The cult series that's given horror fiction a good hard kick up the rear end. Just a tip: prepare for weirdness. Bones are involved. Like horror? Like thrills? Like hunting down evil supernatural baddies? Not at all squeamish? Read this! It all starts when Stephanie inherits her Uncle Gordon's estate. He wrote horror fiction. Or was it horror fact? Now Stephanie is being cThe cult series that's given horror fiction a good hard kick up the rear end. Just a tip: prepare for weirdness. Bones are involved. Like horror? Like thrills? Like hunting down evil supernatural baddies? Not at all squeamish? Read this! It all starts when Stephanie inherits her Uncle Gordon's estate. He wrote horror fiction. Or was it horror fact? Now Stephanie is being chased by vampires, demons and killers. Only one person - we use that term loosely - can save Stephanie's skin. He's a detective. He's a magician. He loves to crack one-liners. And (this is where it gets freaky) he's a skeleton. "More kick-ass than a box set of Buffy." This pack contains 8 paperbacks: Skulduggery Pleasant, Playing with Fire, The Faceless Ones, Dark Days, Mortal Coil, Death Bringer, Kingdom of the Wicked, Last Stand Of Man....
|Title||:||Skulduggery Pleasant #1-8 (Skulduggery Pleasant, Playing with Fire, The Faceless Ones, Dark Days, Mortal Coil, Death Bringer, Kingdom of the Wicked, Last Stand Of Man)|
|Number of Pages||:||595 Pages|
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Skulduggery Pleasant #1-8 (Skulduggery Pleasant, Playing with Fire, The Faceless Ones, Dark Days, Mortal Coil, Death Bringer, Kingdom of the Wicked, Last Stand Of Man) Reviews
(Actually a review of 1-9 but I cannot find that box set) These books were my childhood. I've been reading them since I was ten years-old and since then I've been hooked. They were what first got me into reading and I read them all the way up to the final book - buying them every year on September. And now they're over. But thankfully Derek Landy is starting a new series so I have that to look forward to every year now.Although they're written for teens and older children - Derek Landy does not cower from the gore in these books. I admit, the first three are a little mild. But as the books went on, they grew more mature for the ever maturing audience. As I got older, the books kind of got older with me. Some of the events in these books were so gruesome even my sixteen year old self was wincing. So don't underestimate them just because they were originally intended for a younger audience. I'm still interested in them now. Skulduggery Pleasant is one of my favourite literature characters. He's hilarious. He's charming. And he's cunning. Such a unique character! He is the skeleton that has been brought back to life from unknown forces after he and his family were tortured to death by his worst enemy. Now he's back and he's angry - wanting to get revenge for what happened to him. And this is how he bumps into Stephanie (who later chooses the name Valkyrie). Because she is being hunted down by the same man and the two make a very friendly bond as the series goes on. Creating one of the most confusing shippings ever. Sorry... but how on EARTH is Valduggery supposed to work?! He's a SKELETON! A skeleton who's about six hundred years old! That's some extreme Edward Cullening going on there! I honestly just like them both as really good friends. Yes, she may have developed feelings for him. But she's a teenage girl - she'll probably get over it once she grows older. Anyway, back to the review! Followed by Skulduggery is a series of very unique and joyful characters. In this world of magic. People are either born with magic or they aren't. Once born with it and said person finds out about it before they are 21 years old, they can continue to to practise it up until their 21st birthday when they will then be given the choice of choosing to carry on with ONE magical discipline for the rest of their life; Necromancy, the power to control shadows; Elemental magic, the power of controlling elements; sigils, the power of being able to use sigils with various different uses on surfaces or even on yourself; or adept magic which is actually full of heaps of different tricks for you to choose from such as energy throwing or teleporting (I think necromancy and sigil use are actually adept disciplines but oh well). Pretty neat. So once they choose their magical discipline, they are stuck with it for the rest of their lives. And using magic also prolongs a mages' life by a few hundred years. Anyway, the point I'm getting at is the names of the characters. Because in the world of Skulduggery Pleasant, names are very important. You have three names; the name your parents give you, the name you choose as a mage, and the name you were born with. Many mages do not know the name they were born with, but if someone finds out then they have the ability to control you or worse. So most mages choose to adopt a different name to play it safe. Hence why Stephanie soon becomes Valkyrie. And hence why all the characters I'm about to describe have weird names.I actually liked Valkyrie as a character. Shocking I know. I seem to hate most protagonists in teen fiction these days. They're all the same person to me. Annoying, naive, whiny, bitchy, head over heels with love, and self absorbed. But for once, I liked Valkyrie. Which was weird because Derek wrote her to be unlikeable. He said so himself because quite a few people mentioned that Valkyrie isn't that nice to people. Which was the truth. I love Derek Landy for this. He said, because he regretted making Valkyrie pretty and good at fighting, because later on he soon learnt more about the effect this has on teenage girls such as his nieces, so he decided that he wanted Valkyrie to have her flaws. Yes, she's an ass kicking legend. But she's also a bitch. And she doesn't get off with this lightly either, as the books go on it gets her into a lot of trouble. So yes, for once this is a VERY likeable protagonist in a teen fiction.I also loved the way Derek portrayed her a strong character. Which is VERY hard to do with females. Excuse my sexism. But it's true. These days, writers try SO hard to make a female character 'strong', but the majority of the time their efforts are in vain because the character just comes off as annoying and they're usually playing as the damsel in distress anyway. But Derek nailed Valkyrie SO perfectly. It was a brilliant match of teenage drama queen, and side-kick kung fu warrior. Other characters I loved were Ghastly Bespoke, an elemental tailor born with severe facial scarring due to a curse put on his parents. And Tanith Low, another legendary sword-wielding badass with the power of walking on walls and opening locks. All these characters were SUPERB and there are PLENTY more to name but if I do so, this review will take 3 days to read. So anyway, Derek really did well at creating these perfect and loveable characters. He truly did.The humour in this was gold. I think this was this series' main good point. It was hilariously funny. I don't think I've laughed so much at a book before. It's a shame this isn't labelled as 'dark comedy' because it's probably the funniest book I've ever read. The Mortal Instruments was funny too, but that humour was more focused around wit and one liners. Skulduggery Pleasant has so many hilarious on-going jokes and tag lines. I thought this was brilliant because it took the reader's attention away from the horrible stuff that was going on and made the books even more enjoyable. Seriously, I just fell in LOVE with Skulduggery and his wise cracking lines. Almost EVERY dark situation was presented with light through something Skulduggery says or something Valkyrie making some immature comment. I LOVE books with description and these were packed full of it. My favourite authors are Anthony Horowitz, Stephen King, Cassandra Clare, and J.K Rowling, because their books are always chock full of description. And Derek does a good job of bringing the horror to life through his vivid descriptions of the happenings going on. He manages to fly past the hard task of describing fighting scenes and brings them to life with such vivid realness that I was almost sure that Derek himself must secretly be some kung fu black belt or something. Usually fighting scenes are incredibly difficult to write but this guy obviously managed to pack in a hell of a lot of research on different fighting skills and techniques because this series never runs dry with action-packed content.The imagination of this guy is also brilliant. I love what he did with the vampires. Instead of Edward Cullen, vampires are human by day, but at night they have to physically tear off their skin like clothes to reveal this pale bald looking creature with bulging black eyes and long talons. Pretty creepy but an awesome new take on the blood sucking creatures. Really takes out the annoying clichés that would have come if the vampires were the same old 'hot emo dude with poetry issues'. Well, I thought so until Caelan showed up. Caelan is one of Valkyrie's on-going boyfriends in the series and he's a vampire. But he's more supposed to be a bit of a mickey take on vampire films such as 'Twilight' as he follows Valkyrie around reciting poetry on how much he loves her. Another thing I love about this series is the lack of romance. No fear, the paragraph above describes a not-so-serious relationship. The only serious romance in this series is the brief one between Ghastly and Tanith, and then Valkyrie and Fletcher. But even Valkyrie and Fletcher doesn't last very long, as Valkyrie rightfully feels that saving the world is far more important than a forced love interest. So overall this is a VERY fun series to read. The story line is intriguing and the ending was breath taking. I did feel that the last book left open too many unasnwered questions. But I still think it ended perfectly and wrapped up a really good and enjoyable series.