Review of The Necromancer’s Gambit by Nicolas Wilson

The Necromancer's Gambit (The Gambit, # 1)

Book Description/Synopsis:

Knight, the sheriff of a local magical government known as “the Gambit,” is called to recover a mutilated body, tainted with magic and dumped at a popular haunt. When the corpse is identified as a close associate of the Gambit, it threatens the safety of the community he protects, and those he cares about most. As the fragile peace amongst the city’s magic-wielding factions disintegrates, Knight must track down a cadre of murderers before his friends are picked off, one by one- with each death used to strengthen the spells cast against the Gambit.

Jennifer’s Review:

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review**

This is a Dark Urban Fantasy with many twists and turns that kept me turning the page to see what else was going to happen. However, as the words ‘the end’ appeared on my page it was then and only then that I remembered this was a series, and had the urge to yell at Knight for not seeing through a certain co-worker, even if it was just an assumption, before the end.

There is a lot of crude humor. I for one, like crude, so the constant comical throws between characters kept me interested even though they didn’t seem to really have any impact on the storyline.

I want to say this is a good story, but there are a couple of downsides. For one, I hate feeling confused while reading something I was interested in. There are many fast-paced conversations, sometimes which include more than two people, and I would lose track of who was supposed to be talking. This book also shifts between several characters’ POV without any indication (except a new chapter heading). It would sometimes take a few sentences to figure out whose head I was inside, so it wasn’t too bad, but there was one chapter that I had no clue through the entire chapter who the “I” was, not until a chapter or two later. And that was incredibly frustrating, which I’m sorry to say has a lot to do with my rating.

Two, and I’m only noting this because some people get overly frustrated by this – me, usually being one of them, though not this time because I was too busy trying to figure out the twists – is that the grammar and punctuation aren’t always perfect.

If you want to read something with conspiracies, betrayals, villains who can do crazy freaky things, along with some disturbing use of magic then this is the book for you.

My Favorite Character: Hands down I’d have to say Rook. There’s something about her innocence mixed with her determination not to die than made me love her.

My Favorite Quotes: Yes, I usually only have one, but these were both so funny I just could decide which one I loved more. “He booby-trapped his spunk” and “Did you know there’s something past pins and needles, where those go away, and there’s an eerie kind of stillness? Well I have that. In my ass. This is ass-death. I’m experiencing ass-death.”

Overall, I give this 3 stars!

You can find The Necromancer’s Gambit by Nicolas Wilson on Amazon.

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