What is Necromancy? by Karen Michelle Nutt – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Karen Michelle Nutt is visiting with us today as part of her virtual book tour. Enter via the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win an audiobook.

What is Necromancy?

It’s a form of magic involving the ability to speak to the dead. The Necromancer can either summon the spirit or actually raise the decease, animating the body.

Seems difficult to believe someone would want to attempt such a feat, but there were those who believed the dead could foretell the future and find out knowledge only the dead would be able to reveal. They believed they could question a murdered victim and find out who preformed the bad deed.

Early accounts of such practices were associated with Shamanism. This practice calls upon spirits of ancestors. There are numerous recorded practices of Necromancy in Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It is believed the practice was widespread in Persia, among the Sabians, or star worshipers. The Babylonian necromancers were called manzazuu. The spirits they raised were called etemmu.

Did you know?
The oldest literary account of necromancy is stated in Homer’s Odyssey.

Timeline to Summoning:
Necromancers preferred to summon a recently deceased soul to have a clearer communication, but it didn’t mean a Necromancer wouldn’t summon a spirit who had passed away for a longer period of time, but the spirit would materialize rather than animating the body. (Thank goodness. It would prove a bit messy unearthing a body weeks later—not to mention smelly.)

Some cultures believed the dead would retain knowledge of their life here on this plain of existence. The Greeks and Romans believed the ‘shades’ (the name they called the spirit) retained only limited information.

In my tale, Soul Taker, Isabella Lucci’s family is from a long line of Necromancers. Her mother had summoned Isabella from death, but in doing so there came a price. Death can never be cheated and her mother paid the ultimate price with her life. Isabella has not been trained, but she’s a natural. She can see the world beyond the veil, summon a shade, and send a soul back. It is why Harrison wants to recruit her to help him and Garran find the Soul Taker.

Thank you for stopping by for the behind the scenes look at Soul Taker.

7_18 book coverNo soul is safe…

A vampire from the Grim Sith sept is sucking the souls out of young women from the Boston area, but this sinister crime is far worse than a vampire seeking substance. He’s selling the souls to the highest bidder and it seems business is booming.

A vampire, a werewolf, and a Necromancer are a most unlikely team, but Garran, Harrison, and Isabella plan on putting a kink in the dubbed Soul Taker’s plans. It’s personal now. One of their friends has fallen victim to the Soul Taker’s charms, but to stop him from hurting anyone else, their efforts may involve raising the dead.

About the Author: 7_18 author pic Karen and Jack_2014_2 IMG_2596Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”. You can also check out her published cover art designs at Western Trail Blazer and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

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July 18 Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.com/
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July 20 Theresa McClinton’s Blog http://theresamcclinton.com/blog/
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July 23 Once Upon Word http://onceuponaword1.blogspot.com/
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  1. Thank you all at Long and Short for having me here today! Your the first day of the tour. Sara had some computer issues, but I’ll be there at her blog on July 25!. Hope to see you there, too!!

  2. Jodie Bivins says:

    I found your interview to be informative and look forward to reading you blog in the future

  3. Interesting post

  4. SHELLEY S says:



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