The Fall of the Cabal by Beverly Barton

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The Fall of the Cabal is the first in the Cabalic trilogy. I’m not going to lie to you, I really didn’t like this book very much. It’s a slow paced story about a weak man’s quest to find the key to the mysterious world of the Cabal. It’s not that it isn’t an intriguing story; quite the contrary, the more I read it the more I liked it. That being said, I’m just going to go over some of the highlights of this novel so you can get a better idea of why I wasn’t very impressed with it.

The Fall of the Cabal starts out as a story about an evil necromancer named Johannes Cabal who owns a bar in Paris. His business is never too lucrative because, as the story opens, everyone in the bar is dead. A mysterious stranger comes in and professes to be the illegitimate son of King Gabriel. This turns out to be a big fat lie, but Cabal isn’t deterred. He still needs the money and is determined to get his hands on the key to the Grail, which he knows contains the key to the Kingdom of the Gods. That means he’ll have to play dirty, but it also means he’ll have to kill.

The first part of the book involves a series of short stories set in and around Paris itself. It’s set primarily in 18th century France, but includes elements from other countries as well. They include elements of magic, espionage, and even ancient Egypt. I don’t want to give too much away, but you could probably guess at most of what’s going on by the end of the book.

Gabriel is still alive and hiding out in a small castle. But there are bodies piling up, apparently killed by his former lover, Thadde. Then a mysterious stranger shows up, offering to help the King and his court. This man has a sword called Caladrius.

Right at the beginning of the book, we meet another player in the game, Lenna. She was also involved in the King’s escape, and now she has fallen in love with Gabriel. She’s been recruited by Thadde and the King to help him with his escape plan. I won’t give much away, but suffice to say that she’s involved in every major event in the novel. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you left the book not wanting to put the book down.

As the story progresses, you learn more about each of the main characters, but not so much in detail that you couldn’t follow the plot. There are hints, but you never learn everything the way you’d like. Still, I found myself engrossed in the story the whole time, and didn’t think about anything else other than the intricate details of the plot.

The Fall of the Cabal is fast-paced storytelling at its best. Gabriel has a lot of questions that he wants answered, and he’s ready to get the answers. Thadde is still out there, determined to find the strength within him to continue his quest and protect everyone he holds dear. It’s a fast-moving book with excellent character development, which makes The Fall of the Cabal an excellent read.

Fans of fantasy may even find the intricate, complex plot to their liking. For those who don’t like to think too much, this book may not be for you. For others, though, it’s definitely a keeper. For me, however, I couldn’t put the book down. The Fall of the Cabal kept me interested from start to finish.

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