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3rd July, 2014 – Necromancy
For those unfamiliar with “Necromancy”, it is simply the art of raising the dead! Most people consider it evil, but that isn’t always the case.
So without any further explanations, here is my favorite necromancers in fantasy!
1. THE DAMNED — CHASERS OF THE WIND by ALEXEY PEHOV
Within this book lie the Damned! These eight necromancers are the most feared and reviled people in their world. Once great Walkers (Alexey Pehov’s term for magic-users in this world), they uncovered the power to rise the desiccated flesh of the dead to do their bidding, revolted against their magical order, and unleashed death and destruction on the whole of the lands. They control the dead, use living bombs called Fish (Think corpses covered with steel rigs that explode, sending shrapnel in all directions) to commit terror strikes on their enemies, can take control over living people’s bodies, and if they are killed, their spirts unleash a zombie apocalypse in the area of their death. And these guys were not even the main focus of book one! Can’t wait to see how bad Alexey Pehov makes them.
READ MY REVIEW OF CHASERS OF THE WIND
2. THE EMISSARY – ECHOES OF EMPIRE by MARK T. BARNES
This servant of the Drear shows up at the end of GARDEN OF STONES, book one of this series, and things are never the same again. While this austerely beautiful woman can appear normal to even the most powerful entropy user (magic user) in her world, those that are allowed to see her true face will be horrified by the “scabrous green stone that glow[s] balefully from the center of her forehead, like an infected wound. Blackened veins radiat[ing] from it, dark against pallid flesh.” The stink of the tomb permeates the air around her, and over her death has no hold. She is the Emissary of the Drear, woe be unto anyone who does not meekly accept her masters’ plans.
Great necromancer. Keeping my fingers crossed that Mr. Barnes will be able to write the rest of this exciting story.
She is evil. Not like so-so evil, but hardcore, down to the bone, evil. She can appear sexy and alluring — even though she is a rotting corpse of a woman. She will taunt you. Horrify you. Dead folks rise to do her bidding. Her boss is the absolutely terrifying Dead King. And she is so damn freaky, even sociopath Jorg is more than a bit bothered by her – though he would never truly admit it.
What is not to love about this lady necromancer?
I mean, other than what I said about her earlier. You know, she is evil and all that. Anyway, great necromancer.
That is my short list. Not enough time to put every necromancer on here. But do tell me your picks!
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