From Publishers Weekly:
A narrator known only as the Necromancer and his demonic spiritual companion, "Self," wander the spectral highways of this bizarre novel, which focuses on the narrator's attempt to prevent Armageddon. To do so, the Necromancer must battle the leader of his old coven, Jebediah DeLancre, who has created a new band of witches intent on forcing Christ to return to Earth prematurely. When Jebediah offers to raise Danielle, the Necromancer's only love, from the dead in exchange for his cooperation, he finds himself torn between good and evil. Images of Christianity dance on the same page with descriptions of satanic rituals, and Piccirilli's working knowledge of the Old and New Testaments equals his study of the black arts. That said, a stream of characters, spirits and demons wander in and out of this disturbing tale, including Michael the Archangel, who is wrested from the stomach of the Necromancer's father. Piccirilli (The Night Class) attempts to lighten the story up with Self's flippant one-liners, but a glut of gory details will keep readers squirming. This tale is not for the fainthearted; there's enough bloodletting and hellish savagery here to give even the most hardened horror fans the creeps.
If you are into looking names, places, and lore from satanic rituals this is YOUR book. It is filled with them! The bible knowledge is put versus the satanic books in a fight for the demons to raise Christ prematurely and get him on thier side! Full of familiars and gore it should keep you on the internet looking up all the demonic names, books, and places mentioned! It did me!! Fun little book. A fast read.
I'm conflicted as to what kind of review to give this. I enjoyed it, despite its being too fast-paced and confusing. Many times, I didn't know whether to take his descriptions literally or not. For example, a guy suddenly wanted to go inside an oubliette. A crowd goes with him to it, but then the main character is having a claustrophobic episode inside this oubliette he describes as being so small that a man can't even stand up straight inside it. Next thing that happens, the whole crowd goes down in the oubliette and there's suddenly a tunnel underground. ??
For me, personally, its most redeeming quality was that the main character, the necromancer, reminded me so much of Dante of Devil May Cry. And I really like Self.
It was a fast read, but that was because the print is rather large. But, yeah, very fast-paced. Events sweep by and things get confused. Hard to follow. I only stuck with it because dude was so much like Dante.