If you've read the previous Skulduggery books then you know what the Faceless Ones are - and if you know what the Faceless Ones are, then you can probably take a wild guess that things in this book are going to get AWFULLY sticky for our skeletal hero and his young sidekick.
If you haven't read the previous Skulduggery books then what are you doing reading this? Go and read them right now, so that you know what all that stuff in the previous paragraph was about.
Done? Good. So now you're on tenterhooks too, desperately awaiting the answers to all your questions, and instead you're going to have to wait to read the book. Sorry about that.
About the Author
Derek Landy is the author of the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series. He doesn't like to brag about all the awards he's won, such as the Irish Book of the Decade, or the Red House in the UK, or all the other awards that he humbly displays on his mantelpiece. He is also far too modest to mention things like the first book being a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year, but would like to extend an invitation to Oprah to pop around one day for tea, in thanks for selecting his book for the Oprah's Book Club Kids Reading List. Derek plays too many video games, reads too many comics, and watches too many movies. He lives in Ireland with too many cats and too many dogs. Occasionally he talks to real people, but only when he absolutely has to.
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Book three of the truly awesome fun ride known as the SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT series starts off with the hunt for an apparent serial killer. Four murders have been discovered, and the novel soon announces that all four victims were teleporters. Skulduggery and Stephanie (Valkeyrie Cain for those in the know...) struggle to make sense of the violence, and with the road to official assistance being blocked after accusing the head of Sanctuary of treason at the end of book two, it takes a while for any kind of a lead to show its pretty face to our dynamic duo.
But give up, they don't, and before long, a lead is found. A fifty year old murder proves to be that of a man with knowledge of the return of the Faceless Ones, and after a quick discussion of the matter with the victim, it is apparent that the current day murder spree is a twisted attempt by someone with the world's best interests at heart to stop that from happening. Or is it? Old friends are still around to help, along with some comic relief from minor characters that are brought onto the stage for some cameo appearances. As I have already said, a lead is found and it appears the book's anti-hero is known to have teleported recently into nightclubs, luxury hotels and the odd supermarket. This tells the alert reader he is still young enough to be interested in what happens to grown ups after dark, but that he is too young to learn the facts in the traditionally legitimate way. Is he, perchance, a potential partner for young Stephanie?
This book is easily the series's highlight. Chapter four is pivotal to the story's development, and the end of chapter five possesses easily the best (and funniest...) sentence of the series so far. The books are still funny, lively, action packed and full of such awesome characters that you find them seriously addictive. I am also glad to see that each book is part of a giant story arc, as opposed to a series of independent adventures featuring our two heroes.
This book is easily worth the five stars I have given it. The ending is emotional and shocking for all of the right (and wrong) reasons but books this good are way more than they appear. Lessons in life, love and loss are always painful, no matter at what age you come across them.
I have been in the habit lately of reading several books at once, but this act of literary sabotage doesn't do anyone any justice. Least of all books by Derek Landy. They are *way* too good for that.
Give them the respect they deserve. I know I will be.
Praise for Skulduggery Pleasant series : Hugely enjoyable - a thrill-a-minute adventure.' Jonathan Stroud
'It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.' Philip Ardagh, Guardian
'A gripping debut.' Phil Hogan, Observer
'Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure. Once you've met Stephanie and Skullduggery, you'll be clamouring for a sequel.' Rick Riordan
"A remarkably accomplished debut with wonderful dialogue." Robert Dunbar, Irish Times
"[Landy's] fight scenes are perfectly pitched. His characters are exceptionally well drawn and delightfully colourful... Reading [this book] is like riding a rollercoaster." Irish Independent
"Landy's witty style will win him fans of all ages... With writing of this standard, a rattling plot and definite potential for cross-over appeal, it's a good job Harry's [Potter] resigning before he's forcibly retired." Irish Mail on Sunday
"Humour and magic combine in this thrilling adventure." Waterstone's Books Quarterly
"...people in the book world are raving about this book." Glasgow Herald
"It's pacy, it's funny, it's irreverent. The relationship between Skulduggery and Stephanie is tremendously strong. Stephanie is a splendid character - blunt, logical and outspoken... We enjoyed Skkulduggery Pleasant. Muchly. Roll on volume two!" The Book Bag
"A rip-roaring adventure." Irish Sunday Independent
"Full of black humour, super powers, mysteries, murder and mayhem." Carousel
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant
For Ages: 9+ years old
Number Of Pages: 395
Published: 4th May 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.38