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Terminal City: Book One in the Terminal City Saga

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Mason Cross never wanted to be anything like his father, a famous professor who, it turns out, was also a necromancer. But death changes people.

Now Mason is following in his dead dad’s footsteps, down a dark, solitary path between two competing lives: one as a student at Terminal City’s top university, the other as a necromancer.

But will he find the answers he’s looking fo
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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published April 4th 2016 by EDGE - Lite
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Frank
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received this through LibraryThing for an honest review.

This book was really a fun read for me. I wish it went even further with the back story of necromancy though. There were some editing problems but not enough to effect the book on a whole. Loved the ending too which for me is rare.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
A likeable young necromancer fights against, and sometimes with, the forces of evil in the first in a new urban fantasy series set in an alternate Vancouver.
Melanie Kiser
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I enjoyed this book ... a different type of supernatural entity that may or may not be evil.
Paul
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This paranormal novel is about Mason Cross, resident of Terminal City and student at the local university. His father, John Cross, was a well-respected professor at the university until his death several months previously.

A mutual friend, Lester Wright, tells Mason that John was a Necromancer, someone interested in magic and communicating with the dead. Lester is also a Necromancer. Mason is shown Dad's library of old books on necromancy, and learns that he is also a Necromancer. Mason has no in
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James
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
A somewhat offbeat urban fantasy mixed in with a coming of age story. Main character may become too bad ass in later novels, but since it doesn't end in a cliffhanger you can skip these. ...more
Edwin Downward
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This story kept raising enough questions to keep me reading to the end but never quite pulled me in.
Ariane Fleischmann
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the littlest nutshell:
Read it. It’s great.

In a normal-sized nutshell:
It’s dark, but there are light moments.
It’s fantasy, but it’s familiar, in a ‘hey this could be a thing right under our noses’ sort of way (but totally not conspiratorial)
It’s cleverly written with those ‘aha!’ moments and has a dash of philosophical questions that’ll make you think a little. But it’s easy-to-read, and you’ll uncover layers as you turn the pages—like 7-layer dip, not onions.

And the longer, rambling nutshell
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Brenda Mcallister
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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Emily
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
For centuries the inquisitors have tried to kill every Necromancer because it is gods will to stop their so called evil from spreading. The Necromancers many of whom are innocents just trying to learn more of their craft and practice their beliefs have been just trying to hide and stay alive. Now that is over Rowland is done hiding and after three centuries he is taking the final fight to the Inquisitors. He and his mentor were murdered by the Inquisitors and the spirit realm took pity on him an ...more
Dgilmour
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Take the traditional fantasy coming of age novel, add in a heavy dollop of philosophy, hardboil the protagonist and you have Terminal City -- the career launching first book in Trevor Melanson’s Terminal City Saga.

Mason Cross is heading off to university for the first time, when the untimely death of Mason’s father places him into the middle of a secret war between the necromancer’s and the inquisitors. But following his father’s necromantic legacy soon gets complicated as he’s hunted by the fai
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Anne V.
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

Mason Cross is embarking on a new life in more ways than just going to college. When he moves in to the house he inherited from his dead father and an odd stranger comes calling, he discovers that death is just another beginning.

Once introduced to the world of unseen things, Mason is delivered as a complex hard-edged young man who takes joining the ranks of his father’s powerful friends, the Necromancers, in an epic battle against the Inquisitors in stride.

This is a fast-paced, well-written en
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Linda Nickerson
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting read from start to finish. Highly imaginative romp into the dark side with complex characters. I found myself liking the bad ones as much as the good ones; indeed the lines between 'good' and 'bad' were often blurred. Action packed, and never a dull moment; the author paints incredible pictures of an alternative Vancouver (Terminal City) as well as other layers of the necromancer's reality, and the flow back and forth between the two. I can hardly wait for the next two books of this tri ...more
Trevor Melanson
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Trevor Melanson is the author of Terminal City, the first book in a dark fantasy series from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Currently, he works as a senior communications strategist for a think tank at Simon Fraser University called Clean Energy Canada. He also has a decade of experience editing some of Canada's largest magazines, including Canadian Business, BCBusin
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