Exactly what it says on the tin and this cover is going to be beautiful! It seems Tom Percival, Landy’s cover artist, is going all out for this book now the series is coming to an end. Have a look:
Landy has indicated on his blog that this cover features new characters exclusive to the short story collection. He has said as well that it will be the poster released to book shops for promotional purposes and that there are plans in the work to make this and other posters available to fans of the series!
If and when further information about the posters becomes available, I will post it here.
Armageddon Outta Here is due out on July 3rd 2104.
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.
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.
I will be reading and reviewing Landy’s latest book as soon as possible when it is released (Waterstones is offering a release date of 29th August, 2013) but in the meanwhile, Aiden Bracher on YouTube has recorded and posted a video of Derek Landy reading a chapter from The Last Stand of Dead Men.
No Skulduggery. No Valkyrie. Just Scapegrace and Thrasher and an old Chinese mentor. Prepare to laugh! I was crying with laughter watching it. Here’s the video:
Thank you to derek-landy (just a fan site) over on Tumblr (http://derek-landy.tumblr.com/) for posting the video on their account for us Minions to enjoy. Much appreciated!
EDIT 15/08/2013: Just to make sure everyone who visits this post is aware, I have posted another video of Derek Landy reading the first chapter of the next book here.