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on 20 September 2011
This book actually contains all three volumes of the deathworks series Managing Death: Bk. 2: A Steven De Selby Novel: A Death Works Novel (Steven De Selby 2)&Death Most Definite (Steven De Selby 1) , but this is the only place you'll find volume three as it was not published independantly.

Steven de Selby is now the Orcus and the only Death of the land left. Unfortuntely, the Stirrer god is about to come to earth and his only potential ally- The Death of the Water - has been alienated unlikely to help unless Steven makes an apology of biblical proportions and unless Steven pulls his act together soon they may all be doomed.

Steven is still something of a looser in this book despite all his power and I would have to say I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as I did the second book in the series. It provides a bittersweet ending to the story and really brings the series to a close. In fact it's hard to see how there can be any sequels after this one even if you want one. If you've read books 1 & 2 I highly reccomend you get this book too.
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on 16 March 2012
In Terry Pratchett's Discworld, Death is made corporeal (pretty much). Here, Death is made multi-national corporation (Mortmax is such a great name). The author has had fun setting up a business whose offices are strangely in-between this world and the Next, where the front doors demand blood to open, but where otherwise business goes on much like any other big, faceless outfit. The service they provide makes sure souls leave bodies and nothing else (the Stirrers) gets back in that shouldn't. Not just anyone has the ability to do this though. At the start of the story, someone is killing off all those who can, and Stephen de Selby finds himself on the run, trying to stay alive and stop the horror - just because there really is no-one else left.

I found Death Works by reading book 2 first just because it was in my local library, and I was hooked in. I was very glad to find the trilogy published as a download and it was tremendously satisfying to read the story from the beginning at last. There are some wonderful quirky things in this book, from the set-up of the underworld to the various supernatural and mundane characters in the supporting cast.

Another reviewer has described Stephen de Selby as a bit of a loser throughout, which makes him sound rather unsympathetic as the "hero". In fact, I found it more compelling that despite his weaknesses, he never actually gives up totally - partly because of strong connections to other people in his life. And because he definitely isn't typical hero material, the last book has more emotional impact.
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