Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy


Just as we think that the fear of the world being ended by one bad guy is over, another bad guy appears to take over the world. Or end the world. Or both (if that is possible?) It seems as though these books could be slipping into a pattern. There are a group who trust Skulduggery and Valkyrie, and there are others, more powerful, or at least, in positions of power, who don’t. One side versus the other, with some spectacular battles and quite a few laughs.

What makes this stand out? Well, I really like the house (you’ll know it when you get there) and the Sea Hag is gloriously awful. There are a few new characters, and a lot of the same old ones (although I get really confused, because I keep thinking that characters are dead and then they turn up again. Or I get emotional because it seems likely that they will die, but magic happens! What really made this work for me was the end – when I got to the end of this book, I immediately needed to get my hands on the next book. That’s a good sign.

Skulduggery Pleasant : Playing with Fire by Derek Landy


Evil is afoot. The bad guys are getting stuff together to raise a creature that will end the world, that is unless Skulduggery Pleasant , his side-kick Valkyrie Cain and their various colleagues can stop them.

This is the second of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. I enjoyed the first one, but have been glad to move away from the whole origin story and get into the world that they inhabited. Valkyrie has got a lot to learn, but she has a pretty good grip on things. The books is funny with a ton of action and is really worth enjoying.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy


Stephanie Edgley’s uncle, Gordon, has passed away. But inheriting most of her uncle’s estate was not the strangest thing that happened to her at the will reading; she met Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton who is an investigator friend of her uncle. And then there is strange revelation after strange revelation, but Stephanie is a gutsy fighter who wants in on the action, no matter how much that involves magic and injury.

This is far too much awesome fun. There’s action, intrigue, humour (a lot of humour) and magic! I would recommend this to someone who has read Harry Potter and gets the magic thing, though it’s not as earnest and keen as that series. It is, however, an excellent step toward Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. There are heaps more Skulduggery Pleasant books, if you are looking for a series to keep you on the edge of your seat, this could be it.