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The Empty Grave

(Lockwood & Co. #5)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  12,616 ratings  ·  1,858 reviews
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 & C ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
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Sophie <spoiler>Stroud already killed his other main male protagonaist in the Bartimaeus Sequence, so I think it would be strange to do it again in this seri…more<spoiler>Stroud already killed his other main male protagonaist in the Bartimaeus Sequence, so I think it would be strange to do it again in this series. Also, he pretended to kill Lockwood at the end of The Hollow Boy, so Stroud's already sort of used up his one-dramatic-death-per-character allowance.</spoiler>

I certainly hope Lockwood lives. Happily ever after. But I am mad at the fact that Lockwood seemed to accept that he would die. He expects to die. That is not good. (less)
Andie N I sincerely hope that it's not! While the whole ghost problem has been mostly resolved, I need to know what happens with Lucy and Lockwood! I am obses…moreI sincerely hope that it's not! While the whole ghost problem has been mostly resolved, I need to know what happens with Lucy and Lockwood! I am obsessed. Read my review of the book to see how obsessed I am lol. (less)

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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”This is what the Problem means,” he went on. “This is the effect it has. Lives lost, loved ones taken before their time. And then we hide our dead behind iron walls and leave them to the thorns and ivy. We lose them twice over, Lucy. Death’s not the worst of it. We turn our faces away.”

I’m so sad this series is over and that I finished the last book. I really would have loved to read a sixth or seventh installment and if you ask me Stroud definitely should have written more books. XD I would ha
Drcong O '

Oh my God I'm fucking deceased, dead. I don't know what life is, how do ppl breathe??? what I don't want this no no no I don't want to exist.

I don't like this pain nope nope nope nope, bye.

no review bitch, I can't even breathe right now and I'm trying not to cRy I'm literally so sad and depressed and that ending tore my heart out, I'm bye!!!!!

who gave Stroud permission to end this series?? but if there's lucyxlockwood sce
Oh my goodness, that was a roller coaster ride from start to finish.
I'm rather emotional right now, so I'll keep this (relatively) short.

It's been fun, Lockwood & Co.

From sardonic ghosts in jars to old-enemies-turned-friends, this entire series has been one massive journey that I'm overjoyed to have been a part of.

The Lockwood & Co. finale was full of action, fighting (against ghosts and people alike), fanTASTIC foreshadowing, adorable moments between our beloved characters, squad goals (they a
♛ may
Full review posted

Me calling the police on Stroud: description

I’m dead inside and everything hurts. :) :) :)

Let’s just list bc I have no energy for anything else:
- Ahem
- Let’s just talk about how Anthony Lockwood and Lucy and Holly and George and Kipps and the Skull are totally arguing over tea and cookies right now
- Bc any other scenario will leave me drowning in my own tears
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a great ending to a wonderful series!

Lockwood & Co has been an ongoing series for me for years.
Each book has excellent writing, lovable and funny characters, along with great atmosphere.

The series is written for a younger audience, but I enjoyed it!

I typically don’t go for YA books, but this series doesn't have ridiculous love triangles or teenagers in the book that I want to kick in the face.
It has teenagers in the series, but they have too much to worry about then selfies, cliques or whet
 Danielle The Book Huntress
I am really sad to see this series end. I started it on a lark, and I have truly enjoyed reading about Lockwood and Co's adventures. The characters have developed and evolved beautifully over the course of the series, while maintaining what makes them lovable. Lockwood starts as an enigmatic leader with an irresistible allure to him. As the series progresses, Lucy comes to love him for who he is and she comes to realize that Lockwood truly needs Lucy to stay balanced and grounded. Their relation ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it, and it's the type of book one hugs close before letting go. ...more
Izza Mae (books&teacups)
I've read this book since it came out last year so why am I only reviewing it now?

But moving on, my experience of reading this book (meaning reading it when I was supposed to be sleeping because I came from a night shift and will have a day shift the day after and I finished reading it at 3:00 AM and I was supposed to have my duty at 7:00 AM) is all worth it.

Reading this book was a helluva ride. It was so mind-blowing and I was at the edge of my seat every time. I will miss all the characters of
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

I am currently entrenched in the mystical land of Major Feels.

Lockwood, Lucy, George, and yes...even Holly...all have my heart. You know when you go through a series, the characters become dear friends that stay close to your thoughts and heart no matter what is going on in your world or theirs? This is what these characters are to me. I am so happy to have gone through this journey with them, with all the ups and downs and everything that went along with it. Thanks for it all, kids <3

Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finishing a series that you love is like saying goodbye to a great friend who move abroad. Yes, you can see them again, but it won't be the same since there is a sense of finiteness to it.

Overall, Lockwood and Co is another amazing fantasy entry by Jonathan Stroud, who I think is very underrated compared to authors like Rick Riordan with his mediocre, corny, yet popular series. Stroud has a way with creating memorable, well-rounded characters that are engaging to read. When they feel sad, angry
rowanthorn ✨
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 STARS, but i only rated it that because it wouldn't let me rate it more. IT DESERVES 1000000 STARS. IT DESERVES ALL THE STARS.

oh. my. goodness. what an EPIC, FANTASTIC conclusion. it's been almost a week since i finished this book and i'm still trying to get my thoughts in order about it...i hope everyone enjoys ranting and gifs and ALL CAPS, because you're about to get a lot of them. i can't believe the series is over....i've now made it my mission in life to get everyone in the known univers
4 out of 5 Stars.

When I wanted to start with Lockwood & co. I lowkey challenged to myself to finish this book within a month. And the most unbelievable thing happened to me, I was being able to finish the entire series in only one weekend (alright maybe it took me an entire weekend plus a couple of more days before that). But I never imagined to be able to do that. It's been too many years since I read a whole series in only a few days.

I grew so much attached to these characters in only a short
Scott  Hitchcock
All 5 books of the series 3.5*'s.

An enjoyable UF series about teen ghost hunters set in London. This series is very kid friendly and has enough cheeky humor and entertaining plot lines to keep adults entertained as well. I did this series on audio and the narration was also very good.

This book wrapped up all of the series long plot lines in a good fashion. As a middle school series should be the everything is very straightforward and a good introduction to fantasy for those who are new to it.
“It was a time of beginnings, and a time of endings.”

After the events of The Creeping Shadow, the group set off to prove the Skull’s story right: that Marissa Fitts hasn’t actually been laid to rest and she’s been posing as her granddaughter Penelope for years. As the title implies, they do indeed find an empty grave. How Marissa could possibly remain alive and looking as young as she does remains a mystery. The mystery of the empty grave isn’t the only thing occupying their time though. The
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts
I wish I'd realized sooner how perfect this series is for insomnia reading.
Oh well, hopefully there will be more.
But if not, that's ok, too; this ended pretty cleanly.
Ardent Reader
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an epic discovery from the Lockwood and Co'.
Will miss the adventures with the Lockwood team since the solved the ghost problem.
A great conclusion for the whole series.
nuin giliath


No wait... scratch that ...


This entire series made me FEEL so many things. I had no idea when I started these books that I'd be this attached by the end. How am I going to be able to move on after this? *spoiler*: I probably won't. 😭

Even though I had become accustomed to the format of the previous books, I was pleased that this installment offered a slight deviation from the "norm". There was instead a greater focus on the Problem itself with all of the various
Mel (Epic Reading)
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-print
This just might be my favourite middle grade series... ever!
It beats out Harry Potter for me. It even beats books from my own childhood like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Jonathan Stroud has taken a scary, creepy setting of a major ghost problem and made it just scary enough that kids will get a bit of a shiver (I certainly did at times) but still able to sleep at night. Everything about this series is just wonderful! I cannot wait for my niece to be 9-10 years old so I can get her this
This is one of my all-time favourite series. One that I keep coming back to, especially at this time of the year.

Stroud has crafted one hell of a brilliant setting, complex, believable, and utterly fascinating with its Problem: a world infected by supernatural beings that reduces humans to seek refuge at night in fear for their lives. Since adults cannot ‘see’ these ghostly apparitions, children and teenagers are roped in to become operatives, fighting these nefarious manifestations, often to th
I don't know how I am going to continue with my life now that this is over. ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok

2.5 Stars
For some reason i can't totally fathom right now, i've always thought of this series as YA and not middle grade. Boy was i proved wrong with this one. While i'm glad to have finally come to the end of this series, i really think this was one of the weakest books in the series.

In typical Lockwood and Co. fashion, for the first half of the book, you are treated to a pointless ghost job the gang undertakes that has no bearing on the main story because God forbid Stroud actually concentrat

The Girl with the Sagittarius Tattoo
Not as good as the last 2 books, but still good - especially for a series finale. I will miss this tight-knit team of teenaged ghostbusters!
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finally. I've been waiting for this book for aaaages. I really really really enjoyed it. I loved it so much that I read it all at once and finished it at 1am in the morning. The start was really hooking and the book contained gruesome detail on blood and bones and stuff and that just made me want to read more. The book had a lot of detail and during the series you can actually see how the characters grow and become more sure of themselves. Especially during this book, you could see how their fri ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Lockwood & Co. - Trailer

"You've heard of racism. You've heard of sexism. Well, this is skullism, pure and simple. You're judging me by my outward appearance. You doubt my word solely because I'm a skull lurking in a jar of slime-green plasm. Admit it!" -The Skull

It is time to say goodbye to the charming Lockwood, the smartass George, the girly Holly, the sarcastic Quill, the impulsive Lucy and the witty Skull! Another series finished and a part of me dies because I will miss so much
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Empty Grave is flat - unsurprising - uninspiring. This doesn't do anything to match the exciting worldbuilding, sense of possibility, and lurking unknown horrors that the previous books have. Instead, it puts all the existing pieces together. Neatly. It wraps up all loose ends. Predictably. The threats are insufficiently threatening and the danger insufficiently dangerous. Even the latent government commentary is replaced with an overt power-mad conspirator acting in a way we've seen before. ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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One word for this book: EPIC!!
I will write more latter. for now excuse me as I calm myself from the emotional mess this book had given me :p
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud

I think The Empty Grave might just be the best Lockwood & Co. book yet!

From the very first chapter you're hooked, desperate to find out what happened after the end of The Creeping Shadow and the Skull's giant revelation to Lucy.

Team Lockwood breaks into the Fittes Mausoleum in a last attempt to find out the truth behind the London haunting and the Fittes Agency. But whatever they had prepared themselves for, it was not what they found.

It was so great
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Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies

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Lockwood & Co. (5 books)
  • The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)
  • The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co., #2)
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“This is what the Problem means,” he went on. “This is the effect it has. Lives lost, loved ones taken before their time. And then we hide our dead behind iron walls and leave them to the thorns and ivy. We lose them twice over, Lucy. Death’s not the worst of it. We turn our faces away.” 21 likes
“The skull’s…spirit? He…he looks different.”
The youth scowled. “Yeah? You look just the same. I was banking on frostbite taking a few of your fingers, or even your nose. Here’s hoping something else has dropped off that I don’t know about. If not, I’ll be sorely disappointed.”
Lockwood stared. “Does he always talk like this?”
“No. Usually he’s worse. See what I have to put up with?”
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