Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blog Tour: Review: The Necromancer

The Necromancer (Linaera the Great, Book #1)
By Alex Stargazer
Genre: Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy, Young Adult


Book Blurb

‘I am Neshvetal. My name carries the bitter taste of death; my magic brings it to my enemies; and my laughter sings with the howling wind.’

From ice and fire he was born; but death is his master now.

His children—decaying and sadistic, merciless and cruel—smile as they grow ever more.

The Dead are rising. Will you join them?


A tale about death and life, magic and ordinary people; the Necromancer is a story for the brave and the strong of heart. Read it—if you dare. For it is often in the darkest times, in which the heroes emerge...

My Thoughts:
Okay, first off, the world created was incredible. I absolutely loved diving into such a new place but still understanding what was happening. It was written to be understood and there is also a map and information about the language spoke, among other things. Things were seriously thought about and put together. This wasn't a book just thrown together. Look at the names. The only way I'd come up with those was if I sneezed. But Alex put all of this together perfectly.

The opening scene really caught my eye. It's full of action and mystery, perfect for the start of this book. Nothing is really given away at all, which I like. It's also a way to set us up and set the bar of expectations. I admit mine was set high after this.

I love the fantastical blend in this. And the dark fantasy. Alex writes the story and it weaves different elements together to make such a good story. He writes really well. This book was great.

One thing Alex asks at the very beginning in his notes is, Can a fourteen-year-old write a good story? I did want to discuss this, because, yes, I believe one could. I had my story idea at eleven or twelve and wrote it at fifteen. But I've been writing for a while. My idea and rough draft definitely needed some serious editing work, but they are definitely a start. So I do think it possible to write a good story at 14, and Alex proves it with this.

4 stars

Author Biography

Hello! I’m called Alex Stargazer. That’s not my real name. And no: I’m not going to tell you. I like a little mystery.


What I will tell you: I’m sixteen. I have a passion for fantasy; and a soft spot for romance. I like to write about anything fantastical (elves are a favourite; dragons too) and my favourite book’s either Narnia or Northern Lights—never could decide, poor vacillating me.

Anyway: give my stuff a read. You might like it. No, really; I got fans. (If you listen carefully at night, you’ll hear them whispering my name. They’re shy, are my fans; but they’re a determined lot.)

PS: if you want to know more, email me at alexstargazerwriterextraordinaire@outlook.com. Yes, the address is deliberately long; I don’t like stalkers. They scare me.

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~Ashley

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