The Mortal Knife

"The second part of the compelling DEATH & CO. series"
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The second part of the compelling DEATH & CO. series

After breaking Luman law trying to stop a terrorist attack in London, Adam is looking forward to getting back to school and returning to normality. Unfortunately, Fate is standing in his way, and she goes by the name of Morta. Adam must weigh up what is most important: his friendships, school and being normal, or life as a Luman. There is only one place he can find the answers he needs. Adam must enter the Realm of the Fates and take control of a situation that is about to spiral dangerously out of control.

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ISBN Paperback: 9781471402319
ISBN Ebook: 9781471402326



D. J. McCune

Debbie (DJ) McCune was born in Belfast and grew up in Carrickfergus, a seaside town just north of the city. As a child she liked making up stories and even wrote some down, including a thriller about a stolen wallaby. At school she hated doing homework, except writing stories for English - which were long enough to make her teachers weep.

Debbie read Theology at Trinity College, Cambridge but mostly just read lots of books. She has enjoyed a varied career, but she is currently Head of Religious Studies in an Integrated Secondary School. She lives in Northern Ireland with her husband, daughter - and two cats with seven legs between them. To learn more about Debbie and the DEATH & CO. series, visit Debbie's Facebook page (djmccuneauthor) or follow her on Twitter: @debbiemccune


It was hard for Adam to explain why he was so awful at being a Luman. He knew Nathanial thought he would grow out of it and get better but Adam wasn't so sure. He wasn't scared of death or the souls or the Hinterland - most of the souls were quite happy to step into their Lights once they knew their life in the physical world had ended. He just couldn't shake the feeling that his own life should be about more than death. It didn't help that Adam had an extra talent - one he was careful to hide from his family. In the Luman world someone like him was called a Seer. All Lumen had a death sense, a sense that told them when a soul had died and whether it was a predicted death or unexpected. The Mortsons specialised in sudden deaths, when souls could get frightened and lost unless they were guided into their Lights quickly. But a Seer had an extra sense - what Adam thought of as his doom sense. He could sometimes feel when a soul was about to die, before it had actually happened - which gave him the chance to do something about it. This meant breaking Luman law - and cheating the Fates out of souls. So far Adam had intervened in death scenes three times, most recently depriving the suicide bomber of his intended victims. So far no one suspected that he was involved - but if he got caught he would be put on trial by the Luman authorities and face the death penalty himself. Adam sighed and slumped back in his chair. He was pretty sure most people his age weren't having to worry about being executed just for trying to help people.