Study Guide

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Mortality

By Lish McBride

Mortality

You better believe that a book called Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is going to have death out the wazoo. Sure, there are some epic death scenes and awesome appearances by zombies and other members of the undead, but mortality in this story is much more than that. It's also about how Sam and his friends deal with death when it makes a very real and horrifying appearance on their doorsteps. Sam's gift, Brooke's murder, and Ramon's ultimate decision to stare death in the face as a means of saving his friend all reveal just how much death can infiltrate life.

Questions About Mortality

  1. How does McBride use humor to portray the concept of death? Did you find it amusing or not?
  2. How are Douglas and Lilly's experiences as child necromancing prodigies similar and different?
  3. How does Sam's defeat of Douglas bring peace to both himself and others? How does it not?
  4. Death is typically something that people fear and ask a lot of questions about. How would being a necromancer change Sam's view of mortality?

Chew on This

Without its darkly comic slant on death, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer would just be another average paranormal novel.

Sam's identity as a necromancer causes him to see death from a new perspective most humans don't get to see.

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