The Fear Institute (Johannes Cabal #3) by Jonathan L. Howard

Johannes Cabal, necromancer of some little infamy, returns in his third adventure: The Fear Institute.

When Cabal is hired by The Fear Institute to lead an expedition in to The Dreamlands, he begrudgingly complies. The Dreamlands is a world formed by dreams yet is not a dream itself and it is there the Fear Institute wishes to go to track and destroy the Phobic Animus; the source of all the worlds fears.

Their expedition will take them to exotic lands were monsters abound and magic is common. Where dreams can become reality. And where Cabal will eventually have to face his own nightmares.

Johannes Cabal is back in all his snarky glory, and I for one could not be happier. This third book in the series sees Cabal travelling once again, this time to the Dreamlands – a place beyond the veil of sleep. It is very much like the waking world and yet the rules are slightly skewed. Something Cabal and his travelling companions find out the hard way.

While I wasn’t terribly fond of the second book of the series, the third book has sucked me right back in. I found it to be fast paced and witty, and like the first book kept me hooked from the first page.

The plot takes several twists and turns over the course of the story, some helping and others not. One particular twist towards the end actually made me tear up a little! To say much more would be to give it away but any one who reads the book will know the moment they get there.

I believe my one and only complaint would have to be what happens to Cabal towards the end. While hints were dropped throughout the whole of the book, I found it somewhat unnecessary and it could have possibly been handled a different way. Again, I cannot reveal what happens as that would give away the ending. It does however leave it open for the fourth book, which currently resides on my ‘To Be Read’ list.

Readers who enjoyed the first Cabal book will likely enjoy this one as well. As little mention is made of his previous adventures, this one can also be read without knowledge of the second book. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next in the series.

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