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Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant series Book 2) by [Landy, Derek]
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Book 2 of 3 in Skulduggery Pleasant Series (3 Book Series)

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Grade 5–9—In this sequel to Skulduggery Pleasant (HarperCollins, 2007), 13-year-old Valkyrie Cain and her mentor, the living skeleton detective, are faced with the return of the evil Baron Vengeous, who has been freed from prison. Vengeous is trying to reanimate the Grotesquery, a monster made up of pieces of a variety of evil creatures. If his scheme is successful, the Faceless Ones, "the terrible dark gods, exiled from this world," will return. Faced with treachery within the ranks of good magicians, Valkyrie and Skulduggery must rely on their own Elemental magical powers and a few trusted allies to confront Vengeous's magic and helpers, such as the vampire Dusk and Billy-Ray Sanguine, who has the ability to tunnel underground. One magical action sequence follows another as Valkyrie must find the courage to face what seem to be insurmountable foes. Humorous conversations between Valkyrie and Skulduggery add flavor to this generally dark and often-violent novel, as does the girl's appreciation of the dichotomy between her evil-fighting life and that of a quiet student lived by her reflection while she's off saving the world. Fans of the first book will particularly enjoy the new schemes and evil creatures found here. While the back-and-forth between Skulduggery and Vengeous's forces repeats a few too many times, readers looking for a mix of magic and action will find it here.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI
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In this sequel to Skulduggery Pleasant (2007), skeleton-detective Skullduggery and his apprentice, Valkyrie Cain (aka 13-year-old Stephanie Edgley), track down the recently escaped Baron Vengeous, who plans to animate the Grotesquery, a vicious monster assembled from a variety of fearsome beasts. The Baron has finally located the remaining ingredients necessary to complete his work—the late Lord Vile’s armor and some blood from one of the Ancients. There’s not much character development, but Landy, who has also written horror screenplays, is in his element here. His style is cinematic, and the action nonstop. Skullduggery’s subtle humorous asides (some referencing classic horror films and stories) lighten the mood, and magical details, such as Valkyrie’s ability to throw fireballs, add to the fun. Fans of the earlier title as well as fantasy buffs pining for the now-vanquished Voldemort will enjoy this tale of good versus evil. A final scene suggests another installment is in the works. Grades 5-8. --Kay Weisman

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  • File Size: 3160 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 22, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VIWNSK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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