This is the long-awaited (for me) sequel to the fantastic Johannes Cabal The Necromancer.
I tucked into it with glee as I had loved the first book so much. However, I was a little taken aback at first as this felt like a very different book. In fact, occasionally, the eponymous necromancer felt like a rather different character.
There are no demons, no deals with Satan, and no undead minions wandering around with no brainpower and failing body functions – so there was slightly less of a comical cartoon feel to the story.
However, it was still really well written – and this time it was a detective story (the clue is in the title), so there is plenty of scope for guessing ‘whodunnit’ and trying to work out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.
This is all set on a ‘luxury’ airship, and one of my favourite parts of the book is the diagram of the ship, along with what is obviously a press release about it – very amusing!
A very enjoyable story, well thought through with plenty of twists and turns. I see that there is a THIRD book (Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute) due out in hardback (boo!) in September, so I will definitely be reading that as soon as I (cheaply) can!