Department 19 by Will Hill

Reviewed by Sean Swift

“Department 19” is a fiction series about a secret government organisation that kills vampires.The first book follows the story of a boy called Jamie and “Blacklight” – the code name for Department 19. Jamie has some bad history with vampires, and is invited to join the organisation, where he learns that the supernatural creatures that he’s been taught don’t exist are real and are a threat to humans around the world. Jamie learns about vampire hunting, werewolves and the dark history of the supernatural world in this book. When I read this book for the first time, I was very excited as it is my perfect type of book – mysterious, fictional and scary. “Department 19” lived up to all these expectations and surprised me at how well it did it. The book revealed its plot slowly, but despite its size, all the chapters held my interest. I personally really enjoyed the first book of the series, and I’m prepared to say it’s the best of the series. Although the language is not difficult to read it is not a book I would recommend to anyone under 13. It is a very dark and violent book, with lots of death, blood and gore. The book is told in third person view, but changes the scene in different chapters to explain the plot easier, including change of time, character and place. I personally like this feature in books a lot, and for this book in particular, it works very well and helps enrich the plot. Another thing I enjoyed was the characters – They were explored in depth and were described in great detail. This ensures you feel deeply for them. Overall, the first book in this series is one of my favourites and I hope it becomes one of yours, too.

Shamini Murugan