Author: Terry Pratchett
Page Count: 243 Pages
Commercial Fluff: 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.
This novel is great! First up we get to finally meet Death and join him on his search of an apprentice. Here enters Mort, an awkward gangly, young boy with no prospect of a future. What happens next is a slight twist on a classic coming of age story. The development of the character Mort is handled really well and really makes the book. We have romance, adventure, awkwardness, humour and curry.
For me this was the first book with true characters and character growth. We got introduced to a very human Death and Mort really became a man. If I had to pick a starting point for a Discworld introduction this would be my pick. If you have not read this title, do yourself a favor and go pick it up. You will not regret it.