Silas Umber has returned and has grown into his role as
Undertaker of Lichport after the death of his father. He
is summoned into Arvale, the ancestral home of the
Umbers, and discovers his powers have grown as he
participates in the Door of Doom which allows him to bind
the dead in judgement.
Every power has a downside and Silas has to right an
ancient wrong which could lead to his own death.
Along the way Silas meets a new friend named Lars, but
like all of us, Lars has a past. Will Silas be forced to
make a choice between his friend and doing the right
Once again, Ari Berk came through with a book that
captivates the mind and soul of it's reader. I use the
word "magical", because it's the only way to capture the
essence of this series.
The best part? You do not need to read the first book to
enjoy MISTLE CHILD, so new readers can pick up at any
in this series without hesitation.
I was intrigued by the new character, Lars and the
between he and Silas. Heartbreakingly, Lars lost a love
and you understand his reasons behind several actions,
you just know this cannot end well. Will it? I can't ruin
that for you, so I highly recommend you pick up this
series and give it a try.
MISTLE CHILD is a rather long read for a YA series, but
goes by very quickly and one that you hope will never
Silas Umber has finally come into his own as the
Undertaker of Lichport when a mysterious invitation calls
him beyond the marshes to Arvale, the ancestral manor of
Umbers. There, his extended family endures, waiting for a
living Undertaker to return and preside over the Door
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
Threshold, deep below the earth in the catacombs and
towers, grim spirits grow restless at his arrival--hungry
for freedom and eager for vengeance against a family with
long history of harsh judgments. Now, Silas must right an
ancient wrong and accept that even a house of ghosts can
haunted by its past--for in matters of family, we are who
Delving deeper into the haunting world of ghosts,
ancestors, and eldritch lore, Ari Berk returns to the
that Publisher's Weekly calls "thought-provoking gothic
fantasy," with a style the School Library Journal praises
"reminiscent of the classic gothic works of Nathaniel
Hawthorne and Shirley Jackson."