Review: The Necromancer by Michael Scott

Goodreads Synopsis:

San Francisco:

Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And they’re both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they’ll need to protect themselves, they’ve lost Scatty, and they’re still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel? Can they trust anyone?


Dr. Dee underestimated Perenelle Flamel’s power. Alcatraz could not hold her, Nereus was no match for her, and she was able to align herself with the most unlikely of allies. But she wasn’t the only one being held on the island. Behind the prison’s bars and protective sigils were a menagerie of monsters, and now Machiavelli has come to Alcatraz to loose them on San Francisco.

Perenelle might be powerful, but each day she weakens, and even with Nicholas back at her side, a battle of this size could be too much for her. Nicholas and Perenelle must fight to protect the city, but the effort will probably kill them both.


Having been unable to regain the two final pages of the Codex, Dee has failed his Elder and is now an outlaw.

But the Magician has a plan. With the Codex and the creatures on Alcatraz, he can control the world. All he needs is the help of the Archons. But for his plan to work, he must raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead. For that, he’ll have to train a necromancer.

Favorite Exerpts:

Kindle 1%:

Finally, Sophie nodded. “Sure, we could.” She brushed a few strands of blonde hair out of her eyes and looked at her brother. “But just let me get this straight first. We’re going to tell Mom and Dad that their entire life’s work has been for nothing. That everything they have ever studied–history, archaeology and paleontology–is wrong.” Her eyes sparkled. “I think it’s a great idea. But I’ll let you go ahead and do it, and I’ll watch.”

Josh shrugged uncomfortably. “OK, OK, so we don’t tell them.”

My Review:

In The Necromancer, we really get to see the characters gain a great deal of depth, especially the twins and the relationship they have with each other. The world expands to include several new shadowrealms, which helps to solidify the understanding of how many shadowrealms there really are and how they operate.

Before this novel, there was a wall up in the plot of this series that I wasn’t even aware of. The storyline in The Necromancer knocked that wall down and smashed it to pieces, opening up so much understanding of the plot in one fell swoop. I can definitely feel the story beginning to build toward the end of the series and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Overall, I rate The Necromancer 4 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Order The Necromancer from Barnes & Noble in the US, Waterstones in the UK, or your locally owned bookstore and enjoy it for yourself!

For more information about Michael Scott and his work, visit his website.

Have you read The Necromancer? What did you think of it? What books would you recommend for readers who enjoyed this book/series?

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