Author: Adrienne Blake
Publisher: City Owl Press
Publication Date: 4 January 2022
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley
The dead don't talk...and if they do, Cat Moreland isn’t supposed to listen.
Cat's inherited dark magic is getting stronger every day, as is her desire to embrace her true self. As she comes of age, the ghostly whispers she shouldn't hear grow louder along with her parent's fears.
That's when fate brings Sylvia into her life, an understanding witch that knows Cat's true power—as a necromancer. Sylvia offers her a position at her magic shop in New York where, under the tutelage of a master necromancer, Cat can safely develop her skills.
While in New York, Cat meets the handsome Henry Tilney, who becomes her mentor and friend. She harbors a secret love for him and is delighted when he invites her to his family’s mysterious mansion, Northanger Abbey. The abbey exists in the heart of New York but remains hidden from the eyes of mortals.
At the Abbey, Cat encounters Henry’s sister and their disapproving father, but her growing power accidentally exposes the Tilneys’ carefully guarded secrets, threatening Cat’s blossoming relationship with Henry and ultimately her future happiness.
I think Necromancer Abbey is my favourite book so far in the Souls and Shadows series. Blake hits all the key points from Northanger Abbey but without being too constrained by the retelling, allowing the tale to develop in its own way. Cat came across really well as a character. Henry wasn't quite so developed, but he was fleshed out well enough for us to like and understand him. And overall, the book kept me turning the pages, interested to see how things would develop. Recommended for PNR fans and fans of Jane Austen retellings. This was a 4-star read for me.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.