Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has come into possession of a vital clue that may lead him to his ultimate goal a cure for death The path is vague, however, and certainly treacherous as it takes him into strange territories that, quite literally, no one has ever seen before The task is too dangerous to venture upon alone, so he must seek assistance, comrades for the coming travails.So assisted ably and otherwise by his vampiric brother, Horst, and by the kindly accompaniment of a criminologist and a devil, he will encounter ruins and diableries, mystery and murder, the depths of the lowest pit and a city of horrors London, to be exact.Yet even though Cabal has risked such peril believing he understands the dangers he faces, he is still underestimating them He is walking into a trap of such arcane complexity that even the one who drew him there has no idea of its true terrors As the snare closes slowly and subtly around them, it may be that there will be no survivors at all.The Fall of the House of Cabal is the fifth book in Jonathan L Howard s acclaimed Johannes Cabal series....
|Title||:||The Fall of the House of Cabal: A Novel (Johannes Cabal Novels)|
|Publisher||:||Thomas Dunne Books September 27, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
|File Size||:||661 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Fall of the House of Cabal: A Novel (Johannes Cabal Novels) Reviews
I don't think I'm ready to say goodbye to this phenomenal series. A few years ago, fresh after getting my first Kindle (which was a big deal for an English language reader not living in an English speaking country) I randomly chose "Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer" as my next read. Oh boy, I was in for a ride. The adventures of a necromancer of some little infamy quickly became on of my favourite book series ever. A series which is now coming to a close (at least for the time being, as the author claims).
**Spoilers**The Cabal series is (in my opinion) one of the best fantasy series of the last decade. But this book fell short of the rest in this series for me. I feel like it got bogged down in its own style, and I ended up skipping half of it on my first read through and still understood the last chapter just fine. I thought Horst's characterization was a bit odd, I had never thought of him as an idiot before but this book took every opportunity it could to say "Oh yes, by the way, Horst is dumb". I get that he's in the company of Leonie and Johannes, but I always enjoyed how Horst was people-smart while Johannes was book-smart.
Howard implies that this, his best Cabal ever, might be the last. I hope not, as the final chapter leaves many unanswered questions that another book could address. Again, his plot is involved and convoluted and beautiful in its complexity. The characters so well written that you feel they could really exist. The humor present all through the book and the battles between good and evil beautifully written. I believe I speak or all the Cabalists when I say DO NOT FAIL TO WRITE ANOTHER CABAL SOON!
The final book in the series comes across as a series of short stories strung together by a haphazard overarching story arc. Mainly for the purpose of shamelessly advertising the author's Johannes Cabal short stories, which it continually references with not so much as a wink and nod as a "hey, you should read those if you really want to know who these people are and what they're talking about". Aside from that, it really didn't bring any sort of conclusion to the Johannes Cabal series. Indeed, the conclusion of its own story dribbled out in a puzzling, unsatisfactory manner. And ominously portended curses never came to fruition. If most of the short stories in the story hadn't been moderately interesting on their own, I'd have to rate this even lower. As it is, I considered giving it a 2, and I'd definitely peg it as the worst of the otherwise good-to-great five book series.
What a great book and series. The characters are like old friends that exist as real people in my memory. And Zarenyia - good gravy - one of my favorite characters ever from any book, movie, game - whatever. What's not to love, poppet? The writing is as delightful as ever. Rich with texture and deep vocabulary (can't imagine reading this without the Kindle dictionary handy) the act of reading it is like enjoying a perfectly-cooked filet mignon. Every literary "bite" is worthy of savoring, prepared with skill and care. The story is equal parts engaging, touching, and flat-out hilarious. Seriously, it's one of the funniest stories I've ever read, with a dry, merciless, Old World wit that will keep you rolling all the way through. Please, please, please Mr. Howard, don't keep your promise about this being the end of the road for Dr. Cabal and Co. These stories are without equal.
The Cabal series rocketed to the top of my favorite novels the moment I started reading the first one. I love the style, the dry humor, the characters, and the ideas. Every book is different and this 5th book of the series is just as good as anything that has come before! I won't give any synopsis, since you can find that anywhere, but I will say that nothing in the book disappoints.* I am very happy that I did not realize these were "horror" novels until after I started reading them, since that might have made me overlook the funniest stories I have read since discovering Terry Pratchett's Discworld. (In fact, the style is similar enough that if you like the later Discworld books then you should read these right away.)