Johannes Cabal: the Necromancer

The Necromancer (Johannes Cabal #1)The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Johannes Cabal (the audio version) is a wonderful discovery. I have read the book in paper form but picked up the Audio from the local library for commuting purposes as it was an amusing novel. The audio book knocks it out of the park. I am not familiar with the reader but he has a wonderful command of nuances and accents. His voice picks up Cabal’s personality perfectly. Cabal, a slightly Germanic naive and stubborn prig of a man, once sold his soul to the Devil, and now he wants it back. The problem is that Devil isn’t going to let him just HAVE it, that would set a lousy precedent. So he accepts a wager to collect 100 souls in a year, and the Devil actually gives him the material and manpower to do it, using a decrepit old carnival as the lure. The dialogue and setting are truly stars of this novel.

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