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.
The fifth adventure (after The Brothers Cabal) of Johannes Cabal, a "necromancer of some little infamy," is the culmination of his quest to resurrect his deceased beloved, Berenice. Guided by a mysterious tome, he sets out in search of the fountain of youth, accompanied by an assortment of allies: his vampire brother, Horst; Madam Zarenyia, a cheerfully lascivious angora-clad woman-spider devil; well-armed criminologist Leonie Barrow; and not-quite-corporeal witch Miss Smith. Their journey takes them through constructed "splinters of reality" full of dangers and temptations, and Cabal must confront both old enemies and his own conscience (despite his denials that he has any such thing). Fans of Howard's witty prose and morbid humor will not be disappointed; his characteristic blend of horror, comedy, fantasy, and drama is particularly effective in this installment. Cabal remains an entertaining antihero whose complexities have deepened over time, and the conclusion of the narrative threads that have spanned the previous four Cabal books is both satisfying and touching.