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Kingdom of the Wicked (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 7) Hardcover – 30 Aug 2012
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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: Kingdom of the Wicked:
‘A real thriller … There are so many teasers that have you on edge, but there are also plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.’ Inis
‘[Landy]'s just got it …His dry sense of humour, largely conveyed via Skulduggery himself, will have you quietly chuckling as you breeze through the pages.’ Mybookcorner.com
‘I don’t know how Derek Landy does it, but each of his Skulduggery Pleasant novels surpasses the one that came before, and Kingdom of the Wicked is no exception. A stunning novel from page 1 to the last word.’ The Founding Fields
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
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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Top Customer Reviews
Derek, I take my hat off to you. Brilliant
I have not personally read all the series, but my grandson began reading them as a grumpy pre-teen, scarcely putting them down except to eat!!!! I think this is high praise indeed and I believe is a good recommendation of the sheer reading pleasure these books generate. They are different and unusual. Let's face it, how often do you meet a detective who is a skeleton? This last one 'Kingdom of the Wicked' he requested as a gift, after obtaining 10GCSEs in August. He has been a discerning and avid reader since childhood, and hopes to teach English and History, and hopefully become a published author himself one day. I thank Derek Landy for the pleasure his unusual but very entertaining series of books has given my grandson.10/10
The seventh in Derek Landy's SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT SERIES is a return to inventive form in another dark and gory middle grade book with a non-stop, pacey plot filled with originality that successfully builds on the overriding arc and ends with a jaw-dropping ending that really sets up book 8 in the series.
Valkyrie finally gets a sense of what she's losing by working in the magical parallel world. I enjoyed her interaction with her reflection and the way she's losing touch with what her family are up to and it's good to see Ghastly Bespoke gently point this out to her. Her friendship with Skulduggery contains an element of co-dependence, not least because of their terrible alter-egos and their need to control them for the sake of the world.
Argeddion and Kitana are great villains. I liked the way Argeddion's pacifist intentions have been warped by his power and Kitana is a pure psychopath, driven by cruelty and a thirst to destroy.Read more ›
It starts out as it usually does: by talking about someone one else. He focuses on a band of teens with rather strange abilities. Some might go as far as to say, magical. And they're not the only ones...
Anyway, they cause a little havoc, kill a few people, etc., and attract the attentions of the Skeleton detective.
Truly stunning novel, utterly unbelievable. This book actually had me skipping meals, a serious thing in my world. Don't hesitate in buying this novel; even if you're not yet a Skulduggery fan, you'll enjoy this, though knowing the previous plots helps you understand some things and add some context. Seriously, buy this NOW!
Don't get me wrong though I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kingdom of the wicked was fast paced and full of action.
You can clearly see how this is the begining of the end for Skulduggy and Valkyrie, that style of writing is very difficult to pull of and isn't very enjoyable, manly because it leaves too many questions unanswered. But in my experiance the books that follow this one are all the more better for it.
Apart from that I found the book to be full of suspense, a lot of blood and magic in just the right balance. Overall I think that Landy has done it again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
really good book recommend this for year 5 or over there is lots of violence in it but yeah it is truly fantastic and cant wait for derek to make another onePublished 23 days ago by Mrs. PJ Bunch
Well that was a roller coaster of a story with plot twists right until the end. Another fabulous tale of skullduggeryPublished 1 month ago by Mrs N ROBERTSON
I'm a Skulduggery fan so for me the whole series has been great and now that I have a kindle I can have the whole series without having to hold the books which I already donated to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Faulkner