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Playing with Fire

Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With Serpine dead, the world is safe once more. At least, that's what Valkyrie and Skulduggery think, until the notorious Baron Vengeous makes a bloody escape from prison, and dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland.

With Baron Vengeous after the deadly armour of Lord Vile, and pretty much everyone out to kill Valkyrie, the daring detective duo face their biggest challenge yet. But what if the greatest threat to Valkyrie is just a little closer to home...?

©2008 Derek Landy (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"This production is exactly the reason young adult fantasy fare can work so well as audio entertainment. Narrator Rupert Degas...does a bang-up job here....This is dark comic fantasy, and Degass timing and complete grasp of the main character's personality couldnt be better." ( AudioFile)

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spectacular!!!!

the plot of this book keeps getting better and better and i am honestly very into the series

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this is one of the best book series<br />

loved it
love it
and will love it always
great great great s s s

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  • Nicole
  • Canberra, Australia
  • 09-17-12

Heaps of fun to listen to.

Two of the books in this series were not available on audible which REALLY spoilt the experience overall

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  • Jas
  • 04-07-13

Good journey fodder

Both sons enjoying this series. Good mixture of slightly scary and decent plot. Is leading them back into reading the books too.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Pat Bradford
  • 06-25-12

Superb

It never occured to me that Skullduggery would be Irish but this works so well and makes the humour so much funnier. Excellent narration & I have already downloaded the next two books in the series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • mrs k s
  • 10-29-15

Good

One of the best books
Looking forward to the next book and after that the next and the next
And so on.

Scary for this age 9

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  • colin
  • 07-12-14

Not for the deep thinker, science fantasy fun

What did you like best about Playing with Fire? What did you like least?

Well read and moved along at a good pace. Character descriptions painted a clear picture in the head.

What will your next listen be?

Probably I Claudius, fancy a bit of Roman drama

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrator was very good, one of the books strengths

Could you see Playing with Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No, unless it was a cartoon. Would not get a large enough following.

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  • Adam Mills
  • 04-08-13

Excellent book for all ages

The book skullduggery pleasent is an excellent read with adrenalin filled action scenes that are suited to all ages. I particularly liked where the scenes are based in ireland, it suits the way i read very well, Derek Landy shas writen many skullduggery pleasent books and they are all excellently written the way be sets the book and the storyline. Sklduggery plleasent finds a normal school girl called Valkyrie Edgely who doesent really like school, her parents are boaringand she wants some action and excitement in her life. I wont spoil it for some readers but if you want a brilliantly written book by a brilliantly put together author who knows how to appeal a bookto all ages read this book.

One last good thing about the book is if you want a descriptive book that describes all the dark and and famous objects buy this book.

Now we get to some of the not so good chapters in the boo. Now their are only a few of these bad points as the book is basically perfect, in some of the chapters like hanging around chapters like that yes i know its the starting chapter but it could describe a few more things aswell as Valkyrie Cain. But tobknow what im talking about you.must read the book otherwise its an excellent book and i hope you enjoy it.

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  • Johnny106
  • 10-14-19

Fantastic Books for All Ages, Not just the young

I’m a 52 year old Male, so not just for the young. I read/listen to Crime, Fantasy and Sc-Fi and was recommended these books by my Son, who read them and a teenager and who is reading them again in his twenties. I was unsure, so 3 weeks ago I started listening to book one, I have now just finished book four. Can’t put them down. To add to the fantastic stories and characters, the Narrator Brian Bowles, is one of the best I have listened to.

Skulduggery Pleasant is a series of fantasy novels written by Irish author Derek Landy. The books revolve around the adventures of the skeleton detective, Skulduggery Pleasant, his protegé, Valkyrie Cain, along with other friends. The central story arc concerns Valkyrie's struggle to stop evil forces threatening the world, finally find justice for her late uncle's death, and her internal struggle to resist the darkness within.

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  • L&L
  • 09-17-19

Good

Is good but needs more/interesting voice over wize grate and fun just need 5 words

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-19

Excellent!!

Got to know the characters better and meet amazing new ones (villains and good guys!) I now realise the deep strength and bond between our two main characters. It was excellent!! Love the detail, you can clearly see the images in your mind. Excellent narrator! thank you Mr. Landy

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  • kathryn
  • 08-26-19

skullduggery pleasant. playing with fire

loved it. every bot as good as the first book. cant wait to read the next.

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  • Allysodons
  • 07-26-19

A great sequal to a wonderful franchise

it's good but can be boring at times however the narrator is great once again

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  • Erin
  • 08-30-19

loving this series

this series is awesome can't wait to listen to the next book the narrator is easy to listen to and the story we exciting

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-19

Loved it!

Great book and the narrators are all great and suit each character. Was great to listern to and will definitely keep listerning to the whole series.
I reccomend this for anyone above 12+
Has great humour, action and magic. But is a bit dark for young kids.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-18

THE NARRATION IS AMAZING AND FUNNY

FOR A BOOK THAT LITERALLY SAVED MY LIFE IN SOME WAY, I AM GLAD THE NARRATION WAS AMAZING!

I would recommend this book to just about anyone whom is not afraid of a little death!

I gave this book a 5/5 star rating on both here and Goodreads simply because the first book saved me from myself, and fell in love with this amazing series from the moment I read the first page of book one… please read the first book before you read this book.
And don’t forget … doors are for people with no imagination.

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  • Elise
  • 10-06-16

Totally addictive!!!

I have only just bought the first book yesterday and could not put it down 10 mins! Story is awesome always keeps you guessing and the characters are funny, cheeky and sarcastic. I finished it in one day enjoying every it of it and this, the second book, is just as good! Buying and finishing it today and buying the third book for tomorrow to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-19

Best book ever

I love this book to bits and it’s now one of my favourite books of all time

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