By: F.M. Boughan
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
CINDERELLA,NECROMANCER is CHIME meets ANNA, DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.
Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters.
When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom.
Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.
Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival.
But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?
As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.
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Cinderella, Necromancer is a beautiful blend of haunting, atmospheric writing, romance, sibling love (not THAT sibling love, you dirty cretins), and a highly developed, powerful main character in Ellison. And when a new stepmother moves in, bringing her vile daughters with her and effectively turning Ella’s life inside out, Ella knows that she needs to take matters into her own hands to protect her family and what is rightfully hers.
The magic present here is distinctive. The necromancy portrayed is original and not quite like anything I’ve seen. It is not an outright evil concept, and I liked the idea of this darker side to magic that is used for good or neutral purposes. These scenes featuring the spirits Ella calls were deftly drawn and darkly creepy, tactfully setting the tone for these conjurings. As for Ella herself, she is strong and quick witted. She harbors few fears besides those for her brother’s welfare and is competent enough to recognize the dangers her new house guests represent right away. Her frustrations and fears are easy to understand, her feelings of isolation, being the only one who recognizes the dangers her new relatives possess, palpable. The injustices done against her were easy to sympathize with and the villains went well beyond simply giving off a menacing air. They are cruel and demanding, ensuring that Ella is humiliated and that her dignity defaced. They control and manipulate, taking wills and stealing the lives of those they set their sights on. My only issue here is that Ella’s repeated beliefs that there might be some good in these women were foolish and went against her otherwise levelheaded actions. The fact that she didn’t question their kindnesses made me cringe for Ella’s sake and her guilt over causing the girls mild harm was frustrating. These women have put her through Hell, it felt unbelievable that she would care if they were hurt on her behalf. If it was an attempt to prove that Ella hadn’t lost her humanity, there was no need, her relationship with her brother was proof enough.
The romance here happens fairly quickly, with just a few meetings and chance run-ins. However, I didn’t mind very much. It is a minor plot to the overarching story, and and I enjoyed our love interest. As for the writing style, the narrator speaks to the reader several times, and normally this addressing the viewer bother me. Here though, the author manages to make it fit and not seem clunky, out of place, or like they are trying too hard.
Cinderella, Necromancer was a quick and entertaining read. It had me hooked from the beginning and I felt that I had to learn more about the magic that made this world and how Ella would use it. I am looking forward to reading more from FM Boughan.
F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.
You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she’s been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).
Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird… among other things.
F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman.
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