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Book two of the Awesomely Awesome Skulduggery Pleasant series takes off shortly after after the end of book one. The characters we all fell for from the series’ commencement return, even the reflection of Stephanie, which in my opinion was the intellectual highlight of the series so far. New characters are added, too, mind you they are reinforcements for the book’s set of baddies. Three names, Vengeous, Dusk and Sanguine. They sound like exotic ice cream flavours, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
These guys ain’t sweet fellow book lovers.
The book revolves around the decidedly dastardly plot to raise a hideous sounding being called the Grotesquery - an excellent name for a truly revolting but very clever creation. It is the combination of the body parts of a huge number of human victims, all combined by a set of maniacs into one hideous creation. The idea is to bring it to life with the blood of one of ’The Ancients’ - but if that fails, a fallback is to use the blood of a descendant of an Ancient. And are you thinking what I am thinking? Valkeyrie Cain.
Run, girl, run!
This book is a huge success on most levels. The jokes are back, the sense of fun is back, the overall feelings of joy, contentment, escapism, potential giggliealities (I just made that word up, by the way!) all rise to the surface of your mind, and that of your consciousness every time the reader is lucky enough to jump back into the crazy world of Mr Bones. The only thing lacking - and in my book, it’s a biggie - is the sense of wonder and awe (not unlike the feeling you get when you read a science fiction classic) that makes you stop and realise how brilliant you have to be in order to get a marketable work of fantasy out into the marketplace.
Book one had it. And the highlight then was the creation and use of Stephanie’s Reflection. Both Stephanie and her Reflection return for book two, but apart from some philosophical and metaphysical questions relating to her use late in the book, there is nothing new for us fans of Mr Landy to salivate over.
Don’t get me wrong here - the book is a great way for kids (and adults) of all ages to spend some of their hard earned pocket money and giggle away in a quiet corner of their local library. The plot has plenty of twists and turns, and laughs and more than its fair share of scares. And the ending is a doozie. But whilst book one stood out from a crowded bookshelf for its originality and truly brilliant ideas, some of those ideas, and some of the associated originality failed to make the trip to the sequel.
Which is only slightly unfortunate. I was hoping for a five star classic as a follow on from book one but all I got for my moolah was YET ANOTHER EXCELLENT ADVENTURE OF THE WALKING, TALKING BAG OF BONES AND HIS VERY BRAVE AND EXTREMELY INTELLIGENT ASSISTANT STEPHANIE.
Four stars for this effort. Definitely good enough to persuade me to purchase book three, which is recommendation enough in its own right.
After buying my son the first book from a charity shop, he was so taken by it that he asked if he could have the rest. I saw this one on here and just couldn't resist it as my son had such good things to say about the first book.
Again, this is an engaging book which incorporates comedy and fantasy in a dark yet wonderful follow up to the original book. It continues with the tales of Skulduggery Pleasant and partner Valkyrie attempting to prevent The Faceless Ones again. I don't want to spoil it so won't say much more but if you enjoyed the first book, you'll love this.
Summary: Great follow up to the initial book and recommended if you like the first one.
The skeleton detective and the infamous Valkyrie Cain are back! Amazing book series. Although it says for 9+ I personally think it should be for 10+ or maybe even 11+. Still its one of my favourite series and i read a lot of boks! Seriously i read 4500 pages in les than a week! Anyways go get this book if you like Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-fi and a litle bit of horror all rolled into one!
The Skeleton Detective and his partner Valkyrie Cain are back in Derek Landy's sequel to Skulduggery Pleasant.
As Valkyrie's power with Magic grows, so a new threat to the world rises as a plot is revealed that will uynleash the Faceless Ones upon the world once more.
Yes, it's pretty much book one with new characters, but Landy uses this book to further develope the world he began in the pevious novel. Seeds are planted that still haven't fully matured three books later - such as "what the heck is going on with Valkyrie's reflection?" (I have my suspicions myself, but not a lot to back them up).
Gripping, dangerous, and just a little bit disturbing in places (no, seriously, for a book that's marketed for nine year olds there's some pretty weird stuff in here), this book continues in the magnificent vein that its predecessor started.
Let's get it out of the way from the start: I'm from the Douglas Adams & Terry Pratchett generation (never really took to Tolkien). I should be too old to read these, but they are so easy to read, whilst offering just enough of a challenge to spark imaginative intelligence. This is the second book (and my second). The goodies are engaging and unique; the baddies, however, are perhaps a little one-dimensional; and bear a striking resemblance to the baddies in Book 1. Despite this, the story moves apace and there are a few little teasers on the way, giving the reader a chance to try and second-guess the plot. You will probably be wrong - as in all good tales. Stephanie/Valkyrie's back-story is engaging and adds some welcome comic relief to the action. I'll be reading Book 3 soon... then maybe 4... and 5...
This book is good but not as great as the previous one it failed to pull me in as much as the first which was amazing. This book is good and you shouldn't feel discouraged from buying it because you will enjoy but perhaps not as much as the previous book. Caution: May contain spoilers This book sees the return of Baron Vengeous who is back with a vengeance and a desire to bring his gods back to the plane of reality. This book also brings one of my favourite characters to the equation the Killer Supreme the dreaded (not really) Vaurien Scapegrace. This book retains the wit of Derek Landy and had me smiling at a few occasions. This book is good and you should consider buying this and the rest of the series. I haven't read books 7-9 but I am anticipating a great read for each and every SP book.