Title: The Necromancer’s Bride
Author: Kat Ross
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: Five stars
“Forgiveness is not Gabriel D’Ange’s strong suit.
A self-appointed soldier of God with a penchant for ruthlessly punishing his enemies, he vanished after Anne Lawrence stabbed him with his own dagger.
The smart thing would be to let him go.
Unfortunately, Anne’s life isn’t just lonely without Gabriel. It’s insufferably boring.
Determined to heal the rift between them, she goes in search of her tempestuous former lover, black parasol in hand and daeva magic crackling at her fingertips. But Gabriel has his own plans afoot and Anne finds herself drawn into one of his tangled webs, much against her better judgment.
Gabriel’s nemesis has reappeared in Brussels, a vile slaver who’s plundering the Congo Free State with the blessing of King Leopold. Gabriel might be willing to give Anne a second chance, but not until Jorin Bekker’s head is lying at his feet.
Back in London, the quasi-reformed necromancer Balthazar sets his sights on the same quarry. He holds a very personal grudge against Bekker — and killing him might be the only way to keep Gabriel D’Ange from Balthazar’s own throat.
When the hunters collide at a lavish gala thrown by the king, Anne learns just how far she’ll go to save the man she loves.”
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I knew this was going to be a five star review before I even started reading.
The Necromancer’s Bride carries on the story between Anne and Gabriel D’Ange after their rocky beginnings in A Bad Breed. Anne and Gabriel began their relationship as abductor and abductee in this Beauty and the Beast retelling, yet that didn’t stop them from falling in love.
After the events of A Bad Breed, Anne goes in search of Gabriel. She finds that her life is less vibrant without him, despite his quick temper and ceaseless need for justice (which has a tendency to get in the way of their relationship).
She finds him in an exotic part of the world, training with his charges Jacob and Julian, in preparation for assassinating renowned slave trader Jorin Bekker. Gabriel also concedes that he can’t live without Anne and the two of them rekindle their relationship. However, Gabriel will not let his unfinished business with Bekker slide.
By the end of this book, Anne is calling upon all her power as a daeva to rescue Gabriel from this particularly cunning antagonist.
Anne is a wonderful example of a well crafted strong, female lead. She is, by society’s estimations, an unusual woman. She dresses in black, can and chooses to run incredible distances and is incredibly comfortable with who she is. All things that are not attributed to femininity during this historical period: the 1800s. I guess I’m trying to say, that I love she is trampling on the status quo.
The climax is definitely my favourite part of this book. Without spoiling anything, Anne really kicks ass against insurmountable odds to rescue the man she loves. Facing off against necromancers and shape shifters alone, she proves herself to be an incredible force of nature. Better yet, Gabriel warns his captors time and time again that they are no match for his wife. There was something about this I just loved!
As ever, the imagery, the emotional depth and immersion, were spectacular in this book. The series has an unhinged darkness about it that is both compelling and mysterious. Yet, there are plenty of happy endings to be found.
I was really hoping I wouldn’t have to wait too long for a conclusion to Anne and Gabriel’s romance and now I’m just hoping there’ll be more of their adventures to read!
The Necromancer’s Bride has more than earned The Secret Library Book Blog Recommended Reads seal:
While I recommend this book, you definitely at least need to read A Bad Breed before reading The Necromancer’s Bride, as it’s a continuation of Anne and Gabriel’s story.
Thanks for reading!