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Embassy of the Dead: Book 1 Paperback – 14 Jun 2018
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I've just finished Embassy of The Dead and it's amazing. Like an early Neil Gaiman. I can't wait to recommend it to all our young readers. It's fantastic (Fayth, Librarian)
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The first book in a spookily funny new series, where the living meet the dead and survival is a race against time. Perfect for fans of Skulduggery Pleasant and Who Let the Gods Out.See all Product description
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Jake Green is a perfectly normal boy, who finds staying alive perfectly easy, thank you very much. However, he suddenly finds himself needing to protect a box containing a severed finger and, quite literally, running for his life. Can he get help from the Embassy of the Dead, or will he find himself cast into the Eternal Void? Along with some ghostly companions, this is an excellent, fast paced adventure, which is, thankfully, the first in what promises to be a very popular series.
This is a very enjoyable book that just romps along from it's creepy opening to it's action packed ending. Perhaps more suitable for older children as it does have moments of slight peril, creepiness and deals with death and the afterlife. Having said that there's a sense of humour in the story that will appeal to both grown-ups and children. Will Mabbitt has an excellent sense of timing both for comedy and the scary situations.
The chapters are only a few pages long so it has a great pace to it, which ties well to them being on the run. Both plot and characters are written extremely well, there is more than one mystery to be solved and if you pay attention there are clues for you to pick up on whilst you're reading. For a book that is about death and the afterlife, it's very life-affirming. I had a tear in my eye at the end, but it was a happy one.
Overall - excellent start to a series.
Jake unwittingly enters a rather dark and scary world when he signs for a box that's not intended for him. Now the Dead are after him and if he doesn't want to spend eternity in an unpleasant afterlife and get home to his parents (who think he's on a school trip) he's going to need to return the contents of the box to a certain Embassy while avoiding some intent pursuers, and learns along the way a few things about life after death, loyalty and friendship.
Despite being quite short, there are some amusing minor characters (though none get much chance to develop), and Jake is a pretty smart little protagonist. The author tries to fit in a lot, making it a little episodic, but it's an enjoyable world to explore, with highlights being one character who reminded me of Moaning Myrtle and a rather funny Embassy and staff.
If you have a reader that likes fantasy and magic, this could be for them. For ages 9-12.
With thanks to Netgalley for providing the sample e-copy.
From the start this is a fast-paced adventure with a lot of humour and spookiness, with a great central character who seems constantly confused at the start but really shines by the end of the story.
Jake is assisted by a couple of great supporting, but ghostly, characters.
Will Mabbitt’s world beyond the veil is a well thought out and executed alternative and it gels together throughout, the bureaucracy of the afterlife is so British and harks back to things like Monty Python and other classic comedies.
I’m really looking forward to other books in this world, as things may have been defeated, but…
It is very well written and kept the attention of kids, they couldn't wait until bedtime to hear more of the story and neither could I. (Hats off to this author, its wonderful to find such a book these days that keeps children amused and eager to read more). I look forward to reading more from this author and can't wait for the next book.
If there are more books in this series we'll definitely get them. This gets two thumbs up from my son, who says everybody should read it.
A great start to the series
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