Monday, October 29, 2018

MMGM: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy


She’s twelve. He’s dead. But together they’re going to save the world. Hopefully.

The iconic first book in the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series.

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead sorcerer…


With a new book in the series coming out, the Skulduggery Pleasant series is being reprinted with new covers.  Not having read the series when it first came out, I was interested in reading it this time.  And I was not disappointed.  In fact if anything, I was pleasantly surprised at how compelling and interesting the story was.  With a main character who happens to be a walking, talking skelton, I figured the book would be more creepy than it turned out to be.  Not that there wasn't plenty of creepiness, just that the snappy banter between Skulduggery and Stephanie added humor to the story lessening the creepiness factor a bit.  Once the action gets going in the third chapter, it doesn't really let up until the end.  While their are brief respites for the characters, they go from one dangerous situation to another after Stephanie is left alone in the house her Uncle Gordon left to her.  She discovers magic and evil are alive in the world and joins Skulduggery in seeking her Uncle's killer.  But after Skulduggery is captured it's up to Stephanie to determine whether she's really ready to join this dangerous world or whether she should leave it to those with more experience.  (We all know what she chooses though, after all, she wouldn't be a main character if she didn't dive in 100%.)  The book is clearly British in origin, but other than a few British terms (bonnet for hood, etc.) the story is easy to follow.  And once the reader is dragged into the story, there's really no letting go until you know what happens.  Now I just need to get my hands on the rest of the series, because this is definitely a series where you don't want to read just one book.

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