Don’t cry because its over, smile because it happened – Dr Seuss
The final book of the nine book adventure that I have followed avidly for years. Derek Landy really managed to capture the imagination of readers of all ages, and hold it for an entire nine years.
What made these books so special to me?
Maybe because somewhere deep down I still want this secret world of magic to exist out there, to be able to summon flame to your fingertips or fly through the air. Derek’s vivid prose and incredible grasp on humour is both subtle and outlandish at the same time, really brining the unique characters to life. It’s not often that one of your main protagonists is a wise cracking, living skeleton detective who can do magic.
So what is this final instalment about, the back doesn’t divulge much, it doesn’t need to.
The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder.
And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals… and Valkyrie’s own murderous reflection.
The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive…
I won’t say much more, because I don’t want to spoil an amazing book, but suffice to say it’s a fitting ending.
It’s been a journey, one I wont forget for a while. It’s been a really long time since I put down a book and genuinely missed it months after finishing it. I’d recommend you all have a good read of the series if you haven’t already!