The Wolf of Winter (1993)

Prince Varis tries to become the ruler of his nation by using forbidden necromancy, but his niece Shalindra is set to stop him and install the true heir to the throne.

Slightly better than Illusion, which isn’t saying much. From the get-go I knew that the book wouldn’t end well for the main character, who is actually the villain of the story, it’s just told from his POV. There were some nice touches, the nation of Rhazaulle with its winter landscape, the necromancy through drugs concept, but overall I find Volsky’s plots far too formulaic without the offset of compelling writing or any good plot twists, and I her find her disposition to make everything into a tragedy, even if it doesn’t has to be like that, annoying.