The Necromancer's Prisoner (Hearts of Allaria Book 1) by Elric Shaw

A paladin trained to uphold the church's teachings and protect the people of the empire meets a lonely necromancer, struggling to survive and constantly shunned. Alistair does not expect Iggie to be a kindhearted necromancer, and when forced to spend time together, they learn they have some things in common, and maybe a common enemy as well. Maybe not all necromancers are evil and maybe not all warriors from the church are cold-hearted. The Necromancer's Prisoner is the first book in a new series from Elric Shaw.

From the blurb:

When Light meets Dark, the resulting conflagration may burn bright…or fizzle to ash.

Alistair became a paladin to honor his father’s legacy. While he’s never been particularly devout, he’s determined to live up to the responsibility of his station. His first solo mission sounded simple enough: purge the undead terrorizing a remote mountain village and bring the wicked necromancer controlling them to justice. But when he winds up captured, he begins to suspect that the village faces a far greater threat than a few skeletons…and that his strange captor might need protecting just as badly.

Paladins have hunted Ignatius his entire life. His crime—daring to be born with the wrong kind of magic. Ostracized from society, he has spent years on the run with only his undead for company. The mountains seemed like the perfect place to seek refuge for the winter…until an obnoxiously handsome paladin arrives on his doorstep. Ignatius expects to loathe Alistair like the rest of his arrogant kin; however, when a harsh winter storm forces them together, he finds himself opening up to the paladin in ways he’d never dreamed possible.

Alistair and Ignatius both have every reason not to trust the other. Alistair is a paladin of the Light while Ignatius is a necromancer of the Dark. Yet, as mysterious magic threatens to eradicate the nearby village, they have little choice except to combine forces if they hope to survive. But can a paladin and a necromancer really set aside their differences for the greater good…or will the rift between them prove impossible to ever bridge?

The Necromancer’s Prisoner is a standalone M/M fantasy romance novel set in the Hearts of Allaria shared universe.

SNik's Review:

First in series (Hearts of Allaria). Fantasy. Enemies to lovers. Slow burn/low burn. Hurt/comfort. Dual POV. 

Alistair is a paladin, protector of the people and church warrior, sent on his first solo mission to a solitary mountain town from a necromancer stealing supplies and possibly kidnapping villagers. But when Alistair is saved, then captured by Iggie, he quickly changes his opinion. Iggie is not evil and he is not responsible for all the town’s misfortunes. 

Alistair and Iggie form a connection quickly, both having lost their parents when they were younger and being held to certain expectations - Alistair to become a paladin and Iggie always shunned for his form of magic. 

There is some action, some struggles against outside forces and prejudices, as well as some personal growth from both characters. 

An entertaining story and two likable characters to root for, finding strength in each other, and some supportive secondary characters. 

A really good start to a new series, looking forward to the next book.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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