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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones [Kindle Edition]

Derek Landy
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Valkyrie screamed, sprinting toward Skulduggery.

He looked up and reached out to her, but it was too late.

f you've read the other Skulduggery books by Derek Landy (and you really should have read them by now), you've seen it all before: Some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie fight valiantly to stop it from happening. A few people get hurt, sure, but everything's all right in the end.

Well, not this time.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—This story picks up where Playing with Fire (HarperCollins, 2008) leaves off. The skeleton detective and his 14-year-old sidekick, Valkyrie, have uncovered an evil plot to allow the Faceless Ones through a portal into our world, which will surely bring about the destruction of life as we know it. Banished from the department and branded a dangerous character, Skulduggery is not allowed to work the case, but he is able to uncover enough information to put the pieces together. The plot contains many twists and double crosses as dubious characters factor into the mystery. In the end, sacrifices are made and Valkyrie is faced with a difficult decision. This third installment has enough action to keep casual or new readers interested in what happens next. Kids who have outgrown Lemony Snicket will enjoy the series.—Karen Hoth, Manatee Elementary School, Fort Myers, FL END


Praise for The Faceless Ones: "A fast evolving plot and a great mix of scariness and humour" 5 star review, Sunday Express "Hard-boiled detective wisecracks mixed with magic." The Times "Fast and funny" The imes "A magical mystery that grabs you from the first word and doesn't let go, not even when you're finished, and leaves you gasping for more like a fish out of water. Terrifyingly good!" First News "The third book in this hilarious series featuring the skeleton detective will set the kids' spines tingling!" Asda magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VIWNP8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As they say in the U.K. - "brilliant" February 29, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't know why the Skulduggery books haven't succeeded in crossing over to the U.S., given their great popularity in the United Kingdom. They aren't particularly British, (except for the dry humor and understated violence), and are perfectly accessible to an American reader. But, be that as it may, you'll just have to be content to be way ahead of your fellow readers on the cool scale, assuming you can find copies of these books.

This volume three continues the development of the characters, advances the series' story arc, brings back some favorite secondary actors, and maintains the pace and deadpan humor of its predecessors. If you liked the first two volumes, (and you should probably try to read these in order), you should be happy with this installment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
After defeating endless vampires, demons and bad guys, you would think that Skulduggery Pleasant and his assistant, Valkyrie Cain, would be ready for a break. Although blacklisted by the Sanctuary, Skulduggery and Valkyrie still seem to be in the thick of all matters paranormal and unusual. You didn't expect them to sit at home and just watch the world come to an end, did you?

After inspecting the crime scene of a teleporter's murder, four more teleporters show up dead and the trend is utterly disturbing. Not only are teleporters extremely hard to catch and/or kill, all of them have been murdered in the same gruesome way. Skulduggery and Valkyrie launch into an investigation that turns up even more alarming information. Someone named Batu is killing off teleporters to narrow down the population to one...and that one teleporter will be used to open the gateway to the world of the Faceless Ones.

Of course, there are numerous issues to complicate matters. Finding a teleporter is never easy, and confining them to one location is even trickier. Batu also has drummed up support and created "The Diablerie," a problematic group of assassins who will stop at nothing to make sure that the gateway is opened. The Sanctuary isn't exactly being helpful, seeing as their head detective, Remus Crux, gets confused easily about who the real bad guys are. It also doesn't help that a spy is hidden in the Sanctuary passing along crucial information to the Diablerie.

In the midst of all these issues, Valkyrie Cain is struggling with some problems of her own. Newly 14, Valkyrie has grown over the past year and her protective outer gear is no longer fitting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too April 11, 2011
Valkyrie Cain and company are back for another daring, supernatural adventure in Derek Landy's THE FACELESS ONES. This is the best SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT novel I've read so far, with much more development of the characters, their relationships, and higher stakes than we've ever seen before. If you thought life was dangerous for this crowd in the first two books, hold on to you hats - 'cause things only get worse from here.

Teleporters across the world are being murdered. Despite the suspension of his official title as Sanctuary's lead investigator, skeleton detective Skulduggery Pleasant and his young protégé, Valkyrie Cain, are on the case. It's small wonder then, when they're contacted by the world's last trained teleporter, Emmett Peregrine, for protection. But when Peregrine is murdered by members of The Diablerie on ace swordswoman Tanith Low's watch, the savvy duo knows the stakes have risen to an all-time high. For this time our heroes aren't just facing a skilled dark sorcerer intent on revenge, but a crazed madman determined to bring back a nearly indestructible force: The Faceless Ones.

What I enjoyed so much this time around was how Mr. Landy maintained the plot's forward-charging momentum, while simultaneously deepening the relationships between the main characters. The affection between Valkyrie and her new group of friends grows more apparent with each book, especially the almost parent/child attachment between her and Skulduggery, despite his best efforts to remain aloof. These familial stirrings are further evidenced when both mad scientist Kenspeckle Grouse and ex-boxer-turned-fine-tailor Ghastly Bespoke express deep concern over the increasing risks Valkyrie's new job poses to her life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and exciting October 12, 2010
A Kid's Review
Skulduggery Pleasant The Faceless Ones fits in well with the other books and is just as good. It is easy to pick up the story and characters so don't worry if you haven't read the other books.

This book is a little bit scary but good for an 8 year old or older I think. It is a very exciting and enjoyable.

You will like this book if you like adventure, magic and action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kid Critic! June 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the Skulduggery Pleasant books!!! I want to be just like Him,Valkryrie,Tanith, Ghastly and all his friends!!!! Im obsessed with these books they make me have a different rent view of life!I changed in a good way when I first read these books it seems all real to me!!!! I highly recommend these books!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gift December 20, 2011
I bought this book for my daughter as a gift, so I really can't rate it personally, but my daugter loves the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good book. Loved it.
Published 7 days ago by Malak Noureldin
5.0 out of 5 stars O The whole book is a roller-coaster ride that doesn't disappoint, but...
Gonna need the next book--Dark Days--quick, because daaaaaaamn! That ending! O.O The whole book is a roller-coaster ride that doesn't disappoint, but it DOES leave a need to read... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Patricia A Nixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect gift.
Published 1 month ago by Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Amazing writing, awesome story line, action, adventure, could use some romance but it didn't really need it, and awesome everything.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing book
I can't wait to get the next book but sadly it's not available on kindle yet which is horrible because I need to know what happens to Skulduggery.
Published 2 months ago by Juliana Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Tanith Low ♥
Published 3 months ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nasty bad guys twisty turns a fun read.
Published 3 months ago by Bruce F.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book rules gimme a movie!
I liked this book a lot. It deserves a stink'n movie!
I think almost anybody would like it; people who don't are Idiots.
It is so awsome. I love Derek Landy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patience
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
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Published 4 months ago by Blsise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
The Skullduggery Pleasant books are a real guilty pleasure. Even though they fall into the realm of Young Adult literature, the author infuses the series with some mature themes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by kangear
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Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."

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