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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

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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  • Nadina Vasileva
  • 12-01-13

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!

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  • lillyput
  • 04-30-17

skulduggit

i loved it had to listen all the time i had a time to listen to it i did

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-18-16

Great listen

Very good book, really interesting when you look back and see how the characters have developed. Still miss Rupert Degas though :(

Also, this is set just after the Tanith spin off. I would recommend listening to that first.

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  • minty-chan
  • 12-13-16

so sad, so tragic. still a good story

I'll miss ghastly a lot, damn Urskin Ravel . feeling worried about the next book.

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  • crazy gamer
  • 12-08-16

Amazing!

I think the book is really good go on have a read. read all of them

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  • Michaela
  • 11-01-16

Brilliant story and voice acting

A brilliant book which will make you unset your sleep timer to listen to 30 more minutes

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  • Old King
  • 09-04-16

Clever & entertaining

If you have got this far in the series then you won't be disappointed. The performance is excellent although I do miss the sound effect that were added to the first few audiobooks

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  • Stuart
  • 03-11-15

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.

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  • elly gausden
  • 06-06-16

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.

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  • Neil
  • 04-05-15

Spellbinding

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Recommended for longh car journeys with kids (and me)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Stand of Dead Men?

Watching my son in the rearview mirror, rapt attention to the story....

Which character – as performed by Stephen Hogan – was your favourite?

All of them!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - it's too long.

Any additional comments?

I thought this was just for kids - but I never grew up, so I loved it. <br/>Buy and enjoy, people.

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  • Cameron
  • 05-28-15

yeeessss

yes. its so good.
extremely well written.
characters are so well voiced and read.
so happy with it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-17

Bad voices for narrating

I quite liked this book but something to work on would be more distinguished and different voices. Overall it was Great! Better than having to read it yourself! The last thing is that the narrator needs to pronounce the names right. Such as Darquesse, which is pronounced and Darkese not Darkse. Overall, it was Great!

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  • Janet Depiazzi
  • 06-19-17

Still Missing Rupert Degas

As much as I enjoyed Hogan's narration and characterisation, there were a number of fairly obvious mistakes which were left uncorrected (e.g. mixing up the words "psychically" and "physically") and these took away from my enjoyment of the overall experience. However this is still one of my favourite narratives in one of my favourite series, and it was a lot of fun to listen to

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  • Sarah Kay
  • 09-04-15

One bad girl one good book

This is one good book the narrator is good but not as good as Rupert Degas. I wonder what the 10th book is going to be.