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The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 9) Paperback – 28 Aug 2014
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Praise for Derek Landy:
‘Landy [has the] ability to craft an engaging story from start to finish.’ Inis
‘Derek Landy has been something of a publishing phenomenon.’ Irish Post
Praise for Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light:
‘With plot twists that had me gasping at Landy's audacity, whip-smart dialogue, and enough clever popular culture references to impress even the most jaded teenager, this is a world class book not to be missed.’ Irish Independent
‘This is a series that has not only maintained incredible entertainment value throughout, but has managed to consistently exceed steadily rising expectations book after book … I'm going to miss this wonderfully exciting magical world with its wonderfully varied and interesting characters.’ The Bookbag
Praise for Skulduggery:
'Hugely enjoyable – a thrill-a-minute adventure.' Jonathan Stroud, author of the BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY
'It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.' Philip Ardagh, Guardian
'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, author of the PERCY JACKSON series
‘Landy's witty style will win him fans of all ages … It's a good job Harry's [Potter] resigning before he's forcibly retired.’ Irish Mail on Sunday
‘A rip-roaring adventure.’ Irish Sunday Independent
From the Inside Flap
The FINAL shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series. Valkerie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain't big enough for the three of them. The end will come...The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder. And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals...and Valkyrie's own murderous reflection. The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product description
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I almost choked up at some points and there are some truly sentimental moments, but this installment does not sacrifice on humour by any means. I laughed ridiculously at some points in the book and I think I shall re-read the whole series just for funsies.
Derek is a literary God, and much nicer than the ones depicted in his books (which lets face it, are bloody nuts and insane).
I still have a crush on skulduggery and I totally have a girl crush on Valkyrie and maybe on Tanith too. Hell, I even totally loved Billy-Ray Sanguine by the end of the book and Scapegrace.
Perhaps the most amazing part though is the ending and the way in which there are similarities to the beginning (you'll understand when you read it). I can't wait to read whatever Derek writes next and thank him for getting me out of my reading slump. I needed this book in more ways than one.
Whether you're 7, 17, 27 (like me) or 107, read this series!
I still can't believe this is the last book. I think I might be in shock.
But, I can say one thing for certain - this last book is a brilliant ending to a spectacular series. It deserves 6 stars really, but unfortunately they won't let me put it... How rude.
Have I got your attention yet? Good, because the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy is awesome. Technically, it’s a children’s book, but a very good friend of mine bought it for me approx 3 or 4 years ago, and the last book (number 9) in the series was released last year.
Alongside Skullduggery, the main character is Stephanie Edgeley, better known as Valkyrie Cain. In the first book she is a slightly unusual 12 year old who inherits an old house and a legacy from her Uncle when he dies. It is here that she first meets Skulduggery, when he saves her from the mysterious man who attempts to murder her. How could she do anything but become his partner and protege after that? In fact, calling it Skulduggery Pleasant is a bit of a misnomer, as Valkyrie is the main character and everything is seen from her perspective.
The whole series is well-written, funny, and has just the right amount of darkness to thrill the reader (especially children). The themes it deals with are appropriate to children aged 8-10 at the beginning (depending on their levels of maturity) and they develop throughout the series so that children can grow with them.
I wish I had been the right age to grow up with Valkyrie. She is tough, intelligent, independent, bad-ass and at the same time endearingly childish, impulsive, cocky and afraid. Suitably tomboy-ish for boys to identify with, but with enough realistic touches of femininity not to alienate a young, female readership. This is a balance that is incredibly hard to get, and sadly not seen enough in children’s books, but Landy gets it just right.
The world is comprehensively thought out, too. Set in Ireland, Landy describes a charming snapshot of culture that is Irish enough for those in the know to enjoy, but doesn’t go as far as to be exclusive to anyone outside of the frame of reference. One of the things that I liked most about it was the creativity and detail that went into creating the world of the books. Landy draws on bits of folklore and mythology that are recognizably (even if you’re not sure where you’ve come across it), creating a rich tapestry of believability that enables you to believe that there really is a secret world of magic that runs parallel to ours, but is kept secret. It is this delicate balance that makes stories like this, or Harry Potter, or The Chronicles of Narnia so thrilling to children and adults alike. It is real enough for us to believe that, if we were only in the right place at the right time, it could be us in that story.
With a series that is 9 books long (not to mention short stories and vignettes that are also set during the main story arc) it would be very easy for a series to become repetitive and predictable. I suspect that, if the series had gone on any longer, it might have ended that way, but the end comes at the right time, leaving us wanting more but without feeling unfinished.
More cautious parents, or parents of sensitive children might be concerned about the violence in it, and as the series develops there are a few sweary bits, not to mention a few heartbreaking character deaths. Certainly, I’d say that there are a few passages in the later books that deal – obliquely – with issues of consent, but then perhaps that’s something I read into it with an adult’s insights. I’d say it’s no worse than children come across in cartoons that are suitable for age 8 and up (and let’s face it, every child matures at their own rate). If you’re in any doubt, though, I’d say it’s a good excuse to read it yourself first.
I am certainly looking forward to my partner’s son (currently 5 years old) reaching an age where he will be able to read it – you should have seen his eyes light up when I explained I was reading a book about a skeleton detective!
All in all, I think that Skulduggery Pleasant is a fantastic series, great reading for children and adults alike. It has everything you could want: magic, a battle of good vs evil, some teenage angst and a good dose of sarcasm and wit.
Skulduggery's world comes to an end in the most spectacular way, and everything comes together for a tense & gripping finale.
Derek Landy has poured so much emotion into this book that I can almost feel and hear him writing it as I read it. This was particularly relatable because I was lucky enough to meet him once! The suspense he created with the one-liner chapters was just incredible! I couldn't believe it when I'd finished reading, I just wanted more and more and more....... Derek is awesome.
I would definitely recommend this book, it is a quality read. But unfortunately it may not make a whole lot of sense if you have not read the rest of the series. If you have not read this series, then you must be out of your mind. This is perhaps the best science fiction book series that I have ever read, and is up there with Harry Potter in terms of quality!
Please do not keep categorising this as teen fiction it is no more so than Lord of the rings.
His action and fighting descriptions are the most visceral and clearly described of any book I have ever read.
This will eventually be a superb visual experience when it appears on either TV (to Game of Thrones quality) or on film (to LoR quality).
Personally I would like it to be a state of the art totally CGI generated, long running TV production where the people look REAL and all the characters can be fantastically rendered to match ones mental images formed during reading. It should be made in Ireland using all the animation and production skills they have combined with emerging stars voicing all the parts except Skullduggery.
Of course Mr Leeson will have to voice Mr Pleasant.
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