Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tidbit about Necromancy Through the Ages by Karen Michelle Nutt @KMNBooks #giveaway @RebeccaJVickery

Tidbit about Necromancy Through the Ages

Mosaic Law states: If a person was caught practicing Necromancy, they received the death penalty. However, there is always someone who manages to get away with it. King Saul had the Witch of Endor invoke the shade of Samuel from Sheol using a ritual conjuring pit. (Samuel 28:3-25)

The middle ages called the practice of necromancy sorcery, and there were dire consequences if caught.

Some Christian writers firmly believe no human can bring back the spirits of the dead and interpret their thoughts. They believed the shades are demons meant to deceive.

Present Day:
Necromancy is a term used to describe manipulating death through the use of ritual magic or ceremony. You might say séances, channeling and Spiritualism are a form of necromancy since they involve invoking spirits to find out information.

Necromancer’s Tools:
Necromancer rituals can involve magic circles, talisman, and incantations. The Necromancer might use items associated with death such as wearing the decease’s clothes.  Another more morbid ritual was the Necromancer consumed a part of the corpse. The rituals could last hours to days just depending on how stubborn the spirit could be.

In my tale, Soul Taker, Isabella Lucci’s family is from a long line of Necromancers. 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 through the veil. It is why Harrison wants to recruit her to help him and Garran take down the Soul Taker.

Her tools of the trade:
She uses a cell phone to communicate with the dead. The shades text their responses via the cell phone.

Thank you for stopping by for the behind the scenes look at Soul Taker. Don’t forget to check out the other posts and leave a comment at each blog for more chances to win an Audio Book copy of Soul Taker.
Excerpt from SOUL TAKER: Isabella casts the souls into the veil...

Isabella stood out of the way and was glad to have been forgotten for the moment. She concentrated on the vampires, who were attacking them and recited the incantation from her mother's book. She understood most of the Latin words. It was the first thing Uncle Sebastian had taught her when he hoped to train her, but it wasn't until a few years ago, she had taken an interest to refine what she learned from him. "… libera nos a malo." Deliver us from evil. These vampires were evil. She could see their auras, dark and muddied with deeds they had done.
"… libera nos a malo." Deliver us from evil.
The air around her grew cold as she spoke, her words frosted on the wind. "Send them back. I give thee their souls."
The vampire who attacked Katie howled in pain and it had nothing to do with his damaged leg or the beating he was taking from Katie. Katie scrambled back, fear and confusion lighting her features. The vampire clutched his chest as he fell to his knees.
Isabella chanted louder.
"Stop!" Mr. Limpy's screams of agony brought all the others to a halt. Their intent to rip each other apart was apparently forgotten for the moment. Harrison shifted back to his human form and stared, his brows furrowing over the bridge of his nose.
Electricity flowed around Isabella and she felt her ponytail lift off her neck. The ritual was working.
"What is she doing to him?" Blondie growled. "Stop her!" he ordered Garran.
"I cannot stop her." She heard Garran tell him. His gaze shifted to her and she caught a look of concern before he hid the emotion.
Isabella wished she could have told Garran he would be safe from the spell. The scroll guaranteeing his protection rested in her bra, close to her heart. She could feel it pulse against her.
Blondie growled and decided to take matters into his own hands. He charged Isabella, but the incantation latched onto him as well. He fell beside his fellow vampire thug, clutching his chest. The lanky-looking vampire took a step toward his comrades, but seeing his buddies were withering in pain, he stayed rooted where he stood, but in the next moment it proved distance wouldn't save him. The spell finally took hold of him, and he joined the others on the road to perdition.
The vampire she had shot lay on the ground now, his body convulsing. His eyes rolled back into his head.
Isabella witnessed the soul leaving his body. The action was something similar to the way a vacuum removed unwanted debris, sucking it up and holding it within its grasp, only the soul was sucked into the veil. With one final scream, the vampire's body stilled.
The other two vamps' souls went at the same time. At that moment, she chanted the closing lines to the ritual. She hadn't been sure what would happen. Loosely translated, the ending of the spell called upon the sun to cleanse the earth.
In the next breath, it became clear. The vampires' bodies burst into flames, sizzling and hissing as if a ray of light shone on them.
As she closed the door to the veil, the last of her energy left her. She collapsed to her knees.
"Izzie," Harrison called to her, but it was Garran who flew to her side and took her in his arms. She blinked and met his slanted Scottish eyes. "I did it."

About the Book Soul Taker:

No 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:
Karen 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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