By day, Professor Nicholas Littman works as an itinerant professor at a small college in the Pacific Northwest. He teaches seminars on mythology and the intersections of folklore and magic in the ancient world. By night, he’s the local necromancer, a rare magical talent that has left him alienated from other practitioners.
All Nick wants from life is to be left alone to run his magical experiments and teach kids the historical context of magic without anyone being the wiser. Unfortunately, his family is sworn to sit on the council of the Order of the Green Book—a group of magicians dating back to the Crusades—and they aren’t willing to take Nick’s no for an answer.
As though that wasn’t bad enough, a coven of Night Women has arrived in town, warning Nick that there are wolves at his door he had better take care of. But what can one necromancer do when every natural and supernatural card seems stacked against him?
I can honestly say that this is one of the creeper books I’ve read in a long time. Demon summoning, grave robbing, corpse eating bugs… they seem to be the norm for Nick. Although he kind of grew on me, I can kind of see why he was the black sheep in both his family and fellow practitioners. That seemed to suit him just fine because there was no love lost between him and the magical community that was trying to get him to take his family’s seat on the council.
This wasn’t really a romance, but there was a romantic connection. I won’t spoil it by telling you who that ended up being, but if you’re like me, it wasn’t hard to figure out… or hope for 😉 There were quite a few twists and turns and a fair amount of suspense and as mentioned, a touch of romance – which was complicated. I personally can’t wait to see what happens next… speaking of which…
Okay, I know that you’re wondering and I promise, I’m not confused and the title for this review isn’t incomplete, but when I finished Death Days, I just had the feeling that there was more or maybe I was just hoping that there was more. I don’t usually go creeping on author’s websites (well, not a lot anyway) but I just had to know! And since I wasn’t the only reader/reviewer that felt that way, I went searching. When I traveled to Lia Cooper’s website, I discovered that Death Days is indeed the first book in at least a trilogy, but she didn’t indicate the name of the series (hence my creative, incomplete blog post title). Stay tuned, because I most definitely will be keeping my eyes open for the next installment. 😉