Analysis of Death and the Arrow

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Death and the Arrow
Chris Priestley

Tom Marlowe is a typical and average fifteen year old who is an apprentice at his father’s printing shop, in London, England, in the year 1715. One day he finds out that his best friend, Will Piggot, has been murdered, after a series of mysterious murders in the city, and Tom is determined to find his friend’s killer. Death and the Arrow, by Chris Priestley, is a suspenseful and adventurous novel. Who murdered Will? Who has been murdering some of the people in the town? Those are just two of the many questions that readers, including me, ask, while reading the story. Death and the Arrow is so suspenseful because you never know what is going to happen next. What you think may happen, might not happen. A lot of action adds to the suspense. When you think the action is over, it starts up again. There are also many questions left unanswered at the end of every chapter, except the last chapter, which makes you read on to get those questions answered. Suspense is not the only element that makes Death and the Arrow such a great story; Death and the Arrow is also adventurous. Tom asks Dr. Harker to assist him in finding Will’s murderer. Tom will go to extremes, just to find out who murdered Will, and who is murdering some people in town, systematically. One day Tom gets kidnapped by someone. It is a Mohawk named Tonsahoten, who confesses he is the killer, but not Will’s killer. He also says that he hired Will to place the Death and Arrow Cards in his victim’s pockets. Tom listens to Tonsahoten’s story and finds out that a man named Shepton is a traitor. At the end of the book Tom finds out Shepton killed Will. Shepton then dies from a large, sharp icicle. Tonsahoten gets hurt by Shepton’s bullet, but does not die. Tonsahoten then leaves England as a sailor, and Tom and Dr. Harker agree to travel the world together. In conclusion, Death and the Arrow is a suspenseful and adventurous story that anyone can enjoy. I...
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