The Necromancer by Michael Scott Narrated by Paul Boehmer

*Huff* I really wish that I could have enjoyed this series the whole way through.

I read this as an audiobook and as always Paul Boehmer did an excellent job. If you ever want to feel terribly under-accomplished look at how many books this man has narrated.

This is another series that I started reading long before I started the blog. Suffice it to say I enjoyed the others but didn’t consider them high-brow reading or even high-brow escapism. These books are ridiculous and over the top and if you come to the story with those expectations and wishes then generally you’ll get exactly that. However, this one fell short. The first two-thirds were pretty dry. It was more of the same, but at a slow pace with a bunch more conference calls to the underworld instead of action.

The final scene was amazingly done. It was climactic, it was suspenseful, and it was surprisingly well-written. Yet it felt like a cop-out. I’ll drag you along for most of this book then *boom* crazy awesomeness for about thirty pages right at the end to make up for it.

I don’t know if I’ll be continuing this series. It was enjoyable while it lasted, but unless the next book is the final one I don’t see the point in continuing to stretch out a story that could have easily been a trilogy. And I’ve just looked it up: there are two more books. Yeah, I don’t think so.

Michael Scott attempted to make up for the lack of action by making me either hate, fear, or disconnect from all of the characters. Josh became a controlling jerk. Sophie disappears emotionally becoming only a puppet. And the Flamel’s actions clarify that they’re not the purists they want everyone to believe they are.

All told, this book could have been thirty pages and I would have enjoyed it much more. Maybe there will be an abridged version of the last two books or a summary perhaps that I can read so I have closure but don’t have to sift through four hundred unnecessary pages to get it.

On the plus side, I get to cross a series off my list.

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