The Necromancer’s Bride Kat Ross (Gaslamp Gothic, #4) Published by: Acorn Publishing Publication date: May 31st 2019 Genres: Adult, Fa...

Review || The Necromancer's Bride by Kat Ross

The Necromancer’s Bride
Kat Ross
(Gaslamp Gothic, #4)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: May 31st 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling

Forgiveness is not Gabriel D’Ange’s strong suit.

A self-appointed soldier of God with a penchant for ruthlessly punishing his enemies, he vanished after Anne Lawrence stabbed him with his own dagger.

The smart thing would be to let him go.

Unfortunately, Anne’s life isn’t just lonely without Gabriel. It’s insufferably boring.

Determined to heal the rift between them, she goes in search of her tempestuous former lover, black parasol in hand and daeva magic crackling at her fingertips. But Gabriel has his own plans afoot and Anne finds herself drawn into one of his tangled webs, much against her better judgment.

Gabriel’s nemesis has reappeared in Brussels, a vile slaver who’s plundering the Congo Free State with the blessing of King Leopold. Gabriel might be willing to give Anne a second chance, but not until Jorin Bekker’s head is lying at his feet.

Back in London, the quasi-reformed necromancer Balthazar sets his sights on the same quarry. He holds a very personal grudge against Bekker — and killing him might be the only way to keep Gabriel D’Ange from Balthazar’s own throat.

When the hunters collide at a lavish gala thrown by the king, Anne learns just how far she’ll go to save the man she loves.

Note: The Necromancer’s Bride is the sequel to A Bad Breed, which should be read first.

Having read A Bad Breed, I jumped at this novel that continues Anne and Gabriel's story.  The Necromancer's Bride picks up just where we left off at the end of ABB. 

I can't say enough about the world that Kat Ross has created for this series and I couldn't wait to dive back in. While it's set in Victorian times, this series spans the globe. While ABB took us to Romania, TNB takes us south to tropical Bermuda, among many places, but still somehow manages to keep that gothic vibe. I would say this series is very well-traveled. Paris and Brussels are also on the map and even environ is crafted with care. 

Another thing that is so well done here is the characters. I love heroines that know what they want and go after it. Anne is the very personification of determination. Even after the way things were left at the end of ABB, Anne knows what she wants and she goes after it, in a very proper no-nonsense way. She's no shrinking miss and I love it. On top of that practical demeanor, Anne finally gets to use her own magic and she most definitely can hold her own. Gabriel even tells his captors that they won't be laughing so hard once his wife gets there! The two are very well matched and as much I loved the silliness of ABB sometimes, The Necromancer's Wife makes it very clear that they are a pair to be reckoned with!

Filled with magic and too many paranormal elements to mention, this is one of those books that you finish and wonder why it didn't last longer. The characters are so appealing, the story twisting and turning, the scenery vivid; It's just an all-around win. 

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.