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The Fall of the House of Cabal

(Johannes Cabal #5)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  2,192 ratings  ·  219 reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Sean Gibson
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If Jonathan Howard’s wit were a grasshopper, it would be delicious and covered with chocolate, but also capable of leaping about hither, thither, and yon in patterns undiscernible to the human brain.

Does that make any sense? No. Have I gotten 14 hours of sleep in the past 4 days? Zucchini.

That said, I can’t think of a series that has made me laugh out loud more over the course of the past few years than this one, and I’m sorry to see it come to a close (if, indeed, it has come to a close). If t
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Cabal, Jonathan Strange
So much is quotable here, so much extreme deliciousness.

The Brothers Cabal are back together, each having done a bit of personal growth. One of the rewarding arcs of the series is how Johannes has thawed--just a little, mind you--in acknowledging brotherly affection, even displaying concern for boon companions.

"Here, Cabal paused. Yes, he had done good. By accident, as a by-product, by serendipity. But yes, he had done good. He just didn't see why people kept wanting to rub his nose in it."

I didn't want to end this but here we are at last page of Johannes Cabal series. During this funny, cynical journey filled with wit and sass Johannes Cabal, Necromancer of some little infamy and freelance sociopath, has become one of my favorite characters in fantasy rivaled only by Sand dan Glokta of the First law series and Death from Discworld series.
Writing in this series is like a darker version of Discworld just instead of fantasy setting this series uses late Gothic and early horror as a
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
💀 The Cabalettes Are Back Buddy Read (TCABBR™) with the MacHalo Necromaniacs 💀

⚠️ I become a Quote-Unleashing Monster of Doom whenever I come into contact with Mr Howard’s quotaliciously quotable prose. Thou hast been warned and stuff. Also, you are quite welcome and stuff.

⚠️ The Gif might be a little strong in this one. My pleasure and stuff.

You know you just embarked on one of my necromancing boyfriend’s chirpy little adventures when the preface goes something like this:

“You, at least, are in t
All right then!

We go from quite amusing escapades right to OMG this is so freaking awesome in one book.

To say I love this little romp through Hell, mystical monkey paw alternate dimensions, and a burning London filled with airships, cowering leeches, and an invasion spawned from one scorned woman is to say that a supervolcano is kinda pretty from orbit.

I love this.

Every part of it speaks of a delightful gathering featuring all the best companions our amoral but unfortunately slightly-conscience
Althea Ann
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
It's really funny!!!

This was my first Cabal novel, and I did NOT stop reading it in order to go fetch the earlier books in the series, even when I was ordered to by the author (in no uncertain terms, too!) I'm so sorry, Mr. Howard! (I was snorting out loud with laughter on the subway, though.)

Regardless of the author's stated wishes, I think the book works just fine as a stand-alone. Plenty of needed information on past events and character development is provided, and I quickly felt like I knew
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, reviewed, 2010s, horror

In Which a Necromancer of Some Little Infamy Settles a Few Loose Ends.

I don’t really review book series. I don’t mean just on goodreads, but any website where I’ve reviewed anything. If I review any volume in a multi-part series, it is generally the first and before there is a second volume. I do this because if I review one volume, part of my mind makes an obligation to review them all.

I have not reviewed the first 4 books in the series, but I will make an exception for Herr Cabal. He has most
K.J. Charles
I love this series. It's hilarious and involving and Cabal is a glorious creation, and I have the biggest Horst Cabal crush, and a fairly big spider-demon-lady-succubus thing developing also.

Don't start here. This is very much the culmination of a series, weaving in any amount of plot threads from the first four books in a hugely satisfying way. Start at the beginning with Johannes Cabal the Necromancer and relish some of the best comic-horror fantasy you'll read.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am under the impression that this will be the last in the Johannes Cabal series, and, as such, I found it extremely satisfying. Plenty of metalit-humor, helpful footnotes, and amusing adventures with familiar characters who have continued their developmental trajectories and become surprisingly lovable... creatures. The story takes its time about getting going, and there was, for me, a slow patch around the middle, in Hell (though the “slowness” might actually have been me and not Mr. Howard, ...more
As a member of the Cabal Cabal, I confess myself a tad disappointed in this fifth novel in the series. This, I think, largely stems from the novel's relatively unfocused, scattershot plot, in which there were simply too many characters (besides those Cabal brothers) to keep track of, and even as they trotted the globe, it was only too easy to forget, sometimes, what the stakes really were this time around. That said, I didn't find it lacking in the signature Cabal dark humor, and there were quit ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A gathering of allies makes a daring move against the Queen.

Opening Sentence: It was a damned place, is Perkis Moor.

The Review:

Cabal starts at the Moor with his brother, Horst, the Vampire, and the body they are carrying around with them, assuming Cabal gets a chance to actually resurrect her. But they need to perform a summoning and he needs more allies, so he works on that why he summons the spider demon from hell to help him take on the Queen
Christopher Farrell
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and I'm so sad that it's over. Howard's writing is at its peak with this book - I laughed long, loud, and hard at several passages. The story of another adventure of Johannes is beautifully crafted, with every little sarcastic barb, clever quip, and acute observation adding something delicious to the general flavour of the novel. While I've sadly heard that this may be the last Cabal book, I feel it ended well, although with several loose threads I much desire to be picked up. ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 books in and the series comes to a possible end. But I certainly hope the hints that there is a book 6 have me happily writing this review. The door has certainly been left open for more books.

In the beginning there was Johannes Cabal and he was 'The Man'. Whilst he has changed over the 5 books, character development was always going to be slow, just because of the type of guy he is. However, The Fall of the House of Cabal isn't just about Johannes and that is what makes this series thoroughl
I really liked this one but he did that thing that he did at the end of the Fear Institute where he keeps resetting the timeline at the end and I listen to these on audio so I always get VERY confused by that. It's probably mostly my own fault but I love the narrator for this series even though I'm still not really sure what the ending here actually WAS. Still, it was a very fun book. I liked the characters he chose to bring back from previous novels and their whole group dynamic was very fun. A ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
What has been delicious about the Johannes Cabal series is that, though each book follows the necromancer of some little infamy and his adventures through the living, dead, and undead worlds, each book is also of its own style. The Necromancer is a Faustian horror story, The Detective an Agatha Christie mystery. The Fear Institute pays fealty to H.P. Lovecraft, and The Brothers Cabal is a action/adventure tale of war and politics. Yet the common denominator throughout them all has been Jonathan ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
This book started really well, and I enjoyed the meta humor of it - especially the author asides about how he shouldn't have to explain things to people who are just jumping into the series, because what kind of monster starts a series at book 5? (I mean, really. Who does that?)

But while there was a smattering of humor throughout the book, things did take a turn slightly more for the serious - but I ended up wishing there was more humor. I mean, there was some especially from Madame Zarenyia, bu
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread
Reread Review, 2017

The Johannes Cabal audiobooks have had a few different narrators, which really upsets the Type A block of my personality, that demands consistency and completion-ism in all things. But since I'm not able to go back and demand that Jonathan L. Howard just settle on one narrator and see it through, for god sake, the only thing left for me to do is rank my preferences in order:

1. Christopher Cazenove, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer. He gives Johannes the best German accent and r
This is seriously the only book that I have actually felt like reading in a long time, and I am so glad that it didn't disappoint. Howard was at his very snarkiest throughout, to the extent that the preface was even enough to make me laugh out loud several times. Alright, I wasn't in love with the reappearance of Leonie, but the other supporting characters were magic (both figuratively and literally, now that I think of it.) Zarenyia in particular was almost always perfect, which is kind of surp ...more

Hopefully not the final chapter in the story of Johannes Cabal, this book takes us on a quest with Cabal and his companions (brother Horst, Leonie Barrow, Miss Smith, and the demon Zarenyia) to discover the Five Ways in hopes of finally finding a way to bring Cabal's wife back from the dead.

While retaining much of the charm and hijinx of the previous Cabal books, this one takes a darker turn towards the end -- not in an unsettling way, but rather in a cinematic aspect, as Cabal is propelled thr
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Perhaps my anticipation of this book was too much to live up to, but I honestly didn't enjoy it as much as the first 4 in the series. I found the plot line a bit scattered and it just kind of fell flat. I hope this isn't the last we've seen of Johannes Cabal and I certainly hope the author fills in the missing pieces of the story line. There are too many unanswered questions and there is a gaping hole in the history with Leonie! Please step up your game Mr Howard!
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
And here we are! The (possibly) final book! I can't express how much I loved it. And since I never wrote a review for any of the previous books (I chose to, instead, mention how great they were to any friend who would listen!) this is going to be an overall review.

I've read all the books in this series with equal love, interest and amusement and they are one of my favorite book series and the main character, a necromancer of some little infamy, and his brother, a monster by some authorities a
Lucy King
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, read-english
This was great. I was so happy to see characters from the other books and short stories return to this probably final book. It was fun, it had a lof of action, there was hell, sadness, irony, devils, mentions to all the previous book. Everything came together here. I loved it. And I am pretty sad there is no more about Cabal and his adventures. The end was satisfiying. It made sense, but if by any chance the author is considering another book in the future, I support him. I need it.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Neat little ending to the story, wraps everything up nicely while still leaving room for a sequel. The plot was interesting and the stage pieces were very diverse but it honestly wasn't that good a book. The reason for the 5 stars is Zarenyia and her interactions with the other characters which are uproariously funny.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Despite a slow first half, the (possibly) final novel in the Johannes Cabal series is definitely worth the read! The story picks up from where the last book ended, namely, with Johannes and his vampire brother, Horst, having returned home with what Cabal believes is the final key to discovering his cure for death, "The One True Account of Presbyter Johannes by His Own Hand". After much deciphering, Johannes has discovered the Path to what some call the Fountain of Youth, but what he knows to be ...more
The Irregular Reader
Fair Warning: This review will include major spoilers for the previous four Johannes Cabal books, as well as several of the short stories. If you haven’t read any of the previous books, you really should stop now and click HERE.

Now, on with the show.

If H.P. Lovecraft and Douglas Adams had a lovechild, that gibbering lunatic is surely Jonathan L. Howard. Howard (who does borrow from the Lovecraft mythos) uses a sense of cosmic horror, peppered liberally with dry ridiculousness and wry humor to cr
James Adams
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading the Johannes Cabal series has been one of the highlights of my year so far, and this fifth installment solidifies that. This may not be the best in the series (#3, The Fear Institute, holds that spot for me,) but this is a strong culmination, and possibly conclusion, of all that has come before.
Many previous characters, both friend and foe, encounter the brothers Cabal in this volume, rewarding series readers. Even many of the short stories get call-backs, which is neat, but can occasion
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction

Now I kind of wish for detective Barrow & her vampiric sidekick Horst to have their own spin-off.

Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Johnathan L. Howard's subtle use of hints and clues neatly hidden in the previous four books and short stories (whether it was intentional or later incorporated as a part of the series grand design, is privy only to the Author. I bet he's very smug about this... ) created a work of Absolute (capital) Brilliance.
All those coincidences, those quotes (some obvious, others less so), those sneaky deus ex machinas that, at the time were neatly shrugged off with entertainingly dry humour and exciting
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh Mr. did it again. I love that each book is both distinct, yet part of a larger whole (including the short stories). I love that Johannes is not just a cold necromancer, but an actual human with (somewhat of) an actual set of human reactions. Really, I just love this series lol.

If you haven't read anything by Jonathan L. Howard, go pick up Johannes Cabal: The Detective. It's actually a bit funnier to me (personal opinion, your mileage may vary) and an easier introduction to the s
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Jonathan L Howard is a game designer, scriptwriter, and a veteran of the computer games industry since the early 1990s, with titles such as the 'Broken Sword' series to his credit.

After publishing two short stories featuring Johannes Cabal (Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day and Exeunt Demon King) in H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer was published in 2009 as his

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