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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  49 reviews
An immersive and ambitious new series from the Aurealis Award winning author of A Crucible of Souls.

A corrupted power stirs from beyond the grave.
A sacred order of knights sworn to protect the world from evil.
The Necromancer Queen will rise again.

Seventeen years have passed since the Necromancer Queen Talia was overthrown and slain, and her capital city destroyed by the Kn
Kindle Edition, 500 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Mitchell Hogan
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Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Mitchell Hogan and Netgalley.
I've been darned lucky lately with the fantasy books I've chosen and been allowed to read through Netgalley.
This book is one of a trilogy. Dang, I hate that!
This is really a story of white versus red. One religious order against another.
Sounds simple. Something we've all heard before.
This is also a story about magic. Good against evil. But, maybe not. Good is never clear cut. Evil is never so ill defined.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of this st
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Mitchell Hogan and Netgalley.
I've been darned lucky lately with the fantasy books I've chosen and been allowed to read through Netgalley.
This book is one of a trilogy. Dang, I hate that!
This is really a story of white versus red. One religious order against another.
Sounds simple. Something we've all heard before.
This is also a story about magic. Good against evil. But, maybe not. Good is never clear cut. Evil is never so ill defined.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of this st
Anubha (BooksFullOfLife, LifeFullOfBooks)
I liked this book even though I didn't expect to. There is an element of mystery present around the death of necromancer queen and her daughter which keeps the reader engaged and gripped till the end. The premise of knights in training and a confused boy who when starts to experience weird insticts starts to question everything he has known and also there's an intriguing mystery around him. The romance wasn't the major focus yet it was well written and kept me vouching for the couple. There was ...more
Mitchell Hogan
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Update 19th June 2020: Great news! Audible have selected the brilliant Michael Kramer as narrator for the audiobook. Although this means pushing the release date out two weeks until 7th July.

Update 16th May 2020: Audible have approached a narrator, and just quietly if he agrees I think you'll be very pleased! I received the IngramSpark print proof and it looks fantastic. Having a print book in your hand somehow makes everything more real.

Update 9th May 2020: Print and ebook files all uploaded an
Aug 27, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
I read up to the 35% mark (the first twelve chapters) before I sadly decided not to continue with this book. I should note from the outset that this wasn't a badly written book and I'm sure many other readers will genuinely really enjoy it, but it wasn't for me.

My main issue was that I found the plot very predictable, and felt like it rehashed a lot of tropes from the genre without really adding anything new. This is literally a book about an orphaned boy working in the stables, who attends an
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I’m so excited to see the first of another series encompassing the same world as “Revenant Winds” and “Shadow of the Exile”. I actually have a handle on the sorcery system now, with the dawn,dusk, darktides used, along with some of the old gods, such as Menselas, and the nasty demon lords like Nysrog. Most of all, I can’t help myself, but I love that reoccurring wraithe.
The story begins with the defeat of Queen Talia of Niyas, “The Necromancer Queen”. Her second in command, Capt. Carred Selenas
Cheryl Ruckel
The book begins with a familiar sort of preface for the fantasy genre. The characters were well-developed and felt quickly like old friends. There were many plot threads, and I was sure they would all soon merge into the larger story and create some gripping action scenes. Then I was certain that I had the major characters figured out and was watching the clues point the way. Of course, I was fooled right up until the last two chapters and I was again totally engaged in the story. Now I must kno ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Reader copy of the book “ Incursion” in return for my reading time and an honest review.
Mitchell Hogan has written a masterful new dark fantasy novel “ Incursion.” He created a world where sorcery and dark magic are in conflict with sorcery of the Light wrapped up in a wholly believable and fascinating landscape. It has very good characters, both primary and
supporting. One has no trouble becoming absorbed into the storyline.
The prelude opens in the capital city of Nephor
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I’ve been reading Mitchell Hogan’s work for several years now, and the first thing that struck me about this novel was how much he has upped his game. I loved this!

I’ve always found Hogan’s writing on point, his characterisation excellent, and the breadth of his imagination to be everything I look for in a fantasy author. But in Incursion, he takes it to a new level. I needed to double-check that it was a Mitchell Hogan novel I was reading. Stylistically, Hogan has pushed himself to the next lev
Lara :)
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
INCURSION is an amazing fantasy novel with a range of different themes. The storyline follows a few characters that are neither truly good nor evil. Carred is an amazing female lead, and I like her dynamic personality as well as the love interests she has through the book. Anskar matured nicely as things developed in the book and I have high hopes that some of the latter knots get tied in the storyline. The plot has been a little unpredictable and keeps me guessing. It seems like the more inform ...more
Julia Sarene
I loved Hogans Sorcery Ascendant series, and also the SciFi Crime mystery Inquisitor, so I was very excited to see this new series!

It is a bit darker than the first series, but not fully grimdark.
This book has a great mix of mystery, plenty of magic, adventures, , politics, friendships and something I especially enjoy: we get to accompany the main characters on a series of tests that include sword smithing for example.

The characters in this one drew me right in and I was happy to spend my time
Noam Wajnman
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very promising new series!
I've read all Mitchell Hogan's books and loved them all and this one is no exception.
Incursion is a sword and sorcery type fantasy book but what sets it apart from most other books in the genre is the careful buildup of the world coupled with a quick paced story that never bores you. I like the magic system which is different and limited.
The characters are also likable and genuine but in the end the important thing for me is that the story is engaging. I really wante
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much potential, unfortunately it did not come to fruition. DNF at 25%.

I was expecting there to actually be necromancy in the book, maybe it came later? I could not get myself to care about the main character.

I just went in with too high of expectations, I will try to reread in a month or so.
Alba Mellark Castro
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I decided to read this book because of the necromancy, it is a kind of magic that I had read just a couple of times before and I was really interested in exploring it more. My first problem with Incursion is that, from the most part of the book, there isn't any necromancy and it kind of promises that with the premise and with the title of the series so I was a little disappointed while reading it.

This is the first installement in a new f
Dave Emma
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mitchell Hogan makes reviewing his ARCs so incredibly easy. I’d feel terrible if I didn’t like a book I was sent to review. Luckily, this has never been the case with Mr Hogan. All his work is excellent. Incursion is absolutely his best work to date. Not one second of it was boring, the character development is incredible, and the suspense is painful! I’m ready for book 2!! The Tainted Cabal world Hogan has build is really getting fleshed out with these books. Keep them coming Mitch!
Mar 16, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review for Incursion – Book # 1 of The Necromancer’s Key by Mitchell Hogan

My rating: 3 stars.

Thanks to NetGalley, publisher and author for access to this book.

This book took me approx. 2 weeks to finish. I was really hoping it would be an exciting read however I found it dragged on a bit more than I would have preferred until about half-way through. If you like a slow-burn you will probably enjoy this one, however if you need an action-packed story right from the start you may struggle. I do be
Chris Grant
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a pleasant surprise for me. I adore another series by this author, the Exile trilogy, in which the third and final book has not yet come out. So I was naturally saddened by seeing another new series crop up, I knew I would have enjoyed it, but not be engrossed by it. I was wrong.

The prologue gripped me by the neck and forced me to read carefully, it was an effective setting of the story. It would be very wise to read carefully as t
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Incursion was a long book. Long but definitely entertaining. I will admit that things did start off pretty slowly after the prologue for me. Which is weird because that's what initially sucked me in. I wanted to know more about this Queen and the Necromancers.

After that, we meet Anskar. He is currently living with the Order and is excited to go into their trials to become a consecrated knight-sorcerer. What a mouthful. Ans
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting read.
The basic setup is that of a boy on the brink of maturity who is coming to the end of his Paladin training, with the protagonist going from having a very simple idea of what the rest of his life will entail to a state of turmoil as he discovers that he has a disquieting power.

Although that's a fairly standard setup Hogan manages to make his book stand out from the pack initially by focusing on the psychosexual. Our protagonist struggles between an earnest desire to keep his holy
Ray Curto
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I was given a free copy of Incursion by Mitchell Hogan, the author, Crucible Press, and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Incursion is the first by Mr. Hogan that I have read. I think I would characterize this novel as epic fantasy.

This review will not contain any spoilers.

Mr. Hogan did a very credible job in the world-building and setting for this novel. Initially, I was intrigued in the main character and one of the major minor characters until they started to have a relationship, an
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I'm glad I grabbed the audiobook of this because it's pretty long and has some slow parts. It went by much faster by listening than if I'd read the ebook. I did think the plot was interesting as a whole, but it could have been shorter and there's not much necromancy in this despite the series title.

We follow two main characters in this, Anskar and Carred. The former is an orphan who was taken in by the Order and trained to become a knight and sorcerer. He's very proficient and the subj
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one is looking to be the type of series that you want to check constantly for updates on a possible release date for the next book. This book touches on nearly all of the aspects that I absolutely love in a fantasy novel. Swordplay and magic are great, but he brought something to the table that not many others do that I personally love. Bladesmithing! I’ve only seen a couple of other authors do it justice. Namely, Anthony Ryan. It’s a passion of mine that I love to see used in literature. T ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a good story. Solid world building and an interesting hook into this world with the destruction of a city by the Necromancer queen Talia and a mysterious prophecy about Talia's daughter that everyone is searching. Fast forward several years and you have Anskar, Saraya, Orix and others working to become knights while Carred is continuing a faltering rebellion to take back the land for the Niyas.
Toby Lloyd
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read all of Mitchell's work and this is definitely his most accomplished and well written. I think I enjoyed it as much as anything, maybe equal with Crucible of Souls.

It was immediately captivating and I found myself with the usual "just one more chapter" curse at 2am, knowing I had work the next day. He has taken his character development to the next level in this book as I felt a sense of attachment very early on. His writing of emotional and high-tension scenes in particular really drov
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, do not let the four out of five stars stop you from reading this book. I gave it four out of five because to me the author was a tad bit long winded in my opinion. Otherwise the story was wonderful and I can not wait till the next one is out. I want to see who Talia's child is and if it is who I think it is. The plot lines and secrecy in this book keeps you guessing and assuming throughout your read. I look forward to seeing what the next one produces. ...more
Chris Monceaux
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incursion by Mitchell Hogan was a fascinating read. The world-building and characterization are truly spectacular, and the story tackles a multitude of interesting topics, including religion, racism, capitalism, morality, and romance, all wrapped in mystery, necromancy, sorcery, and the adventures of 'gallant' knights. What more could a fan of fantasy ask for?

David Drewry
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have to. Read

This book was a great first book that has a good story line with magic and adventure. The characters where built well and was interesting to read their internal conflicts and how they grow or may grow. I'm look forward to next book to see what happens between knights and the dawn/dusk/dark tide battles
Mar 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, netgalley
DNF at 44%. Here's what happened: I forgot my Kindle at home, so I wasn't able to read this book for a day or so... and when it came time to pick it back up, I literally groaned at the idea of having to do so. That's when I knew this was a DNF.

It's very slow, there's almost no action, and I can't make myself care about the characters. No bueno.
Anders Haywood
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic new series!

This was the perfect start to another series my one of my favourite authors. Set in the world of Wariya like his other books (Revenant Winds, Shadow of the exile and more), this follows Anskar. Anskar isn't human, but was raised to be a knight in an organization that looks down on his kind. As familiar as this felt at the start, the story rapidly evolved into something unique. Although devout and determined to be the best knight he can, Anskar rapidly begins to see that hi
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looks like a good start to a series. It includes an interesting plot with multiple threads, a nice take on the fuzzy definition of good and evil, and crafted characters. Fantasy is not one of favorite genres, but this was enjoyable and well written,

Thanks very much for the review copy!!
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