The Damned (The Dead) By David Gatward

Product Description
Tombs. Hundreds of them. All lying in concentric rings in the greasy, cold darkness of the cavern. At their very centre, hanging from a burnt and blackened tree. a huge, cracked bell. And under that, The Gate, built from the bones of a thousand murdered souls. Lazarus knew ringing the bell would be very bad. He also knew he had no choice – he needed the kind of help only Hell could give him…  The Dead don’t just want to return, they want Earth for themselves. And it’s Lazarus Stone, Keeper of the Dead, who has to stop them. Trouble is, the Dead are the exact opposite of rotting, stumbling corpses. And they desire one thing only: to live again. To do that, all they need is a good supply of fresh, warm bodies…  Lazarus now knows his mum murdered him, betrayed his dad, and is about to open a portal between worlds that will bring about the end of life as we know it. Trouble is, his best mate has disappeared (again), he still hasn’t rescued his dad (but he will), and the only help he has is that of an undead priest (who carries a blunderbuss) and a female angel (who drives a 4×4 and has an alcohol problem). This isn’t just about saving the world, this is personal… 
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Hodder Children’s Books 
Genre: YA / Horror

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This is the 3rd and final instalment of the Dead trilogy and it is the best by far.

The characters are in depth and likeable. I think Craig has a great sense of humour and I dont know what Lazurus would do without him as his best friend.

Red and Arelle are such interesting characters that I find myself wondering how things started & how they all met. Would love a book on them. 🙂

A very fast paced book with great descriptive writing throughout, I felt like I was living each scene.

The book was brought to a satisfying end, with the door left open to maybe continue the adventures.

spine tingling, gruesome, tons of gore what more could a YA horror fan ask for!

Carly

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