Death Watch

Death Watch

Paperback - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
When Silas Umber's father disappears, Silas is sure it is connected to the artifact he discovers, combined with his father's hometown history, which compels Silas to pursue the path leading to his destiny and ultimately, to the discovery of his father, dead or alive.

Simon and Schuster
They say the dead should rest in peace. Not all the dead agree. This start to The Undertaken trilogy is a “thought-provoking gothic fantasy” and a “genuinely eerie tale” (Publishers Weekly).

When Silas Umber’s father, Amos, doesn’t come home from work one night, Silas discovers that his father was no mere mortician, but an Undertaker who worked to bring The Peace to lost and wandering souls. With Amos gone, Silas and his mother move back to Lichport, the crumbling seaside town where he was born, and Silas seizes the opportunity to investigate his father’s disappearance.
     When his search leads him to his father’s old office, he comes across a powerful artifact: the Death Watch, a tool 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—even if it kills him.
     Critically acclaimed folklorist Ari Berk explores the worlds of the living and the dead, and the relationships between parents and children in an novel steeped in lore, mystery, and magic.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster BFYR pbk. ed
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781416991168
Branch Call Number: Young Adult Fiction BERK A
Characteristics: 532 pages : map ; 21 cm


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ss1989 Oct 25, 2015

pretty cool actually. the ending wasn't predictable, and it was actually kind of scary- if not terrifying, and sad even. other parts even made me weepy but in a more bitter sweet way. this book has a lot of atmosphere and a lot of pretty prose, i think.

Feb 20, 2013

Very interesting. I like the idea of the death watch. Kinda like the stone of ressurection on Harry Potter. If such things do exist, i would love to see my ancestors.


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Feb 20, 2013

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