Death Watch (Undertaken Trilogy Series #1)

Death Watch (Undertaken Trilogy Series #1)

by Ari Berk
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Death Watch (Undertaken Trilogy Series #1) by Ari Berk

They say the dead should rest in peace. Not all the dead agree.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416991151
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Series: Undertaken Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.72(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ari Berk is the author of the Undertaken trilogy and Nightsong, illustrated by Loren Long. He works in a library filled to the ceiling with thousands of arcane books and more than a few wondrous artifacts. When not writing, he moonlights as professor of mythology and folklore at Central Michigan University. He lives in Michigan with his wife and son. Visit him at

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Death Watch 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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aeynera More than 1 year ago
Actually, it wasn't bad. I enjoyed it; I simply wish there'd been a bit more action. It was a very passive narrative all together and it made for some yawns. I hope the second one is better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, love the detail he took to describe all the tiny details of the book. Also loved how he built up the sequal along with keeping with the suspense of the main story. Cant wait for the sequal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only on chapter twenty and thia book has me. It has the best description which is a key thing for me. Picking oit the right book takes time it is the medicine for my soul. This was deffinatly the right book for me. Undertaker
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Love the book, but I would like to use this space to report on what my college students think of it. Death Watch is required reading in my Writing in the Humanities and Children¿s Literature courses. Initial reactions were of the ¿500 pages! Are you kidding?¿ variety. The book arrived in our college bookstore yesterday, and I am exceedingly pleased to say that many of the most vocal skeptics are now quite enthusiastic. From today¿s class: ¿I can¿t wait to read the next chapter¿; ¿I¿m staying up late tonight to read this¿; and ¿They should make a movie of this.¿ If you want a novel that provides more than just a bubblegum chew, a novel that encourages you to linger in a carefully, lovingly, artistically realized world of engaging characters and vivid settings, Death Watch is for you. The language is rich (¿almost musical,¿ one student noted), and the pace is perfectly modulated to allow a reader to savor the words without stalling the narrative. In just one day of reading, the book has begun to win over 5 classrooms of college freshmen and sophomores, a fact that kinda speaks for itself.