The eighth instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe - and the follow-up to 2012’s number-one best seller Kingdom of the Wicked…
War has finally come. But it's not a war between good and evil, or light and dark - it's a war between Sanctuaries. For too long, the Irish Sanctuary has teetered on the brink of world-ending disaster, and the other Sanctuaries around the world have had enough. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men if they're going to have any chance at all of maintaining the balance of power and getting to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making.
But while this war is only beginning, another war rages within Valkyrie herself. Her own dark side, the insanely powerful being known as Darquesse, is on the verge of rising to the surface. And if Valkyrie slips, even for a moment, then Darquesse will burn the world and everyone in it.
©2013 Derek Landy (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for the Skulduggery Pleasant series:
"This is a writer at the height of his powers and Landy is getting better with every book… Whatever your age, read them and enjoy the ride.” (Irish Independent)
"Fast and funny” (The Times)
“A fast evolving plot and a great mix of scariness and humour” (5 star review, Sunday Express)
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"Brilliant as usual"
Being a great Skulduggery Pleasant fan, I am absolutely addicted to this series and I am agog with anticipation for each subsequent instalment. The "Last Stand of Dead Men" does not disappoint. With his usual ruthlessness, Derek Landy clearly does not appreciate too much attachment to any given character and the book is full of twists and turns. Can't wait for the next one!
"Bit sprawling, plot-wise"
Still worth a read, but not nearly as enjoyable as the others before it in the series. There's too much going on, not really any emotional pay-off for the reader in the end. It's very much a book that just gets the series to where it needs to be to finish in the next book.
"Building up to a fantastic conclusion"
I felt sad when I finished this book, as it means there's only one Skulduggery book left for me, but it was a highly enjoyable experience listening to it.
Derek Landy has managed to take what started as a simple good guys/bad guys series of young adult books and gradually add layers of subtlety, darkness, and ambiguous morality as the series progresses.
This book has moments as shocking as when we found out about Lord Vile, twists that you won't see coming and events that will make you sad. I hope the last book lives up to this!
The only downside for me is that, even after a few books, I don't think Stephan Hogan's narration is up to the standard of Rupert Degas in the first books. It in no way spoils things, but it could have been just that little bit better.
Recommended for longh car journeys with kids (and me)
Watching my son in the rearview mirror, rapt attention to the story....
All of them!
No - it's too long.
I thought this was just for kids - but I never grew up, so I loved it.
Buy and enjoy, people.
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