Grier is studying with Linus to become a practitioner (hence the title 'The Beginner's guide to Necromancy'). Her little familiar, Keet (the undead parakeet) is not charmed by Linus' familiar (a great horned owl). The interactions between Grier and Linus are sometimes awkward but so sweet. It is very obvious Linus has feelings for Grier and in this book we find Grier is trying to gouge her feelings for the man with many faces.
Quote: ''So what you're saying is... I really am a freak of nature.". "No." He reached across the table and covered my hands with his. "I'm saying you're a miracle."
It is becoming very clear that Grier's powers as a necromancer are special and she is constantly threatened by vampires who want to bring her to the 'Master'. After an attack at Woolly Grier and Linus travel to Atlanta for research and to visit the University Grier always wanted to see. Atlanta is Linus' home town and we learn more about his life there and what he does to earn his freedom from his mother, the Grande Dame.
In this book Grier discovers things about her past, is betrayed yet again (and how I felt her pain), but we still don't know about the night Maud Woolworth died. Grier has closed off her mind for 5 years while imprisoned in Atramentous, her memories are vague. Her nightmares are horrible and we get a little glimpse. The book is told from Grier's POV and she is not ready yet to confront what happened.
I totally loved this book. It pulled me in and gave me all the feels. I am totally #teamLIER.