The Necromancer is a book like no other. It sort of defies description. It has elements of Faust, and Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett, and Christopher Moore. It is filled with dark humor, with silliness, and with thought provoking questions about the nature of evil, as well as a number of words that you’d never have thought would work together in the same sentence, and yet they do.
In a nutshell, without too many spoilers, the Necromancer follows the tale of Johannes Cabal, who has traded his soul to the Devil in exchange for the ability to be a necromancer. He decides in the first few pages that maybe it wasn’t such a great bargain after all, and travels to Hell (which is nothing if not a giant bureaucracy – and the major reason why everyone should read this is so that people will understand the joke I’m making when I say, “Oh! It looks like Arthur Trubshaw was here!”) to demand an audience with Satan to get his soul back.
Eventually, they decide that Cabal will get his soul back if he gets 100 more for Satan, and Satan, for his own purposes, gives him a circus train in order to help him do this.
Extremely clever. Extremely funny. Bizarre as all get out. Loved it. I’m looking to reading the follow up books.
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