4/5 stars - a fun, dark novella! Grab it at Amazon, in paperback or for Kindle.
Blurbage: Though Jyximus Faire lives in a crumbling tenement in the Underground City, he escapes the squalor daily to attend lessons in magic and sorcery at the prestigious Academy in the City Above. But the pace isn’t fast enough for Jyx. He wants to learn everything – and he wants to learn it now.
Then the dread necromancer general Eufame Delsenza sets her sights on Jyx; she needs a new apprentice, and Jyx fits the bill. When she tasks him with helping to prepare royal mummies for an all-important procession, he realises this might be a chance of a lifetime.
Will Jyx’s impatience lead to him taking his education into his own inexperienced hands, and can a necromancer’s apprentice really learn to raise the dead – and control them?
Nobody writes mummy stories like Icy Sedgwick. A perennial contributor to #FridayFlash, her story “No Flash” is still my favorite long after she posted it. So when she said she was going to write a Sorcerer’s Apprentice story, and replace the brooms with mummies, I was ready to grab it on Launch Day.
And it did not disappoint, even if I didn’t get around to writing the review right away. It’s dark, the way I like dark, with a little hilarity along the way.
Icy likes complex characters with multiple (even contradicting) motivations, and Jyximus Faire is certainly that. He’s from a poor district of the Underground City, attending the Academy on a scholarship. He’s proud, verging on arrogant, but wants to help his family. And most of all, he wants to learn as much as he can as quickly as he can. He jumps at the chance to become the apprentice of the Necromancer General, who can get his family out of the squalor of Benefactor’s Close with a word. If you’re familiar with the Sorcerer’s Apprentice story, you can guess what happens next.
The only flaws are flaws if the story ends here and there’s no sequel. The ending all but says more is to come, and I hope it’s soon. One of the other students at the Academy, Markus Prady, is one of the few who wants to befriend Jyx. I just feel he has more to say than what we’ve seen so far.
So if you want something other than the worn-out vampires and zombies, I’d highly recommend this one. And now I wait patiently, hoping for a sequel…