I wish it had been more like the Garth Nix series, which is one of my favorites. Beatrice ~ Ghost in millpond, Silas's love interest Jonas Umber ~ Ancestor of Silas, helps him become Janus Maud Umber ~ Ancestor of Silas, helps him become Janus, the one who called him to Arvale in the first place, she is one of the older spirits of the house. Silas Umber has finally come into his own as the Undertaker of Lichport when an invitation arrives: a mysterious word carved into the door of his house. Out of the blue Silas is called to Arvale, the ancient family house, which he discovers is neither here nor there, but rather seems to be it's very own shadowland host to several of his ancestors one of whom called him there. The only disappointment is that the novel ends and we have to wait for 3! He lives in Michigan with his wife and son. A superb ghost story and an excellent sequel, Mistle Child continues the story of The Undertaken, telling how Silas Umber takes the next step from being the Undertaker of Lichport to becoming the Janus of Arvale Manor, an ancient family position that wields extraordinary power and authority.
Intrigued, Silas ventures beyond the marshes to visit Arvale Manor, the ancestral estate of the Umber family. There, his extended family endures, waiting for a living Undertaker to return and preside over the Door Doom, an archaic rite that grants a terrible power to summon and bind the dead in judgment. Silas spends a lot of time in action, getting done what he came there to do, without really knowing what he was doing at all. In particular I love the cousins who reside at the Summer House. Intrigued, Silas ventures beyond the marshes to visit Arvale Manor, the ancestral estate of the Umber family. He would deliberately make decisions knowing they were probably not wise and against the express wishes of other older members of the community who knew better than him.
I was fairly impressed but not completely wowed with the first book in his series, but Mistle Child is a great book in general and an even better second-book-in-a-series. She lives in a house connected to Silas's, and in this book, she and Silas have had a falling out, although she is still trying to protect him. I am interested to see where the storyline with Beatrice will go. As noted before, Berk is a masterful story-teller who makes the reader feel like. Ari has done more lovely things with Silas and his world and I loved it in almost every way possible. To me, this is the mark of a great writer. If you ever have any questions, just email us at any time at This email address is being protected from spambots.
It's a good thing Silas never got around to dining with them. Lars Umber ~ Silas's guide through Arvale, only other living person in Arvale that Silas has come across. As you might remember, Silas is the current Undertaker of Lichport. In this book the main character, Silas Umber, is now the official Undertaker of Lichport and everything is going relatively well for him. Berk is the former editor of the Folksroots section of magazine. There, he discovers that the extended Umber family may be dead, but they are not gone: Indeed, many of them still dwell in Arvale, waiting for an Undertaker to return and preside over the Door Doom, an archaic rite that grants a terrible power to summon and bind the dead in judgment, forcibly sending them to their eternal rest.
They are almost exactly as I imagined them, if not a bit less malicious than I would have expected. Now, Silas must right an ancient wrong and accept that even a house of ghosts can be haunted by its past--for in matters of family, we are who we were. The first of this series became an immediate favorite and the second has not disappointed. I'll most definitely be picking up the final book of the series. There's a lot of action going on in Mistle Child and it becomes impossible to put down. In bringing her to rest, he learns some distinctly unwholesome spells from her cursed grandfather that, by the end, look to be leading him straight to an ugly fate.
As Silas reluctantly assumes the mantle of Janus, the Watcher at the Threshold, he begins to learn more about his strange and ancient family. There is a genuine sadness to be understood while reading this series. In this book the main character, Silas Umber, is now the official Undertaker of Lichport and everything is going relatively well for him. Story: Where last time around in we were introduced to Lichport and its odd inhabitants, this time around we are introduced to more of the Umber family through the estate of Arvale. It evokes a desire to revisit the first volume and eagerly anticipates the next installment. Or will he like so many others, spend his life chasing ghosts? I'd rather the book were named Arvale or Janus, but I can see a theme of naming every book in the series two words, so I guess that's why.
All the characters that I fell in love with in the last book have very small roles in this one. Lars is keeping secrets of his own though, and repeatedly states that he cannot return to Lichport. As Silas assumes the mantle of Janus, the Watcher at the Threshold, deep below the earth in the catacombs and sunken towers, grim spirits grow restless at his arrival--hungry for freedom and eager for vengeance against a family with a long history of harsh judgments. I am afraid to write too many spoilers, but this was an enjoyable book, and i would read the others in the trilogy, and others by Ari Berk. Copyright © 1998 - 2020 Young Adult Books Central, All Rights Reserved. And finally, most importantly, it tells a whole story within itself.
Intrigued, Silas ventures beyond the marshes to visit Arvale Manor, the ancestral estate of the Umber family. I was fairly impressed but not completely wowed with the first book in his series, but Mistle Child is a great book in general and an even better second-book-in-a-series. Silas must live up to the obligations of his namesake, but in his youth and hubris perhaps creates more problems for himself that may have serious consequences. Mistle Child is again no exception, and in this immersive sequel, one becomes lost in the mystery of Silas Umber's expansive ancestral home, Arvale, as well as the horrors buried and forgotten beneat There is a genuine sadness to be understood while reading this series. I feel that Silas's journey only gets darker from here and I have so many questions.