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Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

I loved this book. Howard’s quite a fan of Terry Pratchett, as I sensed some similar vibes here and there and that, my friends, is a proof of good taste.

Jkhannes laughs and the bizarre twists do a good job of distracting from that seriousness, but if the ending is any indication, Howard will cbal more upon these themes in the sequel. View all 7 comments. His second mission, figure out how the different elements of the circus will help him succeed at his mission.

I need a little time to think. You read this over an average of words per minute. But honestly, I think some NA crap I read last year to be much weirder than this one!

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He has tons of redeeming qualities and stuff: Nfcromancer, such as Johannes Cabal and his vampiric brother Horst are presented with a light touch even though Cabal’s goal is to gather souls for Satan so he can get his own soul back.

Dec 28, View all 4 comments. Humor here is dark and our protagonist isn’t a hero or even anti-hero. We root for him and curse him in the same breath. The Necromancer is a funny tale about a man trying to win back his soul. Thanks for letting me know about this, Miriam: Well, he’s having second thoughts.


Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

While this works perfectly well as a standalone, I might eventually read the next book, but I’m not in too big of a hurry. The other … Spiritual transfiguration, do you know what that means? Johannes has to persuade a hundred people to sign over their souls with the help of a hellish carnival in one year’s time, or he will be damned for eternity. I will continue the series whenever, in between other things. Is he going to fulfill his deal with the devil?

Most likely, if you see some of my reviews continually popping up on your stream, it’s because I found a grammar or spelling error, was too anal-retentive to let it be, and forgot to turn off the “update to stream” button when I edited it. To do this the Devil loans him one of his carnivals and sends him on his Quintessentially British humor-infused urban fantasy with an anti-hero protagonist. I will probably pick up the next book in the series at some point, though.

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The quiet tragedy of his character, and his hopeless quest against death moved me. But now he needs it back. So, really, Burton should adapt this book. I’m not expert in those genre but I recognized references and nods to Lovecraft, Blake, M. Now he wants it back. It gave me everything I wanted: Excellent plot and wonderful characters especially the main character and his brother.

If that synopsis doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer was published in as his first novel. Have you ever come across a book with a synopsis that blew you away? The ending is a perfect capstone. View all 14 comments. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There is no real new ground broken here, unless you count demons running a carnival as a twist, but it was an amusing and well-written read with lots of really good dialogue.


Piece of cake, methinks. You are commenting using your Facebook thhe. This should take you around hours and minutes to read! You are quite welcome, de nada, my pleasure and stuff. Building the Cycling City: It reads like the lightest of Urban Fantasies, it has the darkness of the most evil of tales, it has the glimmer of ho This book turned out to be a delightfully evil tome that retells the Faustian adventure in a clever, dry and imminently British way.

Not to sound elitist, but I feel like this book will probably be enjoyed by a small group of readers- those who side with unlikeable characters, think the villains are almost always more interesting than the heroes, and have a dark sense of humour.

Don’t you know anything? The audiobook performance by Christopher Cazenove really elevates the story and is highly recommended! Death is your enemy. There’s elements of brilliance here and I’d be interested to see how Howard refines this in later books, but the rest I found to be a bit of a slog. The last letter is perhaps a little jarring to the narrative and takes it the most off track. So yes, dry British humor was what Joyannes need This book was just what I needed after coming out of my Mockingjay funk.