Release Date: 05/08/10
Steve knew something was wrong as soon as he saw the dead girl in the Wintergarden food court. Nothing new - he saw dead people all the time - but this one was about to save his life ...Steve is a necromancer in the family firm, tasked with easing spirits from this dimension to the next after death. And he's kind of OK with that, until someone high up the corporate hierarchy makes a bid to be Australia's new Regional Death. This means killing all of the current Death's staff. After his parents, relatives and pretty much every other necromancer he ever knew has been killed, Steve is left to make a reluctant stand. But to do this he must stay alive. Threatened at every turn, Steve and the perilously attractive (and dead) Lissa go on the run to save what's left of their world.
OK, I wasn’t quite sold this title from the book blurb, but I thought that it sounded interesting and since I was at a lose end I gave it a go. What unfurls is something that’s never really been done before with Death and you can see touches of influence from others within this authors writing. There’s a bit of Piers Anthony, a touch of Neil Gaiman and I suspect a good dollop of Terry Pratchett which made this novel fast paced, action packed and above all else hard to put down. The principle character is not only intriguing but fascinating as he’s forced into something he never really wanted. Add to the mix appropriate dialogue backed up with solid lulls and peaks within the writing style and its made this author one I’m definitely going to keep an eye on. A great first novel.