Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant, The Dying of the Light

In accordance with Derek Landy’s wishes, this is not going to be the long, in-depth review I would love to do as I don’t want to risk any accidental spoilers. I would advise however, if you have not read the book, to NOT the read this review.

44783-tdotlshadowfoilThe End is Nigh! Skulduggery and Stephanie are tracking down Darquesse to prevent the prophecy from coming true and are drawing together an all-star team but not everything is as it seems as they chase her from Roarhaven to Uncle Gordon’s house. Not everyone is going to make it out alive…

This is a fantastic end to the series with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader hooked from start to finish. It is advisable to read the book carefully as Landy clues the reader into what is going to happen at the end but does it in such a way that it leaves the reader constantly guessing how the book is actually going to end. Landy also cleverly ends and starts chapters in such a way that it again clues the reader into what is actually happening at that point in the book.

The story also has a lot of links back into the earlier books but especially references the first book heavily. If you plan on reading this book, read it from start to end. You will not be disappointed.

It is clever but can leave the reader struggling and confused somewhat, especially in the first instances that he is doing it. The book is also structured somewhat oddly throughout and at the end, it seems like Landy has forgotten a storyline and is suddenly hurrying to try and finish it. In an odd way, whilst it is not following the storyline of the first book, it is doing it enough to give a reader déjà vu.

If you love this series, you will not be disappointed with this finale and Derek Landy has delivered a book that will keep long time fans hooked and satisfied from start to end. I would definitely recommend this book!


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!

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying Of The Light – Black Edition

Want a special edition of the final Skulduggery Pleasant book? Derek Landy and Waterstones have announced there will be 1,000 Black Editions of The Dying of the Light, exclusive to Waterstones with details of how you could be having lunch with Derek Landy himself!

There is one thing to consider though. These copies CANNOT be pre-ordered, will not be on any tables or at the front of the shop and only a limited number will be sent to all Waterstones outlets, except Amsterdam and Brussels. These copies will be hidden among all the books in the children’s sections on 28th August 2014 (book release date). These will be first come, first served! To give you a small head start, Waterstones have released a picture of how these copies will look:

So set your alarms! Mark the date in every calendar and diary you can get your hands on! Because the hunt begins on 28th August 2014!

Special Edition Final Skulduggery Pleasant Book

Want a special edition alternative cover SIGNED copy of the final Skulduggery pleasant book, The Dying of the Light? Then get yourself either to the Waterstones website or any of their branches and pre-order your copy half price ASAP! There  are only 5000 copies available!

Take a look at the alternative cover here:


The final book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series is released in the UK on 28th August 2014.

Final Skulduggery Pleasant Cover Released

I know! I am a few days late with this!

Derek Landy has revealed the cover to the final Skulduggery Pleasant book, The Dying of the Light! Designed by Tom Percival, take a look at it:


The Dying of the Light will be out in all good book retailers on 28th August 2014.



Derek Landy Reveals Title Of Final Skulduggery Pleasant Book

Oh Mr Landy. How you love to tease us!

In a video posted on Monday, Landy announced the title of the last Skulduggery Pleasant series. Promising a year to remember (grandly titled “The Year of the Requiem”), he sounds like the evil genius that he is as he revealed that the last book will be called Skulduggery Pleasant: the Dying of the Light. He offers no clues about the actual events of the book but has said that it will tear our souls in two. I think it is safe to say though that a few boxes of tissues, tubs of ice cream and other aides will be needed to deal with this last book.

Watch the video here: Skulduggery Book 9 — title announcement

P.S.: Yes, I know I am behind with posting about this but give me a break! I’ve been busy!