The Undertaken Trilogy, #1
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Featuring: Silas Umber
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They say the dead should rest in peace. Not all the dead
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
The Undertaken Trilogy
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