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The Necromancer's Dance

(The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,720 ratings  ·  573 reviews
In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset upon by enemies, both old and new. Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell ...more
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published February 25th 2016 by SJ Himes
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Third re-read: 14.04.2020
I just needed some Simeon and Angel, so I skimmed everything that didn't center the couple.

Second re-read: 16.11.2019
I decided to do yet another re-read of this book/series as to be up to date when I start book 4 for the first time. On thing I noticed more this time around was the insta-love, without being insta. You see, Angel and Simeon has known each other for 2 years, but that was just polite meetings. Then it takes 2-4 days into the story (after the 2 years)
Reread April 2021

Still love it.

Reread November 2018

I think I love these two more every time I read this series.

Reread May 2018

I do love this series and I am anxiously waiting for the next one that HOPEFULLY is coming out soon. I want a Simeon of my own though...

Originally read November 2017

**4.5 Stars**

Well, after being in a reading slump for several days, I decided to give this book a go. As with Himes' Wolfkin series, I was immediately drawn in. I mentioned in an update that I
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Absolutely, 100% loved this book. This book cemented itself in my mind, heart, soul, everything that makes a reader fall in love with books. I've already re-read it the same year I first read it and the author now has a life-long fan. Seriously, loved it that much. Officially in my top five favorite series.

Angel Salvatore has it tough - his family was brutally slain in a cultural sorcerer war ten years ago. He's picked up the pieces and focuses his life on training budding sorcerers. HIs brother
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Re-read 4th - 6th March 2021

I just love this series but then I suppose that’s obvious by the number of re-reads.

Re-read 1st - 2nd January 2019
With the fourth book Mastering the Flames on the horizon I thought I’d do another re-read.

Re-read 29th May - 30th May.

I think I enjoyed this even more the second time round.

Original review.

Having just read Wolves of the Black Pine and Wolf of the Northern Star and being stunned by the beauty of these books and just how much I enjoyed them. I was less impre
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars!

Wow. I admit I didn’t have very high expectations going into this, but I have to say that this was pretty darn good urban/paranormal fantasy. Full of rich world building, great characters, and incorporating many elements we’ve all read before - sorcery and vampires and demons abound, as well as the lovely obtuse politics and power plays that are often prominent among such supernaturals. Just color me impressed!

Angelus is a necromancer, and a very powerful one at that. Revered and feared
4.5 Stars.

I enjoyed this.


- The writing and the world building was great.
-The story itself was engaging.
-The Chemistry between Angelus and Simeon.
- The banter and the conversations between the characters.

This book has sorcerers, vampires and cute dragons.

I loved it, and will read more from this author.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Where have I been and why hasn’t it been Beacon Hill?? Gahhhh! This story slipped in and swept me away. I’m not only new to Beacon Hill but I’m new to S.J. Himes. A double whammy of goodness. This was a gift (thank you, thank you!!) that plucked me out of a reading slump and gave me that coveted book itch…I want to know what happens next, I want more Angel and Simeon, I NEED moar! PNR has always been my first love and I haven’t been this excited about a ‘supernat’ story in a long time.
So, here’s

What an amazing series this is. I binge read all three books because once I started l just could not put them down. Himes has such a way with words, it's just phenomenal. The world building is spectacular, fascinating and days after finishing the the third book I'm still thinking about them.

Angel and Simeon are perfect for each other, both badasses in their own right but together .... a force to be reckoned with.

Brilliant story ✓
Fabulous characters and side characters ✓
Spectacular world bu
Jul 07, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF at 48%

When I DNF two books in a row I feel like such a jaded reader. But I promised myself I wouldn’t continue with books that I feel are just okay. I would have probably ended up giving this book 3 stars, and that’s not bad at all. But since I’ve been reading a lot of 3 star books lately, I decided to quit while I’m ahead. My free time is way too valuable to me to endure 2 or 3 more hours with a book I think is only okay.

And me not liking this book is entirely my own fault since I’m not a f
It was a good start, even though there were some rocky moments. The world of magic is cool and interesting. Demons are actually space aliens, magical creatures have blood that poisons vampires, and our hero is a powerful necromancer.

Oh, I'm invited to the necromancer party? Um, I think I'm busy that day. Oh, you didn't tell me what day it is? Yeah, well... oh, that's my phone. Gotta go! It's on vibrate.

Dodged that bullet.
Okay, so our hero is named Angel and that was hard for me because I didn't
The had potential, but it had some editing issues. Wrong words, missing words, awkward sentences.

I liked the idea of the story though. What I didn't like is that I felt like I missed all the relationship growth between Simeon and Angel. The story starts after they've know each other a couple of years, and we skipped any real development straight into love declarations. I wanted to see them getting to know each other.

If you look at this as more of an urban fantasy story, rather than a romance,
4.5 Stars

This was a thoroughly enjoyable urban fantasy romp, told through an exciting, fresh, and well-executed plot line, and featuring an intriguing cast of supernatural characters, all of whom I was captivated and delighted by.

The Necromancer's Dance tells the story of a powerful young sorcerer named Angelus ‘Angel’ Salvatore who lives in Boston and works as a teacher to young people learning to expand and control their magical abilities. As the only necromancer left in Boston, Angel is both
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
RR February 2018
I'm sucker for books with magic content. If I were to choose a favorite genre that would be fantasy. I love reading books about things out of the ordinary. My favorite TV shows are Supernatural, Heroes and TWD. This book has everything from sorcerers to vampires to little, cute dragons :) So it gets 5 stars from me.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Re-read: June 2, 2018
I’m upping my rating to 4 Stars. I enjoyed this book a lot more. What I said in my original reviews still holds true, but I had a better time reading it and that counts for something! I can’t wait to listen to the next one in audio!

ORIGINAL REVIEW: March 10, 2017....

3.5 Stars. Enjoyable read, but wanting more depth of character.

I enjoyed reading the Necromancer's Dance, my first read by this author. I liked the world building that included a large supernatural population.

I f
**3.5 stars**

Still on my journey to look out at fantasy MM romances to tickle my imagination which is sometimes furiously lacking.
Well, it seems that I have quite an interest when magic is involved, less so when it comes to vampires - to the exception of my beloved Inigo from Bloodline who anyway seems not to be a typical vampire…but I digress.

In current Boston, where supernaturals have their place among humans, Angel is a special kind of and powerful magician : a necromancer. With his younger
Re-edited 9/24/2018

I love this series! This power couple is one of my favorite! Simeon and Angel are mates but their relationship is written in such a way that allows for feelings to develop, the edges to be smoothed out. The shenanigans they get up to are thrilling, adventurous with a side dish of humorous sarcasm sprinkled with magic. I love side characters - Dame Mildred Fontaine is just that shade of awesome that you need in the story like this! Kicka$$ witch with mothering instincts and gre
Jenni Lea
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Joel Leslie audio was a smashing success! I loved it so much I immediately bought book two and started listening. While in my car. Driving. During morning rush hour.

I probably shoulda waited, huh?

#nopatiencewhatsoever #Gimmethebooknow #thankgodforsideviewmirrors #donttrythisathome
Jun 04, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 50%
I just don’t think her writing is for me.
Re-review 10Aug2018: No change

I gave this audio a whirl again to see if I could just focus on the Boston accent part of JL's Angel performance...and yeah, no. He still sounds old. But I'm over it and if I can get my Library to pick up the audio for the next one, I listen to it anyway. If not...well, we'll see. #2 is on my list for challenges so I'll cross that bridge when/if I get to it. Because otherwise the story is still really well-told and the alternate 'verse created here is extremely inte
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold the phone. This is a supernatural story available on Kindle Unlimited, and it doesn't blow.

I really, really liked this. I liked that Angel was realistically bad ass. He wasn't one of those guys that everyone is fawning over, but the dude could hold his own and was vicious in his resolve. I liked that Simeon was the same way: awesome, but not unrealistic. Even for a vampire...? Heh.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, kindle-unlimited
I loved this. Seriously loved it.

PNR will always be my first love and although this is classified more as UF I'm allowed to disagree. It was totally romantic.

I immediately started the next book in the series.

Perfect for me. Totally.
This is an awesome read. I am always looking for some good m/m romance with vampires, and although the main MC is a necromancer, his lover, a vampire Elder, is sexy enough to sate my thirst for a bloodsucker.
Angelus is the city most powerful necromancer, feared by many. The magic and spell that he can do is fascinating. Angelus is one snarky bastard and he is afraid of no one. Love his confidence and his no nonsense attitude.
Simeon is the Elder of the vampire clan, the second most powerful vam
So many of my friends read this series that I decided to start too. And I truly like the story and the characters, however I have skipped some parts and have some issues.

First the good things. I really like the characters. Angel and Simeon make an interesting couple. Still, I find Simeon slightly undeveloped. We don’t really know a lot about him. But the next books in this series are there to discover him better. And it will be a true pleasure to do. I like the fact that Angelus past doesn’t dom
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Very enjoyable , liked the relationship between the two main characters , and that of the two , it was the Vampire that was lovey dovey !

Definitely reading the next in the series when it's available.
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
This was very enjoyable, but now I can't decide who I want more. Angel? Simeon? Or the wee beastie? It's really, really close. ...more
Shin Mon Thway
4.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Wow .. this is a new introduction for me to the magical worlds of S.J. Himes. I really rally loved her other book series wolfkin saga and they are one of my favorites. Since she can write werewolves stories so good, it's no surprise to me that she's as equally good at writing vampire and magic user stories. However, I have to say that the tale of how Angel's family died is a bit complicated but I think it's because this is only book one. May be I can dig deeper into that issue
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
This book has magic!
Books with magic

And dragons too! Ooh Sweetness heaven, I love that! This book reads well, I liked it a lot.
Kaje Harper
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, paranormal
I enjoyed this addition to the range of M/M vampire and magic novels. Angel is a necromancer and wizard, who managed to come up with a spell to defeat an army of enscorled vampires, years ago. He and his younger brother are the only members of his family to survive that battle, and the brother, Isaac, lives with his lover in an apartment across town now, prickly and distant with Angel. Angel remains solitary, teaching students and keeping his head down, and trying to mentor his brother from afar ...more
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
This was so much fun. Simeon is the cutest!
4.5 (4.0) stars

Wow. Color me impressed. This was a tantalizing story with real (albeit, paranormal) characters, mystery, and intrigue. I was kept guessing to the end and was surprised with the late reveals. Although I was wary at the start of a necromancer MC (seems very dark magicky), to my utter delight, I was smitten with and thoroughly enjoyed Angel. I absolutely adored Simeon and Eroch. So what kept this from being a 5-star? The editing or lack thereof. There were too many instances where I
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