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From the Author

    This omnibus edition contains all three Death Works books. 
    Here you can get the whole shape of Steven's story. He's a man who is better than he thinks he is, who scrambles in the dark, who finds a great love and, finally, knows what to do with it.
    Oh, and you'll discover (if you haven't already) an Australian city called Brisbane, a city I love.
    It's a painful, funny, terrible ride for Steven and his friends (and Brisbane) but what you get is a great read (OK, I may be JUST a touch biased), and not one, not two, but (drum roll, please) three books for the price of one.
    I had a great time writing this trilogy, I hope you have a great time reading it.

About the Author

Trent Jamieson has had more than sixty short stories published over the last decade, and, in 2005, won an Aurealis award for his story "Slow and Ache". His most recent stories have appeared in Cosmos Magazine, Zahir, Murky Depths and Jack Dann's anthology Dreaming Again. His collection Reserved for Travelling Shows was released in 2006. He won the 2008 Aurealis Award for best YA short story with his story "Cracks".

Trent was fiction editor of Redsine Magazine, and worked for Prime Books on Kirsten Bishop's multi-award winning novel The Etched City. He's a seasonal academic at QUT teaching creative writing, and has taught at Clarion South. He has a fondness for New Zealand beer, and gloomy music. He lives in Brisbane with his wife, Diana. Trent's blog can be found at www.trentjamieson.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Death Works (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (September 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316078016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316078016
  • ASIN: 0316078018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trent Jamieson is an Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction writer, and winner of two Aurealis Awards.

The Death Works Trilogy is his first series of novels. It's set in the city of Brisbane, Australia, and it's about working for the Grim Reaper - a pretty decent paying job, with some great perks, unless something goes wrong, and then people tend to want to kill you.

"Roil" the first book in the Nightbound Land duology was released in September 2011. It's dark, noisy, and about a land that is bound for night like a steam train crashing towards the end of the line.

Trent works as a bookseller, and a writer, and has taught at Clarion South.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 30, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through NetGalley.com. The premise was very intriguing and I was excited to read the book. It was an incredibly creative world, that followed some interesting characters through a dark steampunk adventure. This book is the first in a series called The Nightbound Lands.

Margaret is the daughter of some famous scientists, when her home town falls to the Roil she is forced to flee through the Roil and try to find a way to help stop the Roil's expansion. David is a drug addict who is on the run from political enemies of his father; he meets up with an Old Man named Cadell and is suddenly forced to follow the Old Man into battles he doesn't want to be part of and into more danger than he can bear. All of the characters are fighting to survive the spread of the Roil which is expanding at increased speed.

Jamieson has created an incredibly interesting and complex world in this book. It is one of the most interesting worlds I have ever read about. The world is being taken over by the Roil; think of it kind of as The Nothing in The Neverending Story, but rather than being full of nothing it is a huge hot darkness full of nightmarish creatures. The surviving world is grouped into metropolises that survive by fighting with cold weapons and technology. The story has a steampunk overtone at times; Margaret's city runs off of steam powered things and there are dirigibles.

In this incredibly complex world is, of course, complex politics. You have the group that David's father belongs to which seem to be working with the four thousand year old, Old Man...kind of. You have the Vergers and the Drifters all trying to survive and reign supreme.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bibliotropic .net on October 11, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The concept behind this book is a fascinating one, in which darkness is slowly taking over the world and transforming everything within it to something foul and violent and, in some places, genuinely creepy. The dead walk. Tiny moths flutter in your eyes and mouth and take over your brain so that you become a sentient extension of the Roil itself. And the shrinking pockets of humanity have to do their best to survive the Roil while also surviving all the other problems inherent with corrupt politicians and drugs and violence and all the other worldly vices.

A fascinating concept indeed. It's regretful, then, that I found this book falling short of what I saw as its initial potential.

This book mostly suffers from a lack of descriptive consistency. Some things are beautifully described, and there's no doubt of what characters are seeing, feeling, doing. Other things are glossed over. And I'm not talking about small things, either. The only clear picture I have of any of the Roil creatures is the Vermatisaur, and that thing appeared for about 5 pages. Things that appeared more often had brief descriptions of how they moved, how a part of their body looked, but nothing that could bring it all together in my mind.

The world of Shale and its history felt similarly. It felt like this was a book of hints, glimpses of some deeper story that could have made the whole thing so much richer if they'd actually been elaborated on and expanded instead of just glossed over and passed by. While reading this, I felt uncomfortably like I must have missed something. A previous book, some necessary prequel that would have clarified half of the finer details mentioned here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Books31 on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I had mixed feelings when I saw that Orbit wasn't releasing the third book in Trent Jamieson's Death series as its own novel, but was combining all of the books into an omnibus edition of all three books in the series. While it does allow new readers a chance to get into the series in one fell swoop, it does certainly offer a disincentive (in both the price and the size, considering many followers of the series would most likely own the previous two books already). But after thinking it over this size/cost impediment is insignificant when compared with the benefit of getting to read and enjoy the final book in the series.

If you couldn't tell in all that preamble, I thoroughly enjoyed the Business of Death series. I felt like the first book, acted almost as a prequel, establishing the characters and the story. The second book in the series, is really where the tires meets the road (if the road was the plot in this example, and the tires are the excitement, meat, and pace of the story). Finally in the third installment, Jamieson does a fantastic job dealing with the issues of both the first and second books in the series, as well introducing some new twists and turns that really surprised me.

I mention all of this in vague details because since this omnibus contains the entire series, I'm a tad unsure what I should include so as to not ruin the story in later books for readers. What I can mention though is that if you enjoy action, creative and interesting characters (especially Mr. D and Wal), and a book jam packed with twists and sabotage then this is the book for you.

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