Aryk falls somewhere between anti-hero and villain; his desires are to keep peace between immortals and mortals but uses sinister means to complete this objective. Phillip struggles with rather he is losing his sanity and if Aryk is no more than a delusion.
The author strongest when Aryk takes the lead; he is charismatic, scary, and even at times funny. He and Phillip have an interesting bromance and strong chemistry. As a whole #DeadThings is a solid story and its open ending ensure the reader more to come from the series.