that she is a total idiot for not asking the question: "hmmmmm, the person that you're actually looking for is me. Maybe they could help m ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this one.

Freebies are very much a case of hit or miss. Either they will surprise you or you’ll question how you managed to work your way through the entire story. In all honesty, I hadn’t really been expecting this one to blow me away. The reviews for this book were such a mix and match that I really wasn’t sure what I was letting myself in for, but I was still curious to give it a read.

You can imagine my surprise when I found myself addicted to the story.

Madhu (Madhu LovesBooks)
The premise was actually promising and the plot was interesting. The lead heroine, Charlotte is funny and endearing. However, the usual tropes, and unnecessary cliffhangers slowed down the otherwise funny and could-be tight-knit story.

A satisfactory read...will follow a maximum of three books later.
Stephanie Ward
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, ebook, owned
'The Last Necromancer' is the thrilling first book in a new young adult historical fantasy series. It follows Charlotte - an eighteen-year-old girl who has been passing herself off as a young boy named Charlie for the past five years, after she unknowingly used her powers to make her dead mother come back to life and was disowned by her father. Life on the streets is hard for both young boys and for women. Things are going as usual until Charlie gets caught stealing an apple one day and is throw ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte has a gift like no other-she can reanimate and control the dead. Her gift puts her in grave danger as she hunted down by not one but two potentially dangerous men.

I have to say that Charlie/Charlotte is an incredibly strong female character. She’s been through a lot, even at the hands of her own “father”. She took to the streets and managed to survive, all the while keeping secret her true identity. She stays strong throughout the story, even when some really crazy stuff goes down.

I en
Staci (stacisbookishprobs)
So to start this review I bought this purely because I adore the cover!

I did expect and was hoping for more romance in this story but there is basically none but I do have hopes in the later books the main characters in this book will get together. There was undeniable chemistry between the two.

There were parts in the middle where the story seemed to drag which was surprising since this book is only 261 pages long. And at times Charlie was kind of annoying but by the end of the story she was a b
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The Last Necromancer was an engaging, entertaining, and thoroughly enjoyable book. I couldn't put it down! The characters are well-developed and it's easy to form an opinion of them, whether good or bad.

I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5 due to some spelling and grammatical errors. There are not many, but it can be very distracting for some readers.

Overall, this was a fantastic read. I'm very much looking forward to the next books in this series.

***I was given a free advanced copy of this
This was quite an original young adult fantasy which is rare in this genre. there was really no romance though. the characters were well portrayed. I think this has potential as a series. there were some slow parts in the plot but if book the next book is released soon I'm likely to give it a shot. ...more
Laura..devouring books like crumpets

A new fave author i think... This had everything from dry humor to Mystery, all the characters had clear definition and where multi layered, the plot for the first book wasn't too over the top as the author eases us into the Victorian era of corsets and carriages.... Throw in a little romance and it had the perfect ingredients to a great first book 5 star easy
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had this book on my wishlist since forever, and I had it on my e-reader since ages... I mean, the story seemed quite intriguing to me, the mash-up/retelling thing was appealing and I have to say that I am quite a sucker for this kind of thing and I fell for it every damned time! And the cover is simply wow... so why I have waited so long to read it?!? Now I need the sequel, and I need it now!

To be completely honest with you, it's not a perfect book and it's not a masterpiece, too but... who ca
I was intrigued from the first chapter, but my interest slowed a bit about halfway into the story. When V.F. was revealed, I was surprised by whom it was but I really shouldn't have been - it fit all the clues. Charlie was a good MC and it was sad seeing why she was on the streets but fun learning how she survived for so long undetected. I definitely want to continue with this series. ...more
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Dec 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020, audio-book-2020
Dnfing and moving on. The first half is a massive info dump with nothing happening. I'm too bored to keep going. ...more
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C.J. Archer is the USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy novels including THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY, the FREAK HOUSE series, the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series and the GLASS AND STEELE books. She has also written AFTER THE RIFT, an epic fantasy series, and historical romances.

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  • From The Ashes (The Ministry of Curiosities #6)
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