Silas Umber believed his father, Amos, to be a mere
mortician. However, one night his father never returned
home from work and Silas discovered the truth. Amos was
an Undertaker who attempted to bring peace to lost souls
wandering in the there after.
Upon Amos' death, Silas and his mother decide to return
to their original home, the town of Lichport. Silas
decides to look more into his father's work only to
discover the DEATH WATCH, the tool used to allow the
owner to see the dead.
What does this mean? Silas is now the Undertaker and must
go to the Shadowlands to discover more about his father -
if he can make it out alive.
As a fan of "horror", I was positively THRILLED with this
series. Although not "scary" in your typical sense, this
is most definitely a gothic style novel with all the
dark, dreary, dread you come to expect.
Ari Berk's writing is beautiful, magical, & you find
transported into a world that you wish existed or you
could at least step foot into just once to see for
You connect with the character easily. We have all lost
family & had to make the choice upon their demise, do we
stop at this final moment or do you want to know more?
Should you REALLY keep searching?
Thank you, Ari Berk. You have restored my faith in a
writer's ability to put me in a place that I simply
cannot put a book down. The world you have created has
blown my mind and has me thinking, maybe, just maybe,
death, when it comes, might not be so bad after all.
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