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Derek Landy
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Third bone-breaking, belly-busting adventure in the series that puts the “funny” back in… um… funny series. That didn’t really work, did it?

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.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007302169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007302161
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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

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You've seen it all before: some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie fight valiantly to stop it happening. A few people get hurt, sure, but everything's alright in the end.

Well, not this time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Third And The Best 1 April 2009
A Kid's Review
Skuduggery Pleasant is Back! A brilliant book, with a fab plot, this new one is the best without question. I read this in 2 days. You just can't put it down. And the cliffhanger is un expected...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 11 April 2011
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Valkyrie Cain and company are back for another daring, supernatural adventure in Derek Landy's THE FACELESS ONES. This is the best SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT novel I've read so far, with much more development of the characters, their relationships, and higher stakes than we've ever seen before. If you thought life was dangerous for this crowd in the first two books, hold on to you hats - 'cause things only get worse from here.

Teleporters across the world are being murdered. Despite the suspension of his official title as Sanctuary's lead investigator, skeleton detective Skulduggery Pleasant and his young protégé, Valkyrie Cain, are on the case. It's small wonder then, when they're contacted by the world's last trained teleporter, Emmett Peregrine, for protection. But when Peregrine is murdered by members of The Diablerie on ace swordswoman Tanith Low's watch, the savvy duo knows the stakes have risen to an all-time high. For this time our heroes aren't just facing a skilled dark sorcerer intent on revenge, but a crazed madman determined to bring back a nearly indestructible force: The Faceless Ones.

What I enjoyed so much this time around was how Mr. Landy maintained the plot's forward-charging momentum, while simultaneously deepening the relationships between the main characters. The affection between Valkyrie and her new group of friends grows more apparent with each book, especially the almost parent/child attachment between her and Skulduggery, despite his best efforts to remain aloof. These familial stirrings are further evidenced when both mad scientist Kenspeckle Grouse and ex-boxer-turned-fine-tailor Ghastly Bespoke express deep concern over the increasing risks Valkyrie's new job poses to her life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! 1 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is easily as good as the the previous 2 in the series, so if you liked those you'll like this. As with those the story can be enjoyed individually. It follows the relationship between a (now)young teenage girl (with a dual identity), an ancient skeleton detective and a plot to save the world from the evil Faceless Ones! Its funny and brilliantly read with spoofy, spooky sound effects. The humour is quite droll and sarcastic with 'over the top fight scenes' and speedy action great for long car journeys.
Im keen for another installment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars skullduggery - better than harry potter? 14 May 2009
yet another brilliant offering from derek landy. after waiting for my mum to finish reading this book, i finally curled up to read this 3rd book of the series and wow. humour, drama,trauma,suspense, all in one book. my cousin, another avid fan kept asking if i'd read it yet and after just 2 evenings i could answer yes! counldn't put it down and now can't wait for next one. (i have met mr landy and he has promised loads more). someone should take these stories and make films, i love them better than harry potter which is very high praise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Book Well Worth a Read 27 April 2009
I really enjoyed the first two Skulduggery books, and wasn't in the least disappointed with the newest one. This book continues the tradition of twisty plot turns, well-drawn characters with huge-yet-developing personalities, magic, super-evil enemies, fast-paced and suitable action . . . perfect? Nah; but it's a whole lot of fun to read. Would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skul and Val 27 April 2009
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We love this book the third in the son 13 and I have been reading them together and just love the whole idea......when will someone take on the movie rights???
Easy enough reading and plenty of things happening to satisfy today's teenagers and great fun for us parents to read to keep up with what's in at the moment
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By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Six months after the events in SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT: PLAYING WITH FIRE Skulduggery and Valkyrie remain fired from the Sanctuary, but are conducting their own private investigation into why Teleporters are being systematically murdered and who is responsible. With the help of Tanith Low, China Sorrows and the newly reanimated Ghastly Bespoke, they work to protect the last Teleporter alive, the arrogant 17-year-old Fletcher Renn from a dreadful conspiracy to bring the Faceless Ones into our world, a conspiracy that has placed traitors at the heart of the Sanctuary and which sees Skulduggery and Valkyrie face new enemies and even betrayal from trusted friends.

The third in Derek Landy's brilliant Skulduggery Pleasant series is a wonderful mix of dark fantasy and laugh out loud humour. Once again, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are pitted against a plot to bring back the Faceless Ones, but here the stakes have never been more set against them, with the Grand Mage, Thurid Guild determined to prevent their return to the Sanctuary and their foe having resources and cunning that matches even their resourcefulness.

Exciting and fast paced though the central mystery is, what sets this series apart is the strength of characterisation and the way Landy builds small elements into the over-riding story arc. My particular favourite is the on-going mystery surrounding Valkyrie's reflection, who is leading her `normal' life and enjoying the experiences that should rightfully be hers, while all the time keeping secrets of her own. Indeed, one of the main themes of this book is how Valkyrie's adventures are preventing her from having a normal life and doubts are raised even by Skulduggery's allies as to whether he is doing the right thing by including her in his battles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Page turningly brilliant!
Published 8 hours ago by Jane Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read even for adults
My partner started reading another of the series which her daughter had.Since then she's been hooked. Read more
Published 5 days ago by dave hooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bday gift for my son's friend. His fav series. Arrived in time.
Published 7 days ago by C R. Suffolk.
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Son loved reading
Published 10 days ago by gill
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Series Ever!!
"There's a prediction about me, you know. I die and the world ends..."
Honestly, you save the world not once, but twice, and then another guy pops up, wanting to... Read more
Published 18 days ago by TheBookAddictedGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book recommended read
Published 19 days ago by paul okopskyj
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as book 1&2.
Although I did enjoy this book, I didn't find it as addictive as the previous books.
the plot drags on a little bit, though some bits are very tense. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Timothy Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
delivery was fast and the item is as described
Published 2 months ago by travis lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for the young reader. Challenging plot lines and a bit scary but great for keeping them reading!
Published 2 months ago by Chris Hazell
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and full of adventure
Fast-paced, funny and full of adventure. Derek Landy is a genius in the world of books. Skullduggery Pleasant will keep you on the adventure until the end of the series.
Published 2 months ago by zicronder
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