Book Reviews

The Necromancer's Reckoning (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer 3) by SJ Himes

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Vampires / Wizards & Witches / Erotic Romance / Action/Adventure / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 23-May-2022

Book Blurb

Every action has consequences.

For a decade, Angel Salvatore has been the most powerful sorcerer and only necromancer in all the Northeast. Never one to ask permission nor apologies, he has acted with near impunity for years.

Until now.

The High Council of Sorcery has come to Boston, and Angel is their target. Charged with numerous violations of practitioner laws, his freedom and family are placed in jeopardy.

If found guilty, Angel's apprentice Daniel will be imprisoned to serve out the remaining years of his apprenticeship. Isaac, his brother, is too vulnerable to be left unguarded, and Angel fears for his sanity and health. And Simeon, Elder vampire and Angel's mate refuses to see Angel convicted under the laws of the Council and his actions to keep Angel free threaten to start a war that could destroy their world. And Angel faces the severest of punishments—the castration of his gifts.

The Council has never cared for the people of Boston, and Angel doubts their motives. They have come for some insidious reason, and it has nothing to do with upholding the law and everything to do with Angel.

Dealing with an impending trial, a wayward ghost, and a graverobbing ring of thieves leaves Angel on the edge. He thinks he may have a handle on things until violence erupts across the city, and a stranger comes to town...a stranger with his own dark powers of necromancy.


Book Review

The hijinks keep coming as Angel and Simeon face off against the High Council of Sorcery and a graverobbing team of goons and practitioners!


The magic that makes you who you are, makes all vampires who they are, I can touch it, use it, and it pours into me uncalled. I’m a battery that’s plugged in and constantly charging.”

Simeon went stiff, arms tightening to a scary degree before relaxing. He rolled Angel underneath him, cradling him in shadow and the soft mattress below. “They want you. If they have you in their control, then they have me. They have us both, and then they gain leverage over you through Daniel—they control your magics.”

Angel roped his arms around Simeon’s neck and sighed. “Yup.”


It wasn’t difficult to figure out why the High Council came for Angel. They’re a “government” agency, so to speak, and just like all of them they only do what is best for them. They are bloated on power and greed, so wanting to control a necromancer and his soul bonded mate makes perfect sense. The idiots should have done some more research about Angel before they tried, though. *grins* They tried to imprison him in their dungeon under the city streets of Boston and Angel found a very long-dead wendigo to help bust him out.


I’ve become accustomed to so much going on in these books, which I love, that I didn’t even bat an eye at Isaac finally revealing to Angel the mass of guilt he feels in their families’ deaths, plus his need for rehab due to his binge drinking. Not to mention Daniel telling Angel that a blood donor member of Batiste’s bloodclan helped Deimos when he raped and tortured Daniel. Oh, and let’s not forget the high court sidhe fae, Rory, whom Angel saved at the end of ‘Dilemma’ and who now lives at Salvatore mansion in the greenhouse. Whoa. It’s a lot but the author truly writes it all seamlessly blending everything together.


The ending is superb with Angel battling a gruesome creature that the graverobbers inadvertently let loose when they dropped the reliquary that contained him. Add in the Council kidnapping a very young necromancer from Canada and her mentor, Nicademus (bad*ss), to manipulate him into fighting Angel… well, it was exciting with a capital E.


I think it’s pretty obvious how much I love this series and if you like urban fantasy, action adventure, mystery, suspense, and thrills, then this is definitely for you. Oh, and Eroch is NOT to be missed.


Daniel sat next to him on the couch, playing with Eroch, the small dragon attacking Daniel’s hand as he tickled the light green scales along the dragon’s belly. Eroch mock hissed and flailed with wings and tail, making Daniel laugh. He gently gnawed on Daniel’s fingers, wrapping his tail around his wrist and bunny kicking. “Ok, ok, you win!” Daniel laughed, and Eroch flipped over to his feet and curled his neck, flirtatious and sweet, making Daniel pick him up and cuddle him close. Angel rolled his eyes, and the wee beastie gave Angel a smug lift of his tiny snout and a wink of one daffodil-yellow eye.”




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 278 pages/85K words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-May-2018
Price $5.99 ebook, $15.99 paperback
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