After losing both of his parents, Academy of Magecraft student Steven Durant doesn’t want to see anyone else lose a loved one before their time. Traditional resurrection methods, however, only create mindless, flesh-hungry zombies; they’re no cure for death. He’s certain his unique brand of necromancy—using alchemy and blood magic—is the only answer.
When his boyfriend, Dax Everhart, has a fatal accident, Steven sees no choice but to use his experimental Lazarus Elixir. Dax comes back wrong, but the more humans he consumes, the more human he becomes.
With the help of his best friends, his ghostly aunt, and her living doll homunculus, Steven fights to regain normalcy and repair his shattered relationship with Dax. But with Dax openly embracing his monstrous nature, Steven shoulders the guilt of assisting in a murder spree that could lead the mundane and magical police right to their door.
*I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest Review*
When Elliot asked if I would like and ARC of My Boyfriend’s Back to review, I jumped at the chance. I love his writing, and I’d already preordered a paperback copy of this one – have you seen that cover? How could I resist? And I wasn’t disappointed at all. I loved this, and I think it’s the best I’ve read from him so far. It gets all the stars from me.
I believe Elliot has a gift for creating unique worlds the reader gets immersed into from the first page. I’d already seen that in some of his backlist titles, such as The Clockwork Menagerie – which has an amazing Steampunk set up for such a short book – and Junk Mage – which leans more towards sci-fi but it’s still remarkable. And he’s done it again now.
From the first moment, we get to know Steven and his attempts at necromancy. Then when we’re five pages in we feel as if we’ve known him all our lives and are living his story along with him. I feel that’s one of the most important skills for a writer to have, and Elliot Cooper has certainly shown us he has it.
But not only the setting is amazing, the characters are, too. I loved Steven and Dax, and their friends. I would actually pay for a short story about said friends, too. The relationship between Steven and Dax was beautiful – before and after the accident – as were all the friendships we saw through the book.
I’m trying to think of a way to tell you about the main plot and storyline without spoiling anything, but I’m failing really hard at it right now. But if you like the blurb, well-developed characters and great relationships you should pick this book up.
And don’t be scared because of the gore (flesh and blood) warning. There’s some flesh-eating – because zombie – but nothing overly detailed and/or superfluous to the story. I think showing it was necessary, and Elliot Cooper did a great work with it.
I’ll read this again as soon as I get my paperback copy, and I would recommend it to everyone.
About the author:
Elliot Cooper is a creativity addict who enjoys writing stories that embody adventure, a hint of the taboo, and shadows that are deeper than they appear at first glance. He also enjoys video games and knitting, and lives in the southern US with his human and feline family.
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