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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007325975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007325979
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
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Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."

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Praise for Skulduggery Pleasant:

'Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure. Once you've met Stephanie and Skulduggery, you'll be clamouring for a sequel' Rick Riordan

'Hugely enjoyable – a thrill-a-minute adventure' Jonathan Stroud

'exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun' Philip Ardagh, Guardian

About the Author

Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Angela on 25 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Skulduggery Pleasant:Dark Days is the fourth book in Skulduggery Pleasant series. Dark Days starts off the second trilogy in the series. The book starts off with a bad guy Dreylan Scarab being released from prison and Valkyrie missing Skulduggery. But there's a bright side, because Valkyrie and gang have found the one item that will get skulduggery back, his skull. The owner of the skull is contacted by Valkyrie's new 'friend' Caelan. When they get there they realize the skull is a fake. Now they have to get the skull, get Skulduggery and stop some old villeins from destroying the Sanctuary before Sunday's big game.

This book is brilliant in all ways even the romantic bits! Valkyrie's having a bit of boy trouble(very funny).
We've got some new heroes, some new villeins and a lot of people who want revenge. This book is the best yet in the series. A ten-out-of-ten, hilarious, fast, pacey, action-packed book. Recommend for 12-15 year olds.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emma @ Book Angel Booktopia VINE VOICE on 20 April 2010
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Ohhh, How I adore Derek Landy. His books are a pure piece of escapism with wit, sarcasm and irony thrown in for good measure. I find his writing absolutely hysterical (sarcasm is kind of my thing *grins*)
You should always read his dedications as they are pure genius, they have never disappointed in making me laugh like a hyena, lol. J and I have come to the conclusion the Skulduggery Pleasant is the fictional manifestation of Derek Landy himself, enabling him to say and do exactly what he chooses within his imagination.
I must warn you that the Skulduggery Pleasant books are not stand alone, you have to read the previous books in order to fully appreciate the characters and their interactions. All the characters are extremely well developed and have the most marvellous personality flaws you will ever come across.
As the central female character, Stephanie/Valkyrie, matures the storyline develops to accommodate the stages of life that would accompany aging. An example of this would include the development of the love triangle between Stephanie/Valkyrie, Caelon and Fletcher. The depth of the relationship between Stephanie/Valkyrie and Skulduggery is still unfathomable, adding an extra dimension to the storyline.
There is an HUGE plot twist within this book, so thank goodness I only have to wait until September for the next installment, I think I would go mad if I had to wait until next year :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peggie on 13 May 2010
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What's not to love. A Skeleton Detective, A Girl with Superpowers, Sorcerers, Witches, Changlings, Vampires and of course, the de rigeur...."END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT" scenario. Just an average day for Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain. This is the fourth in the series, yes, you could read this without having read the other three, but why would you want to? Get the other three as well! Apparently there is talk that the book is to be made into a film and Bruce Willis is mooted for the voice of Skulduggery. A book that appeals to kids and adults alike. Bedtime stories just got better...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Britishwotsit on 4 Sept. 2011
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Compared to the others, i thought this was a HELL of alot better! When i start reading a series i have to finish it, whether i liked the books or not. The first Skullduggery book was very good, although i thought the others were tedious, and boring. Too much action made it seem like Skullduggery and Valkrie were invincible, which meant there was not alot of tension. Bish-bash-bosh... world saved.

In this book however, i think the storyline was mildly better, and the ending felt more climatic, tense, and epic.
Romance takes place alot more in this book (meaning, there is no romance at all in the others). Romance always makes a story more atmospheric, and in Dark Days, it certainly makes the story alot more emotional. At the same time, i think the romance was a bit flat.

Overall: good book, improved since the previous sequels. Better story, and character involvement. Better atmosphere, although, less is more in some cases, and this book (and the previous ones), it could lose some of the action and focus on other things. I dont know what, but...yeah!
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WARNING: COULD CONTAIN SPOILERS... AND A LOT OF FANGIRLING.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED...
"Valkyrie, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your friend is most likely dead."
"Of course he's dead. He's a skeleton."
Skulduggery Pleasant is gone, missing, taken, held hostage by the homicidal gods known as The Faceless Ones.
Valkyrie Cain will go to any length to get him back – including risking her own life.
But meanwhile criminals that Skulduggery and Valkyrie put away are gathering. Their plan? To destroy the Sanctuary – and Valkyrie Cain.
Things are looking grim.
Grimmer: the mysterious and dangerously powerful Darquesse, whose only goal is to destroy the world... And on top of this, they can trust no one at the Sanctuary.
Yup, things are looking pretty damn dark...
If only they had Skulduggery to help them... Cue foolish planning, now...
God, I adore this series! I've seriously forgotten how much I love it. Even on my second or third reading, it's just so damn good! Dark Days was action-packed, hilarious and just as magical as all Skulduggery Pleasant novels. I literally can never get enough of Skulduggery and co, and Dark Days really didn’t disappoint me – in fact, it was better than the three that came before it, which I thought impossible. How Derek Landy always manages to completely outdo himself with each new book is beyond me, but he does, and it's awesome. Also, totally addictive. I can't wait to continue my reread in the big run-up to the final book! But God knows I'm going to be a snivelling mess by the time it's done!
Ok, Valkyrie is getting to be soo awesome! She's growing up a lot, you can just see the difference, like her getting crushes.
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