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How to Claim an Undead Soul (The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy Book 2) Kindle Edition
Life was simpler for Grier when she was flat broke and a social pariah. Now she’s carrying the baggage that goes along with the title of Dame Woolworth, and shouldering that weight is giving her a serious crick in the neck. Her work as a Haint is the one thing that makes her feel normal, but even that’s more paranormal than usual.
Spirits are vanishing from well-known hot spots on the ghost tour circuit, and vampires are turning up as shriveled husks. Grier takes it upon herself to uncover what’s preying on Savannah’s supernatural community, and what she uncovers is bigger than a few flickering lampposts gone dark. It’s a deadly threat unleashed by one of their own, and saving her city just might kill her.
"I really enjoy the quirky characters and unique world-building in this series. The plot was terrific and always kept me guessing. I recommend anything by this author--one of the few I pre-order/buy without reading blurbs)." - Tina
"This book blew my mind with all of the twists and turns." - Jana Gundy
"Both uplifting ad heartbreaking, there is definitely much more to Miss Woolworth than most suspect. I can't wait for the next book, and to see how things unfold between her, Linus, and Boaz."
From the Author
If you're a real stickler, the chronological order for reading these connected series is as follows:
- The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy
- The Potentate of Atlanta
- The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy: The Epilogues
But you'll be fine rolling straight into The Epilogues after finishing The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy series.
The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy
- How to Save an Undead Life
- How to Claim an Undead Soul
- How to Break an Undead Heart
- How to Dance an Undead Waltz
- How to Live an Undead Lie
- How to Wake an Undead City
The Potentate of Atlanta
- Shadow of Doubt
- Pack of Lies
- Change of Heart
- Proof of Life
- Moment of Truth
The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy: The Epilogues
- How to Kiss an Undead Bride
- How to Survive an Undead Honeymoon
- How to Rattle an Undead Couple
- ASIN : B078B72FQ8
- Publisher : Black Dog Books, LLC (December 15, 2017)
- Publication date : December 15, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 5085 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,627 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As Grier is left having to pick up the pieces again (poor girl can't catch a break), she also has to figure out how to move forward with Linus, her "cousin" (her deceased-guardian's nephew) and teacher. Even though he's supposed to fill in the gaps of her magical and necromantic knowledge, she has to figure out if she can really trust him, be vulnerable with him. Is he more than his mother's spy?
Boaz and Amelie stick with Grier in this follow-up, and we get to see a bit more of Neely as well. While Boaz and Grier's relationship progresses, it seems like Amelie and Grier's friendship is a bit stuck. Throughout the story there seems to be a bit more tension and, like Grier, the reader can't be too sure of the source. Many times it seems like Amelie's bitterness and helpless at her Low Society ranking is rearing its ugly head, but it turns out to be much more than that.
Edwards also adds something that I think hooks many readers in- the prospect of a love triangle. Although Boaz seems to finally be awake and realizing that Grier is truly who he wants in his life as not only a friend but a romantic partner, we start to see a competitor possibly rising up.
Although Grier remembers Linus as a solemn child, studious and not full of much personality, he has grown up in their time apart. He's complicated, intelligent, and maybe even a little dangerous. Honestly, I loved his character. I think that he's got his fair share of trouble to deal with (with a mother like his, who wouldn't?), but he seems to have an honest affection for Grier, and she sees a side of him that others don't get to.
In the midst of the personal drama and story movement, there's also a mystery. Ghosts seem to be disappearing, and no one knows why. As she readjusts to her post-kidnapping life, Grier starts to get caught up in the mystery that winds up touching everyone that she's included in her little family.
Book 1 has flawlessly moved into book 2. Grier has been reinstated as Dame Woolworth, but the five years at Atramentous, the prison she was thrown into when she was just 16 years old, have left deep scars. Waking up from nightmares every night (Necromancers have a different night/day rhythm).
Linus has moved into the carriage house of Woolly (Grier's sentient house) and has started teaching Grier on her magic and how to restore the wards of Woolly. She has started to trust him, but trust is hard for Grier, especially after all that has happened. I loved how she named Linus' wraith and her grimoire. Even though she has her fortune back, Grier still wants her job as a Haint back because she needs the normalcy and stability but it is hard getting your job back after you skipped out and can't explain your human boss it was because of a kidnapping. Her friend Amelie also points out several 'haunts' have lost their.. well.. haunt. It sets the stage for a mystery that is solved in this book and brings Grier more hurt and pain.
And what about Boaz, her lifelong crush, who finally asks her out? Grier is careful with her heart, and maybe that is for the best. I was a bit torn between cocky Boaz - who has his soft side for Grier and his sister - and Linus. Linus, who is the son of the Grande Dame and might be her enemy, but who shows signs of being quite taken with Grier. We get to know him a lot better in this book but there are secrets he will not (yet?) reveal.
I enjoyed the careful structured story and can't wait for the next. Grier is a wonderful heroine. So young, so deeply hurt and lonely. The High Society of the necromancers seems harsh and unescapable. On to the next!
This series is shaping up to be a really unique take on urban fantasy, with an enjoyable lead character. Grier Woolworth has learned at least one big secret from her past--she is actually an extremely powerful necromancer, when her guardian had led her and everyone else to believe she had very little power. Grier desperately needs a teacher, but she doesn't trust the one assigned to her by the governing body of necromancers. Grier's love life is also in turmoil, as the man she has had a crush on most of her life (Boaz, the boy next door and her best friend's brother) is finally interested in her back but thanks to magical politics a relationship between them would be on shaky ground.
And there's something destroying the various ghosts haunting Savannah, impacting Grier's job as a ghost tour guide.
Lots of plot threads woven together--romance, mystery, magic, this book has it all.
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Grier doit se faire à son nouveau rôle et ce n’est vraiment pas simple. En plus de cela, elle doit aussi gérer ses cours particuliers avec Linus sans savoir réellement si elle peut lui faire confiance. Pourtant, il semble si gentil et avenant. Mais cela cache-t-il quelque chose ? Et puis il y a Boaz… Ah Boaz, qu’il est dur de te résister et en même temps, c’est si facile de comprendre Grier et sa méfiance par rapport à cette possible relation. Et puis, il y a les autres problèmes… ceux de la ville, ceux qui semblent montrer que les fantômes disparaissent et quand c’est au tour des vampires, les choses d’intensifient.
J’ai vraiment passé un super moment encore une fois avec ce roman et j’ai adoré en apprendre plus sur tous les personnages. Le revirement de situation à la fin était une réelle surprise pour moi, je dois bien le dire et je suis vraiment curieuse de voir ce qu’il va advenir par la suite pour tous nos personnages ! Comme je le disais, c’était encore une fois une super découverte !