Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, NecromancerTitle: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer    
Author: Lish McBride   
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.  
Publication Date: 2010   
Genre/Format: Fiction-Fantasy/Novel   
Summary: Sam finds out that his witch-mother bound his necromancy powers when he was a baby.  Now, he finds himself being attacked by the most powerful necromancer in his district without any real understanding of what necromancy is all about.
What I Think: It's so hard to write a simple summary of this book and do it justice!  I loved Sam as a character.  I kept finding myself visualizing this book as a Jack Black movie.  The humor is fantastic.  McBride does an amazing job of talking about the severity of Sam's situation while still keeping it light-hearted and funny.
    I am a huge fantasy fan.  This book is great because it doesn't ready like an uber-fantasy book but it does have elements of magical creatures in it.  I haven't read a book with a necromancer in it before.  It also has cocky gnomes, talking heads, and hybrid were-hound-fairies.  It's pure awesomeness.
I would definitely have this in a high school classroom...possibly a middle school classroom.
     Thanks to Twitter, Lish McBride herself told me there will be a sequel that's due out next year with lots more cheeky gnomes to love...hate?...in it.

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