The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on November 19, 2019 (currently free as of writing this post)
Overall rating 3.84 with 6,804 ratings and 578 reviews
The Last Necromancer by CJ Archer
Series: The Ministry of Curiosities #1
Published by Self-Published on August 11, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, Historical Romance
Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, Apple
Victorian London: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn't raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.
People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.
Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly "made" creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world - Charlotte - but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he's been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn't trust?
Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they're hunting.
I saw The Last Necromancer on Chirp as a $0.99 audio book deal but I had the ebook was a Kindle freebie. So I read this as I am looking at stories about necromancers. The story has a historical setting in England. So there are vicars and lords, and the English language differences I enjoy.
Charlie, the transformed Charlotte, has been surviving in the streets on her wits since she was 13 as a boy. Woman don’t have a lot of choices and without money and as a child, the options are even fewer and grimmer. Just as she is in a perilous situation, she is caught up again as her past and present collide.
I enjoyed the mystery / necromancer part of the story. I wanted to see Charlie learn about and possibly use her powers for good. Most of the story is caught up in her decision about who is good. She seems a bit immature, even though she is 18 now. There are shocking revelations about her history and difficult options for her future.
While I liked it when she settled into her temporary home, getting more comfortable with Lincoln, Cook, Seth and Gus, I did not like the romantic theme in the background. It will be interesting to see how things progress now, and if she will be part of the Ministry of Curiosities.
These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those. Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.
So I have thought about doing a Thrifty Thursday Challenge someday. For now, what I think would be fun is if you have read and reviewed a freebie, link up to your review (Goodreads, blog, facebook or wherever) below.
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