Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant #8) Out Now!

‘A lot of people are going to hate me’ – Derek Landy.

Ahhh!! I SRSLY can’t wait to get my hands on this!

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War has finally come.

But it’s not a war between good and evil, or light and dark – it’s a war between Sanctuaries. For too long now, the Irish Sanctuary has teetered on the brink of world-ending disaster, and the other Sanctuaries around the world have had enough. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men if they’re going to have any chance at all of maintaining the balance of power and getting to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making.

But while this war is only beginning, another war rages within Valkyrie herself. Her own dark side, the insanely powerful being known as Darquesse, is on the verge of rising to the surface. And if Valkyrie slips, even for a moment, then Darquesse will burn the world and everyone in it.

Published August 29th 2013 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks, Hardcover.

Spin-off or Spin on? The Maleficent Seven (Skulduggery Pleasant spin-off) by Derek Landy

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A brilliant, hilarious one-off novella in the Skulduggery Pleasant universe, from number-one-bestselling author Derek Landy

This time, the bad guys take the stage.

Tanith Low, now possessed by a remnant, recruits a gang of villains – many of whom will be familiar from previous Skulduggery adventures – in order to track down and steal the four God-Killer level weapons that could hurt Darquesse when she eventually emerges. Also on the trail of the weapons is a secret group of Sanctuary sorcerers, and doing his best to keep up and keep Tanith alive is one Mister Ghastly Bespoke.

When the villains around her are lying and scheming and plotting, Tanith needs to stay two steps ahead of her teammates and her enemies. After all, she’s got her own double-crosses to plan – and she’s a villain herself…

Firstly, The Skulduggery Pleasant books are one of my favourite series ever. One because they are hilarious and captivating and two, because I have them all in hardback and they look pretty on my shelves. Secondly, it’s been a while since I read this spin-off (I know, I’m rubbish) and Goodreads tells me I gave it 4/5 but now I cannot for the life of me remember why.

I was really excited to see that Tanith Low was getting her own book, she’s an interesting character, especially now that she’s evil and has this strangely cute relationship with evil Billy-Ray. I must have enjoyed the story to give it 4/5 but thinking back on it now I can’t even tell you what happened, which can’t be a good thing can it?

I know that my favourite character in it died. Sob. And that Tanith was leading an army of misfits to steal the God Killer Weapons so that they can’t be used against Darquesse, if of course, Valkyrie ever turns into her. So as ever Tanith is kind of evil but not really which was just a bit annoying really. I’m finding it hard to remember what the point of the story was…sorry…

Also, I thought this would be a good opportunity for Landy to prove that he can write in a different tone to Skulduggery and Valkyrie, (they are VERY sarcastic)but that didn’t really happen either. I love sarcasm as much as the next person – probably a lot more actually- and that’s one of the main things I loved about the early Skulduggery books. They made me L.O.L. But as the series went on the constant sarcasm seemed to seep into every single character: Overkill. It hasn’t stopped me enjoying them, but I did hope that this would be different.

I’m sure this must have been entertaining enough but with hindsight…I was probably being quite generous because I love the series so much. Basically, I can only really recommend this to lovers of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. He’s a sarcastic skeleton detective…what’s not to like!?

The Maleficent Seven is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, March 2013.