Felix "Fix" Castor has spent the last three weeks drunk. Not just drunk, but falling-down, blacking-out, puking-on-your-shoes drunk. Immediately prior to the decidedly unfun debauch he's just come out of, Fix was unable to keep nefarious forces from undoing the careful controls by which he'd endeavored for the last several years to keep his friend Rafael Ditko's--quite literal--demon under control. Now, a close friend is dead, her daughter is in a vegetative state, and the demon who drives Rafi's body is rampaging across London, cutting, it would seem, a very bloody swath.
Fix's only hope to capture Rafi (and his demon, Asmodeus) is to join forces with the evil Professor Jenna-Jane Mulbridge and her team of exorcists for hire...which, as far as Fix is concerned, is tantamount to selling his soul to the devil himself. But beggars can't be choosers and all that, so he does what he has to do. But there are so many other questions he has to answer, and sticky situations he has to contend with, such as why has former succubus Juliet begun beating up gentle Sue Book, the woman who made her want to become human? And why does the tenor of supernatural phenomena in London seem to have taken a turn for the scarier? And what the heck are the strange stones, painted with ancient characters and pentagrams, that keep turning up at the places Fix frequents?
The answers to these questions and more will be revealed, but not without a lot of shrieking and wailing, blood and gore. And perhaps, at the end, a little love interest for poor lonely old Fix?
The Naming of the Beasts, the fifth installment in a series which just keeps getting better, is a most satisfying read. Forewarned is forearmed, however: if you're interested, but haven't read the earlier books in the series, it's recommended that you do. This title would stand alone as a good scary read, but is much more meaningful when read in light of the vast character development that has occurred over the course of the previous four books.
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