Review: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

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Read between: 4th October 2014- 14th October 2014
Number of pages: 371
Rating: 5/5

Although the Skulduggery Pleasant series is aimed at children, as an adult, I was hooked. I love fantasy and I love detective stories so it was perfect. What’s better than a fantasy element in a story that features a detective….

However, he isn’t exactly an ordinary detective.

He’s dead.

Skulduggery is literally, a skull. He’s a skeleton detective who can throw fireballs from his hand. I thought this book would be perfect to read in October when everyone reads Halloween books (although it came from my TBR jar, which I use to pick a book or I’d struggle). But it isn’t all fun and crime solving- there is an evil villain who has plans that may be beyond Skulduggery’s power to stop.

The story follows 12 year old Stephanie Edgley as she is thrown into a strange magical world after her uncle’s Will reading. We discover later that her uncle was killed because he has a link to this world. How Stephanie deals with the strange and unexplainable, is quite commendable. She becomes much more than Gordon Edgley’s niece.

I don’t want to give much away, but as Book 1 in a nine piece series, it really holds your attention. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a great read for Halloween. The main character is a walking, talking, living skeleton after all.

5/5

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