Tuesday, December 27, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

First Chapter Tuesday is hosted every Tuesday by Diane over at Bibiophile by the Sea. Join the fun by making your own post and linking up over at Diane's blog, or simple check it out to find more new books to read!

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (Johannes Cabal, #1)

Chapter 1: In which a scientist visits hell and a deal is struck

"Walpurgisnacht, the Hexennacht. The last night of April. The night of witches, when evil walks abroad.

He stood at a desolate and lonely place where there would be no interruption, no prying eyes. The air smelled metallic with freshly spilt blood; the body of a decapitated virgin kid goat lay nearby. He had no alloyed metal about him but for a thin-bladed sword of fine steel he held in his right hand; that arm was naked, his shirt sleeve rolled up to the biceps. A silver coin wrapped in paper nestled in his waistcoat pocket. Before him burned a fire of white wood.

His name was Johannes Cabal, and he was summoning a demon."

I haven't officially started this one yet, but I'm thinking about it! It sounds delightfully quirky and entertaining, so I'm hoping to jump into it soon. :)

What do you think? Would you keep reading? (And feel free to join in and make your own post!) 
If you're enticed by this chapter, be sure to check out the full synopsis on Goodreads!

*Excerpt taken from the novel itself; I do not claim to own any part of the excerpt.


  1. I love when authors are original. Hope you enjoy it. Here's Mine

  2. The descriptions made me feel as if I was there, seeing it all. Not my usual read, but you got my attention!

    Enjoy...and here's mine: “NEVER ALONE”

  3. It sounds rather on the creepy side, especially with that cover picture. I'm unsure. First, I think, I'd check out some reviews. I hope you enjoy it. Here's my link for today — a true account of spy events in the middle east: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1pK

  4. Great description in the opening with lots of detail. Although this isn't a genre I usually read, I'm intrigued.
    My Tuesday post features Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover.

  5. This is definitely outside my realm of creepy. I would pass on this one.


  6. I don't think it is my kind of book but I hope you enjoy it. Girl Who Reads

  7. Cool cover but the intro was not a hit with me. Hope u enjoy this one.