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Skulduggery Pleasant

Book 1, Skulduggery Pleasant - Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1

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Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace Detective
Snappy Dresser
Razor–tongued Wit
Crackerjack Sorcerer
Walking, Talking,
Fire-throwing Skeleton

—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.

These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.

The end of the world?

Over his dead body.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 05, 2007 – Stephanie Edgley's uncle, a bestselling novelist, dies and leaves her his fortune. But the money doesn't interest her nearly as much as the odd, overdressed figure who appears at the funeral. He turns out to be the eponymous hero, the skeleton of a man, back from the dead to avenge his family's murder at the "red right hand" of Nefarian Serpine. Turns out, Stephanie has also inherited the family gene for sorcery, and she teams with Skulduggery to defeat the villain. Violent clashes with various cretins ensue. Some supporting characters, such as the magic world's "Elders," blend together, and Serpine's motivation is of the vague "I will rule the world!" variety. But plucky Stephanie and her dapper, urbane mentor make up for this slight lack of definition and clarity. Skulduggery is as caustic and witty as Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus, but a man (er, skeleton) of fewer words. First novelist Landy, a Dublin playwright, excels at dialogue; the repartee between the two leads recalls Hepburn and Tracy in its ongoing, affectionate contest of verbal one-upmanship. (When Stephanie complains about Skulduggery's high-falutin' vocabulary, he retorts, "You should read more," to which she replies, "I read enough. I should get out more.") Landy sets the tale on the Irish coast and reaches into Celtic lore for a cameo from the son of Finn McCool, but there's nothing old-fashioned about the way this story unspools. The book may be hefty but it moves at warp speed. An utterly charming debut, perfect for the Potter crowd. Ages 8-12.

Customer Reviews

The best series ever!

I've been a huge fan of this series for a while now; I just finished book six last month. Why isn't the amazing book six available here in American eBooks you ask? Because apparently there aren't enough American fans yet; which I know can change in a heart beat once everyone spreads the word on how great theses books are. So if you are new to reading the Skulduggery Pleasant series and you want to have all the books available in America, please recommend them. Thank you.


This book had my 8 yr old yearning to read. Kudos to the author. An exciting tale of magical adventure.


How is this book free? It's awesome and it's mystery with a hint of action!

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Skulduggery Pleasant
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  • $5.99
  • Level: Grades 5 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Feb 22, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Skulduggery Pleasant
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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