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Two necromancers, a bureaucrat, and an elf – it sounds like the start of a bad joke, only the joke is on Timmy. Timothy Walter Bolton – better known as Timmy – has spent most of his life as a necromancer. When he isn’t terrorising his enemies, he’s plotting inside his castle, which is built on top of lightless chasms filled with nameless horrors and beings of a generally Two necromancers, a bureaucrat, and an elf – it sounds like the start of a bad joke, only the joke is on Timmy. Timothy Walter Bolton – better known as Timmy – has spent most of his life as a necromancer. When he isn’t terrorising his enemies, he’s plotting inside his castle, which is built on top of lightless chasms filled with nameless horrors and beings of a generally malevolent and megalomaniacal nature. But after one of his latest creations, a zombie hydra-dragon-bear, tries to eat him, he decides that maybe it’s time to find a new, less dangerous, career. But that’s easier said than done. He’s a wanted criminal with no shortage of powerful (and crazy) enemies, and he has a bone or two to pick with the Everton Council of Mages. Hope arrives in the form of a new law. War is coming to Everton, and the Council is desperate. In exchange for providing some help, Timmy might just earn that pardon he’s been looking for. Of course, just because it’s possible to earn a pardon doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy. To earn his pardon, Timmy is going to have to take down some of Everton’s most dangerous enemies and put together a quirky group of unconventional heroes, most of whom want nothing more than to mangle him and/or the Council in as vicious a way as possible. It’s a good thing that he’s got some help: an obnoxious ten-year-old apprentice who thinks that pink glasses are appropriate for a budding necromancer and a bumbling bureaucrat who may or may not make it through their first real fight without puking his guts up. Wonderful. Still, Timmy’s never been one to back down from a challenge even if their first recruit is basically the elf version of the bogeyman.


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Two necromancers, a bureaucrat, and an elf – it sounds like the start of a bad joke, only the joke is on Timmy. Timothy Walter Bolton – better known as Timmy – has spent most of his life as a necromancer. When he isn’t terrorising his enemies, he’s plotting inside his castle, which is built on top of lightless chasms filled with nameless horrors and beings of a generally Two necromancers, a bureaucrat, and an elf – it sounds like the start of a bad joke, only the joke is on Timmy. Timothy Walter Bolton – better known as Timmy – has spent most of his life as a necromancer. When he isn’t terrorising his enemies, he’s plotting inside his castle, which is built on top of lightless chasms filled with nameless horrors and beings of a generally malevolent and megalomaniacal nature. But after one of his latest creations, a zombie hydra-dragon-bear, tries to eat him, he decides that maybe it’s time to find a new, less dangerous, career. But that’s easier said than done. He’s a wanted criminal with no shortage of powerful (and crazy) enemies, and he has a bone or two to pick with the Everton Council of Mages. Hope arrives in the form of a new law. War is coming to Everton, and the Council is desperate. In exchange for providing some help, Timmy might just earn that pardon he’s been looking for. Of course, just because it’s possible to earn a pardon doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy. To earn his pardon, Timmy is going to have to take down some of Everton’s most dangerous enemies and put together a quirky group of unconventional heroes, most of whom want nothing more than to mangle him and/or the Council in as vicious a way as possible. It’s a good thing that he’s got some help: an obnoxious ten-year-old apprentice who thinks that pink glasses are appropriate for a budding necromancer and a bumbling bureaucrat who may or may not make it through their first real fight without puking his guts up. Wonderful. Still, Timmy’s never been one to back down from a challenge even if their first recruit is basically the elf version of the bogeyman.

30 review for Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf

  1. 5 out of 5

    Merewyn

    Fun and fantastic! 😂hee hee hee! Invisible Ninja Rats!! Enough said! But this review requires 8 more words... Hmm... Just: Read this book!🤓

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ubiquitousbastard

    I'm all for humor and fantasy in the same book, which is why I read this self-published book even though I almost universally abhor such literature. The premise sounded cute enough, and since it was so short, I didn't feel as though I would be wasting a great deal of time if the book turned out to be awful. It wasn't. It wasn't amazing, either. The bickering could have been carried out more convincingly (and could definitely have been funnier...but then, I'm somewhat known for writing funny bant I'm all for humor and fantasy in the same book, which is why I read this self-published book even though I almost universally abhor such literature. The premise sounded cute enough, and since it was so short, I didn't feel as though I would be wasting a great deal of time if the book turned out to be awful. It wasn't. It wasn't amazing, either. The bickering could have been carried out more convincingly (and could definitely have been funnier...but then, I'm somewhat known for writing funny banter) and I can't say that I loved any of the characters. Overall, the silliness of the plot and the short length made it a worthwhile read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mikhail

    More of a 3.5, but I'm feeling generous, so rounding up I go! Overall, a fun, quick read. It's a novella, so the setting/plot/character development is on the thin side, but the author has a gift for snappy writing and a solid sense of pace, even if it gets a bit combat-heavy towards the latter part of the book. Not exactly a classic for the ages, but a pleasant pick-me-up, and I'll be reading more from Estrella.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katter

    This is the first book that I have read from L.G. Estrella and I have to say it wasn't bad. The set up is original and the adventure is fun! The main character is a 27 year old man named Tommy who is a necromancers. He has an apprentice named Katie, who has a whole mass of ninja rats at her disposal. Tommy wants a different profession because being a necromancer isn't exactly forgiving work. Katie mentions writing to the ruling council in hopes of getting a pardon by offering their services. Luc This is the first book that I have read from L.G. Estrella and I have to say it wasn't bad. The set up is original and the adventure is fun! The main character is a 27 year old man named Tommy who is a necromancers. He has an apprentice named Katie, who has a whole mass of ninja rats at her disposal. Tommy wants a different profession because being a necromancer isn't exactly forgiving work. Katie mentions writing to the ruling council in hopes of getting a pardon by offering their services. Luckily for the two it works, but it comes with a price. The delegate the council sent is a middle aged man named Gerald, who informs the duo that they need to amass a group of mercenaries to help the country. Which doesn't sound so bad until Gerald mentions who they need to recruit... Lots of interesting stuff goes on in this novella. I liked all the little things Estrella added which made his writing style have such personality. What I didn't like were the female characters. Katie is just an annoying bitch. I get that she is 10 years old but she is mean and rude! In all honesty if she had gotten killed by the fire I probably would have been happy. Avraniel is a sarcastic twat whom got on my nerves. I enjoy good humor and wit, where as sarcasm is cheap. It doesn't make her or Katie sound particularly witty it just makes them sound immature, stupid, and bratty. Other than the chicks in the story I liked it a lot. The ending was promising and piqued my interest. I might look into the next novella but I won't read it for a while because if I have to read about those two girls again anytime soon my face might get stuck in a permanent scowl. For Tommy's sake I hope they both become nicer and tolerable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hamda

    Hilariously absurd for only $2! A reasonable necromancer (two words and the premise is already absurd!) Named Timmy... Yeah you can already guess this book was meant for laughs and giggle and you know what? it works! Timmy is fed up of his chosen career and kindda wants to go legit, so with his 10 year old apprentice, ninja rats and his magical shovel (you heard me!) go on a recruitment drive for the council, if he completes their task list he gets a full pardon. Doesn't sound so bad except when y Hilariously absurd for only $2! A reasonable necromancer (two words and the premise is already absurd!) Named Timmy... Yeah you can already guess this book was meant for laughs and giggle and you know what? it works! Timmy is fed up of his chosen career and kindda wants to go legit, so with his 10 year old apprentice, ninja rats and his magical shovel (you heard me!) go on a recruitment drive for the council, if he completes their task list he gets a full pardon. Doesn't sound so bad except when you have a resource like a GRAND necromancer you don't waste him on small fry, go big or go home!!!! The book is light-hearted and full of character, Timmy is very likable and the side characters are just too cute! Now this is a VERY light read.... less then 100 pages light actually so it feels like a novella instead of a novel and I would have preferred getting it as a bundle with other short tales. On the other hand I have read 300+ page books that were 2/3 padding and if edited properly would have made for a great novella. I would recommend it. It's fun, it's cheap and doesn't leave you with a bad taste in your mouth due to contradictory logic or heavy use of parody/pop culture (aka what happens with ALOT of self-published books)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott Reid

    I picked this title up on a whim and a need for a humorous and fun to read book. It did not disappoint. L.G. Estrella's Unconventional Heroes series, is fun to read, a bit dark, and will have you laughing throughout. The story is about a necromancer and his apprentice who are recruited by their country's mage council to "work off" all of their crimes by doing difficult missions for the council. Sent along with them to keep an eye and manage their expenditures is a rather timid bureaucrat who can I picked this title up on a whim and a need for a humorous and fun to read book. It did not disappoint. L.G. Estrella's Unconventional Heroes series, is fun to read, a bit dark, and will have you laughing throughout. The story is about a necromancer and his apprentice who are recruited by their country's mage council to "work off" all of their crimes by doing difficult missions for the council. Sent along with them to keep an eye and manage their expenditures is a rather timid bureaucrat who can pull just about anything out of thin air (pretty much his only magical ability). Needless to say the missions they are sent on are extremely dangerous and hilariously funny. I definitely recommend reading all three of the books out so far in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    G.

    Someone's trying to bridge the gap between Terry Pratchett and H.P. Lovecraft. Or something like that. Quite entertaining, really. I'm just not sure if the author is taking the plot TOO seriously or not seriously enough. He/She (?) tries do mix dark action and funny punning and falls straight into the dark abyss between those two, in that neither is achieved. There's a lot of good stuff there, and I have hopes for the next book in the series to be better. After all, every beginning is hard, and Someone's trying to bridge the gap between Terry Pratchett and H.P. Lovecraft. Or something like that. Quite entertaining, really. I'm just not sure if the author is taking the plot TOO seriously or not seriously enough. He/She (?) tries do mix dark action and funny punning and falls straight into the dark abyss between those two, in that neither is achieved. There's a lot of good stuff there, and I have hopes for the next book in the series to be better. After all, every beginning is hard, and there's the good chance that it work's out in the end....

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    This barely gets a 3, I wanted to like it more but just couldn’t. The characters were fairly undeveloped-maybe due to the length of the story although I think it was also on the author’s part poor writing. It was as if he felt he could keep saying things over and over again it would make you feel that way about the character as opposed to using the characters actions. Also there was no chemistry between the characters and it seemed as though the impression that there was was being forced as well This barely gets a 3, I wanted to like it more but just couldn’t. The characters were fairly undeveloped-maybe due to the length of the story although I think it was also on the author’s part poor writing. It was as if he felt he could keep saying things over and over again it would make you feel that way about the character as opposed to using the characters actions. Also there was no chemistry between the characters and it seemed as though the impression that there was was being forced as well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angela Roberts

    Pitch Perfect I am very fond of mouthy, sarcastic, reluctant do-gooders. This book is full of them. Perhaps not do-gooders so much as, "tired of my evil life's consequences and willing to do heroic crazy stuff to escape them" folk. Which makes their partnership and motivations extremely fragile and suspect. The stuff of good drama and comedy. Yes! Estella paints the scene, conducts the dialogue, and choreographs the action with master level skill. I hate, repeat, hate zombies, and I loved this bo Pitch Perfect I am very fond of mouthy, sarcastic, reluctant do-gooders. This book is full of them. Perhaps not do-gooders so much as, "tired of my evil life's consequences and willing to do heroic crazy stuff to escape them" folk. Which makes their partnership and motivations extremely fragile and suspect. The stuff of good drama and comedy. Yes! Estella paints the scene, conducts the dialogue, and choreographs the action with master level skill. I hate, repeat, hate zombies, and I loved this book. Check it out, it will disappoint.

  10. 4 out of 5

    K Idamari

    Fast and Fun Read This showed a whole lot of promise. The characters were quirky and interesting without being too evil. And the action scenes were Marvel worthy. But the repetitive jokes and the flat character arcs left me blinking at the end. The book severs more as an introduction to the series than anything else. But still a promising series, though. I might be lulled into picking up the next one in the series someday.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joe Hoover

    Continuing down the dark path of self-published materials (the gateway drug to reading fan-fiction), this story is again from the author L.G. Estrella and the best dose of escapism for a $1.99. Its a short, fun read with lots of explosions, humorous characters and enough plot to build a simple, good story instead of a McMansion. While it truly is about two necromancers, a bureaucrat, and an elf, one should not fail to mention the invisible ninja rats.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Not as good as I had hoped I guess this is supposed to be a short story, but it felt rushed, and I didn't very much of a plot out of this. I found the tone light, though, and I liked the humor and the characters, who were very unique. You can read this in a little more than an hour, maybe two, so it's not a huge investment of time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paulette M

    UNCONVENTIONAL HEROS This is a fun and funny read and quick. The combination of characters is interesting and humorous. Anyone who likes to smile while reading about all sorts of fantasy creations.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    A solid 3.5 on this one so I rounded up. The book is good and provides the necessary foundation for the books to come. Enjoy this one and then jump to the second where the author really starts hitting stride!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vincent

    Fun read! Really enjoyable book to read, fun characters with great magics, great creatures interacting with wizards and necromancers. Great book! Thanks

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Good Read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    I loved this book. It's well written with a generous dose of humor.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Roth

    What fun! This is just the dose of fantastic escapism I needed! Can't wait to see what the author raises from the dead in the next book in the series!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Fun read Very fun read. It would be if Rick Nancy's "Monstomology" series met JK Rowling's "Harry Potter ". Needs to be longer

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erik M

    Short, and an obvious snippet of a longer story, but humorous and enjoyable. I look forward to continuing the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed

    An excellent, short, and delightful read. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Very amusing book and the title sounds like the beginning of a oddly interesting joke.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chris Talbot

    Fun and short This was an easy easy read and was fun and adventurous I would reccomend it to anyone who is looking for a diverting read. I wanted it to go on longer though.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gary McNabb

    Short but worth reading Well written fantasy with an undertone of wry humor. The heroes are indeed unconventional, but the action is fierce and the story moves quickly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather McLeod

    Love this series!!!! The characters are great, the stories engaging, and absolutely hilarious. Love the book from beginning to end!! Can't wait for the next one!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Cute book, loved the humour

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Dehoff

    This author has written quite a bit of self-published material, much of it in the humorous fantasy and science fiction vein, but this is the first one I've read. It was pretty good, if rather short, but there are sequels I haven't read yet. The necromancer Timmy Bolton and his eager young assistant are seeking a pardon, and in order to get it they have to assist their country to prepare for war. Their first mission is to seek assistance from a renegade elf, with a bureaucrat accompanying them to This author has written quite a bit of self-published material, much of it in the humorous fantasy and science fiction vein, but this is the first one I've read. It was pretty good, if rather short, but there are sequels I haven't read yet. The necromancer Timmy Bolton and his eager young assistant are seeking a pardon, and in order to get it they have to assist their country to prepare for war. Their first mission is to seek assistance from a renegade elf, with a bureaucrat accompanying them to make sure they fulfill their part of the deal. The bureaucrat has some magic himself, being able to store and conjure items. It's pretty inventive, with its zombie chimeras, ninja rats, and shovel of death; but a bit thin on plot and world-building. I'll probably still read some more by the author, though.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    It's funny because Timmy is a necromancer (he animates corpses for his army and everyone knows that necromancers are bad, which is how he got stuck with his side-kick, a girly-girl ten-year-old that scared her family with her powers) and Timmy is a silly name for an evil character. Get it? Like Tim the Enchanter...only 40 years later. Honestly, for a quick novella, it had its moments.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katharina

    "Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf" (+ Ninja Rats and a Shovel) is a really fun, fast-paced read. I enjoyed the first adventure of Timmy (a far too nice necromancer), Katie (a far too terrifyingly dangerous and clever 10-year old), Gerald (a far too okay and helpful bureaucrat), and "She Who Cannot Be Named Because Of Her Penchant For Fiery Violence And General Bloodthirstiness" (a far too, uhm, well, she's definitely something). They are an interesting (also, a bit crazy) group and I c "Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf" (+ Ninja Rats and a Shovel) is a really fun, fast-paced read. I enjoyed the first adventure of Timmy (a far too nice necromancer), Katie (a far too terrifyingly dangerous and clever 10-year old), Gerald (a far too okay and helpful bureaucrat), and "She Who Cannot Be Named Because Of Her Penchant For Fiery Violence And General Bloodthirstiness" (a far too, uhm, well, she's definitely something). They are an interesting (also, a bit crazy) group and I can't wait to read what they are up to next.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Troy Neenan

    This is one of my most favourite series. Humour is spot on, the characters are unique, good world building. This is also one of the first books that I have ever read from the kindle library. This is a short book and it works. Buy it, seriously. It's good. Plot: Timmy the necromancer is tired of being one of the most wanted men in his country and so goes about being legit wizard. With problems increasing between his country and the local empire he is sent to recruit a group of bad guys to the cause This is one of my most favourite series. Humour is spot on, the characters are unique, good world building. This is also one of the first books that I have ever read from the kindle library. This is a short book and it works. Buy it, seriously. It's good. Plot: Timmy the necromancer is tired of being one of the most wanted men in his country and so goes about being legit wizard. With problems increasing between his country and the local empire he is sent to recruit a group of bad guys to the cause. First step is to enlist the help of a pyromaniac elf, with his shovel. Characters. Timmy the Necromancer decides to work with the local kingdom, not because he is a good guy but because he is getting tired of the countless assassins who want to kill him. He is not just trained in magic but martial arts, being a necromancer he has a small army of zombies, (as much good as they are when dealing with overpowered psychos) and he is the first MC who isn't a dumbass. Katie is Timmy's 10 year-old apprentice. She loves the colour pink, make friends with ninja rats, and has the power to manipulate shadows. She takes the occasional sneak attack on her master in order to usurp his office. A really precious child. Gerald is a bureaucrat who is in charge of making sure that Timmy earns his pardon. He is often described as cowardly but he seems to be the only one with any common sense in this book. He is not used to zombies, being blown up, or being anywhere near danger. What I like: I like everything about this book. Everything works. The author made a short story that worked and she turned it into a series. She does need to make it an audio book. What I don't like: There are a lot characters in it that get shoved onto the reader very quickly.

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