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Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant) Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000748920X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007489206
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For some reason, this is probably the hardest book for me to review, ever.

For starters: I should probably mention that it's hard for me to be completely unbiased. I am after all a character in this book - or rather there is a minor character in this book named after me (I'm not going to go as far as to say "inspired by me", even though she's sensible and reasonable and what not, ahem), amongst all the other dozen or so fan cameos who made it into this book, so... yeah.

Other than that (i.e. being a total fangirl of this series and of its author and posting and interacting with other fans online), I have no affiliation with either the author or the publisher. I have received no free copies in exchange for this five star review - in fact, I've already purchased three copies myself (Kindle to read + hardback & paperback to adorn my shelves) and, I suspect, will be buying some more.

Now that this is out of the way... I don't want to spoil things too much, so I won't be going into plot detail, but be warned that there will be reactions here - and spoilers to the extent that have been hinted at in the description or other material (blog posts, Twitter posts) that was publicly available before the book was released.

Of course, if you've read this far into this series - and have taken a look at the cover, with that cover art and the "No one is safe" tag line, it probably goes without saying that Things Happen in this book, and that not all of those things are fun, light-hearted and fluffy.

Overall impression: this is, without a doubt, in my opinion, the best Skulduggery Pleasant book written yet. By that I mean the plot, the twists, the writing, the sheer complexity of this eighth - and penultimate - full volume.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I love Derek Landy's books and have honestly been waiting for this book for ages. To the point were when my boyfriend told me there was a 3 D cardboard character of Skulduggery Pleasant i did try to pinch it as bragging rights...honestly who wouldnt? Anyway, it didnt happen. But when this book released raced to the shops and bought it before my friends.

It took me a day to read this piece. The beginning amazing. The middle great and then as I read I noticed it was waaaay, waaaaay tooo predictable. It was as if even the jokes were getting old. I even played this game with my friend were i closed the part i was up to and told my friend what would happen and i was right every time. Yes, there was a few amazing twists that snuck up on you but most of it dissappointed me. And from the ending you can tell whats going to happen in the last book releasing next year.
However the plotline was visible and there was a lot of new and fun characters and veiw points even though it was a little jumpy. There were a few spelling errors and formatting was good.
All in all, this wasnt the best book id seen from derek landy.

Message To Derek Landy:

*points at a character* Don't kill that one! Just get the monster to remove her soul then she'll be back to normal. Kill the other one and oh all the roarhaven people their annoying.

Oh and loved what you did to Scapegrace hehe or Zombie King that made me laugh. Especially asking for Valkyries advice part haha...Dont make the last predictable or at least try not to. Your books are amazing. Thankyou andhope you heed the advice.

Melina Turner
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She absolutely adores this book series and thus for her birthday I got her the this missing book. The art cover for all the books are very nice to look at. Little Sis even gave me a spoiler summary on the whole story line. I will start to read it myself when she lets me even near the books. Must have been great because she read the book in one day =]
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This book as the others is a quick read! My only complaint is, i have to wait until the final book comes out to finish the story! Every book including the side books were brilliant! I am just waiting for a movie.
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Format: Paperback
It’s several weeks after SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT - KINGDOM OF THE WICKED. The international Sanctuaries, convinced that the Irish Sanctuary murdered Grand Mage Strom are moving it. They want a power sharing arrangement, power-sharing in this case meaning that they take more control over the Irish Sanctuary’s affairs. The Irish Elders are standing firm, but with no allies and their own control weakened after recent events, it’s clear that war is coming and there’s no guarantee that they will win.

But Skulduggery and Valkyrie don’t have time to worry about that. They’re investigating why Charivari is leading the Warlocks against sorcerers and the answers they’re finding are very disturbing – so disturbing that they point to treachery in the deepest levels of the Sanctuary and a conspiracy that’s been a century in the making. Even worse than that, Valkyrie can feel the influence of the Darquesse rising in her mind – she wants to come out, she wants to help her, she wants to see the world burn …

The eighth in Derek Landy’s best-selling middle grade fantasy series is another action-packed corker that had me gripped from beginning to end. I really can’t speak highly enough about these books. Landy is a master of plot – there is so much going on here, so many plot strands but Landy weaves them together like an expert so that events you think have dropped to the wayside suddenly become very important. At the same time it’s the relationships that matter in this book. There are a lot of ties here, some of family and friendship and others more complicated (e.g. between Skulduggery and China Sorrows).
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