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The faceless ones

The faceless ones

Landy, Derek

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 happening. A few people get hurt, sure, but everything's all right in the end. Well, not this time

Paperback, Book. English. Children's stories. Fiction 9+. Fantasy fiction. Fantasy/Magic.
Published London: HarperCollins Children's, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: Derek Landy
ISBN: 0007302169, 9780007302161
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 394 p. ; 20 cm.
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant
Subject: Stephanie (Fictitious character : Landy) Juvenile fiction.; Pleasant, Skulduggery (Fictitious character) Juvenile fiction.
Series Title: Skulduggery Pleasant.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.8
Interest Level: MY
Points: 10
Quiz Number: 215080

Author note

Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."

Description

Third bone-breaking, belly-busting adventure in the series that puts the "funny" back in. um. funny series. That didn't really work, did it?

If you've read the previous Skulduggery books then you know what the Faceless Ones are - and if you know what the Faceless Ones are, then you can probably take a wild guess that things in this book are going to get AWFULLY sticky for our skeletal hero and his young sidekick.

If you haven't read the previous Skulduggery books then what are you doing reading this? Go and read them right now, so that you know what all that stuff in the previous paragraph was about.

Done? Good. So now you're on tenterhooks too, desperately awaiting the answers to all your questions, and instead you're going to have to wait to read the book. Sorry about that.

Reviews

Praise for Skulduggery Pleasant

Hugely enjoyable - a thrill-a-minute adventure.' Jonathan Stroud

'It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.'Philip Ardagh, Guardian

'A gripping debut.'Phil Hogan, Observer

'Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure. Once you've met Stephanie and Skullduggery, you'll be clamouring for a sequel.' Rick Riordan

"A remarkably accomplished debut with wonderful dialogue."Robert Dunbar, Irish Times

"[Landy's] fight scenes are perfectly pitched. His characters are exceptionally well drawn and delightfully colourful. Reading [this book] is like riding a rollercoaster." Irish Independent

"Landy's witty style will win him fans of all ages. With writing of this standard, a rattling plot and definite potential for cross-over appeal, it's a good job Harry's [Potter] resigning before he's forcibly retired." Irish Mail on Sunday

"Humour and magic combine in this thrilling adventure."Waterstone's Books Quarterly

".people in the book world are raving about this book."Glasgow Herald

"It's pacy, it's funny, it's irreverent. The relationship between Skulduggery and Stephanie is tremendously strong. Stephanie is a splendid character - blunt, logical and outspoken. We enjoyed Skkulduggery Pleasant. Muchly. Roll on volume two!" The Book Bag

"A rip-roaring adventure." Irish Sunday Independent

"Full of black humour, super powers, mysteries, murder and mayhem." Carousel