Savannah has fallen to the vampires, and it’s up to Grier to take out their leader, Gaspard Lacroix, and restore peace. Lacroix might be more powerful and immune to her magic, but she’s got a plan. Too bad it’s got holes big enough for a new threat to waltz through while the city is on her knees.
Now Grier must risk her very soul if she hopes to slay her enemies and prevent her world from going up in flames. But salvation comes at a steep price, and she’s not the only one who will pay. The cost just might break her, and the man who owns her heart.
I have to say this is one of those series that gets better with each new installment and now that we are at the end, I’m all at once thrilled to finally see how Grier and Linus defeat their enemies and sad that characters I’ve come to really love are taking a backseat as new characters get their spin off series.
The sixth and final book in The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series picks up right where it’s predecessor left off. Savanah is in the hands of Lacroix and his vampires, the Grand Dame has vacated the Lyceum and it’s up to Grier and Linus to save the city.
The good news is Grier has spent the last five books forming alliances and surrounding herself with amazing people who love her and would go to war with her… which is a damn good thing. She’s also discovered some truly astonishing secrets and betrayals by people who she once thought she could trust. Now it’s all come to a head and to protect her found family and home she is going to have to figure out how to defeat her grandfather.
There will be no spoiling in this review, but suffice it to say there are lots of sweet moments between Linus and Grier, there is action and suspense and ‘holy shit did that just happen’ scenes, one BIG surprise (that I can’t believe I never saw coming), lots of fun back and forth sniping between Grier and Lethe, and an ending that leaves all our beloveds in a wonderful place. Ms. Edwards even managed to redeem Boaz and Amelia. Well, Amelia anyway. I’m still giving Boaz that side-eye.
All of the loose plot threads get sewn up and new doors open for the characters who we’ll see again in new spin off series’. I don’t think there was a single question I had going in that didn’t get answered. I think one of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about this series is the character progression and how everyone, but most especially Grier, has developed and grown. Also, this author has managed to truly surprise me quite a few times. I’ve really enjoyed it.
How to Wake an Undead City is a fabulous end to a fabulous series. If you haven’t dipped your toe into this world yet, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend this series.
Final Grade- B+
I was no longer helpless Old Grier. I was New Grier, and she was fierce.