Friday, October 7, 2011

Book Review: The Necromancer's Apprentice

The Necromancer's Apprentice

By:  R.M. Prioleau

Publisher:  Self-published

Published Date:  April 2011

Format:  Paperback 113pgs, 5"x7 3/4"

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  I think it's a stand-alone.

Recommendation:  For a quick fantasy read, with death front and center with experiments by a Master.

Book Synopsis:
Jasmine Na'Darod lived with her parents and elder sister on the family's farm.  She never strayed far from home until the ill-fated Blood Moon rose, basking the country of Caristan with a terrible, sickening drought.

When her mother falls ill, Jasmine and her family are forced to leave home in desperate search of a cure.  During their journey, a series of tragic events will change Jasmine's life forever.

With her former life shrouded and forgotten, Jasmine embraces a new path granted by an unlikely stranger, who, ironically, practices the Art of death and undeath.

As Jasmine is drawn closer to this enigma of a man, she soon realizes there is more to him than what she initially perceived - his true motives are beyond anything she could ever imagine...

First Sentence:
The Na'Darod manor sat forty miles south of the city of Lakis, in Caristan's sparse countryside.

My Thoughts and Summary:
The Blood Moon has appeared this year and many believe the Blood Moon is to fault for drought, loss of crops, and several deaths.  Later, Jasmine hears people think theirs a dragon who has brought the Blood Moon and death to the land.  Jasmine's mother fell deathly sick since swiftly after the appearance of the first Blood Moon.  Jasmine's father has become more superstitious with the use of pendants and holy symbols around the house since his wife has fallen so ill.  Jasmine does not believe in the superstitions of the Blood Moon like her family, yet she is curious about death and not scared by it.  Jasmine's father decides the family needs to leave to head to a village a few days travel to find a healer for her mother.  Jasmine doesn't feel comfortable with the trip, but the family goes.  The trip will bring more death to her, but yet an unexpected friend in the end.  This is where Jasmine realizes her true talents.

This novella was a quick read, at only 113 pages.  But one to venture into a world in a dark time, and young girl caught up in it.  Death is all around and Jasmine is one who isn't taken in by it's fear.  She is curious about it and understands it's a part of life.  But Jasmine becomes more curious by the end and losses someone who becomes very close to her as the story goes.

Jasmine was an interesting character, but my favorite was Master Dagg.  You can tell when you meet him and read of his actions he isn't completely human.  In the end, I loved what I found out about him.  He is strange, and dark.  One obsessed with death and returning from death, or avoiding it all together.  He is a scientist of a sort with the experiments he does in his lab.

The book was a quick read, but had a few small memorable moments for me.  One was the creatures that attacked Jasmine and her family on their first night out.  Nasty, evil things.  Then in the end where we get the whole story on Master Dagg.  But other than that it was a quick easy read.  This could be a quick hour read for many needing a fantasy fix.

If you would like to learn more about the book and R.M. Prioleau, please stop by her site: R.M. Prioleau Fantasy Author.

I read this book for an honest review from the author.

This novella qualifies for the Speculative Reading Challenge hosted by Floor to Ceiling Books.


Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Dark and memorable. Sounds very appealing to me. And I like novella for in between reading. Helps to move things along.

Glad you enjoyed this one Mel.

Happy Weekend. :)

Anonymous said...

The fantasy quick fix is calling out to me since I’m daunted by the really long, epic-like books.

Melliane said...

Oh the cover is just gorgeous, I love it ! I'm glad you liked it, the dragon things intrigued me ! Thanks for this great review !

Blodeuedd said...

The cover is cute, I like it :)

Ps. Ok it has nothing to do with the book but I just can't stop thinking of the Michael J Sullivan books! For some reason i really crave them now :) But ok shall wait until xmas

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I like the cover! Hm... not bad length and it still seems to work. NIce. Oh and where is that flash?????? HMmmmm?????

In Julie's Opinion said...

I have this pre-ordered and I can't wait until I get it! I'm really glad you liked it because that just makes me even more excited to read it :)

Kristi The Book Faery said...

Sometimes a nice quick fantasy read is just what I need!

The cover is really appealing! I think I might give this one a try :o]

WonderBunny said...

Interesting. Sounds a little heavy for me right (which is what I get for reading four science books and a few other not-so-light books). Might have to check this out when I'm looking for a heavier book.

Alexia561 said...

Sounds interesting, and I love quick reads! Will keep it in mind.

LoriStrongin said...

It's always a good time for a bit of high fantasy! The Blood Moon aspect intrigues me. Might have to check this one out.

Thanks for the rec!


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Missie - Oh, glad you like the sounds of this one. I kind of like getting to read these short novellas. I feel like I get somewhere in books faster than normal. Thank you!

StephanieD - I like the fantasy quick fixes. Oh I love my epic too, but it's nice to sneak on in here and there. :) Thank you

Melliane - I do love this cover it looks great. :) And I like the idea of dragon, but you don't really learn about it until toward the end. Thank you!

Blodeuedd - This cover is very cute, I really like it. And So glad I have got you hooked on thinking about Michael J. Sullivan's books. ;D I love it! And hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Melissa (Books&Things) - It was a good story for a short novella. :) Glad you like the cover! And I'll try to be on time this week for the flash, but the week is already getting away from me and it's only Monday!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Julie - Oh, I do hope you enjoy this novella. I'm curious to hear what you think of it. :) Thank you!

Kristi The Book Faery - :) I do enjoy these quick fantasy reads anymore, for some strange reason. :) Thank you!

WonderBunny - Oh, this one is actually rather light and quick. I really didn't try hard with this book while reading it. I think that in part is why I enjoyed it, I needed a quick light read. :)

Alexia - Thank yoU! Hope you get to check it out one day. :)

LoriStrongin - I liked the sound of the Blood Moon as well. :) hope you get to check out this quick read some day. :)

R.M. Prioleau said...

Hi there! I'm the author of 'The Necromancer's Apprentice.' I would like to thank you for your great, detailed review! Thank you to those who have read and plan on reading the book! I value and appreciate everyone's feedback!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

R.M. Prioleau - Hi! Thank you for stopping by. And you are very welcome for the review. I enjoyed it. :) Best of luck in the future with the book and all new ones too.