THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEATH (Calliope Reaper-Jones #5) by Amber Benson
324 pages, paperback
Available February 26, 2013
Review copy provided by publisher
My name is Calliope Reaper-Jones (Callie to my friends). I’m Death’s Daughter and — as of very recently — the (reluctant) head of my father’s company, Death, Inc.
I was gradually learning how to be a businesswoman. Had the power suits and shoes down, though the day to day was slow going. Then I was blindsided by Enemies Unknown and sent off to I-don’t-know-where. Not a good thing.
Now, not only myst my friends and family be frantic but without a CEO, Death, Inc. can’t function. With the newly deceased left free to roam the Earth, it’s the zombie apocalypse come true.
I’ve got to get back — for my sake and the sake of, of, all humanity…
I’ve got to be honest with you, the first half of this book is a hot mess. There’s way too much going on and between the flipping between points of view at the toss of a coin, random flashbacks and unfocused yet multiple directions this story was taking, I seriously considered DNFing it.
But I’m glad I didn’t. One of the main reasons I didn’t is because the first four books in this series are witty and compelling, following the story of Callie Reaper-Jones as she makes poor choices in her love life and tries to navigate the world of Death. With this fifth book (which I believe is the final book in this series), all plot arcs merge and snarl before finally smoothing out into a cohesive story that rather neatly ties it all up in a bow (not the happiest-ever-after bow but a bow nonetheless).
The Man in Gray is out to merge worlds and, in doing so, destroy not only Callie but all of humanity and Callie has to figure out a way to stop him before she disappears forever. There are other evil beings who also want a piece of Callie (because it can’t be as simple as just one guy wanting to end the world, right?) and they’re after all her loved ones as well.
Personally, I would have liked the story to stay focused on Callie. She’s a fun character — goofy and awkward and totally not prepared for the responsibility thrust upon her when her father died. She does the best she can with what she’s got but so many people have tried to sabotage along the way that she still doesn’t have confidence in her abilities. But the story is fractured into multiple shards told by characters I liked but didn’t really care all that much about, especially when all I really wanted to know was what was going on with Callie.
*shrugs* Like I said, I really did enjoy the second half of the book, once the pieces started to fit together and all the talk-talk-talk became serious action and forward motion. If this truly the end of the series as I suspect, it did well tying everything together and I look forward seeing what Amber Benson produces next.
Available on Amazon | IndieBound | Barnes and Noble
Latest posts by Mary @ TheBookSwarm (see all)
- Insta(re)gram: The Pirate Queen by Barbara Sjoholm - June 8, 2017
- Insta(re)gram: I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi - June 6, 2017
- Insta(re)gram: Random Book Mail - June 4, 2017