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Skulduggery Pleasant
by Derek Landy

Author: Derek Landy
RRP: £6.99

This book revolves around two main characters. Skulduggery Pleasant is a living skeleton who is a detective for the Irish sanctuary. He has had a very disturbing past which is masked by his good sense of humour. His associate is a twelve year old girl named Stephanie Edgely but she later takes the name Valkyrie Cain. They first meet at her late uncle`s funeral then again where he rescues her from an unknown man who calls in the middle of the night, where secrets and mysteries are released. From that meeting she is determined to find out who her uncle`s killer was and along the way, she meets a very interesting set of characters – all of them who have compelling pasts. The ending leaves with a cliff-hanger and leaves the reader wanting more.

`What would killing the Elders result in?"
"Panic? Fear? Three empty parking spaces in the Sanctuary?”
― Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant

The quote above is my personal favourite because it shows that even in the darkest of times, the skeleton detective is optimistic and can always manage to crack a joke and give witty comebacks. I think the author displays different parts of his personality into the different sets of characters in the book. Valkyrie is sarcastic, her parents are opposites, Skulduggery is funny, and the villains are evil but also simultaneously humorous.

The authors writing style is very detailed, descriptive and funny. The novel crosses the horror, comedy, mystery, and fantasy genres. This book would definitely be for teenagers who enjoyed the Harry Potter series and it is one of my favourite books. The author Derek Landy, is Irish so he made the setting in the book in Dublin, which is in Ireland. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone 9 years and above. I found this book to be a riveting read and from the beginning I couldn't put it down.

Ulfa Hassan (13)