Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light Trailer and Back Cover

With just two days left before the final book is released, Landy has posted on his blog the back cover and the trailer for The Dying of the Light!

The back cover, drawn by the fabulous Tom Percival, features Darquesse destroying a skyscraper and could be indicative of the amount of destruction that is about to be rained down in the final book!:

On top of creating the fabulous back cover, Tom Percival has created a teaser trailer indicating that a final showdown between Skulduggery and Darquesse is on the cards. You can watch that here:

So what do you think is going to happen in this final book? Is their anything you really want or not want to happen? Comment below!

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light is released on 28th August 2014 and don’t forget about the special Black Editions of the book which will be hidden in the children’s sections of various Waterstones branches, all across the country!

Landy Reveals Paperback Last Stand of Dead Men Back Cover

Darquesse will be gracing the back cover of the paperback version of LSoDM!

Landy revealed the back cover art yesterday on his blog with a release date of the 27th March for the paperback. He has also said that the paperback version of The Maleficent Seven will be released on the 8th May, despite happening before LSoDM.

Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant, Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy

bd816-sp8_revise_tom-1-page-0Okay, so I am finally getting on and writing this review.

War is coming to the Irish Sanctuary. After years of one catastrophe to another, the other Sanctuaries around the world are taking matters into their own hands to protect the world. But not all is as it seems. There is conspiracy afoot and a plan to reveal the magical world to the mortals and the long-term plan is coming to maturity.

And that’s not all. Valkyrie‘s true nature, Darquesse, is fighting to get free and if Valkyrie can’t keep a tight hold on her, Darquesse might just be set free.

This, the penultimate book in the series, continues with the same humour and well paced fights as before, tying in all the stories from the previous seven books and sees the return of some characters last seen in earlier books. The story does seem much darker than earlier books (granted the stories have been steadily getting darker as the series has gone along, like most series) and features many surprises and some great fun moments.

This book is a war story but features some spy elements and international country hopping. Whilst the characters have gone international before, this book goes REALLY international, jumping from Ireland to America to England to Australia to France and many, many other places around the world. This really changes the pace of the story and keeps the book very interesting.

The way Landy portrayed the inner dialogue between Valkyrie and Darquesse is brilliantly written, witty and the style of writing that readers have come to expect from Landy and his characters.

Unfortunately, I did lose interest in this book near the end and it took me a few days to actually finally finish reading this book. Maybe it’s because this book is a war story and I don’t read war books but the pacing of the actual novel seemed slow and the fight scenes very extended. The fights are not repetitive and they are interesting but I found myself getting very weary of them. Again, as I said, it might be because I am unfamiliar with war books and therefore, their pacing and the codes and conventions of the genre.

I also found myself getting bored and fed up of a certain character that shows up near the end and seems to be a throwback to the very first book. The character’s actions and then other characters reactions to the character is interesting but mostly, the character is boring and I found myself thinking, “and…?”

I have found this book a real shame and not the best addition to the series. The ending is a great cliffhanger and does make me want to read the next book but also leaves me apprehensive. After such a great series, it would be a serious disservice to the series to end it on a low note. I can quite honestly say I did not enjoy this book and found it boring and tough going. Perhaps it is my unfamiliarity with the genre plus the fact that I am just not interested in the genre that prevented me from enjoying the book.

So whilst this book is good in some aspects, in others, it is just plain boring. In my personal opinion anyway.

Back Cover of Last Stand of Dead Men Released!

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present the back cover of Derek Landy‘s next book, Last Stand of Dead Men:

The image is of Madame Mist according to Landy’s blog so I think we can at least guess that she will be a pivotal character in the 8th book of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. But what role is unclear from the summary/blurb that was released back in April:

War has finally come.

But it’s not a war between good and evil, or light and dark- it’s a war between Sanctuaries. For too long now, the Irish Sanctuary has teetered on the brink of world-ending disaster, and the other Sanctuaries around the world have had enough. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men if they’re going to have any chance at all of maintaining the balance of power and getting to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making.

But while this war is only beginning, another war rages within Valkyrie herself. Her own dark side, the insanely powerful being known as Darquesse, is on the verge of rising to the surface. And if Valkyrie slips, even for a moment, then Darquesse will burn the world and everyone in it.

So what are your theories for the next book? What role does Madame Mist have to play in everything? Will we find out more about Skulduggery’s past?

I guess we will just have to wait until August 29th to find out.