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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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Sooooo Funny

This book was so funny I loved it and the way it ended on a cliffhanger was epic ness!!!

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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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  • Ben
  • 09-30-18

One of the most gripping books i have ever read

After reading all the previous books the twist that has been set up since the 2 or 3 book being explained in such a hard hitting way made me obsessed action packed and amazing

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  • Dr. Maria Dowds
  • 09-04-18

marvellous

Great series , one that all our family enjoy , fast paced fantasy , funny and a tad violent

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  • G M BARNES
  • 08-05-18

Fantastic

Very good start, I liked the story overall. Will listen to the next book. Brilliant

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-14-18

Great read

I love this series, im 18 now and started on book 3 aged 13 as grandma bought it for me as I was bored then read 1,2,4,5,6,7 on kindle and got this app last month for work and stuff and got book 8,just got 9 and am moments from listening, highly recommended to anyone of any age as this series is well done and will carry on listening until the series comes to a full stop, which I hope will be never

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-18

Exquisite

The 'war book' of the series. Hilarious as always, action packed, wonderfully harrowing in places.

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  • Joe
  • 06-12-18

amazing

loved it
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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-18

Yay

Yay oh my gosh that was amazing I loved it holy cow man wow P I G G A E

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  • luke wilkes
  • 04-27-18

Amazing

Kept me on my toes the entire time. Amazingly read. Don't want this too end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-16-18

An excellent adventure!!!

This is an excellent book I have read all the skylight pleasant books and they are all amazing but this one is definitely the best the betrayal I found sho king and wondered what I would do if I where in those circumstances ?☺☺

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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
  • 07-15-18

Oliver

Great book. We've listened to all of them so far.
great to be able to listen in the car with the kids

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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.