Sometimes you’ve just gotta read a light, irreverent book. Jonathan Howard’s book is just that, the perfect quick read to distract you from whatever you’re looking to hide from.
Johannes Cabal, I’m sure you’ll be shocked to know, is a necromancer. He sold his soul to the devil for the powers, but now he’s decided he wants it back. Storming hell, Johannes challenge’s the devil to a wager: Johannes will collect 100 souls within one year in exchange for his own. Armed with only his wits and a run down circus, Johannes has his work cut out for him.
With the help of his brother, a charismatic vampire, and some circus folk Johannes whips up, the clock is ticking. While the wager seems straightforward, Johannes s forced to face the reality of who he is and who he is willing to be.
Howard writes in a very easy-to-read way, full of British humor and snark. And it poses a question of how far one would be willing to go for what they want—what lines they will or won’t cross. Johannes seems a pretty cut a dried character, but you can’t help holding on to a little hope, right up until the very end.
While it certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s a fun and quick read, especially when you’re feeling a little sassy. It’s a fun way to run off with the circus, just a for a little while.