Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

3.92 (19,390 ratings by Goodreads)
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The page-turning first novel in the charmingly gothic, fiendishly funny Faustian series about a brilliant scientist who makes a deal with the Devil, twice. - The spot-on work of a talented writer. --The Denver Post

Johannes Cabal sold his soul years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. Now he wants it back. Amused and slightly bored, Satan proposes a little wager: Johannes has to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever. This time for real. Accepting the bargain, Jonathan is given one calendar year and a traveling carnival to complete his task. With little time to waste, Johannes raises a motley crew from the dead and enlists his brother, Horst, a charismatic vampire to help him run his nefarious road show, resulting in mayhem at every turn.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 133 x 202 x 18mm | 232g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0767930762
  • 9780767930765
  • 48,428

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Witty, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining, this rollicking Faustian adventure grabs the reader and holds him until the very last page. --Tucson Citizen

The spot-on work of a talented writer. --The Denver Post

Howard makes it look easy to paint a soul-stealing murdering necromancer as a sympathetic character; that, folks, is worth the price of admission. Step right up! --San Diego Union-Tribune

For anyone whose taste edges towards the intelligent and macabre, this book is a gift. --Fangoria

Amusing and clever. --The Free-lance Star

Populated with some of the most creative, and odd, characters to be found...hysterical and fascinating. --Bookgeeks

A delightfully wicked and inventive story. --Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child

Cross Susannah Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with Gregory Maguire's Wicked, and you have this witty and sometimes touching debut novel in the Faustian tradition. --Library Journal

That ole black magic has never been more fun than it is in this deft and quirky Faustian take. A diabolical romp. --Elle Newmark, author of The Book of Unholy Mischief
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About Jonathan L. Howard

JONATHAN L. HOWARD is a game designer who notably co-scripted the first three Broken Sword adventure games. He is the author of the novel Johannes Cabal the Necromancer. He lives near Bristol, England, with his wife and daughter.
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Rating details

19,390 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 31% (5,964)
4 40% (7,785)
3 22% (4,189)
2 6% (1,078)
1 2% (374)
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