IF YOU HAVEN’T READ SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT AND ARE PLANNING TO, DO NOT READ, IF YOU DON’T CARE, READ ON
What I Read: Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy, Fantasy/Horror Fiction/Children’s Literature (but not really) 605 action packed pages. 10 outta 10
How It Starts: The main characters are: Valkyrie Cain, Stephanie Edgley, Darquesse, and Skulduggery Pleasant. They all want different things, so stick with me for a moment, Valkyrie hardly makes many appearances for the first 2/3 of the book, but she just wants her life back. Stephanie Edgley, also known as Valkyrie’s reflection, wants to basically steal Valkyrie’s family and life. Darquesse wants to take over the world. Skulduggery just wants his crime solving partner back. The settings change every freaking chapter so, buckle up. Side note: Stephanie, Darquesse and Valkyrie are basically the same person, they all look the same, and share the same bodies, it gets weird, just deal with it.
How It Gets Complicated: Darquesse has been unleashed, she is standing in the way of the other 3 characters, and the whole world honestly. Val can’t have her life back because she may or may not be stuck in a corner of her own mind. Stephanie can’t go back to “her” family because she is basically forced to help Skulduggery Pleasant retrieve Val. Skulduggery Pleasant just never gets his way.
What I Liked: I’m definitely biased when it comes to what I liked about this book, but it was all the loose ends being tied up, the inner struggles the characters go through. Derek Landy did an amazing job of making you fall in love with the characters, and then hate the characters, and then be happy when those characters don’t get their way. He can make a love able villain and a distasteful hero and still make you happy at the end of the book. We go through so many character’s perspectives in this book and it is just a roller coaster that never stops corkscrewing. Mr. Landy does an amazing job of keeping you out of the loop enough, even with all the different perspectives that the ending is such a surprise.
What I Disliked: Landy allowed reprieve for my least favorite character, just as justice was being served, they needed that character for something and justice had to wait.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone that likes magic, salty skeletons, complex feelings in the characters, snarky, dry humor, zombies that kinda aren’t zombies anymore, action, Ireland, multi dimensional combat, and so much more. Also, there is some swearing and gore, so you’d have to be old enough to handle that.