Embark on a journey through the darkly bizarre and magical Underworld in this gorgeously illustrated origin story.
In the dark fantasy universe of Court of the Dead, the savage war between Heaven and Hell is a futile stalemate fueled by the souls of mortals, whose purpose of existence has been twisted into nothing more than raw material for the harvest. Yet in seeking to transcend his grim duty in order to return meaning and inspiration to the cosmos, Death and his Court are cast as humanity's unlikely saviors.
Into this dramatic setting are born Demithyle and his fellow reapers, whose first task is to confront the ever-advancing scourge of the vicious bael reiver hordes, ravenous and destructive wraiths who threaten to destroy the Underworld and end the Court's struggle before it begins. Join Demithyle as he evolves from humble foot soldier to reluctant captain, encountering many strange and wondrous characters and places, and finally accepts the mantle of the exalted Reaper General in order to lead to victory the Underworld's last, best hope for salvation.
Beatrice van Slee grew up in the midwest, where once in a while it would rain, ever to her delight. Music was her first love, and as a child she'd pretend everything was a musical instrument, until she figured out it's more fun to pretend to play real ones. Her favorite memories of Chicago, where she lived for 20 years, involve bicycling all over the city to see friends. She now spends most of her days alone in darkened rooms dreaming up impossible things, emerging mostly at night in the wintertime to look for her favorite constellation, wishing for snow. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.