Hello Avid Readers. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about the Independent Necromancers’ Bureau short story collection by Victoria DeLuis. This book contains both prequel stories, Till Death and A Matter of Death.
Last year, I decided that mini reviews were the way forward me and my blog. 😉 Consequently, I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organiser (ARCs).
So on with my mini review…
I’m already a fan of Victoria’s books. I find her writing style easy to read with intelligent, intriguing plots. Her characters are well written and the dialogue flows naturally. Victoria’s stories that engage me from the first page to the last.
Each of these short stories were originally sold as separate novellas. However, now they can be enjoyed in a single book! I’ll give you each story’s blurb before I share my thoughts about it.
I never rate any book 5 stars when it’s this short but I really loved these stories.
A Cat, a Ghost, and a Zombie walk into the room…
Cassie Dune is an agent of the Independent Necromancers’ Bureau and the most powerful necromancer in the Northern Hemisphere. She lives in a world of myth and magic, where ghosts pop over to cook her breakfast, and zombies terrify the living.
Novella #1 Till Death
In Till Death, when some uninvited guests show up at a wedding, Cassie must fight to stop them. With the aid of Detective Inspector Luke Baron, she works to overcome a rampaging horde of zombies before it’s too late. An act that causes her to learn more about her power and its origins.
A Well Crafted Short Story That I Couldn’t Stop Reading.
Although this a very short story (approx 20 pages) Victoria still crafted it with as much care as she would her full novels. I love that her descriptions transported me to each scene. I could see, smell and hear everything in my mind’s eye. Even shivered in fear a couple of times.
Novella #2 A Matter of Death
When Dylan turns up at Cassie’s house just before sunrise in A Matter of Death, she knows something is up. Anything that bothers a two-hundred-year-old ghost, is sure to be bad news for Cassie. A necromancer has imprisoned the spirit of Dylan’s friend Elizabeth. Can Cassie find her and save her soul?
This is another good short story (approx 20 pages), I really enjoyed it. It’s not long enough to immerse yourself completely with the world or main characters. Think of it like a prologue. The plot moved quickly with no false leads and although the character development was brief I did feel a connection. I feel that it whetted my interest enough to seek the series out.
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Victoria DeLuis is a short story author and novelist, who loves reading – everything – and writing urban fantasy, mystery stories, paranormal romantic suspense, and even the occasional sci-fi.
She was born and raised in South Wales, which offers her a rich heritage and mythology to use in her stories.
After the birth of her daughter, Victoria decided to abandon the corporate life, return to education, and pursue her lifelong passion for writing. So, she studied creative writing and gained a first class honours degree. After which, she put on a brave face and headed out into the big scary world of publishing.
Victoria is now busy, busy, busy: Being a mum, writing (and doing all the additional tasks that come with publishing), and running her small book promotion site – magicbookdeals.com. Victoria has now also completed a Master’s Degree in Novel Writing.
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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my mini review. I hope I’ve sparked your interest in Till Death & A Matter of Death and you add this book to your TBR pile.
Bye for now,