cover image The Death of the Necromancer

The Death of the Necromancer

Martha Wells. Eos, $6.99 (544pp) ISBN 978-0-380-78814-9

The London theater scene serves as the backdrop for Kleypas's (Somewhere I'll Find You) delightful romance set in 1833. Forced into an engagement with the repugnant Lord Clifton, Madeline knows she can gain her freedom only if she deliberately destroys her reputation. What better way than to throw herself at Logan Scott, the latest stage sensation and a notorious lady's man. Alas, Logan spoils her plans: he refuses to corrupt such an obvious innocent, and Maddie is put in the unfamiliar position of having to seduce a man. Her first attempts are laughable, but she does eventually warm to her task. Vibrant characters, stormy conflict and passionate love scenes make this a satisfyingly romantic read. (Sept.)