Derek Landy – Dark Days
Series or stand alone: Skulduggery Pleasant book four
Book three – The Faceless Ones
Book two – Playing With Fire
Book one – Skulduggery Pleasant
Genre: young adult, fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Tagline: Don’t lose your head.
Blurb: It's the fourth Skulduggery Pleasant adventure! only Skulduggery Pleasant himself is lost on the other side of a portal, with only some evil gods for company. Can he possible survive? (Yes, all right, he's already dead. But still.) What can we say, without giving too much away? Not much, is the answer. But what we CAN say is that this book is hilarious, it's tense, and it's packed with all the eye-popping action, crackling one liners and imaginative set pieces you've come to expect. There's a new threat to our plucky heroine, of course. But that's not all. There's also the little fact of the Big Bad, the uber-baddy who's going to come along and really, really destroy the world. (Really.) And what we learn about that villain in this book will literally make your jaw fall off and your hair go white with shock. (Not really.) Will Skulduggery make it out of the Faceless Ones' dimension? Who knows. The problem is, he may not have much to come back to!
Cover: Just as fun as the rest and the back cover ain’t too shabby either (couldn't find a picture of it though). The picture probably doesn’t show up clearly enough to see Valkyrie’s coat but it is really nice. Kind of like flock wallpaper.
First line: When Dreylan Scarab had been locked away in his little cell, he’d thought about nothing but murder.
Reason for reading: I have read and enjoyed the other books in the series.
This was definitely not my favourite of the series but it was still a very fun way to pass a couple of days.
Landy’s writing is full of snark and sarcasm, which I love, the story has epic amounts of action and, over the course of four books, the characters have become well developed. Valkyrie has grown up a bit and the darker tone of this novel reflects that. There is also just a tiny bit of romance with Valkyrie having some amusing boy trouble.
If I was to pin down some negative points, I would probably pick out the sometimes lack of exposition. All too often Valkyrie or Fletcher are used to progress the plot by asking the much needed ‘why?’ when a new topic is introduced. The old ‘show, don’t tell’ adage springs to mind.
However, as I said in previous reviews of this series, I’m not really in the intended age group. On the back of the book the indicated age is 9+ years, which is significantly lower than my twenty something. But I totally think a 10 year old would get a kick out of reading these, particularly boys despite the fact the main character is a girl. They are quite long, which could put some kids off, but the plot does run at a cracking pace.
Currently reading: Jenny Downham’s Before I Die and Brent Hartinger’s Geography Club.