In the follow-up to his debut novel, The Devil You Know, Mike Carey brings us Felix Fix Castor, embroiled in another sinister ghost-hunting campaign. Though this time, it seems that Castor has bit off more than he can chew.
The first surprise comes when he has to track a “missing ghost”. A young girl who dies and returns to her parents’ house seems to disappear and the parents are distraught to find their daughter’s spirit. From then he stumbles on to an abusive ex-husband, malicious demonic rituals and the big daddy of all exorcisms, the Catholic Church.
To keep himself and the missing ghost from further harm, Castor turns to zombies, werewolves, and a succubus for help. The element of intrigue is forever present and some of the ritual practices revealed will definitely shock. For people who call these things supernatural mumbo-jumbo, you will be forced to really consider the question a bit more deeply. And for those already into supernatural incidents and powers, this one will keep you up for nights.
Known to comic fans for his work on HELLBLAZER, Carey brings the same kind of chilling writing into Vicious Circle. . Mike Carey suffuses dry wit and dark humor into this tale of horrific revenge and rescue missions. If the first book was excellent, this one raises the bar further. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the third book for this hell of a series.
The novel begins with Castor pondering over his ill chosen career and trying to give it up. While trying to make ends meet, he takes up a seemingly simple exorcism in a museum at the heart of London. To his surprise and deflated ego, the blood-veiled specter seems reluctant to respond to tactics that would have ensured Castor a good quick fee. Castor probes deeper and finds himself making some more enemies which includes a rapacious succubus. How Castor manages to save himself from the dead, while not pissing them off too much makes for an immensely exciting read.
This is not your typical brooding horror book, thanks to our hero Felix Castor who can’t himself from blurting out wisecracks while facing his many nemeses. He’s your anti-hero in a hero, one who knows he’s a mean bastard and seems to enjoy it. But he’s also your savior of souls and you will like him and girls reading this will definitely find him very, very attractive.
Mike Carey brings the elements of horror and detective thrillers and combines them effortlessly to give us a supernatural adventure that gives the chills and tickles the funny bone too.