Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'd loved the first book (Hold Me Closer, Necromancer) and had hoped that it wasn't part of a series... I take that back now. This is a worthy sequel and that there will be more books? I'm ok with that.
Set only a few weeks after the previous books events, Sam is trying to come to terms with being a necromancer, having killed Douglas and helped turn his BFF Ramon into a were-bear, and a host of other problems. Like the gnomes who keep pulling pranks. Or the hedges who grab him as he passes. Or James, Douglas' servant, a pukis who can change between cat, dragon and human forms, who really doesn't like the fact that he's part of Sam's inheritance. Then Brannoc, the leader of the were pack and Brid's father, is murdered and Sam's problems really start.
Once again, it's the humor here that rescues this from the morass of the paranormal books that are coming out now. Every chapter title is a song lyric, which doesn't help because of the revolving earworms readers will experience. No, that's not a real complaint. And any book that ends with the hero getting a panda tattoo? And a zombie panda tattoo? Bring it on!
ARC provided by publisher.