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Death Watch - Ari Berk
Death Watch
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They say the dead should rest in peace. Not all the dead agree.One night, Silas Umber's father Amos doesn't come home from work. Devastated, Silas learns that his father was no mere mortician but an Undertaker, charged with bringing The Peace to the dead trapped in the Shadowlands, the states of... show more
They say the dead should rest in peace. Not all the dead agree.One night, Silas Umber's father Amos doesn't come home from work. Devastated, Silas learns that his father was no mere mortician but an Undertaker, charged with bringing The Peace to the dead trapped in the Shadowlands, the states of limbo binding spirits to earth. With Amos gone, Silas and his mother have no choice but to return to Lichport, the crumbling seaside town where Silas was born, and move in with Amos's brother, Charles. Even as Silas eagerly explores his father's town and its many abandoned streets and overgrown cemeteries, he grows increasingly wary of his uncle. There is something not quite right going on in Charles Umber's ornate, museum-like house--something, Silas is sure, that is connected to his father's disappearance. When Silas's search leads him to his father's old office, he comes across a powerful artifact: the Death Watch, a four hundred year old Hadean clock that allows the owner to see the dead. Death Watch in hand, Silas begins to unearth Lichport's secret history--and discovers that he has taken on his father's mantle as Lichport's Undertaker. Now, Silas must embark on a dangerous path into the Shadowlands to embrace his destiny and discover the truth about his father--no matter the cost.Critically acclaimed folklorist Ari Berk explores the worlds of the living and the dead, and the relationships between parents and children in a novel steeped in lore, mystery and magic.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781416991151 (1416991158)
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
Series: The Undertaken (#1)
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Blogging Between the Lines
Blogging Between the Lines rated it
0.0 Death Watch
Just not my kind of book! Far too slow, not enough action or conflict or emotion, and quite deliberate in its pace. It would definitely work for someone wanting a more adult paranormal/mystery story, but...just not for me.
Moonlight Reader
Moonlight Reader rated it
3.5 Death Watch by Ari Berk
This review was originally posted on amazon on March 13, 2013: Death Watch is the first book of Ari Berk's series centered around Silas Umber and the town of Lichport. The book begins with the unexplained disappearance of Silas's father, Amos. Let me begin by saying that I loved this book. It is...
Moonlight Reader
Moonlight Reader rated it
Death Watch is the first book of Ari Berk's series centered around Silas Umber and the town of Lichport. The book begins with the unexplained disappearance of Silas's father, Amos.Let me begin by saying that I loved this book. It is dark, and gothic, and beautifully written. Silas is an endearing ch...
That's What She Read
That's What She Read rated it
0.0 Death Watch (Undertaken Trilogy)
Death Watch is an enchanting story that brings meaning to the rituals that enhance the grieving process for those who have lost a loved one. In Silas, Mr. Berk has created a most unlikely but lovable hero, and it is with great pleasure the reader watches Silas step in to fill the role his father onc...
Ageless Pages Reviews
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4.0 Death Watch (Undertaken Trilogy)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!Ari Berk's slowly plotted but excellently told tale of teenage Undertaker Silas Umber is a magical, enchanting, if occasionally macabre, tale - one I found hard to put down. The smooth, mellifluous flow of the writer's style eased me into an alternate world...
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