Death Watch

Death Watch 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 Und

  • Title: Death Watch
  • Author: Ari Berk
  • ISBN: 9781416991151
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 cThey 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.

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    • Nancy says:

      This is the most elegantly terrifying book I have ever read. A beautifully crafted story that brings myths and legends of life and death into a very real place, "Death Watch" is certain to keep you up at night because you can't put it down and you don't want to close your eyes. If you feel that the book is slow, do NOT give up on it! In our world of insta-tweeter-twit news, we have fallen out of the habit of allowing a story to unfolds, page by page. There is a difference between eating and dini [...]

    • Tony DiTerlizzi says:

      This truly gothic novel is imbued with hauntingly beautiful prose and vividly drawn characters set in a town just as imaginative as its inhabitants. Death Watch will linger with you long after you lay it to rest.

    • Raven says:

      I adore Silas. He and I would be the best of friends. Throughout the novel, I had to stop because memories from my life would come flooding back corresponding perfectly with his. I am not sure I can even describe the depths of my connections with this book. The lonely, lost little child longing for a father, how introverted Silas is, his deep connection with books and memories, his deep connection with the dead and those who hurt.I've found throughout my life that the pain we encounter can often [...]

    • Jessie(Ageless Pages Reviews) says:

      Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!Ari Berk's slowly plotted but excellently told tale of teenage Undertaker Silas Umber is a magical, enchanting, if occasionally macabre, tale - one I found hard to put down. The smooth, mellifluous flow of the writer's style eased me into an alternate world of revenants, lichs and ghosts in the necropolis of the book's setting, in the town of Lichport. I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed this quirky, individual young-adult novel with a supernat [...]

    • Elizabeth-Jane Baldry says:

      Death Watch is the extraordinary first novel in the Undertaken Trilogy by Ari Berk.A compelling tale, masterfully told!It is a rare and intoxicating achievement by an author when his story-world leaps fully formed off the page, entirely congruent and believable. Gormenghast, Middle Earth and Narnia were just such creations, and Professor Berk's atmospheric Lichport is on a par with these classics.Death Watch tells the story of young Silas Umber who returns with his mother to Lichport, the town o [...]

    • Brandy says:

      Few novels truly touch on the depth of emotion that Death Watch did, and none have ever made me miss my passed family members more or remember them more fondly. One scene left me in sobbing tears for an entire evening. That said, the book is still miraculously hopeful and wistfuly optimistic. When I finished I was completely in love with the characters, the town and I cannot wait for the sequel. Haunting. Absolutely fantastic and one of the best books I've read this year.

    • Littlebearries says:

      Story Title: 5/5Plot: 5/5Characters: 5/5Ending: 5/5Synopsis:(from ): 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 [...]

    • colleen the convivial curmudgeon says:

      I got somewhere between 30-35% through this book, and I just can't. It has all the elements of a story I should like, but I can't get into it. The narrative drones, the dialogue is stilted and strangely archaic, though I'm fairly certain this is meant to be modern day, and the waxing philosophic doesn't really work when you sort of just talk in circles.Mostly, though, I just have no emotional investment in the characters. I'm bored, and I don't particularly care what happens. I struggle to get t [...]

    • Alan Ford says:

      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”; [...]

    • Elena Bozzi says:

      This was one of those rare books where everything else had to go on hold so I could go on a journey with the story. The setting was so old and leaning and beautiful and the characters developed into such real people that this book definitely constitutes many rereads. Every idea proposed about the meaning of living and the blurry line of passing into the otherworld generated tangents of thought, but the power of the prose and plot brought me back and kept me going. The best part? This is only the [...]

    • Mike says:

      It feels to me that today’s YA market is supersaturated by a preponderance of speculative novels about werewolves, vampires, and faeries. Maybe that’s just my perception of the YA world post-Twilight, but it does mean that when I see a YA novel with supernatural elements that doesn’t include any of the aforementioned creatures I get rather excited. Originality is always something to be praised and the minute I set my eyes on the somber and minimalist cover of Ari Berk’s Death Watch I kne [...]

    • Elliot Schott says:

      I got the chance to pick up an advance copy of this book and hear the author read bits of it aloud in an intimate setting at Schuler Books in Lansing, MI. Death Watch sets the stage for a brilliant series geared toward the young adult to adult reader. This is the story of Silas Umber, the teenage son of Amos, whom Silas thinks is a mortician but plays a role much more important to the dead. When Amos goes missing and is presumed dead, Silas and his alcoholic mother are invited by his Uncle Charl [...]

    • Angie says:

      Originally posted at Beneath the JacketI'm kind of shocked that I haven't seen this book featured or reviewed on other blogs. Somehow it went under the radar and people seemed to have missed its release. Well, I think it's time to change that.Death Watch is for fans of the horror genre. It's been a while since a book freaked me the heck out. Sure, Anna Dressed In Blood has its moments, but Death Watch takes it to a whole other level. This mainly comes from Berk's descriptions and prose. The whol [...]

    • Audrey says:

      It's got the trappings of all of the morbid, gloomy, funerary, curios-and-specimens-in-formaldehyde momento mori sort of stuff that I am a sucker for, but I couldn't get emotionally connected in it. I really didn't care. Nothing within the book ever came alive for me (har har) - not the story, nor the characters. I nearly quit reading the book several times and had to force myself to continue. The format of the novel, interspersed with poetry and excerpts from an antique "ledger" that came into [...]

    • Rebecca Hunter says:

      Wow. This slow-burn story is a great read! This is a ghost story, but it is really a story about relationships. As each relationship unfolds you feel a richness of story that truly draws you in. This story is told with such wonderful grace as the author's words paint a picture and then invites you to join him. It is a wonderful coming-of-age story with just the right amount of mystery, romance and angst to keep you hanging. I just want to hug Silas and make it all right! I continue to think of t [...]

    • Crini says:

      I planned on reading Death Watch in October because I wanted to read a lot of scary and creepy books due to Halloween. I wanted to read books that freak me out, cause goose bumps and get under my skin.Death Watch definitely got under my skin but in a totally different way than I expected.Death Watch is not a story that’s full of suspense, not a story whose protagonists’ lives are often at stake, whose protagonists experience some horrible and cruel things that get’s you frightened or some [...]

    • Sami says:

      Reminiscent of classic Poe-esque gothic horror, yet not beyond the scope of imagining this as a Stephen King brain-child; this book is one of the more weird and interesting reads that's fallen out of my bookshelf. I was first thrown a little by the pace of this book. As promised, it is very slow going. Many times I was caught confused, not understanding a point; I felt I was being kept from pertinent information. Assuming things would unfold, I hung in and once I was familiar the pace quickened [...]

    • BAYA Librarian says:

      Silas Umber ‘s best friend is his father Amos. So when one night Amos fails to come home from work he is completely devastated. Left alone with a bitter alcoholic mother and no money they are forced to move in with his wealthy uncle to the place of his birth, the town of Litchport. Uncle lives in the Umber family mansion, a slightly creepy place filled with ancient tomes, manuscripts and artifacts that have to do with death and the dead. There is also a something else, something unsettling tha [...]

    • Kayla says:

      Death Watch was a long book and it felt like one, too. But the interesting characters, fantastic world building, and intricate setting all kept my interest. I wanted to find his dad as much as he did. Maybe not with the same motives. I wanted answers and lots of them. About the death watch, the history of the town as well as the family. I wanted to know what secrets everyone was holding and what danger he was in. And little by little a lot was revealed. Though there was still much left to be des [...]

    • Wayne McCoy says:

      When Silas' father disappears one night, he begins a journey to discover who his father really was and to take up in the family business as an undertaker. Undertaker in this case has quite a different definition. He returns to the town he was born in, Lichport, and discovers an entire town of interesting characters.Left with only an unusual pocketwatch, Silas tries to find out what happened to his father in a town with a long tradition of caring for the dead. Along the way, he discovers the hist [...]

    • Kim McGee says:

      On a recommendation from author Tony Diterlizzi I started reading Death Watch by Ari Berk. This wonderful book reads as if you were Dr. Frankenstein and you put a bit of Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Neil Gaimen together. It is a gothic horror story with heart. Young Silas Umber comes with his mother back to his childhood home to search for his father who suddenly disappeared. They are taken in by Silas's strange uncle and live in a mansion full of New England haunts. Si [...]

    • Rebecca Hunter says:

      Wow. This slow-burn story is a great read! This is a ghost story, but it is really a story about relationships. As each relationship unfolds you feel a richness of story that truly draws you in. This story is told with such wonderful grace as the author's words paint a picture and then invites you to join him. It is a wonderful coming-of-age story with just the right amount of mystery, romance and angst to keep you hanging. I just want to hug Silas and make it all right! I continue to think of t [...]

    • R Maxwell says:

      Death Watch is an amazing book filled with so many rich images and care worn treasures written into it that it is unlike any other book I have read. I feel that the world that Death Watch lets it's readers glimpse is clearly forged with a sliver of true soul embedded in it. I loved the way it wove itself together becoming not just a story about characters but an experience within this rather unique and forgotten land. There are truths written in these pages that speak deeply to me and I will rer [...]

    • Karyn says:

      AWESOME.Slightly creepy (okay very creepy), yet still heartbreaking and heartwarming. It's refreshing to have a YA novel were the character doesn't have anything to do with school, friends, or any of the general YA trappings. Easily enjoyed by adults and teens.

    • Mia says:

      If you are seeking a book that will entice you with its macabre, look no further! Death Watch will satisfy your cravings with a sound plot, moving characters and a mystery to be solved. I have absolutely loved this trilogy since its release, and I must say that Silas Umber has remained one of my very favourite fictional characters to this day party because I feel that he was truly written like a depressed 19 year old (rather than like an annoying and mopey kid like many other writers have writte [...]

    • Miat says:

      I think this is a very thought out book and had great structure too. It is very suspenseful and mysterious. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes different types of books because this is the most fascinating and interesting story that I have read in a while.The book I have been reading is called Death Watch or better known as The Undertaken Triology. It is about how a boy’s father goes missing and they wait for months for him to return but he never does. Also in this story it is ver [...]

    • Emily Carding says:

      I’m a bit in love with this book. If I were to come up with a catchy description to try and grab the attention of other readers, I might describe it as Hamlet meets Jamaica Inn. However, whilst references to the works of the Bard and other classic literary sources may be found lovingly woven throughout, ‘Death Watch’ is a truly original work. Befitting the theme of the tale, it stands proudly on the shoulders of its ancestors.Death Watch is a thought-provoking and profoundly moving explora [...]

    • Liz says:

      Beautifully foggy and grey and rainy, filled with tenderness and love and ghosts and lyrical, graceful writing. Death Watch is one of those books that you dream inside of until it's over and then you're bereft and a little sad that you've reached the end. The characters are deeply sympathetic and real (Silas and Mrs. Bowe, in particular, waltz into the reader's heart with little effort and make their home there) and the plot unravels mystery after mystery only to open the door to more questions [...]

    • Josh says:

      Perhaps one of the best books I've ever read. While the narrative focuses on Silas Umber's growth into Undertaker, there is a central mystery at the heart of Death Watch surrounding the disappearance of Silas's father. Silas must learn from his father's old friends and the work he has left behind what it means to bring Peace to the departed while setting aside his own anxieties related to his missing father. The narrative is lush with rich and vivid stories about the townsfolk of Lichport, and t [...]

    • Jesse Carrasco says:

      After seeing the cover (I'm a sucker for the Tim Burtonesque artwork) and reading a lot of the great reviews I was excited to dive into this book. I love teen books and the supernatural so I thought this would be right up my alley. After reading it for a few weeks I am struggling to finish it. I have about 100 pages left but I just don't care. It's a very slow paced story and the prose is very descriptive (which I don't mind. In fact, I loved "The Night Circus" which is similar in style.) and I [...]

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