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Silas visits the ancestral home of the Umber family in this
suspenseful and surreal contemporary ghost story, the second in the
Silas Umber has finally come into his own as the Undertaker of
Lichport when an invitation arrives: a mysterious word carved into
the door of his house. Intrigued, Silas ventures beyond the marshes
to visit Arvale Manor, the ancestral estate of the Umber
There, he discovers that the extended Umber family may be dead, but
they are not gone: Indeed, many of them still dwell in Arvale,
waiting for an Undertaker to return and preside over the Door Doom,
an archaic rite that grants a terrible power to summon and bind the
dead in judgment.
As Silas assumes the mantle of Janus, the Watcher at the Threshold,
deep below the earth in the catacombs and sunken towers, grim
spirits grow restless at his arrival-hungry for freedom and eager
for vengeance against a family with a long history of harsh
judgments. As the only living Undertaker at Arvale Manor, Silas
must put an ancient wrong to right, and accept that even a house of
ghosts can be haunted by its past-for in matters of family, we
are who we were.