Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 560 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 1.18 in
Published: November 27, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1416991166
ISBN - 13: 9781416991168
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HE SHOULD HAVE GONE HOME. It was after eleven, so he’d have been home already. Arguing with his wife. Lying to his son about work and the hours of his work and the kind of work he said he did back in Lichport. Amos Umber’s lies had become habitual. He would invent something about the corpse to tell his son. That’s what Silas always wanted to know. The grisly details. What happened to them? How did they die? What did it take to put all the pieces back in place? How did he treat the flesh so the family wouldn’t be reminded there was anything other than sleep waiting for them at the end of days? It was their little ritual. Father and son. Lie stitched to lie. An elaborate collection of details and variations to make the stories he told sound real, momentarily fascinating, but also common and forgettable. Corpses and coffins, chemical order forms, and a dark pin-striped suit. So many details it almost held together if no one pulled at too many threads. No matter that his son assumed that “Undertaker” meant “mortician.” No matter that in the Umber family an Undertaker was something else entirely. Amos hated lying to his son, but he had made a promise to his wife. He’d sworn not to say anything about the Undertaken, or Wanderers, or the Restless. He’d sworn not to talk to Silas about his side of the family or the family business in Lichport, where they all once lived together briefly when Silas was a baby. Most of what he
From the Publisher
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"
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.
"Every now and then a book comes along that breaks the mold of
everything that has gone before. Death Watch is such a
book. At once a profound and moving meditation on death, and an
extraordinary edge-of-the-seat adventure, it is one of the most
original and powerful novels I have read in my lifetime." - John
Matthews, New York Times bestselling author of
Pirates and Arthur of Albion