Read between: 17th- 25th October
Publisher: Harper Collins
Synopsis: Skulduggery and Valkyrie are facing a new enemy: Baron Vengeous, who is determined to bring back the terrifying Faceless Ones and is crafting an army of evil to help him. Added to that, Vengeous is about to enlist a new ally (if he can raise it from the dead): the horrible Grotesquery, a very unlikable monster of legend.
Once Vengeous is on the loose, dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland. Now pretty much everybody is out to kill Valkyrie, and the daring detective duo faces its biggest challenge yet.
But what if the greatest threat to Valkyrie is just a little closer to home?
Valkyrie Cain is now a teenager in the second novel. A whole year has passed since Nefarian Serpine tried to rule with the Sceptre of Ancients. Apart from the fact she hasn’t gone back to living her life- and is letting a reflection live it for her, Valkyrie’s life has changed. She’s not Stephenie Edgley anymore.
Although she’s thirteen, in some places she still acts like a child. I guess training in magic, fighting bad guys, and hanging around with a skeleton must take its toll.
Now Serpine is gone, but it’s not all happy and sunshine and rainbows as there is a new threat in the form of Baron Vengeous, a man who wants nothing more but to cause chaos with his armour made of shadows, his army of vampires, and a weird Franksenstein like creature known as the Grotesquery.
Because that’s what it is, grotesque.
Of course, the darkness is broken up by a couple of side villains who are really silly, sure they have cool powers but….they were more comedic than scary. Billy Ray Sanguine, for example, is nothing more than mole man with a razor blade.
The Torment however- I admit that the description of him turning into both tiny and a giant spider sent shivers down my spine. I hate spiders. When that happened I just *shudder*
As always, Skulduggery’s sass and sarcastic comments lit up otherwise darker scenes, making them a little bit more light hearted- after all, this series is for children so you don’t want them being too scary.
Skulduggery is undoubtedly my favourite character at this point in the series because he just doesn’t care. To be fair, he is dead already.
I’m really looking forward to moving on in the series. I want to see what other villains they face and to see how Valkyrie handles these villains still being as young as she is, as well as seeing how accustomed she grows to using magic.
Apart from her whining, she’s very adept for her age, and still badass (although not as bad ass as Tanith Low).
Thank for reading