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The Necromancer's Dance

(The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,939 ratings  ·  348 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, 225 pages
Published February 25th 2016 by SJ Himes
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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 think S.J. Himes is a goddess. She has a
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 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 impressed with the wait I now have until the next book is released and so I decided to check out other books by this author.

Angel Salvatore is a necromancer, the only necromancer in Boston and after ending the Blood Wars (a generations l
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars!

The Necromancer's Dance is a truly entertaining and riveting romance between a necromancer and vampire. The book is a wonderful cocktail of magic, suspense, action, romance and sizzling hot chemistry.

Angel is a sorcerer level necromancer who is a no nonsense person and who does not tolerate anyone's bullshit. Simeon is the Elder vampire of the local coven. A vampire and a necromancer are natural enemies but Simeon finds that he is having a wonderful chemistry with Angel and is enam
R * 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.

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
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
Shelves: mm, paranormal, vampires
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
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Not bad. Not bad at all*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

I'm feeling a bit uncertain of my feelings towards this book. I liked it - a lot - but yet it was nowhere near ‘love it’. I liked the characters; only necromancer in all of Boston Angelus ‘Angel’ ‘Sorcerer Salvatore’ Salvatore (30) and Elder and vampire, Simeon ‘Celt’ (over 400 years old). They were so adorable together, even before Angel really started to let Simeon in. Though, I still felt like we didn't really get to know Simeon. Which is probably a bit
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,
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: various-romance
3.25 stars. Easy way to pass the time if you like M/M paranormal romance. This is the beginning of a series apparently but it reads as a standalone. There's no angst or UST between the two MCs because the story starts 2 years after they already met and became attracted to each other although they don't act on it until the first chapter of this book. I would have preferred to go on that initial journey with them.

The conflict was ok although the final explanation of who did what and why was extrem
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
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
**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
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
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.
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★
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.
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.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited, m-m
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.
*1-11-2018: ebook is currently FREE on Amazon US (not sure about other locations). I do recommend this story.

*2017 Audio Review*
I was provided a complimentary copy of the audio book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a new to me author and a not new to me narrator. I enjoyed BOTH immensely. First, I have to start with the narration. I mean, WOW! This will be the third book I've listened to by Joel Leslie. The first was Hidden Identity, and the second Crime Wave (I really enjoyed them both
Al *the serial series skipper*
This was so much fun. Simeon is the cutest!
Kaje Harper
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, 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
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 in
I don't think I'd give it the 5★'s I did on my first read but this go round there was still a lot to love.

Especially the narration. I loved, loved, loved both the Boston accent and the Irish accent. It added a lot to the book in my opinion. This is a pretty exciting story and having it read to you and hearing the anger and desperation and sadness in Angel's voice upped the excitement level.

I feel I just noticed some things this time I may not have the first go round. I think I needed more relat
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
Re-read, and still as fun as the first time around.
I love Angel and Simeon's snark and their careful courting (Simeon's especially.)
I want to smack Isaac, what a douche, and I would have liked to see Angel ask him to get his head out of his ass...

The mystery part was a wee bit thin, considering Simeon and Batiste's supposed powers and knowledge, but I could let it go, since the rest was pretty damn solid!
A wonderful new (for me) urban paranormal series. I loved everything about it: The two MC's are real fleshed-out characters, they have their flaws but also have so much more awesomeness going for them. The worldbuilding was impressive, supernatural Boston is a sight to behold. The plot was interesting, and kept me engrossed till the end. I can't remember the last time I was this impressed with a series. I now can't wait to read the next book in the series. PS. Angel is a ass-kicking badass force ...more
***4.5*** Because you have to hold back a bit. ;)

I'm shallow. It's no secret. I got this book solely for the cover and I read it now because it's Halloween. I'm not mad. This was mostly an audio and it was fantastically performed by the inimitable Joel Leslie. JL does great voices and accents for every character, which is why this is a performance and not just a reading.

Paranormal is not a genre that I've read lots of but I thought this was really well done. The explanation of vampire society
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