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Last Stand of Dead Men: 8 (Skulduggery Pleasant 8) Hardcover – 29 Aug 2013

4.8 out of 5 stars 281 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000748920X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007489206
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 4.9 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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:

‘This is the game changer of the series.’ Bookzone4boys

‘5/5 (if I could give it more I would).’ JJreadingblog

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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This is the penultimate book in this thrilling series and it is by best my favorite. We see a little more Darquesse action whilst the war between mages rages. Whilst this book is my favorite I must admit tthat I was sad when we lost a few of our characters and was thoroughly shocked to discover who the man with the golden eyes was (finally). I can't wait for the final book even if it will make me sad that it is the final book. I'd recommend this book to anyone adult, teenager or child, who likes action, adventure, witty comments and magic.
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I feel really bad to be the first person to give a 3-star review. I honestly do. I bought the first SP book a few months after it came out back in 2007 to experiment with a new book. I loved it, and ever since I haven't been able to get enough of SP. The reason I loved that first book so much wasn't because of the story (which was brilliant, don't get me wrong there), but it was the characters I adored. The chemistry between Skulduggery and Valkyrie, the witty banter and humour, the emotion displayed in the later books, the complex and suprising storylines, the mindblowingly brilliant characters - this was all utterly brilliant. However I feel LSODM lacks some of those vital elements that us SP fans have grown to love.

With LSODM, while there was some great scenes, let's just say that the scales tip from pretty equal between "banter" and action to being pretty action dominant. The thing that depresses me most about this isn't that the action is bad - it's that all of the action in this book feels like it's been inspired by films; there are constant gun fights, a scene that feels extremely similar to one in a recent Marvel film, and just sequence after sequence that would be too perfect on the big screen.

Another thing that put me off was how long the book takes to reach its climax...and then how long it takes that climax to finish. Things started getting a but exciting by about page 450, and everything died down around page 580. It all felt like too much.

Also, the amount of gun use really shocked me. In practically every fight up building up to the end of the book (in fact, a sniper rifle has an important role in the final battle), there would be some sort of gun use. Whether it be a silenced pistol or a rifle, there would be something.
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The first thing you've got to know about this book is that everything comes together in it. All those teeny tinny clues that you've read about and forgotten come together. It is a satisfying read and I recommend it to readers of Percy Jackson, by Rick Riordan, or any other person who enjoys reading about secret society's, magic kept hidden and any other thing that leaves me tingling in suspense. I am going to presume that if you are reading this you have read the rest of Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant series. If you have't yet then search up, Playing with Fire, by Derek Landy. this series is amazing, give the books a go.
In this eighth tale of Valkyrie Cain, tension between the Irish Sanctuary and the Supreme Council have exploded, and suddenly, Valkyrie finds herself splat bang, in the middle of war. Trouble is, this war is not the worst of their problems. Valkyrie has been trying to lead two lives, both with paths leading down separate roads. Her reflection no longer seems to reflect her. In the beginning, it seems as if they might stand a chance of winning the war, then everything comes crashing down and Valkyrie has no one there. Just her and Skulduggery against a warring world. Who is killing of the Warlocks? When will Darquesse escape? With the Dead Men back together, hope rises. But this is their last stand, and will the dead men return as seven after war is fought, or will they finally be, dead me.
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Just like the Harry Potter series got darker and didn't really get brighter at the end of each book, this series is getting bleaker and infinitely more enjoyable, but with a very dangerous mood. Characters die and things get broken that can't be fixed. Loved it. Can't wait for the next one.
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I have been following the wild world of Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant since friends got me the first book for my birthday a few years ago. After racing through the remaining books that were out I now have to wait for a fresh instalment every year. It's never an easy wait but this year offered us double the fun, what with Tanith Low getting her own dark caper out there in April. Last of the Dead Men is a big old read and, for me, a little slow to start with compared to the previous stories. Still, though, once it gets going this one will take your breath away. It is one huge, spiralling web of war, deceit and sacrifice that will leave you struggling to hold in the gasps. A great read, a true blockbuster. Roll on next year!
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