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The Necromancer (Johannes Cabal #1)

The Necromancer (Johannes Cabal #1) - Jonathan L. Howard I really wanted to love it - the concept encapsulates everything that comic fantasy should be: dark, edgy, irreverent, offensive, witty; but suffers from several flaws that prevent the reader from really immersing themselves in the story. One, the characters and the premise of the story are really quite cliche'd. Two, the main protagonist has no charisma whatsoever. Three, intentional or not, but you can't help but feel that the author is trying to achieve a hybrid Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman style of writing.

I will read the sequel because I desperately want this concept and world to work, and I suspect it might. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Nevertheless, I recommend it as a solid read that will keep you entertained and offer up some guilty laughs and eyebrow stretchers.

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