The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant - book 3) Hardcover – 2 Apr 2009
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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 Faceless One:
‘A fast evolving plot and a great mix of scariness and humour’ Sunday Express
‘Fast and funny.’ The Times
‘A magical mystery that grabs you from the first word and doesn’t let go, not even when you’re finished, and leaves you gasping for more like a fish out of water. Terrifyingly good!’ First News
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
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
It's dark from beginning to end in this one, as Skulduggery and Valkyrie try to track down the murderer of four Teleporters. Now fourteen, Valkyrie is having some difficulty with her reflection and a normal teenage life.
Accompanied by some new allies(one in particular than Valkyrie would like to strangle right now) and new villains, this book is exciting,trilling,funny and has one hell of a cliff-hanger.
Recommended for teenagers between 12-15. Ten out of Ten. Brilliant book.
Im keen for another installment!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as a present for my son. He has the first one but is now at an age where he's moving stages of reading so it's good for his reading but gross/ gruesome enough for his... Read morePublished 7 months ago by julial
My 9 year old is incredibly impressed with this series and is whizzing through them!Published 11 months ago by Munchkin
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