The Golden Age of Death
Calliope Reaper-Jones, Book #5
By Amber Benson
ISBN # 9780425256152
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro



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 must 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, oh, all humanity…


Let me try and not give everything away, but just in case OBS did add a big SPOILER at the top of this post. Why? Well, because, this book was just amazing! First, we have the topic of Death, which is quite something to talk about or in this case, write about. But, in this novel, Death, takes the pretty appearance of the young and fashionable, Calliope Reaper-Jones, former Death’s daughter.

In this latest book, The Golden age of Death, Callie not only has to work hard in order to keep on with her father’s legacy, Death Inc., but she also has to fight and deal with those who want to erase her existence from her own universe, time and space. Poor, Callie, she’s still a new CEO and she already has to look for her replacement.

I have to admit that I’m in love with this book and its characters, I even felt emotional for some of them at the end, but you would have to read it to know. This is definitely a series I recommend for all of those trying to find something refreshing to read. I know, I have been. I hadn’t felt such an appeal for a series like this one, in a while and the reading pace was just comfortable enough.

For those of you new to the series, like me, author Amber Benson gives us a brief description of what has been going on in the other books, putting us up to date with Callie’s life. She also describes to the reader her own design of Hell and Purgatory; with its divisions here and there and its very interesting. Makes one, wonder, how it’ll look after Callie finishes remodeling it. Could it look less scary?

Something that keeps the reader interested in the story, since the beginning, is Callie’s mysterious disappearance. It makes us curious as to what happened to her; is she alive, who took her, what will happen with Death Inc., and while all of these goes around, we get glimpses of random humans dying and their souls being collected for the Afterlife, to later become part of a big puzzle, that I must say, really fit well with the story.

The author gave us fight scenes, revealing scenes, funny scenes, cheesy scenes, emotional scenes and every kind of scene the book needed, shaping it perfectly at the end. As much as I liked the characters and hated those that needed to be hated, I grew a soft spot for Marcel, the Ender of Death, what could I do. The way he was portrayed made him so likeable. Another one was … Noh! I also have to add a, WOW, at the plot twist at one of the final chapters, who would have thought of a disguise? 😉

All in all, this was a good book to read. It has everything it needs to keep one wanting for more. Which, makes me wonder about that ending. What does author Amber have in the future for her readers? We will just have to wait and see. Read this book if you’re into Lady Death vs. Hell & Heaven and its minions, and you might even end up like me, searching for the rest of the books in the series. Or, just give it a try, maybe one of the other characters will draw you in.