Necromancers: Good, Evil or Somewhere in Between?
I’m not sure the exact moment the character of my necromancer, Ruby, began speaking to me, telling me her story. I knew necromancers could reanimate people, make zombies, but I hadn’t read a whole lot about them. I’d encountered a couple of minor necromancer characters in a couple of urban fantasy books. Neither went into much detail about the mythology for necromancers, so once the idea struck, I became fascinated with exploring this type of supernatural character, more specifically how she manages a dark power.
In reviewing the literature, mythology, and even gaming, necromancers have the ability to bring to dead back to life, but there are multiple classes of the undead. This is an important distinction for my Necromancer Books. At times, Ruby simply reanimates a corpse to get information, then puts it back down, or she makes zombies or revenants. Both are fun to write. Revenants are interesting in that they are basically zombies with their soul restored. They come alive with their minds and emotions intact and can be powerful and, of course, struggle with an insatiable appetite for flesh. The revenant that Ruby creates is Adam, a slain witch. The best part with Adam’s character was exploring how he dealt with returning to life and realizing he was now a nightmarish creature. He was pretty pissed at Ruby, and controlling him proved to be quite a test of her power.
Over the course of the three book series, I introduce various aspects to her power as she uses it and learns more about necromancer history. Without giving too much away, her powers extend far beyond just reanimation to actually using the arcane energy from the dead as a power source. Some other interesting necromancer abilities I’ve come across include: ability to communicate with spirits, travel to the underworld, curse or hex the living, extracting disease from the dead and inflicting them on the living, even remove living souls. Necromancers have created undead armies, and at times, have joined the ranks of the undead themselves, which leads me to my next point. In much of the gaming world and movies, necromancers are bad, which I get. Wielding the power of the dead probably warps a person.
The Hobbit includes the necromancer who Gandalf battles and turns out to be Sauron. One of my favorite necromancers is Evil Ash from the Army of Darkness movie. Evil Ash himself rises from the dead and raises an army of “deadites”. And I can’t discuss necromancers in movies without mentioning Re-Animator. I don’t plan on writing any scenes with reanimated, decapitated heads, because you just can’t top Re-Animator! Their take on reanimation was interesting in that Herbert West is a scientist who invents a serum to bring the dead back to life. (Re-Animator was based on the H.P. Lovecraft story titled simply, Herbert West-Reanimator.)
All of this leads to the best part of Ruby’s character and why she spoke to me so strongly. How does she use her power for good without losing her humanity? Not easily. Her power is almost a character unto itself. It sometimes urges her to use it in ways she knows is wrong, and when she does use her power, it gives her a rush similar to a drug induced high. In my mythology, many necromancers turned evil, succumbed to the temptation to use their power in negative ways.
Ruby is going to stumble quite a bit and be tempted by the “dark side”. But it’s that struggle and how she transcends it, that makes for a stronger heroine and more interesting character.
The Necromancer’s Seduction
The Necromancer Series, Book One
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
Cover Artist: Patricia Lazarus
She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing.
For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and that revenants have nasty minds of their own.
Now demonic creatures have escaped into the human world, and zombies once again walk the streets. For humanity’s sake, Ruby forms an unlikely alliance with a witch, a zombie, and Ewan March, a demon warrior who sets her senses on fire.
She’s always distrusted demons and Ewan is no exception, but circumstances push them closer together, and Ruby not only finds it harder to resist him, she isn’t sure she even wants to. But she suspects his job of patrolling the portal separating humans and demons conceals a dark and deadly past that may consume them both.
With events spiraling out of control, Ruby unravels a plot that not only threatens the human and demon realms, but puts Ruby’s very soul in jeopardy. Because when the dead walk, no one is safe. Especially Ruby.
About the Author:
Noemi Ghirghi writes as Mimi Sebastian and raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and Scooby Doo. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in the mix, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuts July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.
Noemi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tid-bits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Noemi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.