Review: The Necromancer’s Apprentice by Icy Sedgwick

About the book:

Though Jyximus Faire lives in a crumbling tenement in the Underground City, he escapes the squalor daily to attend lessons in magic and sorcery at the prestigious Academy in the City Above. But the pace isn’t fast enough for Jyx. He wants to learn everything – and he wants to learn it now.

Then the dread necromancer general Eufame Delsenza sets her sights on Jyx; she needs a new apprentice, and Jyx fits the bill. When she tasks him with helping to prepare royal mummies for an all-important procession, he realises this might be a chance of a lifetime.

Will Jyx’s impatience lead to him taking his education into his own inexperienced hands, and can a necromancer’s apprentice really learn to raise the dead – and control them?

Review by Katy Haye:

The Necromancer’s Apprentice is a delightful fantasy. Icy Sedgwick has created a glorious world that I felt immediately at home in. It was rich and realistic, with plenty going on and strong social divides giving plenty of scope for tensions. The language was a joy, and I particularly liked the nod to this world’s culture in Jyx’s pulp fiction reads.

Jyx was a great character. As a bookwormy, nerdy swot myself, I could completely identify with how he felt. Being a more cautious sort than him, on the other hand, I was entertained to see exactly how he was going to trip himself up.

Suffice to say, I didn’t really have a clue. Jyx is way too clever for his own good – and if you’re going to mess up, clearly you might as well mess up big time!

I loved every word of The Necromancer’s Apprentice and I immediately added next in the series, The Necromancer’s Rogue, to my Kindle. Highly recommended.

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Katy’s The Clockwork War, set in an alternate, war-torn 1840s England with a mechanical genius for a heroine, a dastardly duke and a hero who isn’t at all as he appears, is the first novel in her complete steampunk series.

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