Read between: 27th- 4th November
Published: April 6th, 2009
Synopsis: The third bone-breaking, belly-busting adventure in the series that puts the “funny” back in, um, funny series. That didn’t really work, did it?
If you’ve read the previous Skulduggery books then you know what the Faceless Ones are — and if you know what the Faceless Ones are, then you can probably take a wild guess that things in this book are going to get AWFULLY sticky for our skeletal hero and his young sidekick. If you haven’t read the previous Skulduggery books then what are you doing reading this? Go and read them right now, so that you know what all that stuff in the previous paragraph was about. Done? Good. So now you’re on tenterhooks too, desperately awaiting the answers to all your questions, and instead you’re going to have to wait to read the book. Sorry about that.Rating:
Review: The third installment of the Skulduggery Pleasant series is far darker than the previous 2, it would have scared me if I’d read it when I was the age of the target audience. I’m going out on a whim now and say its more middle grade than a children’s series.
Or Derek Landy is just twisted.
It all starts when Teleporters start getting killed. And only Teleporters.
Skulduggery Pleasant is not allowed to work on the case- but he does it anyway. Skeletons don’t really have time for rules I suppose. Esepcially when Detective Crux, who is put on the case instead, is, in Skulduggery’s opinion, one of the worst detectives that the Sanctuary has. Especially when he breaks protocol and reveals himself to the mortal world in order to arrest Valkyrie. Why? Because he doesn’t like her.
Honestly, he just became a hindrance. The story would have been just as good if Remus Crux had been absent.
Aside from Crux, the actual story started off slow but when everything started to come together it sped up really quickly, and then it got dark, it got very dark very quickly.
Poor Fletcher Renn is just a kid, forced to to the bidding of the enemy. He doesn’t realise his powers will bring about disaster and destruction. That’s what comes with being used by bad guys against your will. Using the Grotesquery.
It’s body is reclaimed from its safe keeping in order to bring back The Faceless Ones.
The Faceless Ones come through a portal and then everything goes black. The way people were killed is like something from a horror film- they are literally turned inside out or torn to shreds, there is no in between.
However, I was surprised when the villain was revealed. Kudos to Derek Landy- I never saw that coming!
The final moments are extremely tense, especially when Skulduggery is lost whilst saving the world. I’m interested in how the next book is going to play out- being centred on Valkyrie trying to save Skulduggery from his current fate. I just hope she doesn’t become annoying, I just hope she doesn’t have too much to deal with.
I’m sure I’ll find out!
Thanks for reading!