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The Faceless Ones

Book 3, Skulduggery Pleasant - Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 3

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Valkyrie screamed, sprinting toward Skulduggery.

He looked up and reached out to her, but it was too late.

If you've read the other Skulduggery books by Derek Landy (and you really should have read them by now), you've seen it all before: Some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie fight valiantly to stop it from happening. A few people get hurt, sure, but everything's all right in the end.

Well, not this time.

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

A good book

Out of the many series I've read Harry potter, eragon, Percy Jackson, skulduggery pleasant is one of my favorites it's action packed and funny this book is a must read for anyone that gets hooked like I did


Skulduggery Pleasant is the best book series EVER!!!

The 3rd is wonderful, I swear, Derek Landy does wonderful with his twists and turns, and I won't say what happens, but poor Mr. Bliss! However, another twist I guess !


Nuff said

The Faceless Ones
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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 5 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: Feb 22, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, 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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