Book Review: The Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant #8)

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Read between: 10th-21st December
Published: August 29th 2013
Publisher: Harper CollinsSynopsis: The eighth instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe – and the follow-up to 2012’s number-one bestseller, Kingdom of the Wicked…

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, 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.

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Review: The Sanctuaries are crumbling, friends are fighting each other and Warlocks are invading. War is coming to Roarhaven.

It’s up to the Dead Men; Skulduggery, Valkyrie and the team of men who fought against Melovent in the last war to try and stop it. Is it too big a challenge? Will there be sacrifices? Probably- but if they can take down the head Warlock, Chiavari, they might have a chance.

It’s not easy though.

Especially when a lot of dark truths are bought into the light.

Valkyrie discovers the truth about her reflection, Fletcher discovers the truth about his now ex-girlfriend being a double agent, and Skulduggery discovers that his friend and newly appointed Grand Mage is not who he seems to be.

Especially when he murders their mutual friend, Ghastly Bespoke 😥

Still not over that yet.

On top of the troubles in Ireland, one lead in Africa causes the girl they know as Valkyrie Cain to disappear- Darquesse has taken over and she’s here to destroy the world.

Away from the war, the characters of Scapegrace and Thrasher/Gerald- in new bodies, are spending their evening fighting crime as masked vigilantes, which doesn’t really work well in their favour….

The reflection, Stephanie, gets more action in this book- she’s trying her hardest to do what Valkyrie did, to try and help, even though hardly anyone trusts her. Could the truth about Valkyrie be revealed to the Edgely family by journalist Kenny Dunne?

Will the real Valkyrie ever return?

A war is always good to give a book a fast pace but Landy decides to kill of some beloved characters so really, I’m not going to celebrate the fighting. I just hope the final book of the series makes everything better.

And not worse.

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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