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Seasons of War: the latest 2020 novel in the bestselling series (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 13) Kindle Edition
|Length: 521 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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the latest 2020 novel in the bestselling series--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Derek Landy:
‘Landy [has the] ability to craft an engaging story from start to finish.’ Inis
‘Derek Landy has been something of a publishing phenomenon.’ Irish Post
Praise for Skulduggery:
'A gripping debut.' Phil Hogan, Observer
‘Landy's witty style will win him fans of all ages … It's a good job Harry's [Potter] resigning before he's forcibly retired.’ Irish Mail on Sunday
'Hugely enjoyable – a thrill-a-minute adventure.' Jonathan Stroud, author of the BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY
'It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.' Philip Ardagh, Guardian
'Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure. Once you've met Stephanie and Skullduggery, you'll be clamouring for a sequel.' Rick Riordan, author of the PERCY JACKSON series
‘A remarkably accomplished debut with wonderful dialogue.’ Robert Dunbar, Irish Times
‘A rip-roaring adventure.’ Irish Sunday Independent--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07YCWBZ9Q
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (2 April 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1756 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 521 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 12,056 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1. All of a sudden Derek is trying so hard to please the LGBTQ+ community. (You can say what you want but I really dislike when authors add homosexual and transgender people to gain readers or just because it's cool. Before Ressurection, there ALMOST NO homosexuality and no mention of all that new gender BS, suddenly every second page is filled with this crap.)
2. It's like the plot has just been written so Derek can have something to write about.
Seasons of war is still much better than resurection, midnight and bedlam. Ugh those were horrible.
10/10, would read again, then again and then probably set it down for a bit for a few years and come back to it having forgotten everything that happened!
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Wow. It seems like every villain that ever was in Skulduggery's world has shown their faces. Mevolent. Serpine. Vengous. Nye. The Unnamed (King of The Darklands). Zombies. Serafina Dey. Damocles Creed. Even Darquesse is back! And some old good guys too. Meritorious. Saracen. Dexter. Tanith. What the hell, its like all the previous fab Skul Pleasant books smashed into one! Speaking of which, this is one of the books which you will need to read at least from book 7 to understand. Somehow it seems as though all the rest of the books had been simply base layers, character introducers, and every single one of them was building up to this...
Valkyrie and Skulduggery have been sent on a mission to 'Dimension X', aka 'The Leibniz Universe', to assassinate that worlds Mevolent before he marches on Roarhaven. Accompanied by some you might have missed, and one very unexpected companion, they leave everything behind and journey to a dying world to wreak their trademark havoc. But dont worry, Omen Darkly, his twin, Auger, Never and Axelia remain in Roarhaven to crack you up. Omen is on a mission also, to retrieve the Obsidian Blade and give it to Auger so he can complete the Darkly Prophecy. But it's not easy, and Omen has the help of a secret man named Crepuscular Vies.
Sebastion Tao, aka 'Plague Doctor', Darquesse worshipper, has brought her back. And she is busy living in his house and deciding if the world is worth saving. She decides to allow herself to experience something big. And Sebastian has to help.
With all these different characters sharingtheir different stories, and Valkyrie and Skulduggery split up as well, we have very varying chapters,a clever ploy to stop you ever getting bored. And every one ends in suspense, making you turn the pages to get through to the next one of that particular character. I was gripped, did NOT want it to end, but sadly………
Honestly, wow. Derek has finally joined up any loose ends Mr. Pleasant ever had, tying into the most epic adventure yet, with little refs to previous books that bring back good memories, and really, really captivate.
What I noticed (happily) was that Valkyrie Cain, overcome with guilt and shame and self loathing from book 10, forgives herself. She becomes her old funny, clever and heroic self when somebody gives the order for her to end her own life. She realises that everybody else has forgiven her, and all that's left is to forgive herself. If it wasnt weird to cheer at certain parts of a book, I would have there. Her fans will breth a sigh of relief as she lets it go.
Only downside: there is no book 14. Yet. But still, I am inwardly shrieking "NOOOOOOOO!" as if there's one thing I REALLY dont like, it's waiting.
Only the best in the best series, by the best author with the B.E.S.T plots and characters, Seasons of War will not disappoint! One of my fave quotes (sis being huge Potterhead and myself just an average Potter Fan):
"We must kill her and sacrifice her soul to You-Know-Who!"
Valkyrie frowned. "Voldemort?" she asked.
Hahahahaahahahahahaah! (Speaker is, BTW, refering to the devil/Satan) Aaaanyway, absolutely fab read, must have for kids, teens and even adults.
The Bookworm On The hill xxx
PS All my reviews can b found on my web,see name above, which I will hopefully have created by September 2020!
PPS totally random, but any Irish people who are reading this on 7th, 8th, or 9th of August 2020, Summer has arrived! OMG, weather is fab, isn't it!? ;-) Bye bye now....
But having said that I was a little dissapointed with this latest outing.
The plot is great and full of classic snappy dialogue that I've come to expect from Mr landy, plus theres some great emotional scenes.
SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS
buuuut way too much happens in this book.
I feel like the author decided he didn't like a bunch of story threads so he cut a bunch of them off in this book. We see the completion of the darkly prophecy and it feels really underwhelming, it happens in the last couple of chapters. What makes it even less impactful is the fact that the prophecy isn't even the main focus of the story.
It's really poorly paced as well, every couple of chapters we switch to a different characters perspective-one who's not in the main story- learn next to nothing sometimes then jump back to the main story.
Hopefully with all these extra plot threads disposed of the next book will be more focused.
EDIT: So just found out there's only going to be two more books in this series so yeah definitely get the feeling Derek used this book to wrap up story threads he doesn't have time to fully develop.
If there is one problem with this book, a lot of the resolutions feel either rushed or anticlimactic. Yes, I’m sure the conclusion of the Darkly prophecy is a red herring, but I do think it could’ve been handled a little better. Although I love the main plot, a lot of the side plots feel a bit unnecessary too. I’m sorry. I don’t like Omen Darkly. I’m sorry but I don’t. It’s just page after page of apathy and low self esteem. I read books to get away from those feelings goddamnit. Also, do we really need to be told a thousand times that Valkyrie is Bi, or that Orange man is bad?
Overall, the book is definitely flawed in some places. But the action, and expansion of the lore in the main plot makes up for it. If you’ve enjoyed every book in the series so far, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t like this. Although I was a little disappointed with some of the payoffs, I’m still intrigued as to where the series is going to go next.