Read between: 4th-10th December
Published: August 30th 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Synopsis: The seventh installment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe – and the follow-up to 2011’s number-one bestseller, Death Bringer…
Magic is a disease.
Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever.
And then there’s the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they’re set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them.
Looks like it’s going to be another one of those days…
Review: These books get better with each one, I feel this one was much darker- mainly because it demonstrated how dangerous mortals can be once they gain magical abilities. They basically get a little power hungry, which causes all sorts of problems at The Sanctuary.
That- and a dimension shunter called Nadir has done something to Valkyrie which causes her to travel to other dimensions, a dimension where Mevolent won the war. She could be there for days before she shunts back.
What is she never does?
Could she be stuck in an alternate reality where Mevolent and his men control all the sorcerers? Where Serpine, Vengous and Lord Vile are all on the bad side.
With a powerful sorcerer known only as Argeddion gifting the power of light magic to four ordinary teenagers- is there more to it than just a little enhancement? That’s what Valkyrie, Skulduggery and members of the Sanctuary council of Elders want to discover.
During the main story, we also re-meet Tanith, Sanguine, Scapegrace and Thrasher- whos cameos add some nice breaks into the storyline without distracting from the main problem (although Tanith still has a Remnant inside her, so she’s not exactly Tanith…)
Then came that ending.
Derek Landy is good at shocking, surprising endings.
I really want to find out how Valkyrie is going to react to the fact her reflection wants to replace her- but she doesn’t want to become Valkyrie Cain, she wants to become Stephanie Edgley, the girl she’s been pretending to be for the past six years.
But that means she has to remove Valkyrie from the picture.
Can she kill again?
I can’t wait to move straight on to the next book in the series.
I’d totally recommend this series!
Thanks for reading!