Reader Reviewed Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill

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The second in this pulse-pounding all action horror story.

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first in the Department 19 series.

Reader Reviews

  • Safiyah Afghan - 'Full of thrills, danger, action and romance Department 19 is an exciting book that will hold most readers captivated.' Read full review >
  • Claudia Woolgar - 'If you love adventure, gore, computer games, vampires, love and big guns, this is the book for you!' Read full review >
  • Hollie Compton - 'A book that I didn't want to put down. I love the characters within the story and their relationships between each other.' Read full review >
  • Emily Setchell, age 13 - 'I really enjoyed this book and am definitely going to read the rest of the books in the series!' Read full review >
  • Jack Graham - 'This book is an excellent read. I would read the next books or any others by Will Hill and recommend this to anyone 11+ because it has so many good techniques and a great storyline.' Read full review >
  • Emer O'Brien, age 13 - 'It is really, really gory, and readers who don't enjoy detailed descriptions of dismembered body parts shouldn't go within a hundred yards of this book.' Read full review >
  • Carla McGuigan, age 13 - 'You’ve heard of the novels: Dracula and the novel: Frankenstein. Well in this novel both are brought to life, together.'
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Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill

91 DAYS TILL ZERO HOUR. THAT'S 91 DAYS TO RUN. 91 DAYS TO HIDE. OR 91 DAYS TO PRAY FOR DEPARTMENT 19 TO SAVE YOU... After the terrifying attack on Lindisfarne at the end of the first book, Jamie, Larissa and Kate are recovering at Department 19 headquarters, waiting for news of Dracula, and the stolen ashes. They won't be waiting for long. Vampire forces are gathering. Old enemies are getting too close. And rising.

There are 5 books in this superb supernatural series

Department 19 The Rising

Department 19 Zero Hour

Department 19 Darkest Night

For more information on the series visit the website



Bram Stoker can stop turning in his grave: his 21st-century legacy extends beyond Twilight. - The Telegraph

Enough weaponry to satisfy the most warlike of pre-teen boys and enough action on every page to qualify for a health warning - Belfast News

Injects some blood and thunder back into the vamp mythos...this is a lively set-up to what looks to be a fun and blood-soaked YA thrill ride - SFX Magazine

Hill hits the ground running in this explosive debut, an action thriller inspired by a genre classic... this is a nonstop thrill ride right up to the cliffhanger ending. This cinematic adrenaline rush has the makings of a surefire hit. Publishers Weekly

...plenty of high-octane action, groovy specialized vampire-fighting equipment, buckets of gore, intriguing historical side trips and even a little romance... Kirkus Review

About the Author

Will Hill

Will Hill spends a lot of his time in California but he grew up around the North East of England, moving from Skegness to Gateshead to Tynemouth. The area is steeped in vampire mythology, irresistible to the young Will. He turned this fascination into a highly accomplished debut. Action hungry lovers of horror and adventure will love it.

Biography and author photo taken from the Department 19 website,

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704 pages
Interest Age: From 13


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

2nd August 2012




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