The Necromancer’s Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Book 1) by SJ Himes #LGBT #Review

Sam reviews The Necromancer’s Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Book 1) by SJ Himes . Self-Published on February 25th, 2016 and is 212 pages.

A complimentary copy was given by the author in exchange for an honest review.


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In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset upon by enemies, both old and new. Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother’s boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again drawn back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family’s death.

Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues into who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire’s attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in.

Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead?

Death stalks the streets of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill….and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.



Angel is a sorcerer.  He is the only Necromancer in all of Boston. A brutal attack by the undead years ago left Angel and his brother Isaac all alone. Angel was able to save himself and his brother by casting a spell that killed hundreds of vampires.

Now both the humans and vampires either want Angel dead because they fear him or they want to help keep him alive because of the power he holds.

Angel has an alliance with the vampires. He and Isaac are protected and in return Angel helps the vampires when they get deathly sick from drinking poisonous blood from the wrong human.

Simeon is one of the vampire elders. He has been protecting Angel for two years. Simeon not only protects Angel, he is also in love with him. Only, he intends to keep this from Angel until the time becomes right.

When attacks start coming at Angel, he knows he needs to find out who is behind them. It’s during this process Angel realizes that he has come to trust and has developed feelings for the elder. Only how could this be? The undead is who killed his entire family, could he really be in love with one?

Necromancer’s Dance was fantastic. The writing was great. It flowed perfectly. The characters and plot kept you enthralled from beginning to the very end. I loved both Angel and Simeon.  There is so much going on throughout the story but not so much that you can’t follow along. There is suspense, action, love, magic, and so much more all thrown together to make an amazing first book of what’s to be an incredible series.

I absolutely love SJ Hime’s books if you haven’t had the chance to read them yet then I highly recommend doing so. Neocromancer’s Dance is a great one to start with but you can’t go wrong with any of them or those she has written under her pen name Revella Hawthorne.

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10/10 Pots of Gold

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Read my review for SJ Himes other book Wolves of Black Pine here:

Read my review for The Prince’s Consort, book 1 of the Bred for Love series written under SJ Himes pin name Revella Hawthorn here:



I’m a thirty something bisexual cisgendered woman with way too big an imagination, but that comes in handy when I’m writing. I have been writing since I was a child, when I took a four page assignment on what I was going to do on summer vacation and turned it into a 100 page fantasy epic all written by hand…in crayons. No joke.
I work a day job but I can’t share for who, since the Old Man isn’t as liberated as the people who read my books. I’m married, I have furbabies, and I live with loved ones. I adore a certain show about a British consulting detective and his grumpy army doctor, and that spawned an addiction to Johnlock fanfiction, which then evolved into me writing it. Gawd, that’s embarrassing. Put this down in the TMI section of my Bio, okay? I enjoy martial arts, movies where things blow up, and I wish I lived in a Marvel movie.
I live in the beautiful and lonely Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and I see way more wildlife than I care to on a daily basis (bears!). My perfect day is reading surrounded by friends and family who don’t think it’s odd I want to hang out but not talk, and my favorite scent of all time is a cool fall evening with leaves burning….less a scent, and more of an experience.
My writing is focused on gay and lesbian people, who are more than interesting side characters that hang out with the heterosexual MCs. My wish for the future is that when people ask me what I do for a living, I can say, “I write gay romance,” and NOT get weird looks.

The sequel to Wolves of Black Pine will be released in December 2015, titled “Wolf of the Northern Star”.
If you’re feeling brave, I also write under my pen name of Revella Hawthorne, and write fanfiction on as Revella, for a certain British consulting detective and his army doctor. My erotica, Bred For Love:The Prince’s Consort, is available now.

See my Author Page for Revella Hawthorne for upcoming releases in the Bred For Love Series.


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5 thoughts on “The Necromancer’s Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Book 1) by SJ Himes #LGBT #Review

  1. Wow, this sounds like quite a ride! I really want to understand Angel’s abilities more now. I haven’t read any of SJ Himes’ books, but Wolves of Black Pine is on my TBR and this is being added, too! I love reading different takes on necromancers, but I don’t find many that deal with them, whether M/M or YA or whatever. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places. Oh, well!


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