Johannes Cabal is an anti-social Necromancer. He is invited by three members of The Fear Institute to help them on their expedition to the Dreamlands to find the Phobic Animus--the embodiment of fear. Having long desired access to the Dreamlands, Cabal agrees to act as a guide for the party. Not particularly caring for the company of those that hired him, he begins scheming as soon as he is paid, for a way to get rid of them. Practicality stays his hand for the moment, after all, unknown monsters await, but there is a tempting cliff in the distance...
I was pleased that the main character was a Necromancer. Often in fantasy the role of a necromancer is only briefly brought up, and usually as a foe to defeat. It was refreshing to see one portrayed in the main role of a story. Cabal does not struggle with morality, and is very much an anti-hero, which suits his character well.
I won this book in the Goodreads First Reads Program.* This is the third book in the series. I have not read the first two, but it was fine as a stand alone book. There were some clear references to past adventures, but it created no difficulty in the flow or understanding of the story. I really enjoyed this book, and can not wait to read the first two books in the series: Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer, and Johannes Cabal: The Detective.
I found this book to be a unique humorous tale told in an entertaining manner. I did not want to put it down. I don't think I can say enough good things about it. It is a new favorite, and I am happy to give it a spot on My Favorite Books List. I would highly recommend entering the world of the necromancer Johannes Cabal.
*The Goodreads First Reads program does not require winners to give a review. They are encouraged to review the book, as the authors and publishers offering the books for free are trying to get the public interested in their book. If a review is given, it is not stipulated that it should be positive or negative, only an honest review.