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I think that this story really had potential, but failed because it had no point. The background situation was much more interesting than the actual story in the forefront. I actually liked this story a lot. Interesting perspective on zombies, and also an interesting take on what we are willing to live and die for. This was a pretty good story. There was nothing really fantastic about it, but it was good. Except for one detail that annoyed me, which was one man hearing another's "screams" underwater.

Perhaps ONE scream, but as he'd have no air for a second, that's all he'd get. Details and plausibility are important! I really liked this one. I think I will have to read more of Tad Williams' stuff. Very interesting and creepy and good! Not sure what this had to do with zombies at all, actually. And it wasn't really all that great a story either. Pretty good, not my favorite Joe Hill story.

View all 6 comments. Feb 16, Rachel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is a really awesome zombie anthology with new stories from some great authors. Lots of new twists on zombies. One is apprenticing the other in the "family business"-killing zombies-but it's not your typical violent, shoot-em-up story. Lots of heart, great relationship created between the two brothers, not perfect but realistic. Um kind of, in my opinion: Kinda sad, great way to open the anthology. I don't Twitter or whatever but a story told only in Tweets moves pretty quickly.

Story starts out with teenage girl bitching about being on vacation with her family and takes a dark twist. Hill really creates the character through her Tweets, which is rather impressive and creates a slow burn to a great scare. Those were just a few of my favorites. This anthology is full of authors that I was familiar with from other anthologies but their stories are all new. Definitely worth a read if you love zombies as much as I.

View all 11 comments. Jan 16, Not Now Mommy's Reading rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: What an amazing anthology! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of never-before-published stories featuring my favorite creatures of the night: Here is my rating of the individual stories from fav to least fave: I'm just going to cheat and copy my status updates here for the individual stories. All in all, it's a pretty good collection. More good stories that turds, which is a good thing to find in an anthology.

I love a good aftermath story. I'm glad this was short. I wish it was longer. I'll have to read the Benny Imura books. OK story with weird, jarring narrative. Kind of a wtf? Started alright but ended abruptly and I must have missed something important. Ramblings and disconnected little things. I'd like to see more about "the plague". Tad Williams never disappoints. That was the most disturbing one in the book so far. At least Lord of the Flies didn't have zombies to worry about. I did find myself engaged and I liked the way it was written. But it had a lot of build up and didn't really go anywhere.

Oh, and where are the freakin' zombies? This one would be better suited for Redneck: An Anthology of the Inbred. Future technology includes a camera disguised as sunblock? Solid 3 without the fucking sunblock camera. Slight editing there mostly adding stars. I'll bump the overall rating to 4 stars since there were more good ones than bad. What more do you need than a book full of Zombies! Mar 02, Kathy rated it liked it Shelves: Lazarus by John Conolly - This one was pretty good.

It gave a new spin to an old and very well-known bible story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. I guess, I assumed, like I'm sure alot of people did that when he was risen he was "alive", but this makes us wonder What a unique story, with a great ending twist. Kind of part mystery, part dystopian. I really enjoyed this one! Bissette - This one I didn't like much at all. I even had trouble following it. Not very well written in my opinion.

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I love how this is written and it has great character developement. I just wish that there was more interaction with the zombies in this one. A really good story, though. I wanted to know Delice more and was a bit confused that it wasn't her necessarily getting revenge. This was my introduction to Brian Keene, although I've been wanting to read more for awhile now. I was not disappointed. Short and sweet and really well done. I wanted to know more about these brothers. I loved the story! Homler - This was very weak and disapointing.

It was missing so much. It seemed like one moment the guy was at work and like an hour after he went home after his shift, the entire town becomes Zombies. Plus there was footnotes to the characters poetry. This had potential but didn't go anywhere. That seemed to only be a side point. But then he is the master on this subject! Isn't this a book about zombies?

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This was a group of unrelated short stories or vignettes that had nothing to do with anything. Only 1 had a zombie even in it. At least I thought this was an anthology about zombies How did she get in here? Too many of these stories veer from the classic, scary zombie story. I want to be frighted by these stories, not want to make the zombie my friend. He developed the terror and fear beautifullfy! I don't want to have a conversation with a zombie I'm left confused and disappointed with this one.

I wanted to now more about Nathan Nightingale and his work, but I was left hanging. Moore - This was a bit more like it. This had a bit of everything and the ending totally surprised me. Landsdale - What is this? And how did this get included in this book? Not only was the story very lacking and boring Isn't this a Zombie Anthology? That's what I thought. I guess it was interesting, but it dealt more with war than the story of zombies. Really creative and different! Plus what I want from a Zombie story Some of these stories, I'm not sure how they got in here, to tell you the truth.

They had little or nothing to do with zombies. Plus, and maybe this is just me, I want my zombie stories to scare me and creep me out. I don't want to make friends or try to understand them. Overall, some really good stories here. May 13, Kemper rated it liked it Shelves: A decent collection of zombie stories with a lot of variation from the usual George Romero-style zombie apocalypse.

View all 5 comments. Oct 13, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although there were a few duds in this one, there are also some really top-notch stories. Apr 04, Dustin marked it as to-read Recommended to Dustin by: There are several great writers here, but the deciding factor for me was Tad Williams. I'm on a Williams kick right now! For my first ever read of zombie stories, this anthology actually wasn't too bad.

I wasn't exactly thrilled to indulge myself with a book about flesh-eating creatures and death-related elements, but I was quite entertained for the most part! The main reason I picked up this books to begin with was because Joe Hill has a featured story here, and I am glad to say his did not disappoint!!

There were 19 short stories total, and they each brought their own unique take on zombies and the "afterlife" o For my first ever read of zombie stories, this anthology actually wasn't too bad. There were 19 short stories total, and they each brought their own unique take on zombies and the "afterlife" of the Undead. Although a few of the stories felt rushed and thrown together to me, six of them in particular captured my undivided attention. I won't go into too much detail, but I will share my six favorite short zombie stories as well as a little about why I liked them.

The story was also from Lazarus' perspective as he rises out of the grave, which made the story even more powerful, as the reader is able to see Lazarus' feelings on the situation. Everything you knew and had in life is gone, and all you have to show for being alive when everyone else is seemingly gone are two new friends.

Now what happens when one of these companions reaches the breaking point and puts all three lives at stake? Here you have Lebbon's In the Dust, with just a touch of romance, but not enough to ruin the story. Here you have a man who has spent a majority of his life saving the identities of those who have been drowned, and the irony is not lost with the ending. Sometimes venturing to the bottom of the ocean is better left alone. Moore - One word: Definite Lord of the Flies vibes, where "boys will be boys" is a saying that is completely torn apart when the boys at hand lose their innocence and become monsters.

This one was both chilling and enlightening, in a way. It shows what children can become when adults are not around to control what happens and Hell breaks loose. Ahh, yeah, a psycho one! A journalist goes in the midst of war to uncover a truth that could potentially end a career, and instead is met with a situation the could not only end her career, but also her life. Totally fast-paced, and the ending was not too bad. I would say that this one was the best one, and it was a little comical.

The main character is unaware of the reality of the situation her and her family are in, and in the end, it really didn't matter whether she knew or not.

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Hill ends his short story in a similar way that he ends some of his other work: It as such a good ending though!! Characters such as Officer Dez Fox, her partner JT and others spend much of the book trying to figure out what the hell is happening. The characters never listened to me. An excellent and gripping novel. Worth any cash you spend on it -- xpost https: Oct 31, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm wrestling with giving it either 4 or 5 stars but I think it pushed itself over into a 5 star rating but not holding many punches.

I love zombies, movies and stories. Which kinda means I've oversaturated myself with them over the last couple years. I think I love zombies because the stories are usually more about the survivors fighting against a ruthless, inhuman fighting machine. This is one aspect where Dead of Night becomes more than just "good" to me. Maberry sets up an outbreak of a very believable virus or maybe I just watched that History channel special one too many times and it feels real that leaves victims conscious of their actions but unable to control the insatiable hunger that their bodies feel.

Hartnup, a funeral director, in small-town Stebbins, PA gets bit when a deathrow inmate, Homer Gibbons, purposely infected with the virus, gets shipped to Hartnup's funeral home at the request of his last known relative. Police respond and havoc and infection spread from there. I appreciated the way Maberry goes back to Dr.

Hartnup again and again so the reader gets the sense of the man he was and how turning into a monster is affecting him. It's a nice twist on the classic zombie and gives the story some melancholy. Volker's original plan for the death row inmate makes me sad and outraged all in one. Volker's more evil than the zombies. I find myself again appreciating the way Maberry writes flawed heroes. You want to root for everyone in spite of their imperfections.


Dez Fox, who could've come out being the stereotypical,too strong for her own good kind of female character has some softness to her. So do the male characters. Maberry adds just enough details about guns and technology to make the story seem current, pretty plausible and give the characters some authority.

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The Clayr are an oracular group composed nearly entirely of women, who live in a snowy mountain called the Clayr's Glacier, in the northern part of the Old Kingdom. Dead of Night was written in the most effortless and trite way possible. Feeling restless after the events of Abhorsen and reeling from the loss of the Disreputable Dog, Lirael makes her way to The Wall to find Nicholas Sayre lying there unconscious, having woken up a Hrule. Scarlett's attentions had raised me above God, but so help me, in no time she had thrown me down to the devil. My fourth audiobook was my favourite one yet, but still not as enjoyable as reading at my own pace.

I found myself hoping that the end of this story was not just your typical "government swoops in and saves everything and there's hope to be had". That kind of ending would have spoiled whatever else made this story original. I'm glad the end doesn't play out that way. It feels more realistic, even if its harder to tell who the bad and the good guys are. Not quite a shocking ending but a satisfying one that brought a tear to my eye yet again This will be the 4th book I've read by Maberry where I cried at the end.

I'm starting to like that his books make me feel something, I just have to read them in private to avoid looking all mushy. View all 3 comments. Oct 08, Ms. Nikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm going to go with 5 Stars on this one. A very fast paced read that had my stomach in knots. I loved the way the undead scenario started. Oct 27, Mike rated it liked it. The good - there were a couple of twists in the living dead storyline I hadn't seen before. This particular strain is caused by an engineered parasite. I sort-of like the character of Billy Trout, news agent, but patience ran thin over his adoration of jerk Dez, who has very few redeeming qualities.

The bad - I think this story could have been told in at least 1 The good - there were a couple of twists in the living dead storyline I hadn't seen before. The bad - I think this story could have been told in at least fewer pages. My fourth audiobook was my favourite one yet, but still not as enjoyable as reading at my own pace. I would never have even listened to Dead of Night and would have instead eventually read it as an ebook were it not for the fact that I forgot to suspend my Australian audiobook account.

Dead of Night was that choice, and for the most part, it was a good one. Narrator William Dufris is expressive and engaging as he relates the h My fourth audiobook was my favourite one yet, but still not as enjoyable as reading at my own pace. The novel itself is a fairly standard exploration of small-town America being menaced by zombies, but it does offer two distinct, somewhat inventive variations on this narrative. The first is the genesis of the infection that turns people into zombies, as it veers away from the "terrorist weapon" we've all read about a thousand times.

The second is the way in which the infected people continue to inhabit their bodies after they die but have no control over themselves as they rend, tear and devour any living person they come across. Maberry populates his small town with only a few major characters - the rest serving as obvious zombie fodder - and of these, the two mains, Desdemona Fox and Billy Trout, not only sport silly names but are less than likeable. Dez, in particular, grates as an overly simplistic cliche, who spends way too much time voicing her thoughts in the manner that only fictional characters seem to.

Billy fares slightly better, but his storyline serves to uncover most of the exposition, so his scenes eventually become boring. Still, Maberry conjures up a few memorable scenes of zombies plowing through the town's police force and then the town itself, before everyone gravitates toward a central location for the final showdown - complete with government forces who may not have the survivor's best interests at heart Though far from a great zombie novel, Dead of Night is a better than average, gory take on the sub-genre.

Fans of Maberry and the cannibalistic living dead are unlikely to be disappointed. Jan 18, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: It's very readable; good characters, good narrative. Problem is that it's all been done before and any zombie fan won't find much of anything new here. Bar one thing, and that's what makes me give this three and a half - I really, really wish we could give half stars because this book deserves this half one stars instead of a lower rating. We actually get to see inside the minds of the dead, learn about the people trapped inside there, and that ratchets up the horror of the whole thin Not bad.

We actually get to see inside the minds of the dead, learn about the people trapped inside there, and that ratchets up the horror of the whole thing; it's a great idea that the author makes good use of. The dead become real people, victims who still haven't escaped the nightmare despite the seemingly worst already happening to them. In fact there's much worse to come for them.

Yes, the survivors have a hellish time of it, struggling to stay alive, save their friends and neighbors, forced to kill them when they fail, but the true torment is what the victims themselves have to face afterwards. Now there is something that I both admire and cringe at. Aside from that, it's a basic zombie book, nothing to add to the genre. Although, to give it credit, for all the predictability of the ending, it did give me shivers. Nice use of brevity. I also had an issue with the narrative itself.

For the most part it sticks with one point of view at a time, but sometimes, for no apparent reason and with no warning, the point of view abruptly shifts. It's even done mid-paragraph at times and is wholly unnecessary. It's a bad distraction and also makes it confusing as to who's actually doing what.

Is it worth reading? Yeah, definitely, if you're a zombie fan. You won't feel like you've wasted your time; it's solid entertainment. A serial killer is executed by lethal injection. But was the injection actually lethal? This is a zombie novel and contains all the things a successful zombie novel should; nasty zombies that not only bite but spew a maggot filled contagious substance; protagonists you respect and admire,and an IN YOUR FACE ending.

Can you imagine anything worse than a zombie whose conscious mind is still functioning but has no control? Totally aware of what he is doing and what has happened to him but unable to A serial killer is executed by lethal injection.

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Totally aware of what he is doing and what has happened to him but unable to do anything to stop it? This book is that and much more. What really makes the story successful in my opinion, is that these zombies start out as man made. As the story progresses you are left wondering who the monsters really are. View all 4 comments. Oct 02, Jessi Adams rated it really liked it.

Dead of Night is a zombie story that takes place in rural Pennsylvania. The background to the story is a little different than your standard. A government scientist working at a prison hospital decides that the lethal injection is too good for a particularly bad serial killer, so he decides to inject him with genetically engineered parasites, which will keep his mind aware while his body rots in the coffin.

Things start to go awry when instead of being buried in a government cemetery, an elderly Dead of Night is a zombie story that takes place in rural Pennsylvania. Things start to go awry when instead of being buried in a government cemetery, an elderly aunt comes forward to claim the body. The body, newly infected with zombie parasites gets transported to a funeral home in Pennsylvania, and your standard zombie infection scenario ensues. I liked a few things about this story.

I felt like the back story was a twist on the plain old tired zombie virus story, which was nice. I think that adding the twist that the zombies are still inhabited by the consciousness of the person they used to be adds a level of creepiness, although it adds nothing to the overall plot. There was a lot of action, and most of it wasn't completely implausible, so that's a good thing. I even liked most of the characters, although I felt like the only thing Mayberry did to keep the character of Dez interesting was to make her female.

If it was an obnoxious male cop who shoots everything and sleeps around, I'm not sure anyone would care. The one thing that kept this book from a 5 star review was the cliches. It also annoyed me a little bit that the characters didn't catch on to the zombie infestation sooner.

One character even suggested they might be vampires before anyone said the word zombie. The dead people are getting up and biting other people.

Mayberry paints a disaster story in the times of YouTube, FB and Twitter, but the characters don't have the cultural reference to think that these dead things are zombies? It made me roll my eyes a few times. Overall, a solid zombie book that's a lot of fun to read for those who enjoy the horror genre. Aug 03, Neil rated it really liked it. Some good characters didn't really like dez the main character.

Gibbon and Volker my favs as they were interesting. Feb 21, Leah rated it really liked it. This is how the world ends. Not with a bang Maberry has done it again. You see, mass murderer Homer Gibbons had been put to death, and his only living relative, secretly requested that he be sent home for burial. Of course, the doctor administering his cocktail of death via IVs decided to play god, and we all know how well that turns out. So, does Homer Gibbons stay dead? Of course not, this is a freaking zombie novel, people! The bastard rises, and Stebbins County, Pennsylvania pays that ultimate price, with our MCs stuck right in the middle of it all.

Officer Dez Fox is a broken, damaged main character. I loved her abrasiveness and her rough demeanor. Her partner JT, was the opposite of her. He was opened and a fatherly figure to her, and I loved him. Billy Trout was a little bit of a blah at first for me. He felt weak, and I just wanted to smack the heck out of him in the beginning of the book. Now, what really irked me was the stupidity in this novel. Seriously, in this day and age, and this book was set in a present time, not unlike now, we have a zombie pop culture.

No, no one says zombie. So word of advice: No way am I turning zom. I absolutely loved one part of Dead of Night in particular, and it was getting to see inside the zombies mind. I thought it was clever, and wonderful, and fantastic. It was just always excellent to read, and it made me really feel sorry for the Doc by the end of the story. To read the torture he went through, begging his body to stop, but not being able to force it to stop, was just brilliantly done. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and it would have easily been a 4.

If you like zombie novels, give it a shot. Oct 20, Liz at Fictional Candy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ok, this is my first Jonathan Maberry book, and I am completely blown away. Dead of Night was flipping awesome. I'm glad I listened to Christy Christy's Love of Books and got on board with this series - now I just have to find time to read the rest of his books! Dead of Night is gruesome and gut wrenching It was fabulously disgusting! It's like Maberry gets zombie guts and puts them under a microscrope for you Ok, this is my first Jonathan Maberry book, and I am completely blown away.

It's like Maberry gets zombie guts and puts them under a microscrope for you - repeatedly. Those bastards are horrifying! Everything starts out in small town PA. But the infection spreads quick. At the center of it is an inmate who was sentenced to death, Homer. Seems the good doctor that was in charge of putting him down had some other ideas in mind.

Well, those ideas spin beautifully out of control. It's like an infection tornado of monumental aspects. You're crazier than a barn owl on meth, and you damn well know it. Look at your lifestyle. There's nothing about your daily habits that doesn't speak of self-loathing. You drink too much. You'll screw anything with even a high school level pickup line and a tight ass. You're a bitch of legendary proportions Tough as nails cop with a tough as nails exterior.

This is a woman who is not quite dead on the inside, but she's not exactly living either. She's been hurt so many times, and she just never fought her way out of that. She just exists now, going through the motions. This zombie apocalypse though, it really changes her. Seeing people you know getting eaten alive can do that to ya, ya know. There's a host of other fabulous characters. But I'm a romance fan, so I'll tell you there is a romantic interest for Dez, even if she hates his guts, and would likely stab him in the neck if given half a chance.

But Billy, that's his name, he's not a bad guy. Though "many thousands" of Free Magic Elementals escaped the creation of the Charter, most were later imprisoned or enslaved by it. Of the remainder, "no truly dangerous creature of Free Magic has woken in a thousand years, save to the sound of Mosrael and Saraneth, or by a direct summons using their secret names". Some cannot be destroyed except by a Free Magic sorcerer more powerful than they, or by immersion in running water though Free Magic creatures of the Third Kindred, or those infused with the essence of the Nine, are exempt from this rule.

Charter Magic is typically ineffective. Charter Sendings are servants or sentries constructed entirely of Charter Marks. Many may only act within a given function, which can be of indefinite complexity. Certain fixtures excepted such as a surcoat or insignia , Charter Sendings do not possess a concrete physical shape, and derive identity primarily from their function. They are capable of emotive response, but show little desire except to fulfill their mandates.

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The bells of necromancy are seven eponymous bells used by necromancers to control the Dead, named after the Seven Bright Shiners who invested themselves in the Charter. From smallest to largest they are:. Kibeth , the Walker, which can give the Dead freedom of movement or force them to walk according to the ringer's intention;. Astarael , the Weeper, also named Sorrowful, which sends both ringer and auditor far into Death.

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Each bell has a specific power over the Dead and Free Magic creatures, and if used by a skilled necromancer, also on living people. An errant or improper ring can affect the caster instead of the target, or cause other adverse effects. The Abhorsens' bells are a "free-willed blend of Charter and Free Magic", though the spells they cast are "pure Free Magic". The most advanced and powerful Free Magic elementals, of which seven created the Charter and are represented by the necromancers' bells.

Of the remaining two, Yrael later became Mogget, the Abhorsens' companion; and Orannis, "last and mightiest of the Nine", opposed the Charter and was imprisoned by the Seven. According to "An Extract of the Journal of Idrach the Lesser Necromancer", a text posted on the series' website, the correlation of the Seven and the necromantic bells includes the Precincts of Death, with each bell equalling a specific Precinct. This would suggest that the additional precincts are related to the 8th and 9th "Bright Shiners", although it is not known which Precinct corresponds to which Bright Shiner.

These Great Charters invested themselves entirely within the bloodlines and artifacts of the Old Kingdom, as opposed to Astarael and Kibeth, who retained enough of themselves to remain separate entities the Disreputable Dog points out that she is only Kibeth in a "hand-me-down sort of way". It is implied that Saraneth and Mosrael wove themselves into the Abhorsen and Clayr bloodlines respectively.

Dyrim is considered the Great Charter of the royal bloodline. Yrael, also known as Mogget, initially refused to take a side for or against Orannis, and was therefore later enslaved to the Abhorsen by the other immortals. Whenever unbound, he tries to kill the current Abhorsen; but, during Orannis' second binding, he assists in the binding ritual. To Sabriel, Lirael, and Sameth, Mogget appears as a small white cat; to Terciel, Sabriel's father and predecessor as Abhorsen, Mogget adopted a different unknown name and appeared as an albino dwarf.

Mogget cannot use his dwarf-form without the permission of the current Abhorsen or Abhorsen-in-Waiting: Jerizael, the forty-eighth Abhorsen, forbade him from doing so for reasons unknown. At the end of the series, he re-appears as a cat. In Lirael , when Orannis possesses Nicholas Sayre and speaks to the necromancer Hedge, the story of the Binding is told in song:. I'll sing you a song of the long ago. Seven shine the Shiners, oh! What did the Seven do way back when? Why, they wove the Charter then!

Five for the warp, from beginning to end. Two for the woof, to make and mend. That's the Seven, but what of the Nine— What of the two that chose not to shine? The Eighth did hide, hide all away, But the Seven caught him and made him pay. The Ninth was strong and fought with might, But lone Orannis was put out of the light, Broken in two and buried under hill, Forever to lie there wishing us ill. Death consists of Nine Precincts divided by Nine Gates, through which a grey river flows. Almost everything in Death is a bleak grey, and a subtle grey fogginess limits visibility. The river may also contain and conceal hostile dead beings, who attack living travelers.

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Dead spirits can cross only when aided by a Necromancer, or when the border is weakened by a concentration of often violent deaths. Dexterity and great willpower are required to resist the current, which is psychological as well as physical. Each gate responds to a Free Magic spell wielded by Abhorsens and Necromancers; Dead cannot pass any Gate unless they are very powerful.

Each Precinct contains a different peril. The First Precinct is mostly knee-deep water, but has eddies and pools dangerous to the interloper. Its Gate is a huge waterfall. The Second Precinct has pitfalls throughout its domain and low visibility; its Gate is a whirlpool. The Third Precinct has slightly warmer ankle-deep water and visibility is slightly improved.

Periodic, irresistible waves carry dead creatures through the Gate a wall of mist , often beyond the final Ninth Gate. The Fourth Precinct has a low concentration of Dead, as most of those who reach it have been stunned by the Third Precinct's waves, and are carried easily to the dangerous and deceptively short waterfall that comprises its Gate. The Fifth Precinct is too deep to wade, and must be crossed by a thin black bridge that frequently attracts dead creatures. The water in the Fifth Precinct has strong mutagenic properties, and is implied to be partially responsible for the monstrous appearance of some Greater Dead and necromancers.

The Gate is a vertical river rising from the floor. The Sixth Precinct has no current, and its water is present as a shallow pool. There are many Dead creatures in this Precinct, some of whom are Greater Dead. The Gate has no substance and can appear anywhere, but appears as a lift bordered by a cylinder of water.

The Seventh Precinct is not described, though presumably it is similar to the First and Fourth Precincts. Its Gate is a line of fire that stretches across the river. The Eighth Precinct resembles the First and Fourth, but interspersed with flashes of fire. The Eighth Gate is a wall of darkness, which needs a spell to send a necromancer into the Ninth Precinct. The Ninth Precinct is an endless pool of deep, still, clear water.