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Playing With Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Derek Landy
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Review

“It has an amazing plot and well-drawn characters. It's a fun, fast fantasy that is hard to put down." Families magazines

Praise for Skulduggery Pleasant

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

Review

'It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061240885
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (5 Feb 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RTINAG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Rebecca
Format:Paperback
I absolutely adored Skulduggery Pleasant; I counted down the days until the sequel was released, bought it the second it came onto the shelves and had read it within hours. (:

`Playing with Fire' lives up to the original book and more as we carry on where we left Valykrie, developing her powers and fighting bad guys, bigger and more horrid than before. With the help of her reflection she spends each day battling with evil, but will she start to miss the home life the `fake' her is living? Or will the mysterious beings, magic powers and constant time off school be enough to keep her happy?!

Each page is bursting with action and thrills and the hilariously quick witted humour of Derek Landy runs perfectly with the mysterious storyline. The characters from the first book stay put and new ones are introduced, from the lovely to the bizarre. Each chapter is described with fantastic detail, and the fight scenes (which I usually find boring in books) are packed with adrenaline, excitement and fear.

I haven't enjoyed a children's fantasy book series this much since Harry Potter. Read all of them. Instantly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars skulduggery books won't lt you put them down! 28 July 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My daughter is 11yrs old and so I had a peek at a couple or three chapters to make sure they were ok (censored them in other words).
I only meant to read a couple of pages, the books were so enthralling that it took some one else to remind me I'd bought them for my daughter.

When my daughter read them, I had to ask her to mark the page and save some for tommorrow- she would have read all night.
Brilliantly written and VERY enthralling.
BUY THEM FOR YOUR CHILDREN!
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eagerly anticpated novel. 1 April 2008
Format:Hardcover
My son and I have been waiting for the second book from Derek Landry since finishing the first Skulduggery Pleasent.

We devoured it as soon as it got into greedy hands. Neither of us were disappointed. It starts at a fast pace and doesn't slow down carrying you away on this exhilirating adventure.

Derek Landy has a brilliant way of creating belivable characters. My son describes Skulduggery as a skeletal Dr Who without the time travel, just the quick wit and whacky humour.

If you haven't read this book yet then please do. It is a book you can share as a family, as it is not age dependant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 19 May 2012
By J. Bray
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm going to avoid discussing plot etc. and just say this book is utter escapism. More fun, excitement and dark humour from Derek Landy. Read this in about two days. To help you with your buying decision these comments are coming from a 29 year old fan of harry potter, hell boy, buffy the vampire slayer and discworld. If you like any of these you'll probably like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 18 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
THIS IS DEFINITELY,100%, NO QUESTIONS ASKED, ABSOLUTELY, UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ EVER TOTALLY BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Greatest, AWESOMEST, BEST,BOOK EVER IN THE WORLD EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story 11 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a great book and I can't wait to read the next one . No three the faceless ones :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 12 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My daughter has read the first two in this series and she said ` the skulduggery pleasant books are awesome. I sooooo want to be steph
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hi 30 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely love Skullduggery and recommended it to all my friends because it's superbly written and inspired me to write short stories and perhaps a book some day.
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