Book Review – The Empty Grave


Book: The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. 5) by Jonathan Stroud
Release Date: September 12th 2017
Tags: Fantasy / Paranormal / Ghosts / POC / Death
Other books in this series I reviewed
The Screaming Staircase / The Whispering Skull / The Hollow Boy / The Creeping Shadow
Other books by this author I reviewed
The Ring of Solomon



Possible spoilers for the previous books in the series

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Five months after the events in THE CREEPING SHADOW, we join Lockwood, Lucy, George, Holly, and their associate Quill Kipps on a perilous night mission: they have broken into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum, where the body of the legendary psychic heroine Marissa Fittes lies. Or does it? This is just one of the many questions to be answered in Book 5 of the Lockwood & Co. series.
Will Lockwood ever reveal more about his family’s past to Lucy? Will their trip to the Other Side leave Lucy and Lockwood forever changed? Will Penelope Fittes succeed in shutting down their agency forever? The young agents must survive attacks from foes both spectral and human before they can take on their greatest enemy in a climactic and chaotic battle. And to prevail they will have to rely on help from some surprising–and shadowy–allies. Jonathan Stroud once again delivers a rousing adventure full of danger, laughs, twists, and frights. The revelations will send readers back to Book 1 to start the series all over again.

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Oh my heart, you guys. Because the amount of hinting towards the death of a certain character throughout the series and this book was real. I’m not giving it away but my heart, you all.

I’m going to say it straight out. This isn’t my favorite of the series. It isn’t perfect. There were certain things in the ending that I thought were maybe too convenient and I don’t think some of the stakes ended up being high enough. But at the same time I don’t really care. I am so in love with these characters and this world that they could be picking their noses and I’d still read it and love it. And let us be real, that is a real possibility with George and Flo.

So this is me basically flailing over my favorite characters. Let us start with my absolute favorite which was the skull. I do have some bones to pick with Stroud on this as I feel like the background we got on the skull was still not enough. And I think we totally deserve an origin story of the skull at the very least. Even so he was of course brilliant in this. His banter, and again growing relationship with Lucy, was a great line throughout the book. And I loved that the others got to hear him for a short amount of time as well and be completely flabbergasted by his foul mouth.


Lockwood as always does all the heroic bits. But he also opened up to Lucy in places and showed a bit of vulnerability. Lucy on the other hand tries so hard to protect him. And in true Stroud fashion there is very little romance but still there are the underlying hints present that leave quite a bit of things open for us.

Oh and I need to talk about Holly. Because hello, did anyone else catch it? Where Holly says Lockwood is not her type and Lucy starts about George, and Holly said there were other options. And then at the end Lockwood mentions she has a female roommate… Because Holly being in a lesbian relationship is now my head canon, okay.

Quill Kipps has wormed his way into my heart. I can just picture all of his facial expressions. I love how he has evolved from Lockwood’s big rival to someone who works alongside of him. George got a little less love in this book than in others in conversation. But I get that as Lockwood and Kipps are such dominant personalities, they like to take over any conversation. Even so I enjoyed the hints at his relationship with Flo. And I loved that we got to know more about Flo. It puts her in such a different perspective.

There were some things left open so I am hoping that there is going to be at least one companion kind of novel. Hopefully about the skull because I really need that.

10 thoughts on “Book Review – The Empty Grave

  1. Great job writing this review! It’s always hard to write late-series reviews, I think. you have certainly made me curious about this series. I hope you get your companion novel/novella! But at the same time, I love it when there are open ended concepts so I can fill in the blanks myself. 🙂

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    1. Thank you!
      I have such a desperate need for the companion novel though. Like, I don’t normally have that, but I need this one. Like if there is ever to be a companion novel for a series I’ve read, it NEEDS to be this one. (Yes even more than any harry potter prequel) I’m sorry, it just had to get out. I know you understand haha. 😀

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