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Book three of the truly awesome fun ride known as the SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT series starts off with the hunt for an apparent serial killer. Four murders have been discovered, and the novel soon announces that all four victims were teleporters. Skulduggery and Stephanie (Valkeyrie Cain for those in the know...) struggle to make sense of the violence, and with the road to official assistance being blocked after accusing the head of Sanctuary of treason at the end of book two, it takes a while for any kind of a lead to show its pretty face to our dynamic duo.
But give up, they don’t, and before long, a lead is found. A fifty year old murder proves to be that of a man with knowledge of the return of the Faceless Ones, and after a quick discussion of the matter with the victim, it is apparent that the current day murder spree is a twisted attempt by someone with the world’s best interests at heart to stop that from happening. Or is it? Old friends are still around to help, along with some comic relief from minor characters that are brought onto the stage for some cameo appearances. As I have already said, a lead is found and it appears the book’s anti-hero is known to have teleported recently into nightclubs, luxury hotels and the odd supermarket. This tells the alert reader he is still young enough to be interested in what happens to grown ups after dark, but that he is too young to learn the facts in the traditionally legitimate way. Is he, perchance, a potential partner for young Stephanie?
This book is easily the series’s highlight. Chapter four is pivotal to the story’s development, and the end of chapter five possesses easily the best (and funniest...) sentence of the series so far. The books are still funny, lively, action packed and full of such awesome characters that you find them seriously addictive. I am also glad to see that each book is part of a giant story arc, as opposed to a series of independent adventures featuring our two heroes.
This book is easily worth the five stars I have given it. The ending is emotional and shocking for all of the right (and wrong) reasons but books this good are way more than they appear. Lessons in life, love and loss are always painful, no matter at what age you come across them.
I have been in the habit lately of reading several books at once, but this act of literary sabotage doesn’t do anyone any justice. Least of all books by Derek Landy. They are *way* too good for that.
Give them the respect they deserve. I know I will be.
This book is the third in the Skulduggery Pleasant series and continues the tales of Skulduggery and Valkyrie in a book which is rich in humour and action. My son requested this book after reading the first 2 and made me read it too!
I won't say too much because I don't want to spoil it but basically Skulduggery and Valkyrie have to fight 'The Faceless Ones' in this book. If you've read the previous books then you'll know what I'm talking about and, by now, you'll be itching to get your hands on this book! It's quite dark in places I thought but recommended for those over the age 10 barrier.
Summary: The third book in this fantastic series which is highly recommended for Skulduggery fans!
SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT: THE FACELESS ONES is a massive improvement of the second book in the first trilogy, PLAYING WITH FIRE. Not that that book was bad (in fact, I gave that a 5/5 rating!) but I thought it focused a little too much on action, and not enough on characters or storyline. This book on the other hand had action and romance and adventure and TONS of hilarious jokes! I laughed out loud a lot, especially at the start when Valkyrie/ Stephanie is insulting the Sea Hag. I was a little surprised at the violence in this book, particularly in the ending battle. It's not overwhelmingly gory or anything, but I think the recommended 9 and over rating is a little low. The storyline had a lot more laughs but also emotion, and the characters, old and new, were original, clever and fleshed-out. I can't wait to read DARK DAYS!!! I can't recommend this action-packed genius! JUST EPIC! 5 STARS!
I bought this for my 10 year old. He was given the other books in the series for Christmas but this one was missing. He has thoroughly enjoyed all the books which he has read mostly by himself. They are a combination of a detective and an adventure story played out in a magical shadow world alongside the everyday world. I picture Skulduggery as a Philip Marlowe type character. His sidekick Valkyrie is a 14 year old girl who has to move back and forth between the magical world and the everyday world (and occasionally go to school) without her parents knowing about her activities. The fact that the books have a heroine, Valkyrie might put some boys off as they don't always like books that feature girls, however, she is very much an all action heroine. In this book, Valkyrie and Skulduggery have to battle the Faceless Ones, dark gods who are worshipped by some in the magical world (while hoping they never actually have to meet them). The books are quite dark and there is a lot of fighting so might not suit those of a sensitive disposition. Probably aimed at 11+ to early teen readers although can be read by confident younger readers who like adventure stories. (The books are quite long but if they can read Harry Potter they can cope with this.)
When I was reading this book I was mesmerized by the tension , suspension and confusion . It's a really good buy for kids ages 9-12 . It can be a bit violent at times and sometimes a bit cheeky but it is hilarious at times . There isn't much detail to the violence so it is perfectly fine for younger kids so… ENJOY !!!
Someone is killing off the Teleporters as the Faceless Ones finally return once more.
Derek Landy, you cruel man. How can you write a cliffhanger so beautifully wonderful yet so maddenly infuriating? The book builds and builds and builds to this final battle between our heroes and the dark gods of the universe, and just as you think everything is going to end nicely and everyone gets a happily ever after... well, you'll find out when you read it.
Once again, Derek Landy weaves magic, mystery, horror and fantasy together to make a marvellous work of literature that will make you laugh, cry, and probably retch at one point. A very fun read.