Monday, December 3, 2012

The Necromancer / P. M. Richter

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Genre: Paranormal

Approximate word count: 120-125,000 words

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P.M. Richter lives in West Hollywood California; she has a degree in Psychology, worked as a property manager for a multi-national corporation, and taught dance at the Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire Dance Studios. “While in college she worked as a bunny at the San Francisco Playboy Club.” For more, visit her website.


Michelle is being stalked by Omar, a wickedly handsome warlock who likes to call himself a Necromancer, because he fancies ‘romancer’ in his title. Michelle has relocated to Hawaii to distance herself from a brutal rape she suffered a couple of years ago in Las Vegas; she now has a successful career as a property manager for the Japanese conglomerate Heroshi. She is getting her life back together and doing well for herself until she meets Omar. Now everything is going to hell in a hand basket; properties start falling apart, friends are getting hurt, and the nightmares are back.


This is a dark character driven story and the author spends a lot of time developing her main characters and giving us a detailed history of the mystical religion based upon Witchcraft. Michelle is a strong character in this story, despite her anxiety attacks and being a recovering alcoholic. Omar is evil personified, with a handsome face that lures you in like a drug, which he uses to control his followers around the world. He has a plan for Michelle and will not be deterred.

There is a lot of narration in this story with an omniscient POV where the narrator tells us what the characters are thinking and how others reacted to situations that were happening. At times I could see where this POV was acceptable, but too much of this takes me out of the story. I felt like this book crossed that line.

This is a highly detailed and unique story that propels the character driven plot. I found the dialogue was mostly believable for the situations the characters were in. Professor Vincent Middleton is our occult scholar who has set out to debunk Omar’s magical status. He is a slimy character that uses one of his promising female students as bait to get closer to Omar and it almost costs Suzanne her life. The professor seemed to vacillate in his knowledge or just not accept what he had seen or learned about Omar. I suspect a copy-editing error because at one point in the story his name changed to Vincent Conway.

There were twists I did not see coming and it turned the story into a captivating adventure. The author takes us to some very dark places to show us that good will always triumph over evil.

There are a large number of proofing and copy-editing problems in this book. Several are mostly minor irritants of missing words in a sentence or extra words that have been repeated. Other times it was letters left off a word that changed that word completely, such as ‘though’ and ‘thought’ or using the word ‘expensive’ when ‘expense’ was clearly the word needed. These type of editing errors threw me out of the story. I felt like this was a four star book but because of the number of editing errors I deducted one star. Another round of proofing and copy-editing would do a world of good for this book.


This book contains rape scenes, adult language that may be offensive to some, and very large creepy bugs.

Format/Typo Issues:

A large number of proofing and copy-editing errors.

Rating: *** Three stars


Mural said...

Nice review, I like the cover of this book, subtle, simple but attractive!

?wazithinkin said...

Thank you for stopping by, Mural. I liked the cover of this book also, it is part of the reason I picked it up to read.

Pam Richter said...

I'm feeling blindsided by the review, as I was in the middle of an edit and did not request a review of the book, nor was I contacted that one would be done.

Pam Richter

BooksAndPals said...

Pam, you submitted the book for review a long time ago (April 2011).

Pam Richter said...

Gosh, BooksAndPals, I don't remember it was so long ago. I do remember that Big Al contacted me when he did his review, and even sent me a list of errors he found in the book. He's such a gentleman. We emailed back and forth a few times and I edited the book with his list and never had another complaint. So thanks to Big Al! Pam