Necromancing the Stone

Necromancer Series (Volume 2)

Lish McBride

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With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?

Well . . . not really. He’s pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for one thing, and he can’t help but feel that his new house hates him. His best friend is a werebear, someone is threatening his sister, and while Sam realizes that he himself has a lot of power at his fingertips, he’s not exactly sure how to use it. Which, he has to admit, is a bit disconcerting.

But when everything starts falling apart, he decides it’s time to step up and take control. His attempts to do so just bring up more questions, though, the most important of which is more than a little alarming: Is Douglas really dead?

Necromancing the Stone is Lish McBride's sequel to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.


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I tasted blood as I went down. I lay there for a moment, crumpled at the base of an old pine tree, and relearned how to breathe. I wondered when I had gotten used to falling on my ass. Or more specifically, being thrown on it. A squirrel flitted onto a tree branch, stopping to throw me a look that said, “Oh, it’s just you again.”
“Everyone’s a critic,” I mumbled.
Sean’s head bobbed into my vision, blocking my view of the squirrel. “You’re talking to yourself,” he said. “Did you


Praise for Necromancing the Stone

"Excellent." —School Library Journal

"Who could ask for anything more?" —Kirkus Reviews

"The author has a clear sense of witty, dark humor." —VOYA

"Between the sparkling dialogue, the warm but fraught relationships, and the assured balance of hilarity and horror, readers will be thrilled to re-enter McBride’s world." —BCCB


Praise for Hold Me Closer, Necromancer:

A Morris Award finalist

YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

* "With fine writing, tight plotting, a unique and uniquely odd cast of teens, adults, and children, and a pace that smashes through any curtain of disbelief, this sardonic and outrageous story’s only problem is that it must, like all good things, come to an end." —Booklist, starred review

"[A] scary and irreverent romp." —Publishers Weekly

"This quirky urban fantasy will compel fans of horror and supernatural romance—and heroic skateboarding slackers." —Kirkus Reviews

"Sam is the ultimate laid-back slacker who also happens to be smart, funny, sweet, and adorable. Every character in this book seems to live in the moment, offering sarcastic humor that lightens up the intense action and dark suspense. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is entertaining, offbeat, hilarious, and flat-out fun. We loved it." —Justine Magazine

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NECROMANCING THE STONE by Lish McBride | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of NECROMANCING THE STONE . A slacker wrangles zombies, werewolves, gnomes and gods in this amiable second entry in a humor-horror mashup series (<em>Hold Me Closer, Necromancer<em>, 2010).
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  • Lish McBride

  • Lish McBride grew up in the Pacific Northwest and got her MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans. Lish lives happily in Seattle with her family, two cats, and one very put-upon Chihuahua. She is the author of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.

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