Discworld Series, Book 4eBook - 2009
'Cracking dialogue, compelling illogic and unchained whimsy' Sunday Times
The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . .
Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job.
Death is the Grim Reaper of the Discworld, a black-robed skeleton carrying a scythe who must collect a minimum number of souls in order to keep the momentum of dying, well . . . alive.
He is also fond of cats and endlessly baffled by humanity. Soon Death is yearning to experience what humanity really has to offer . . . but to do that, he'll need to hire some help.
It's an offer Mort can't refuse. As Death's apprentice he'll have free board, use of the company horse - and being dead isn't compulsory. It's a dream job - until Mort falls in love with Death's daughter, Ysabell, and discovers that your boss can be a killer on your love life . . .
The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Mort is the first book in the Death series.
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Mort is not a very smart boy, his father suggests that he takes an apprenticeship, after no of the other masters want him he is chosen by Death. Death teaches him the ways of transitioning people to the other side, so he lets Mort take the reigns of Binky (death's mount) and takes the day off. Mort is doing well until he must attend the assassination of a young princess he had previously observed. He goes rogue and does not kill her and rips reality in two. He realizes that he must stop reality from catching up to itself or she will be gone forever. Mort and Death don't seem to realize it but they are switching places and Mort is becoming more like Death and Death is becoming more human. After Mort decides to bring the princess and her wizard back to the home of Death to avoid reality, there ensues a duel between Death and Mort, wherein Ysabell Death's daughter reveals her love for Mort. Mort forgets about the princess who escaping reality and the resulting death of her assassin in the duel must now live up to the reality she escaped from (confusing i know). Mort falls for Ysabell as well and the ending of the novel is their wedding.
'In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can't refuse -- especially since being, well, dead isn't compulsory. As Death's apprentice, he'll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won't need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he'd ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.'
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